Welcome! Today I’m sharing how I made one of the Artsy Index Cards for this year’s 100 Day Project. This is my second year participating in the daily project going on over on Instagram.
I used a simple masking technique to create a speckled background for this card. I started out using a mask of the boy on this stamp. Masks are wonderful because they protect a portion of your design, allowing you to keep it removed from other techniques.
Masks are also cheap… just use a post-it note and the sticky back does all the work. Once I make a mask, I store it on the stamp itself. When I need it, I simply peel it off.
First, I stamped my image onto an index card.
Next, I peeled the mask off the stamp and covered my stamped image with it.
Now that the boy is protected, I used post-its to cover the rest of the white index card. Applying Distress Inks with an ink blending tool gave me nice all-around cover.
After I’d covered the rest of the stamped image with inks, I peeled off the mask. I’ve used a marker to color in the boy.
Now that my image is stamped and colored, I want to do something different with the white background.
I covered the stamped/colored image with post-its. Using the ink blending tool, I applied color all around the stamped image. Next I spritzed with water, creating nice droplet marks in my background. Notice the main stamped image is without marks due to the masks.
I hope you enjoyed this and that you’ll come check out see my other cards on Instagram. We’re up to Day 50 already of this 100 day project!
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