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Altering Images with Masking

May 28, 2024 3 Comments

Altering Images with Masking

Hello, crafty friends!


I am Tammy Massey, and I am honored and excited to be a guest designer on the Gerda Steiner blog today. I’m new here; it’s nice to meet you.

For sure, Gerda Steiner images are the cutest things on the planet, but I also love that they seem to coordinate well with each other, both in style and in scale. So, when I got my hands on the In Your Corner set, I immediately started wondering what else this little guy could hold on to. 

And so, this happened.

For these cards, I chose a unique card size that’s roughly 2.5 x 3.5”, partly because I wanted the image to fill the entire card, but mostly because I wanted to use the tiny, long-ago abandoned envelopes I found in my desk drawer. 

For my first card, I stamped the image just as it was intended, with no alteration. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with Prismacolor colored pencils, blending with Gamsol for a smooth finish. I finished the image with a few white gel pen highlights, and a layer of Glossy Accents to fancy up the heart. The sentiments are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink, which always gives crisp results.


Then the alterations began.

To create the gift-giving mouse, I stamped the original mouse onto masking paper and then stamped the small present from the Season’s Tweetings set right on top of the heart. This helped me see exactly where to fussy cut the present but leave the mouse’s tiny hands intact. On the card, I first stamped the present image, then masked over it and stamped the original corner mouse on top. After coloring this card, I added a slightly altered sentiment from the Cupcake Mice set. 

The third card uses the tiny cupcake and another sentiment from the Cupcake Mice set, but the masking and coloring process is the same. Admittedly, this cupcake might be more than the little guy can handle, but hey, I get it: more is more, especially when we’re talking about cake. No shame.


And there you have it: three cards, each a bit unique, but all created with the same stamp set. I hope this encourages you to look at your products a little differently. Versatility might be hiding in the corner; you just need to find it.

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3 Responses

Debbie Throckmorton
Debbie Throckmorton

June 02, 2024

Great idea. You can tailor the card to meet the need. Great job!!


May 29, 2024

Awesome cards! I love how you mixed up what the mouse was holding, so clever!

Debbie L
Debbie L

May 28, 2024

Very creative and super cute cards. Love your tips on masking to her the hands in the correct position for the image you added. Great technique. And I love that you got to use some old envelopes you’ve been hoarding Great cards.

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