To create this scene, I knew from the beginning I wanted to have images in the foreground and in the back ground, plus a mountain scene in the back. To do all of this, it would take quite a bit of masking to keep layers from crossing each other.
To do this, I always like to start with a scrape card with all the images stamped out (and yes the lines cross each other). I find this preplanning always helps me stamp the scene out quicker in the long run.
I then place the scrap paper into my stamping platform with my good cardstock under it. I then place my stamps on top of the scrap image, and connect the stamps to the stamping platform.
My stamping ink of choice, whether I use my copics or my colored pencils, is Memento Ink. I loaded the stamps up with it, and stamped the images that would be the most forward in the card onto the good cardstock.
Left behind were the first images.
I added my precut masking paper to these images. I like to us Post It Notes 2″ post it tape for masking. And I always pre-fussy cut them prior to stamping the images.
The scrap paper came back down and the next stamp was laid on top so that the next layer of stamps could be added.
The next stamp got inked up, stamped, and added the cacti’s masking paper.
The same procedure was done with the third layer of stamps…
And then the fourth layer. Each layer was laid over the scrap paper, inked up and then stamped. The mask was laid over the stamped images each time.
Finally, I stamped the fifth and final layer of stamps, in this case the saloon onto the card. Even though this was the last layer of stamping, I added a mask onto this layer too, because for this card I wasn’t just using masking as a stamping technique, but a blending technique as well.
I added some post it tape to a bit of scrap cardstock, and added the big mountains from CDD’s Scenery Dies die set.
I ran it though my die cutting machine, leaving me with a mask to help create mountains in the background.
I added the mountains to the card, which left the card perfect to add distress oxides. I used Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, and Broken China to create the sky. Then I used Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen. The mountains were colored in with Antique Linen and Wilted Violet. Then I removed all the masking and colored up the images with my colored pencils.
To watch me use the distress oxides and color up the image with my colored pencils check out my coloring video on my Youtube video!
I added the colored image back into my stamping platform and added the sentiment from the Wild West stamp set.
I hope you have enjoyed the masking techniques I have used to create this one layer card! If you find yourself using these techniques, make sure you load up your design onto the CDD Gallery so all the design team can see it!