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First off, if you have been following along, THANK YOU! This is the last of my Level 2 lessons, and I will be getting my final assignment for this level soon.

I have already learned a great deal, and I’m looking forward to moving on. This particular lesson showed us several ways of masking images to create our cards.

This first card is pretty straightforward. After you stamp your images you then “mask” the image (or cover it up), and  ink blend the background. I had not used the Space Travel stamp set yet, and I thought this would be a good one to use for this technique. Since I used the Altenew dye inks for my blending I was able to lightly spritz my background with water to give my card an “other worldly” look. After I did my images and background I put a little bit of Glossy Accents around the card to add some dimension.

My next project was also created by masking the flowers from the Beautiful Day stamp set. I then fussy cut around the images and mounted it on the Shutter Cover Die with a black cardbase. This really helped the images stand out. I intentionally layered my leaves in different color patterns to create some interest.

This last card I think is my personal favorite of the projects. The technique is not as easy to execute as it seems at first, and I went thru a number of “mishaps” to get to this.

Since I was using the Altenew Watercolor Pens to create my floral image, I had to create the layered flowers by masking the area around them with freezer paper first, embossing the images and then using the water colors. I hope to demonstrate this technique in a later post.

Instead of leaving the images on the original card I started with, I ended up fussy cutting them out and popping them onto the Halftone Cover die stenciled background.  I created this background by die cutting the cover die first and then using it as a stencil to create the background. I then used the Halftone Smile stamp and die for my greeting.

I feel pretty good about where I am with these techniques, but I also need to practice, practice, practice. Masking is definitely one of those skills that needs to be developed in order to get good at it.

Well, I’m looking forward to whats to come, and I hope you’ll leave a comment or two form me along the way. Thanks for sharing your time,

Rachael

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