June 11, 2022


I actually created this card awhile ago, but forgot all about it. I came across it today and felt I really should share it with you because I like the method used in creating the background.

Do you remember the freebie that you could earn during the last Sale-A-Bration, a pack of Designer Series Paper called called Simply Marbleous? Coming in several colors, I wasn't a crazy fan about the side that resembled an oil slick or sumptuous silk. I sort of liked the flip side that was kind of a smoky look. 

Shown in the photo below is a snippet of the DSP the way it looked coming out of the pack

To supposedly "improve" the looks of the design, I used a Decorative Mask, which is now retired, but you can find the new set of Decorative Masks on page 129 of the Annual Catalog. 

Using Basic Gray ink and a Blending Brush, I transferred the design to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of the gray DSP. 

I thought the stenciling made the DSP look a little more interesting and classy. To preserve the looks of the "new" paper, I decided to let it be the star and added very little to it.

The beautiful sentiment is from the Quiet Meadow stamp set (page 68, Annual Catalog). The sentiment is on a label die cut with one of the Tasteful Labels dies, which, after searching the Catalog, I guess is retired. So sad. I use that set of dies a lot, and will continue to do so.

To embellish the sentiment a bit, I added Basic Gray satin ribbon behind the label, and two light gray pearls to the label itself.

Have you ever tried any of the Decorative Masks? Did you ever use them over Designer Series Paper? Do you like the look of it? When using a mask (stencil), what do you use to transfer the ink? Have you given the Blender Brushes a try?




  1. That worked out gorgeously. I looked at the card and said How did she do that?!! Wonderful illusion.

  2. Beautiful card -- the effect is subtle and elegant.
    Thank you for participating in Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 22.

    1. Thank you, Carol! Yes, I was pleased with how my experiment turned out.

  3. That is really pretty! I do have a set of decorative masks but they're still in the wrapper since I've never even opened them; you have inspired me to give them a try though. Pinned.

    1. Thanks, Joanne! Great! I'm glad I could inspire you to try something new -- that's what I'm here for!