Having the day off means that I already got to try out the new Make It Monday challenge for this week: Ghost Masking! When I saw Betsy Veldman's sample card, I couldn't wait to watch the video and see how she got that cool effect. Now, when I sat down to try it myself and thought about what stamps I was in the mood to play with, I decided to do a little bit of a variation on the technique - sort of a riff on Betsy's method, if you will. :) So here is my card:
I used the Mat Stack 1 Collection for the frame. However, since this isn't a full bleed stamp, rather than die-cut for the mask, I used my trusty craft knife to carefully cut, after stamping on vellum, right around the thicker line. Then I stamped Year of Flowers: Sweet Peas, with the inside mask in place. I switched to the outside "negative space" mask and stamped again, stamping off first as in Betsy's video. Now, since this isn't a solid stamp like Betsy used, I got out my Copics and set to work. :) In keeping with the "ghosting" technique, I colored the flowers outside the frame with darker Copics from the Raspberry Fizz range, and greens for the leaves. I used lighter Copics for the flowers and leaves inside the frame, and then got out some very light blues (B0000 and B00) to fill in the white space inside the frame - I like the "glass like" effect that it adds.
The "hello friend" sentiment is from Little Labels... and I can't begin to say how terrifying it was to stamp it, lol! After spending an hour or two with the Copic coloring, it was very scary to know that if I messed up that sentiment, the whole thing was basically garbage - but it came out ok!
I rounded the corners and embossed with the Canvas impression plate, then cut the Raspberry Fizz panel and embossed it with the Sunshine impression plate. Added the ribbon and button, and popped up both panels with dimensional adhesive on a white base.
I'm very happy with how this turned out - thanks Betsy for teaching a lovely new technique! And thanks to you for stopping by and peeking at my blog!