Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks - Pattern 1 - Masculine Birthday Card

Have you purchased products with the intention of using them, then they sit on your shelf and you never get around to using them? Well that has been me with previous stencils I've purchased from Stampin' Up! But this time I decided, "not this time" so over the next few days you'll be seeing each mask used in a card design. Feel free to CASE any or all!

 Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks, page 47 in the new Mini Catalog

#162331 $10.50 USD

Houndstooth Pattern Mask below

Blending Brushes #153611 $13 USD

Images © Stampin' Up!

Technique - Blending Brushes with Classic Ink Pad

Here's how you do this technique:

Cut to size the cardstock layer you want the mask to go on. Use a very small piece of adhesive (like tape runner or double sided tape) to stick the cardstock to your grid paper. Be sure to use the lines of your grid paper to square the paper up. Next lay the mask on top of the cardstock and use some small bits of scotch tape or washi tape to hold the mask in place.

Grab one of your Blending Brushes and the color of ink you desire. I used Pebbled Path ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. You will use a circular motion to load your blending brush with ink, then start from the outside edge of the mask and go inward in the opposite circular motion to apply. Depending on how much pressure you apply to the blending brush your ink can be lightly applied or dark like my sample.

Repeat this process until you are happy with the look. Then carefully peel off the tape on the mask and gently lift the cardstock from the grid paper.

Now you are ready to build your masculine birthday card!

The Houndstooth pattern seemed masculine to me, so I used the Gone Fishing Stamp set and Let's Go Fishing Designer Series Paper (DSP) to design this Birthday Card.
Additional Products used were Mossy Meadow Cardstock and Ink, Very Vanilla cardstock, and retired from several years ago Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim. You can substitute whatever trim you have that looks good to you.

The Phrases for All stamp set provided the Happy Birthday greeting on the inner layer.
Decorate your envelope flap with matching DSP. Cut 2 1/4" x 6", adhere to exterior flap and trim off excess.

Close Up of the tag. The Mossy Meadow layer is 2 1/4" square. The DSP layer is 2 1/8" square. The greeting was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink from the Gone Fishing stamp set. The two layers were adhered together and raised up over the linen trim with dimensionals. The fish was fussy cut from the DSP and raised up on mini dimensionals.

As a bonus for you if you live in the USA - I have prepared a product shopping list, just click HERE. You can uncheck any item on the list you already have, or say add all to the cart if you are a newer card maker. 

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