Friday, November 11, 2011

Use a Mask with our Cathedral Window from "O Holy Night"

I love to work with the window from the Raisin Boat set, "O Holy Night." In fact, I think it looks great paired with our new elves sets. It works with the toy shop work table and computer desk.  In this card, I used the work table from "North Pole Toymakers." I added presents inside the window panes. They fit perfectly so no masking is required!

Be creative with the window. I put a small gift in each window pane.
The gift and lights are from our set, "Handy Dandy Helpers."
I strung lights in front of the window in the next sample. To do this, I stamped the bulb inside the panes to avoid having to mask. This approach is quick and easy and looks great. The elf is from the Raisin Boat set, "Elves on Staff."

String lights across by stamping within the
panes to avoid masking.

Making objects appear inside or outside of the window gets a bit trickier, however. To do this, create a mask by stamping the window on copy paper. It needs to be thin paper so that you can stamp on top without issue. Here's a picture of my mask. It's been used already! I keep it inside my set's CD case so that I don't have to recreate it next time.

Create a mask using, thin, inexpensive copy paper.
This photo is not blurry, my mask has just been used over and over!

Once you have the mask created, stamp your window image on the card front. Then, lay the mask over the stamped image and stamp again using the item(s) you want to appear on the other side of the window. In the next example, I stamped the work table on top of the mask to get this effect.

Use a mask to stamp images inside or outside
the window to avoid overlapping lines/images.
To complete this card, I created the shutters by stamping the window on another piece of cardstock, cutting it out and cutting in half. I turned over the paper pieces to the blank side and added the shutter details to finish them. Our white Liquid Applique tops off the window and shutters. I should also mention that I used our woodgrain stamp to create the outside cedar boards for the exterior of the toy shop. Our white gel pens work great on dark colors to create the vertical boards.

Try this out! Smiles, Bobbi

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