Stampin’ Creative March Blog Hop


Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative March Blog Hop.  You may have started here or arrived from Emma’s page, showing her gorgeous projects.  Either way, welcome!

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This month’s blog hop theme is “masking”.  This is a technique where you cover stamped areas before stamping again, creating depth.  It’s a technique I’ve never really used, except in card classes!  With one exception.  My lovely upline Eimear started team evenings last summer and for the first one I volunteered to do a make and take.  Team nights are great fun – we get to chat about all things Stampin’ Up!, eat nibbles and make a few cards while we do that.  The make and take I came up with turned out to be a bit fiddly but I loved the effect and I think the other team members did too, once they forgave me for the freehand stamping!

This card is a slight variation on the original I designed for our team night and I think I like it even more.  I was really proud of this idea – no doubt lots of people have created rainbows with the “swoosh” from the Work of Art stampset now, but I hadn’t seen any when I came up with it.

The card base is half A4 in Elegant Eggplant, folded and scored along the short side, with a Real Red mat and finally a Whisper White mat.  I stamped the “swoosh” on a piece of card and then fussy cut the top curved edge to create my mask.

For my rainbow colours I chose Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red but these could be swapped to suit.  After a few trials runs on a piece of scrap paper, I used the grid paper to help me line the mat and mask up and stamped a partial swoosh in Elegant Eggplant.  Once dry, I placed the mask further down (this is where the freehand practise comes in), inked the swoosh in Night of Navy and stamped. I continued until the final swoosh, which I stamped without masking in Real Red:

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I heat embossed “You’re a fabulous work of art” in white on elegant eggplant (yes, I remembered the embossing buddy!) and used the Chalktalk framelits and the Bigshot to cut it out.  Hope you like it!

My second card using masking took a few goes, patience and gritting of teeth.  Yes, I know when you mask with tape that you have to remove it before stamping, but let’s just say this one took a few goes:

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The base is Old Olive, with a mat of Daffodil Yellow and then a further Very Vanilla layer.  I stamped the lemon image from A Happy Thing (a four piece stampset that’s free during Sale-a-bration – every £45 spend earns you a free exclusive item) on a piece of scrap card and fussy cut it out. I also taped where the card was really thin, to give it some strength. Next, I stamped the lemon stampvin Early Espresso on the Very Vanilla layer.  Once dry I put the mask over it, taped the stamp so I wouldn’t get more leaves on the top of the lemon, peeled the tape off and stamped again.  Finally, I masked, taped and stamped again, creating afinal image below the first.  I coloured the lemons using the Daffodil Delight blendabilities (sadly, Stampin’ Up have had to discontinue them as they had quality control issues) and the leaves using Old Olive Blendabilities.  Finally, I stamped “love life”, also from A Happy Thing, in Old Olive.  I constructed the card using tombow.  I hope you like my cards, I’ve loved creating them.

Next on the blog hop is Pip, I’m sure you’ll love her projects!  Come back next month to see what we all come up with.


Here’s the full list for this month, if you get lost or want to jump around:

Emily –
Emma –
Caroline –
Pip –
Eimear –
Kim –
Mikaela –
Lou –

11 thoughts on “Stampin’ Creative March Blog Hop

  1. Who doesn’t smile when they see a Rainbow … Love it and I equally love the beautiful bunch of Lemons. They remind me of happy holidays spent in Tuscany. A great use of the technique x

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