Remember that purple sunflower from Painted Harvest that I showed in my two-step stamping tutorial a couple weeks ago? Well, my husband absolutely adored the look of it, and asked me to make some cards for him in that same combination. So here’s the first of them — a purple sunflower thank you card.
Notice how the sunflowers appear to overlap, just as they would in a real bouquet, with some parts hidden behind others? This natural-looking arrangement is easy to create with the masking technique!
What is Masking?
Masking is a stamping technique in which you cover up a stamped image with a piece of paper that’s been cut to the same shape as the image. This technique is really useful for creating natural-looking object arrangements, like this sunflower bouquet.
Masking Technique Video
Masking is very easy to do! Here’s a little video by Stampin’ Up! that will show you how to do it.
Tips to Make This Card
Want to make this card? Here are the supplies you’ll need, plus some tips for putting it together.
Shopping links are included at the end of this post.
Stamps: Painted Harvest (photopolymer set)
- 5-1/2 x 4-1/4-inch horizontal standard card base in Elegant Eggplant
- 5-3/8 x 4-1/8-inch piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock to matte the image piece on
- 5-1/8 x 3-7/8-inch piece of Whisper White cardstock to stamp the images on
- 2 x 1-1/2-inch piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock to matte the sentiment piece on
- 1-7/8 x 1-7/16-inch piece of Whisper White cardstock to stamp the sentiment on
Ink Pads: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive
Other: Coordinating clear blocks for the stamps, yellow & white baker’s twine, SNAIL tape runner adhesive, Tear & Tape adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals
- Masking the Sunflowers
- You’ll need three masks to make this card — one for each sunflower. To make them, stamp just the sunflower base on the sticky part of a post-it note, or some masking paper. Then cut out each mask right on or just inside the outside edges of the stamped image.
- Next, stamp the upper left sunflower in these ink colors:
- Base = Wisteria Wonder
- Detail = Elegant Eggplant
- Center = Daffodil Delight
- Center details = Pumpkin Pie
- Cover that sunflower with a mask, and then stamp the right-most sunflower.
- Finally, cover the third sunflower with a mask, and then stamp the leaves in Pear Pizazz (base) and Old Olive (detail) ink.
- Card Assembly
- Attach the image piece to its matte, then wrap the baker’s twine three times around the lower area before you attach the matte to the card base.
- Because of the extra bit of bulk from the baker’s twine, you’ll want to use stronger adhesive, like Tear & Tape, than just SNAIL to attach the Wisteria Wonder matte to the card base.
- Attach the sentiment piece to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All of the Stampin’ Up! products that I used on this card are available to order 24/7 through my online shop.