Distress Ink Masking

August 21, 2017

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’ve got some awesome news!  StampNation started a new MasterClass today, taught by the wonderful people at CAS-ual Fridays, and they sent me this awesome stamp set to try out.  I fell in love with the beautiful script and the sassy sentiments.  I wanted to make sure this stamp became the focal point of the card.  But first, I worked on the background.

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

This is a piece of Canson watercolor paper, cut to 4 1/2″ x 6″.  I love how well Distress Ink blends on this paper, but use whatever paper you have.  Next I used a ruler to mark every inch across the top, and down the right side.  I’m working on a craft sheet by Ranger to protect my desk, but any non-porous surface would work.

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement  Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

Today I’m using painter’s tape to mask off my paper.  Post-It tape would work great, too.  I stuck the tape to my jeans to remove some of the tackiness, so it doesn’t tear my paper.  Then I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool from Ranger to apply Twisted Citron Distress Ink to the exposed side of my paper.  Then I masked off the triangle next to it, using the marks as a guide.  For my second color, I used Lucky Clover.  When I peeled back the tape, there was a small white line between the colors.  No problem, just realign the tape and add more color.

I used quite a bit of tape for this card.  After you use the tape twice, it starts losing it’s stick, and you need a new piece.  And it’s got wet Distress Ink on it, so I don’t want to mix my colors too much.

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement  Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

Oops, I forgot to list the colors I used!  Here they are:  Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, and Mustard Seed.  Then I trimmed down the panel with Stitched Rectangle Dies by Simon Says Stamp.  I’m using the Frankly stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays today.  If you’re using a textured paper, like watercolor paper, a stamp positioner like the MISTI is very helpful, because it’s hard to get a crisp image the first time.

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped the rest of my sentiment onto vellum, and heat embossed it.  Then I folded the strip around my panel, and attached it on the back.  Finally I adhered the panel to my white card base with tape runner, and added a few Clear Iridescent Jewels from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards for a finishing touch.  For something extra, you could add a little more shimmer with a clear Wink Of Stella shimmer pen, if this doesn’t have enough bling for you!

How do you keep the focus on the sentiment?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!

P.S.  I’m playing along over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  Come check it out!



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