Here is a fun step-up to regular “masking”, where you cut a “mask” out of a post-it note and then cover up part of a stamped image. For reverse masking, you “mask” the outside area and stamp in the middle.
I used the Deco Labels Framelits and a large post-it note and ran through the Big Shot. I put the “frame” piece on top of a 5″ x 10″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock (fold in half). This part will actually open and be the card base; the Early Espresso layer is on the bottom. Stamp the oak tree image from Lovely As A Tree inside the post-it note “frame”, using Black Staz On Ink. You want to use Staz On so your image won’t smear once you start applying ink over it.
Starting at the top, I sponged some Island Indigo Ink, then moving down, added some Always Artichoke, and last, used Cajun Craze. You can use either a Stampin’ Sponge or Sponge Daubers. It works best if you “tap” on the ink, rather than rubbing.
Carefully remove the “frame” post-it note. I used the edges of the frame to make a sponged border around the card. I didn’t like the stark white on the front when I was finished, so I sponged a little Cajun Craze Ink around the focal image. The “friend to friend” sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. I used a Cajun Craze Button (have I ever mentioned that I LOVE buttons??!!) and pulled off a few fibers from a piece of our burlap ribbon and placed behind the button for a little extra dimension on the card.
Would you like to see a video of this technique?