Wednesday, April 3, 2024

RAM for Paper Funday

Welcome to April 2024 Paper Funday Challenge where Anything Goes! Rachelle Ann Miller was one of our generous sponsors this month and I decided to use her digital image called Animal Balloons for some baby cards for my daughter's shop!
I want to show how to mask a digital stamp to be able to create a background over the images. First, I created the card by printing the digital stamp with a Brother Laser Printer onto Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock. Then I was ready to mask the background.
Start with an older brush that will fit your image. As a tole painter, I have a stash called "Seen Better Days" and I picked one from that set. Run the brush over a bar of soap, coating it, otherwise the brush you use will be ruined. I use Pebeo Drawing Gum and find it to work perfectly! Dip your soap-coated brush into the Pebeo (I like the blue color so you can see where you've applied it) and just paint all the images that need to stay white. 
Get into all the little spots so that the background remains white. You can see how the images were completely covered. Let dry, but not for days and days. I gave it about a half hour.
Now to create the background, I used Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass with my sponges and A Colorful Life Designs Stencil called Cloud Edger
I buy a set sponges from Amazon and cut into pie shapes. I make a "handle" with a punch I have from Stampin' UP and staple it to the top of the pie shaped sponge. I prefer to use these instead of blending brushes, round sponges, etc. Much cheaper and in my opinion work even better once saturated. If they get worn out, I just replace with a new piece of sponge.
Now to remove you can use a residue art eraser (as seen in the picture above) or just rub the blue Pebeo with your finger and pull it gently off the paper. You can see the hole in the balloon in the picture above where I started to remove the Pebeo Drawing Gum.  
Once the mask is removed completely and the background was completed you're ready to color. 
I watercolored the cute cute image with Mungyo Professional Half Pan Water Colors Set of 48. 
The sides were edged with an eyelet border from Spellbinder Winter Borders Die Set.  I love border sets and this one in particular has 8 different dies.
For the 2nd card it was created basically the same, but I use Distress Oxide Salty Ocean for a little darker background color.
The sentiments came from a retired RAM (Rachelle Ann Miller) MFT set called Number Fun 1. Here are the 2 cards together:
Thanks so much for sticking to the end. Hopefully this tutorial helped for those wanting to delve into digital stamps.
Come join us at The Paper Funday Challenges. We love to see your work!
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Hello, welcome to Stampin With Anita. I love crafting in all forms. It gives me great joy to create something special. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. I can't believe I forgot about masking with gum... I did this a lot in my college watercolor courses. Your card is just lovely!!

    1. I know, Joanne! I forget about it, too and makes life so much easier!!!

  2. Absolutely fabulous work with the cloudy background and I always forget I CAN use gum. Great cards, Thanks for creating another fabulous project for The Paper Funday Challenge. I couldn't do it without this amazing team!
    Donna xx
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