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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.

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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;

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

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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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! 

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

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