A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Masking the Focal Image

The 52 Christmas Card Throwdown has a technique challenge this time:

I really like the look of having a text background around the focal image.  So I masked my focal image to achieve this.

I stamped the bird and holly in archival ink and watercoloured it.  I then stamped the bird and holly again on a post-it, roughly fussy cut it and masked the one on my card. 

I then inked up the text stamp in a pale grey ink and stamped over top.  I was pleased with the look when I removed the mask. 

I bordered in red, and popped it up on fun foam.

I meant to put Glossy Accents on the berries but forgot so will go back and do that.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - SU Beautiful Season, Stampendous Christmas Background
Ink - Archival Jet Black, Memento London Fog
Paper - watercolour paper, PTI Vintage Cream, red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun foam


  1. This is gorgeous Susan! I LOVE the beautiful watercoloured bird and holly with the pretty text background. Great design, my friend! xx

  2. Quelle jolie carte Susan, j'aime cette ambiance vintage pleine de charme, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52CCT, biz

  3. I studied your card before I read your description and was amazed that you managed the background stamp around the image. Oh the fussy cutting you are willing to do! Beautiful card, Susan!

  4. The making gives a great look and really extends our stamps. I like the subtlety of your card. Thanks for joining in at 52CCT

  5. I love this chickadee and the masked script is fantastic with it! I would not have thought to pair these two stamps but will remember it for the future! Love the result!

  6. So beautiful! I had to click over when I saw this in the list! Congrats!


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