Jenny here and today I’m showing you how you can use selective masking on some of the background stamps to create texture and shine on your cards, while keeping it clean and simple.
To create this card, I’m starting off with some very pale grey cardstock, trimmed to 4.25’ x 5”. I placed it in my MISTI with the Erin Lee Creative Aztec Background stamp. I added a strip of Post-It tape along one of the lines on the background, masking off about two-thirds of the background, and then inked up the unmasked bit with embossing ink. I then removed the tape and stamped onto my grey cardstock (be sure to use a powder tool to prep the surface you’re stamping on before heat embossing!)
I heat embossed the pattern with WOW! Embossing Rose Glintz embossing powder. It’s a super soft almost iridescent embossing powder that goes perfectly with the grey cardstock. I then adhered the panel to a white card base.
I took a panel of white Bristol Smooth cardstock (great for blending and simple watercolor) and stamped the stag from the ELC Aztec Antlers stamp set in embossing ink. I love how these stamps go together – I actually chose them for their look before I realised they were both Aztec themed! I heat embossed in the same Rose Glintz powder, and then used Tombow Dual Brush Markers in two shades of purple, along with a Tombow blender pen to color the image. I used lighter purple over half of each section, pulled it out over the other half, then went back in with the darker purple just in a few shadow areas and pulled that out with the lighter purple. I then die cut it out with the co-ordinating ELC Aztec Antlers die.
I lined up where I wanted my stag, and before adhering with foam squares, I stamped the Lost from the stampset in dark grey ink directly onto the panel. I then adhered the stag. The rest of the sentiment was stamped in dark grey ink onto a strip of the same grey cardstock then adhered with a foam strip over the antlers. As a finishing touch I added some co-ordinating sequins and gems for a little sparkle!
I love how the soft purple contrasts against the background, doesn’t that Aztec border look fab – such a versatile background stamp. You could do this again masking off different parts of the background to suit your layout.
I’ll be back again soon with another project, until then I hope you have a great week!