Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mortise masking

I played with a mortise (or reverse) masking technique a couple weeks ago and wrote a tutorial for smARTworks..... are a few cards made using the technique, and you can shuffle over to the smARTworks site for instructions! If you try this, send me a link or leave a comment here so I can see! Instead of covering up the main image to stamp around it, mortise masking covers up the area around the image so we can color in or stamp inside the image itself. When you cut out a traditional mask, you always have a mortise mask left over! Something to think about when you want to look at your stamps in a new way.

This first card is the one I made for the tutorial. All stamps are available from smARTworks. Card #2 uses the same stamp sets, and a free downloadable/printable damask paper from Jak Heath's gorgemous blog, Crafter's Kitchen.

My third sample uses downloadable/printable papers from Gina K.'s newest release. Cute cute stuff! More to share with that later too...but for now, a "bird-day" card!

All stamps used on these cards are from the Indigo Bunting set and the smARTbucks-only Cookie Plate. Clicking on the set names will take you to our design team blog, where you can see other ideas for using these sets and many others!
Thanks for visiting...let me know what you think of the tutorial!

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  1. Excellent Dina! I love your cards AND the wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing some of your creative genious!!! ;0)

  2. Awesome,thanks for sharing.

  3. very nice never thought of this tech LOL will go over and take a peek

  4. They are all just so lovely. I really like the different designs so we can really appreciate the technique you used.