Live, Laugh, Love - Masked Card using Lovely as a Tree and Beautiful You from Stampin' Up!

Sat 19 Aug 2017
Detail of masked card using Lovely as a Tree and Beautiful You from Stampin' Up!

This was a fun card to make, and it's the second project from my May "Mostly Cards" class. Lovely as a Tree was one of the very first Stampin' Up! sets that I ever owned - it was one of the ones I chose in my very first Starter Kit, when I signed up as a demonstrator in France (this was before it was possible to transfer demonstratorships across European borders, so I had to resign and then sign up again when I moved back to England). Because it's been around in my stash for so long, it has been sadly neglected of late, so I decided it was time to give it an outing, and whaty better than to use it to demonstrate how masking makes it possible to create completely new, composite images. Here's the full card:

Masked stamped card using Lovely as a Tree and Beautiful You stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

The Trick to Masking Off Your Stamped Images

The most time-consuming bit of this card is cutting out sticky notes to make masks of the dancer and the tall tree in the foreground, but it really is worth taking the time to make them as detailed as possible. The trick with masked cards is that you stamp them in what feels like back-to-front order. Stamp the image that you want to have right at the front (in this case the woman), then mask it off, stamp the next "closest" image and so on. You need to think about it a bit, but once you get the hang of it, it really isn't hard.

The girl's dress is coloured using the Sweet Sugarplum Stampin' Write Marker, but you could just as easily use the ink pad and an aqua-painter, if you don't have the pens. Similarly, although I inked up the sentiment using markers, you could use inkpads, you'd just need to be careful that you just add each colour to the appropriate end of the stamp (I hold the stamp up at eye level and dab the inkpad onto it, so I can see exactly where the edge of it is). The ribbon is retired now, sadly, but you could swap it out for one of the gorgeous new ones in the current catalogue. The ladies in my classes always grumble at me when I add bows to my cards, so tying a piece of Linen Thread around the ribbon is an easy way to create some interest, and it's nice and easy to do if bows aren't your thing, either.

If you're within reach of Ipswich (the Suffolk, UK one, not the Australian one!) then I'd love you to come and join us at our monthly Mostly Cards classes. You can find information about this year's dates, and links to book your place, by clicking here. You'd be really welcome!
As always, there are links to everything used in this card in the list at the bottom of this post. Everything is available through my Online Shop, or just get in touch with me if there's anything you want to know. I always love to hear from you! 
Thanks for dropping in. I'll be back soon, with the third project from my May class. I hope you enjoyed this one. xx


Product List 

Stamp : Lovely As A Tree Wood-Mount Stamp Set , Beautiful You Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Ink : Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad , Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad , Basic Gray Archival Stampin’ Pad , 2016-2018 In Color Stampin' Write Markers , Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers

Card Stock : Card Stock A4 Pear Pizzazz , Sweet Sugarplum A4 Cardstock , Whisper White A4 Card Stock

Tools & Adhesive : Fast Fuse Adhesive , Stampin' Dimensionals

Ribbon & Trim : Linen Thread