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Technique Day ……. Creating layers using stamps and masks

Hello folks,

Happy Wednesday to you.  Another busy (short) week in the old craft room ….. yes I’m off on my travels again on Friday.  It’s the Happy Stampers Show over at Port Sunlight at the weekend ….. one of my favourite craft shows.   I’m popping over to do a little retail therapy, hand luggage only though, so I’ll have to go easy …….. ok ….. as if that’s going to happen!   Thank goodness for the Royal Mail!

As time is precious in the old craft room this week (meaning … not much of it!) I thought I’d do 2 jobs at once ……. my step by step  project for you guy’s AND a Mothers’ Day card for the weekend!


I’m going to show you how to build up different layers on your projects using inks, stamps and masks.   Some people struggle creating  backgrounds, I say just go for it.  Use colour, add in some stamped images, make use of all those masks we have in our collections and just play.  And, if you’re not happy with what you create ….. it’s only a piece of card.  Start again, but don’t throw anything away, use up your ‘happy accident’ pieces with your dies and punches.

One thing to remember if your doing everything as a one layer card (OLC), your image that you want at the front of your design needs to be stamped first.  This is how I created mine ……

1.  Stamp the Rose Blush image onto a piece of white cardstock, using Black Versafine ink.  Cover with clear fine detail embossing powder and heat set.   Make yourself a mask to cover most of the image …… mainly the large flowers


2.  With the mask in place start to add the colour to your background.  I used three colours of Distress Inks – Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and  Shaded Lilac.  Use the colours randomly over the card until you’re happy with the result


3.   Spritz  a little clean water into the palm of your hand and then flick over the inked cardstock.  Leave for a few seconds then mop up the excess with kitchen roll leaving a mottled look to the card ….. you can see I still have the mask in place.

DSCF67534.   Next add a little detail using one of the IndigoBlu background stamps ….. I chose the Crackleglaze for mine.  Use one of the colours of ink that you’ve used to ink the background, so that it all blends in nicely, and just add touches of the design here and there


5.   Use one of the IndigoBlu stencils (masks) and add another layer to your background ….. all the time building up depth to your design.  Again use one of the ink colours from the background, and only ink through parts of the stencil (mask still in place)


6.   Using the Flitter Glu and the gorgeous lace border from the Nottinham Lace set, stamp across the card, over the masked flowers.  Remove your mask and sprinkle over Manchester Tart Mega Flakes.  Smooth down the flakes making sure all the glue is covered, then scoochy off in the usual way ……


See how the lace looks like it’s behind the flowers ……. if you do get Flitter Glu and Flake onto the stamped image where you don’t want it, use the clever little whizzy eraser to take it away ….. don’t worry, it won’t damage your embossing.

7.   To add yet another layer I flicked some white ink over my design (covering the flowers up again first though …. just in case!) Not sure if this shows up in the photo it is quite delicate ….. trust me though, it’s there!


8.   Using the brand new Design Alphabet stamps add your greeting ……. I chose ‘Mum’ but you could put anything on there …..


9.   Now it’s time to add some colour to the Rose Blush image ….. use whatever you’re happy with, Copic or Pro Markers, pencils, the IndigoBlu English Cottage Paints.  I used my Distress inks again ….  straight onto my craft mat and then used a waterbrush to apply the colour.  Because the image was embossed, it’s easy to paint, the embossing powder acts as a resist to the colour so you don’t go over the lines ….. easy!


10.  Stamp the large flower from the image  a couple of times, onto some white card, cut these out and use to layer up the bloom, adding some dimension.


11.  Finish off the design by edging around the card with the Flitter Glu and then Manchester Tart  Flake.   Mat and layer with white and black card.


As it was a Mother’s Day card I added an extra sentiment,  from the IndigoBlu Enjoy Life stamp set.

Hope you like it, and that I’ve inspired you to have a play and create your own backgrounds ….. it’s so much fun.

Thanks for popping by today.  If anyone’s going along to Port Sunlight on Saturday pop by the IndigoBlu stand and say ‘Hi’ to the gang …..  the lovely Nikki will be busy demonstrating ……. you’ll probably find me lurking there too.

Enjoy the rest of  the week.   Don’t forget our challenge is running ……. Spring Blossoms is the theme this month.  Let’s see all those gorgeous IndigoBlu floral designs being put to good use.

Cheerio until next time

LindyLou  xxx

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2 Comments on Technique Day ……. Creating layers using stamps and masks

  1. really pretty! Love the colours xx

    Christine Smith | March 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm () ()
  2. This is really pretty, lovely colours and clever techniques.

    Carole Dixon | March 27, 2014 at 10:39 am () ()