Stamp-of-the-Month: Traveler Masked & Blended Color Cards

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Hi Stamping Friends!
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MDS users will need to update their software, and once this is done, the pricing will show up at 20% off thru July 31, 2014.  Please Note: Shaped cards are not yet available from their new print vendor, but will be coming back soon.
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Registration Continues For August Stamp-of-the-Month Class!
August Traveler - ensemble largeThank you to everyone who has already signed up for the August Stamp-of-the-Month Class featuring the new Traveler set! 
See all the class details on my Traveler Stamp-of-the-Month Info page.  Local stampers can join us at my Traveler Class Night on August 14, and online stampers can purchase a Class-To-Go Kit.
Did you know that I now offer Cards-Only Kits exclusively for my demonstrators?  I do!
Pre-Paid Registration Deadline Is July 28, 2014.
No Surprises Here!  I've got another one of our Traveler class projects to share with you today.  I love to share my projects with you upfront, so you can see the quality and beauty of the projects you'll be receiving with each kit. They are Too Cool not to share!  You'll also be able to see if there are any supplies that you will need ahead of time and get them on order. 
You can check out the first two Traveler projects on my previous post: Globe With Colored Map Background and Nautical Ship Card.
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Masked Gradation - two cool 

These simple cards are quick & easy to make, but they make quite an impact!  I love the gradation of color highlighting the beautiful transportation images from the Traveler set! With some masking and sponging, you can create the same effect in minutes!

Masked Gradation - train

Masking & Sponging—I started with a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock that I masked off with two sheets of copy paper. 

Masked Gradation - sponging 

Masking TIPS—Use a little bit of temporary adhesive, like Tombow temporary adhesive or Dotto wax dots, to hold the paper on the card stock.  If you don't have those, try using the sticky side of Post-It's to line your sponged area.  You want your mask to be secure to get that sleek, straight, sponged line. 

Sponging TIPS—Once your masks are in position, start sponging on the ink parallel to the masked edges.  Going back and forth against the mask edges may make them pop up and get ink where you don't want it. 

I sponged on my Baked Brown Sugar and Pool Party on the ends first, then added Lost Lagoon in the center and blended that out to the edges.  If you choose colors that naturally blend together into pleasing colors, you can't mess this up.  If the blended areas seem to harsh, just add more of the lighter ink and continue to sponge and blend.


Variations—You can select any colors of any that blend well together for this technique.  Try experimenting with color combinations.  Or, try tearing the edges of your masked paper for a different look.  You can take a closer look at some examples of these variations at my French Foliage Rainbow Masking post.

Masked Gradation - train 2 

Focal Point—I stamped the Traveler train image over the lighter side of the color blend in Memento Black Ink, then added a sentiment from Wetlands above the color stripe.

Finishing Touches—I mounted that layer onto a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Lost Lagoon card stock.  Then, I wrapped some 1/8" Black Taffeta around the card front and tied in a simple knot.  It's all adhered to a Baked Brown Sugar card base.  Finally, I added some Rhinestones, which will also come in your Traveler Class Kit.

Masked Gradation - ship 

The second version shows how the blend looks with vertical positioning.  I used the Lots of Thanks stamp set for the sentiment.

Masked Gradation - ship 2 

Try making this fun masked card on your own with my Traveler Stamp-of-the-Month Class-To-Go Kit!  Just add inks and adhesives!  Or, if you're local, please join me at my class on August 14.

Complete Supplies List

Find all the supplies to create this project & more at my Online Store!

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Register Now For The Traveler Stamp-of-the-Month Class!

Want to create one of these cards for yourself?  Simply contact me to register!



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