Are you wondering how to use the seasonal decorative masks in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog?? If so, this blog post is for you!! I recently held a local stamp club meeting and we tried making a card using the seasonal decorative masks. I’m sharing some of what we learned here.
First of all, here’s the card that we made at our club meeting.
You can see the background we made using one of the Seasonal Decorative Masks from Stampin’ Up!. We created this by sponging Old Olive ink onto the Old Olive card stock.
- The stamp set used was Seasonal Bells (Wood 142104, Clear Mount 142107).
- The bells have a coordinating Bell Punch (141846) that works perfectly to cut out the bells. The banner was cut with the coordinating framelit found in the Bunch of Banners Framelits (141488).
- Real Red circle was created with the Layering Circles Framelits (141705).
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In preparing for the club meeting, I also tried some other “techniques” with the Seasonal Decorative Masks. Here’s a summary (along with a photo) of each.
Here’s all the “must knows” about the Seasonal Decorative Masks (141848) from Stampin’ Up! There are four stencils in the package (stripes, dots, “raindrop” shapes and sweater knit design). The stencils are 6″ x 6″ and are easy to clean.
Why would I want to use Seasonal Decorative Masks?
They are a great way to let your creativity soar and add interest to your projects! You can use these stencils to create fun patterns and backgrounds for your projects. Don’t have the right color designer paper to use? Create your own using the Seasonal Decorative Masks!!
What products can I use with the Seasonal Decorative Masks?
Inks, Markers, Acrylic Paint can be used on paper, fabric or canvas.
What tools work well with the Seasonal Decorative Masks?
Stamping Sponges (141337), Sponge Daubers (133773), Sponge Brayers (141714), Stampin’ Spritzers (126185) and AquaPainters (103954). VersaMark Ink (102283) can also be used to heat emboss, but it is a bit more difficult to clean the glue-like ink off the mask.
Other tips and tricks for using the Seasonal Decorative Masks:
- Clean the stencils by running under water. If desired, they can be cleaned with dish soap. Pat dry.
- Use Washi Tape to prevent the card stock from sliding while inking. I like to tape the cardstock directly to the back of the mask, then place on my work surface.
- Always protect the work area with scrap paper so that ink doesn’t get on your work surface.
- I find that sponges work well when I’m wanting to color a large area with ONE color. If I want to be more selective, I use the sponge daubers.
- Sponge daubers work the best if you want to use more than one ink as they offer more precise control in color placement. (See above photo) Always start with your lightest color ink first!!
- Pouncing (up and down motion) with a sponge gives a lighter look that scrubbing (back and forth motion). See red stripes in the photo above.
If you haven’t ever tried masking/stenciling, I’d encourage you to give it a try. Experiment with different colors, techniques and tools. Seasonal Decorative Masks from Stampin’ Up! are an inexpensive way to add unique and creative looks to your projects! And, now that you know how to use Seasonal Decorative Masks you’ll be a pro in no time at all!!!