Stampin’ Up! Masculine Sympathy Card done using the watercolor mask technique!

This card was one I had to try.  It is a watercolor ‘kind of’ mask technique that I found fascinating and want to do more of.  Love how this one turned out and so very easy to do once you understand the basic of this kind of inking.  I found a wonderful tutor on this technique here: www.HeathersCreativeBlessings.blogspot.com. This is a well done video by Heather North.  I am not going to go through the technique here,  please check out the video if you are interested.

The base of this card is Whisper White Card Stock, layered with Marina Mist Card Stock and the top layer is Whisper White.  A brief description of the watercolor mask technique: cut a piece of regular paper the same size as your top layer.  Then simply sketch the outline that you wish your watercolor part on the card to be.  In the video Heather uses the piercing tool and foam mat to out line the sketched area.  The carefully tearing out the area to be ‘watercolored’.   I used sticky notes to hold the card front down on my mat, then I positioned the mask above it and secured it as well with sticky notes.  Worked OK.  Not what Heather used in the video.

Then using a Stamping Sponge (cut into fourths) I used one section and kind of stamped off then ‘smeared’ Marina Mist Ink across the top half of the mask.  Be careful when doing this as the mask is easily torn.  Then using a clean section of the sponge I used Pool Party across the bottom half blending the sponging.

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I then stamped the tree from Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Ink.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases in Tuxedo Black Ink. Done!  and so much fun.  Watch the video and try it for yourself.

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The inside is done by layering Marina Mist with Whisper White and stamping the ‘flowery looking branch’ from Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set. The sentiment is also from that stamp set and stamped in Marina Mist.  This really makes a lovely masculine Sympathy Card.
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One sheet of typing paper, paper piercing tool and foam pad

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