Thursday, October 14, 2010

Reverse Masking For A Cool Moon

Today's card uses the House of Haunts stamp set again, but this time it's the spooky looking tree looming in the moonlight. Do you suppose that part of the appeal of this set is all the cool techniques you get to do with it? It sure is fun to try them out.

  • I'm not a big fan of dragging card stock through an ink pad, unless it's for a very special effect. But this is one of those times! The black "smudges" add to the eerie feel.
  • The black scallop trim border evokes thoughts of a wrought iron gate ... perhaps leading to the cemetery. Eek!
  • The black embossing gives this card some extra shine and pizzazz. Plus, it's fun to do. 

How'd you do that?  Achieve a perfect moon (or sun!) by creating a reverse mask. Punch a circle from a section of scratch paper. Place the scratch paper over your card stock exactly where you want your moon. While holding the scratch paper firmly in place, use a sponge dauber to apply ink to the exposed card stock. Once you have completely sponged ink within the circle, carefully lift the scrap paper and discard it. You should now have a "moon" on your card stock waiting for the next image to be stamped over it. Ta-da!

If you have a question about this technique, just ask me in the comments below.

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Stamps: House of Haunts (111574)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), VersaMark (102283), Daffodil Delight (119667)
Paper: Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Embossing Buddy (103083), Black Embossing Powder (109133), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (119860)
That Special Touch: Peach Parfait 1/2" stitched-poly ribbon (119264), Scallop Trim Border punch (118402), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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