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Welcome to Stamping With Friends August Hop

Welcome to the Stamping with Friends Blog Hop for August! Our theme this month is the Masking Technique. There are so many ways to use this technique. I chose Stampin’ Up!’s Masking Paper to create a mask or stencil from the Split Card Textures dies. Using the masking paper in this way allowed me to create a background effect by sponging over the design. Having a low-tack adhesive freed my hands to brush the color on creating a darker effect at the bottom and gradually getting lighter.

Wonderful World Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper

I love this color combination. I used colors from last year’s and this year’s color collections. The card base is Orchid Oasis and the first layer is Fresh Freesia. I carried this coordination through to the sponged image using Fresh Freesia on the beautiful textured mask while stamping the flower and sentiment in Orchid Oasis. I think my favorite part is the gradients of purple and blue hues.

Hippest Hippos!

Another way to use the masking paper for a masking technique is to block an image to create a layered look.

Hippest Hippos

The second hippo appears to be catching a piggyback ride from the first hippo. First, I stamped the bottom hippo onto the scalloped rectangle. Then I stamped the same image again onto the Masking Paper and cut it out using the dies. I layered the die cut image over the first hippo, matching up the images as closely as I could before stamping the hippo holding the flower just above the covered image. Masking prevents the 2 images from becoming a big unrecognizable jumble of images. Soooo cute!

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