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Happy Thursdays dear crafters! Ever since I started my new (nearly full-time) job in July, I haven’t been able to craft as much as I want to!  But I am doing my best to post every 2 weeks for Hobby Alternatief, and of course for this blog. Anyway, on to the card!


This card uses masking techniques to get the different colors and is moderately easy to make, but having a stamping tool will help greatly! It took me about 2 hours to finish.


This card was made following the Hobby Alternatief November sketch. I used to think sketches are easy tasks, but I’m starting to feel that they are not as easy to work with because of all the possibilities one can do! Especially for a crafter like me who tends to push her limits and think outside the box, I had to strap myself down to follow the sketch this time, but the creative part was thinking of a fun technique to use!

There is a mask on the cardstock.

There are many ways to make this card, but this is how I decided to make the card: using  masks. I cut a piece of 13x13cm card stock and stuck a piece of masking paper on it. With the masking paper on, my card stock is protected. On the masking paper, I drew a horizontal line to indicate the center.  From there, I traced three squares following the sketch from the same square die I will be using later. When I was happy with the positions, I cut the squares out and removed the masking paper from the card, and placed the cut out squares aside.

With removeable tape, you can stamp the entire piece!

With removable tape, I stuck the card onto my Stamping Buddy and stamped with Distress Oxide pumice stone ink.

Tip! When you want to stamp over the entire surface of your paper, use removable tape onto the back of the paper to hold it down temporarily.

Placing the squares back into the holes.

Once the grey was stamped, I stuck in the square pieces back in the hole (with removable tape on the back as well), removed the masking paper off the top square and removed the larger card stock from the stamping tool. I then proceeded to ink the portion of the stamp for the top square with Distress Oxide mowed lawn and stamped. When that was done, I continued to the next square, removing the masking tape and the square that was just stamped on from the stamping tool.  I repeated this once more for the last square. The second square used Distress Oxide broken china and the last one was seedless preserves.

So glittery…photo does it no justice!

When this was all done, I measured out a “border” for the three squares and cut out a ‘>’ shape from dark blue card stock. I then stuck the 3 squares on the dark blue card stock. Next I cut out “hello” three times from black card stock, stacked them together and applied Nuvo Glitter Drops (white blizzard) on top and let it dry.

Tip! To prevent your intricate pieces from moving around when trying to apply things like Glossy Accents or Nuvo, stick it on a piece of masking tape that is stuck onto your work surface!

The next steps were sticking on a piece of dark blue satin ribbon, then the ‘>’ shape, and the “hello” all on the card stock with the grey stamped image. I then stuck the whole thing on a 13.5×13.5cm cream white linen textured card base. I then added 4 rhinestones to finish off the sketch and the card was done! Well, not entirely. I left space for a sentiment strip to be added under the “hello”, so this can be a card for almost any occasion, like “Hello birthday boy!”

I think this card would not be possible without a stamping tool or the masking paper. I like how the stamped image is subtly streamlined because of these two items!

Do you have a favorite tool? In December I will be writing a post about my favorite tools, so stay tuned, and until next post!

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