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Happy Thursday and what a week for the Pals! Yesterday was our November "Thankful" Blog Hop, and as always, it was a huge success.

Today, the Pals Paper Arts Design Team has a new Color Challenge… this time, some bright Fall colors, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.


It's been a while since I did a little "masking" so I decided to design something clean and simple – lots of white space – with just a hint of color. These colors are bright enough to encourage some "masking".

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"Masking" is a stamping technique where you "mask" an image to create dimension on a single layer of stamping. The stamped images are from "Choose Happiness".

Here's a quick tutorial for you:

  • Stamp your main image (the one you want to fully display) onto a sticky note making sure part of your image is stamped near the edge, so you can use the sticky underside to hold the image in place.
  • Now, fussy cut the stamped image as close to the stamped edges as possible;


  • Stamp the same  image onto your card layer in the position you want it;


  • Take your "sticky note" image and place it perfectly over your stamped card layer image;


  • Next, stamp the image you want to appear "behind" your main image;


  • Remove the sticky note stamped image and enjoy your "dimensional" look. The leaves in the image below appear to be behind the flower.


  • Oh, save your sticky note image… you never know when you might want to do a little "masking" again. I usually keep mine in the case with the matching stamp.


So, grab some sticky notes, stamp and fussy cut, and mask something fabulous!

… and before I put in my signature block, I want to thank the Pals Paper Arts Design Team for choosing me as one of their Artist Picks from last week's color challenge. I was thrilled and humbled at the same time… the talent and creative spirit of those who participated was incredible… and most definitely, The Pals Rock! 


Click here to see the card that was the "Pick"!