Aimless playing is good for you.

I find myself bored and feeling a bit claustrophobic in this hotel room in Oakland, California. My “Day Job” has hit a snag and I need to get my mind off the craziness this month has plopped in my lap.

Jann Gray at WhatYouMakeIt has an excellent video on doing a “Masking Technique” using rubber stamps to create a card front.

I have some floral stamps by Hampton Arts and Studio G that I’m going to play with. They are smaller in scale than Jann’s but will serve the purpose of finding out just how difficult this technique is to do.



On a scrap piece of white Colorbök paper I stamped one of each image using Momento Tuxedo Black ink then cut them out.


Then I stamped three of one image on a piece of 4-1/4 x 4-1/4 white Colorbök paper.


Since I don’t have access to that nifty reposition able paper Jann uses I attached Elmer’s glue dots to the back of each flower I cut out. Pressing the glue dot against the leg of my shorts I attempted to lint up the sticky surface to make it less sticky.





Covering one of the stamped images with its mate I stamped a different image next to, and partly over, the masked off image.




I kept masking and stamping until I thought I had done enough damage then quit.



I have a set of Marvy Uchida pigment markers to use as my coloring tools.


My results are no where near the caliber of Jann’s but I have stepped into one of my fears….coloring and flowers. I guess that is really two fears 😉


Okay, NOW what do I do with this? Guess I could cut the image out.


Run a 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 piece of light green textured paper through an embossing machine.


Swipe the embossed image with some orangey ink from Studio G and ink the edges as well.


Adhere a piece of black gross grain ribbon to some golden satin ribbon and mount it on a high diagonal across the green embossed paper.


Then adhere the cut out over the ribbon.


Then mount it all on a white textured card stock cut at 9-1/2 x 4-3/4.


So, as the saying goes “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”.

I did learn how to do the “Masking Technique” and I’ve attempted to color.

Maybe it needs a bit of bling. Maybe even some glitter glue or Liquid Pearls.

Maybe I’ll just leave it as it is and add it to my “Sample Technique” stash 😀

What technique are you attempting…or getting up the courage to even get close to trying?

Go for it. The worst that can happen is…..You’ll Learn Something 😉



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pati Mishler
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 09:15:51

    Now that is quite interesting, i like the flowers, lol, of course i would like the flowers, lol.

    And you placed the flowers on top of that paper with the words on it, ok, NOW what are you going to do with it?

    I have an IDEA!!!! Find some ( lace ) to put on it also, ya ya ya, i know, shut up pati, lol, lol,

    Me and my flowers and glitter and lace, BUT, you still love me for it, dont ya? lol.


    • Message In A Fold
      Jul 25, 2012 @ 14:24:39

      You bet I still love you. “Ya ya ya”. You crack me up!

      Come to think of it, maybe a little lace under the flowers instead of the embossed paper would be a nice touch.

      I must remember glitter next time, too 😉

      Love you Sis


  2. Pati Mishler
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 09:17:36

    OH YES!! I did forget to mention, ( Dont forget to add the glitter sis )

    Ok, so much for my useless help, lol, my personality taking over, lol.


  3. Pati Mishler
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 06:29:59

    OMGOSH!! I love that idea, will be watching to see how it all turns out.

    Ya, love you too. 🙂


  4. gardenpinks
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 17:08:35

    How did I miss this?? Love what you did Leslie with creating the flowers from masks. The colouring really made them pop and I like very much the ribbon, embossed card and matted onto another piece of card. Also like Pati’s idea with lace or perhaps a doily lightly dusted with ink 🙂
    Well you certainly filled a little time in that hotel room productively!

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx


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