Tutorial - More Masking, Holiday Style

Yes, Christmas has come and gone, but when I saw this tutorial by Julie (our new sketch mistress), I remembered that some of you have said you wish you knew more about masking. This tutorial is a great example of masking, as well as sponging and using a stamp to get a new look by stamping off the page. So, one last holiday card for 2010...

There are quite a few steps but the end result is totally worth it. Throughout the tutorial you can click on any picture to view it larger.

The supplies: White cardstock cut to 3.75″ x 5″, Early Espresso cardstock cut to 4″ x 5.25″, white A2 cardbase, clear acrylic craft sheet (or old transparency!), Archival Ink in Jet Black, Stampin’ Up inks in Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, and Night of Navy, a large circle punch (2.5″ diameter), a snowflake punch, a clear gel glitter pen, sponges for each ink color, a paper piercer, small red adhesive rhinestones, small silver brads, sheer white ribbon, post-it notes, and SU! stamps from the sets Peaceful Wishes, Lovely as a Tree, and the single stamp Dasher. Not pictured: Versamark and silver embossing powder.

First, punch a large circle out of a post-it note and stick it in the middle of your white cardstock. Then tear a post-it note (along the sticky edge) and place that across the bottom of the circle. This masks your moon and snow. Sponge Bashful Blue ink on the exposed white area.

Sponge Brocade Blue ink over two-thirds of the Bashful Blue, then sponge Night of Navy ink over one-third, creating a fade effect.

Remove the masks and stamp Dasher in the center of the moon with Early Espresso ink. Stamp the trees twice, hanging off each side, with Archival Ink Jet Black. In the picture above, mine is faded because my ink pad needs to be refilled, but I left it because I liked the weathered effect, which you can achieve intentionally by stamping off onto scrap paper once before stamping your cardstock.

Grab your torn post it note and place it upside down over the bottom of the moon, making it even with the horizon. Tear another post it note in a swoop shape and stick it on the bottom section of the card. Sponge lightly with Archival Ink Jet Black.

Move your post-its and sponge again to create a shadow underneath Dasher and another snowdrift.

Stamp Peaceful Wishes across the top in Versamark and heat emboss with silver embossing powder.

Using the glitter gel pen, carefully trace over Dasher’s antlers to give them some bling. (See that smudge? Don’t do that)

Punch two snowflakes out of an old transparency or a clear acrylic craft sheet. Use a paper piercer to poke holes through the middle of the snowflakes.

Add your Early Espresso mat, then tie on the sheer ribbon and affix your snowflakes with silver brads. Add the red adhesive rhinestone to Dasher’s Rudolph’s nose for your final touch, then adhere to your white cardbase.

Thanks, Julie, for this great tutorial!

If you want to see more from Julie, visit her blog at Handmade by Julie, or leave her some love here. Also, remember you can find information on cardmaking terms or techniques at our Cardmaking Glossary, and I'd love to hear any feedback on the glossary or your tutorial ideas at kate@operationwritehome.org.

Unknown  – (December 28, 2010 at 6:44 AM)  

that is gorgeous! thanks for the tutorial.

Jan Hunnicutt  – (December 28, 2010 at 8:10 AM)  

Wow, what a beautiful card! Thanks so much for posting this tutorial. I have Dasher but I don't have the trees. Some of my stamping friends do though... Just gorgeous!

rcwidow (Linda)  – (December 28, 2010 at 9:29 AM)  

beatufitul card! thanks for the tutorial!

Joanne Travis  – (December 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM)  

This is gorgeous!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

Darcy  – (December 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM)  

So pretty! Thanks so much for this tutorial. Really shows how easy this process is.

Paula S.  – (December 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM)  

Beautiful card! I love the clear snowflakes from a transparency sheet and the tutorial photos and instructions could not be better.

Lindy  – (December 28, 2010 at 3:09 PM)  

Wow - gorgeous card! Love the tutorial, too. Thank you!

Carolina Girl (Cely)  – (December 28, 2010 at 3:29 PM)  

wow...wonderful...so love it...thank you for the inspiration!

Sherry H  – (December 28, 2010 at 6:02 PM)  

Such a beautiful card, and the tutorial lays the steps out so clearly!

Seongsook Duncan  – (December 28, 2010 at 8:14 PM)  

Beautiful! Great tutorial. Thanks very much.

Julie  – (December 28, 2010 at 8:49 PM)  

Thank you, ladies, I'm so glad you enjoyed my card!

Dolores A.  – (December 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM)  

Thanks for the great tutorial laid out step by step so well! It's a lovely card.

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