Here you go….day #2 of our weekly FUN together! I have a TON of pictures because if you are anything like me….you do well with visuals! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. I am going to let the pictures tell the story but I hope that you give it a try!

If you had POPPED onto my blog before I copy and pasted Susan’s article…please pop back to yesterdays post to read it – I know that you will be happy that you did as she is one amazing person that I have upmost respect and admiration for!

Here is the picture that you are used to each weekend…the one that they are side by side…. Darn I wish that we were all together as you really need to see and feel them! Before you judge, see the pictures below…the water~coloring is so fun…and you can CLEARLY see that it IS doable on Very Vanilla Paper, just have a soft touch!






Now for the TON of pictures….sit back and enjoy! ( I guess I should do a video) 🙂 It really is simple – follow the below steps…look at the pictures!

  • Stamp the “lady” on a 3 1/4″ X 4 1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla in Early Espresso
  • Take the “mask” that you created and place over-top of the stamped image and then stamp the scene in Soft Suede (this just some how seems to work – I did not use any stamp position tool….the size of the paper and the size of the stamp just work…(moral of this story is – just go for it – the girl..the scene….it all seems to work out in the end ~ remember, its Handmade not Hallmark)
  • Stamp the lady again on whatever DSP you would like and fussy cut out the umbrella and dress, adhere with green glue
  • Water color quickly (again, not stressing…it just works out) I used the Aqua Painter because that is what I am most comfortable with but the colored pencils would e super as well. You are just trying to add some interest and depth
  • I matted the finished piece onto a Soft Suede Mat that is 3 3/8″ X 4 3/8″ I think that little pop adds! I added a piece of fun foam to the back to pop it up….true you could use a bunch of dimensionals but I like the “feel” of the solid lift and it goes through the mail perfectly.
  • The Very Vanilla Piece that is against the Soft Sky card base is 4″ X 5 1/4″ and then I scored it on all 4 sides twice – I think that the scoring with the classic water-coloring makes a great statement
  • Adhere it all together and stand back and SMILE! 😀






You can use sooooo many different products to mask from….stick it notes, regular paper and then put a removable adhesive to the back but what I like it a product called Inkadinkado…..and you can see that I am linking it to Amazon for reference….I like this because I can use the mask many, MANY times before re-doing it. (It has a great adhesive on the back and 1 pack will last you forever)

To be honest with you…..I made a dozen of these cards to have on hand and was able to use the same mask for them all! This truly was a fun card to make and I will say, I was proud of the end result…you see – I STICK MY NECK OUT LIKE A TURTLE and try new things! 😀

I just HAVE TO put in there – NO STRESSING about cutting this out – YOU can DO IT – I know you can! I like to keep my masks that I make in the stamp set that it goes with so I am not doing a search and rescue when I need it in the future.








In the below picture you will see the clean and crisp image of the girl…it is sunning just like this (I think) You could play around with different colors and keep it super simple. You can clearly see that the “points” on the umbrella are there even though you did not fussy cut them on the mask.

Sometimes I think that we “over think” things….like masking but it truly is a wonderful technique that will open many doors for many stamps that you have!














Now to the close ups that will show you the true beauty and ease of this whole process. It truly is super hard to put into words but hopefully I have shed some light for you!

I was super pleased with the end result and I hope that you enjoy the close ups….just looking at the image makes your mind say – wow, I would love to be there.









Well, I know that this was L O N G and a ton of pictures but I hope that I inspired you! You see…when you have great materials to work with  – anything can be accomplished!

Please do not forget to pop back to yesterdays post to see the other version of the card and also you will see up-close the fabulous stamps that made this card.






Enjoy this Sunday and I hope that you are able to find some inky time for yourself. Please look at the stamp sets that you have and try this masking technique. Remember, a piece of “post it” would work perfectly to create a mask. It is just amazing how you can make an instant depth with this technique.

I honestly do not think you could ever go wrong with both of these stamps that I showcased. To me, they are classic because the art work in itself sets the stage. You can see that I do not have a sentiment at all on the front and to me, it looks great!

Remember, jammie shopping is SOOOOOOO on trend – so HIT that PAW PRINT and get some goodies…..and while your at it – make sure you watch the totals to get FREEBIE from SAB…..we are on the home stretch! See you Tuesday!






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