The clock keeps ticking and I keep getting farther behind… but these were a couple of ideas that I thought I should just share….




OK this really anchor’s the chef to the card he is of course stamped colored and cut out but the flooring is drawn and colored onto the larger piece.  There are several HINTS about this technique…… do watch the technique EVEN IF YOU THINK …I WILL NEVER DO THIS ITS TOO TIME CONSUMING… that’s where I the LAZY STAMPER wearing my red cape wants to tell you that you only have to do this ONCE…. yes, only once…. then you can do a couple of things… 1) you can copy it 3 times and paste it up on a full sheet of paper then make several other copies on white paper or even on colored paper which will make your checkerboard not white and black but a color and black… 2) You can scan this into your computer and do the same thing and print up to 4 a sheet again on photo paper very shiny , or card stock white or a color and if you can’t scan…3) then take a photo with your phone and use it to make additional copies…. so see I was right if you like it and what’s not to like YOU can make only one copy and go print more….at the bottom of video I think there are a few other samples of flooring… wood, brick etc…. I forget from time to time that adding grass, flooring or even just a line or a shadow… is a great way to anchor your images so that they don’t seem to be floating in space… Give it a try and if you need more help with printing multiples and you have a MAC I can help but if you think you are not tech savvy then just make 4 copies and paste them to a full sheet of paper ( and of course save your original  in a sheet protector) and print away either at home or at a copy store… it doesn’t have to be on card stock since you will be layering it on top of your card base.


Masking …maybe you know how to do this and maybe you have only heard the word but don’t quite understand how it works… With her video Dawn, shows you that if you make the extra effort to cut out part of your image you can layer images and make them all stand out better.  It’s a lot like taping off your baseboards before you paint…. your protecting your favorite or prime image.  Now in many cases this requires a bit of so called ” FUSSY CUTTING”  this in itself is often tedious BUT …here I am once again the LAZY STAMPER…still wearing my super red cape…to make your efforts slightly less tedious… FIRST, while she doesn’t say it you will note in the video that Dawn down not cut out all of the GOOSE… because she isn’t going to layer behind ALL OF HIM only the back end of the goose is necessary and not the feet or even the space between the legs.  It’s important to look at your image and decide just what part of it you want in BEHIND the rest of the image…depending on your image sometimes you can merely use a piece of a post it note to block out that piece of the image and then stamp over it…this would happen more with fairly solid images like a balloon or a house …maybe a tree trunk etc. In any case think about  your image and and imagine what part you need to protect and you can just cut that part out.  I also HIGHLY recommend that you either stamp the image on a post it not with the sticky part as much of your image as possible or use the removable tape so that it will in fact stick in place when you go to stamp… I know she didn’t but hey she is a professional and she can edit it out if she has a problem…lol…. In addition she actually cut a template for the oval background…. again I recommend using the removable  tape so that you can keep in place otherwise you won’t like your blurry shape.  Oval is a natural shape for lots of images but I also like the idea of a postage stamp shape, heart and cloud just to think of a few..



so you can see that I put all three images on one sheet of card stock and left lots of room between each of them so that I put them on the card stock to sponge the ink on in a a variety of placements..

mask images


pstg stamp

so just the backgrounds are there but I can add my other images over the top of these background masks…. like my bunny and eggs…..there is a HINT here also…. save your templates and also save any of the images that you FUSSY CUT in a sheet protector or a small plastic photo box so that you can use them again… warning… if you use the same template out of card stock too often it may allow bleed thru so beware.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY wire headed cyber toad…aka kath




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