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Fussy Cutting for Dimension

May 22, 2017 in WPlus9 - No Comments

Hi There! Today’s card uses a combination of masking and cutting techniques for a little bit of extra interest. I’ve used the WPlus9 Unforgettable stamp set and began by stamping the elephant on a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of 80lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock using the MISTI. I left approximately 2″ beneath the elephant for my sentiment.

I then masked the elephant image and stamped the balloon, curving the string of the balloon just a little to not only  fit the whole image above the elephant, but to also look as though it was tied to the elephant’s tail. I stamped the little bow towards the end of the string and colored all of the images with Copics.

I decided I wanted just a hint of color around the images, so I used the colorless blender and E0000 to create a light wash of color.


I wanted just a portion of the elephant to peek over the sentiment, so here’s where the fussy cutting came in. You could do this one of two ways. I chose to use an exacto knife and cut just around the elephant’s ears, face and trunk, but since I used patterned paper and ribbon below the elephant, you could also cut a straight line from the edge of the cardstock on both sides to the bottom of the elephant’s ears and around the face, trunk, etc.

I then cut a 2″ x 4″ piece of patterned paper and adhered it to the bottom of the Neenah cardstock, tucking it under the elephant’s trunk, and tucked/wrapped a thin piece of ribbon around the top of the patterned paper.


I die-cut a second piece of patterned paper with the My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Die-namics and stamped the sentiment. I matted this piece on dark gray cardstock and adhered it tucked below the trunk.

I can see this technique being useful whenever you want a masked scene with overlapping elements, but you don’t want to completely cut out or die-cut your images. I’ll be playing with this idea a bit more in the near future.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!

Cathy Chapdelaine

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