The card I have for you today uses the reverse masking technique. This is a very simple and effective technique to create a sponged background that works beautifully with silhouette stamps. I have turned my piece into a one layer masculine birthday card. It has dimension (the layer is sitting on foam pads), a pop of colour and some texture with the linen thread detail, but nothing too fussy.
I used the Squares Collection framelits to create the rectangle for my sponging. You die cut the square as normal and then pop the framelit back into the die cut space and extend over the card stock to the height that you want. Run it through the Big Shot again and you have your rectangle. You can use the negative space of any shape such as a circle, heart or the myriad of other die shapes to create the mask. You can use Stampin' Sponges or sponge daubers to add the colour to your negative space. I find daubers give a softer looking finish.
The colours I have used for the sponging are Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy at the top. The tree image is from the 'In the Meadow' stamp set and the greeting is from the new Sale-a-bration stamp set 'Party Pants'. The Basic Black Archival ink gives a strong true black for the silhouette image. Unfortunately I couldn't get the photos to do justice to the beautiful bright Bermuda Bay of the base card or the sponged panel. It looks more like Island Indigo in the photo. You will have to take my word that it pops in real life!
For the inside I have a mat of Night of Navy card stock and the writing panel has the smaller tree stamped on the left and grounded by a strip of Bermuda Bay washi tape from the 'Bohemian' set.
If you haven't used this technique before, then I hope you will give it a try.
|Stamps||In the Meadow, Party Pants (2016 Saleabration)|
|Card stock & Papers||Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Night of Navy|
|Ink||Basic Black Archival, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy|
|Accessories||Linen Thread, Basic Metal Buttons, Bohemian Washi tape|
|Tools||Squares Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals|
Thanks for looking!