Use Masks and Die Cuts for Backgrounds and Focal Points

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This past week I decided to work on using masks and die cuts for backgrounds and focal points for my cards. I have to admit, it was the first time, I used my masks, but it definitely will not be the last. The first card, I used a single Artistic Mix Decorative Mask for some easy background to add color. Then, I used the Stylish Shapes and Pansy Dies to finish up the card.

Stampin’ Up! Mask, Stylish Shapes and Pansy Dies
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Stenciling Using Die Cuts

Next, I used die cuts for stencils. For the card below, I used the Split Card Texture Dies and cut an image from scrap card stock. The background for the card was created by using the die cut as a stencil with Blending Brushes. I finished the card using Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set and watercolored the sunflower and leaves using ink and Water Color Painters. I went back over the images with Wink of Stella.

Background stenciled with Split Card Texture Die Cut and Blending Brushes
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The next card, I used a die cut of the large sunflower from the Sunflower Dies. Using Basic White Cardstock and Sponge Daubers, I created a background using the die cut as a stencil. The colors were Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Soft Suede. I then chose to die cut rectangles using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. These were layered on Early Expresso Card Stock and used as a focal point for the card. I then trimmed the die cut and used it on the inside of the card.

Sunflowers Die cut used with ink and daubers to create a background.
Sunflower Die cut used as stencil and daubers to create a background
Stitched Rectangle Dies used to cut panels as focal points for card front.
Die cut stencil
Inside of card with die cut

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  1. Lovely cards Kathi and a great demonstration of stencilling x

  2. Beautiful cards!

  3. Love the different ways you made/ used stencils. The results are beautiful!

  4. Robbie Susan Chandler

    These are lovely and what a great technique!

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