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Reverse Masking
Here is a really cool technique that I have been using lately on cards and scrap book pages. It works particularly well with the stamp-set called “Label Classics” as you need a frame of some sort to create this effect.
I stamped the oval scalloped frame onto some scrap paper (don’t use card stock as it is too thick). Then I cut out the middle of the frame just inside the solid line boarder (the rotary blade on Cutter Kit makes it easy to do this in one piece).
I stamped the frame again, this time on a piece of Whisper White card stock in Chocolate Chip ink. Then I placed the hollowed out frame over the top, lining it up exactly with the image underneath (the Two-Way glue pen can be used here. Left to dry, it becomes tacky, like a Post-it-Note.) The pattern in the middle is stamped with the gorgeous “Paisley” Background stamp. Here’s how it works:
Because my “mask” frame is covering the same image stamped on the card stock, the Paisley pattern only appears in the middle of the frame and nowhere else when I stamp over the top! Cool hey?
I have used Cool Carribean Classic ink for the Paisley design and Chocolate Chip for the word Cherish (taken from the “Warm Words” stamp-set.)
Card stock colours are Certainly Celery, Cool Carribean and ribbon is Chocolate grossgrain.
I guess I have been reminded lately about the things I need to Cherish, hold dear and preserve as sacred in my life…….so that was the inspiration behind this card. It would make a beautiful wedding, anniversary card or friendship card or you could change the greeting to suit whatever the occasion.
If you have any questions about this technique or wish to purchase any of the supplies mentioned above please contact me at
Images from Stampin’ Up! designs by Vanessa Webb unless otherwise noted.

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