Have you ever seen a card that looks like this and wondered, what the…. how the heck did they do that? Let me tell you how, the technique is called masking. The first thing that you do is cut two sheets of cardstock that are the same size, I cut one out of Whisper White cardstock which is the base of the card and the other I cut out of scrap cardstock. I took the scrap piece of paper and centered an oval framelit onto it and ran it through the big shot. I placed that paper over the Whisper White cardstock base and used sponge daubers to put some color down into the oval. I daubed the sponge dauber into Soft Sky and then from the outside of the oval and moved in towards the center. I did the top half in Soft Sky and the bottom half I used Pear Pizzazz. Once I was happy with the depth of the color I kept the mask in place and stamped the images I wanted into the oval shape in the center. I used one of my favorite stamp sets, In The Meadow. This stamp set is so serene, it can be used for birthdays, thinking of you and can be used for both masculine and feminine cards. It one you should have in your collection.
When you remove the mask you are left with this beautiful image that appears to have a frame around it. The final step is to add a sentiment and any additional embellishments. The sentiment I chose was from One Big Meaning, a set that has several thank you sentiments in all different sizes and fonts. I added a flower from Petite Petal and Linen Thread to finish it off.