Using Scraps as a Mask

tossable scrap?

 I know I’ve mentioned that I am a scrap saver…  but typically, I toss scraps like these.  But when I saw this scrap of PopTones Sweet Tooth cardstock leftover from a large batch of Cricut cuts, I thought, “that would make a pretty card.”

So… I decided to use the scraps as a mask for some sponging.  The first thing you MUST do when doing this technique is to stick your “good” cardstock down using repositionable tape.  I am using Cryogen White by Curious Metallic.
Then, use tape to hold down your scrap cardstock.  I like to use repositionable so it’s easier to pull off whatever I’ve stuck it to.  Also, you will want to be sure that no tape is over an open part of your mask, or there won’t be ink there. (tape acts as a mask, too!)
Mask ready to go!
I used a sponge to color the flowers, starting with the lightest color and gradually getting darker.  I used CTMH’s Spring Iris, Amethyst, and Gypsy.    Keep dabbing until you’re happy with the color.  Remove the mask, and there you have it!  
Sponge the lightest color first
Keep sponging until you get the desired color
I created an A2 card using Cryogen White cardstock, then matted a Stardream Metallics’ Vista to the card front before placing my flower layer.

For some added pop, I stamped “Just for you” in the same shades along the bottom of the card, sometimes inking one half of the stamp in one color and then a little darker on the other side.  Finally, I added some buttons with baker’s twine knots in the center.
Other ideas for masking using these type of scraps include using a rubber brayer to ink the layer, as shown here:

And using the mask with a sprayable ink, here I used Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist.  (shown here)

So, next time you have some leftover shaped scraps, they may make the perfect mask for your next project!
Happy Stamping!

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