clean and simple sunday no. 84

Back again this week with another clean and simple card design…

This card features the A Muse Studio Mod Backgrounds 1 stamp set, mermaid and lime inks and a mermaid card base. Now this card could have easily been created as a single layer card, but I do like the finished look of the base card in a different color to create a mat for the stamped panel.

a muse studio mod backgrounds 1 copy

This is such a fun masking technique! ย I took a piece of vellum, but you could easily use a piece of printer paper or some other thin paper, and cut two rectangles that measure the about the same size as a standard card front (4.25 x 5.5″). This size is easy to work with and it provides good masking coverage. I then used my Spellbinders circle dies, the second and third smallest circles in the package and cut one in the center of one of the pieces of vellum and the other size circle in the center of the other piece of vellum. I used these vellum pieces with the circle cut in the center as a stencil and by using the vellum card stock I was able to see through the paper for placement of the circles.

a muse studio mod backgrounds 1-2 copy

The first step is to choose a sentiment and stamp it on the panel where you would like it to appear. I chose a sentiment from the Southern Sass set and stamped it in onyx ink. I then took two of the background images from Mod Backgrounds 1 stamp set and inked one in lime and one in mermaid ink. I placed the vellum stencil of the larger circle over my white card stock panel and stamped the mermaid background over top of the stencil so it would create the circle of mermaid polka dots. You’ll need to apply more pressure than usual when using a stencil in order for the background image to imprint along the edges. I did the same thing using the lime ink and the flower background stamp through the smaller circled vellum stencil.

To create the partial circles near the sentiment, I simply used a post it note to mask over the letters, then layered on the vellum circle stencil and then stamped the background image through the stencil. The post-it protects the letters from becoming covered with ink.

masking how-to-edit

Once the circles were stamped, to define them a bit, I took a sponge and dabbed it lightly on the lime ink, placed the stencil back over the stamped circles and then very gently swiped ink from the outside edges into the center in a circular motion bringing the ink around the outside edge of the stencil. I did this for each of the circles I stamped.

The finishing touch was to add some blue-green sparkle stickers from the assorted round pack. Just a little bling to add a bit more interest! I hope this card inspires you to use your background images in a new way…



  1. I love the colors and crispness of this card. The sentiment just “pops” in black on the white and gives it a beautiful contemporary look. It would look great in ANY colors, which gives it so much potential for any occasion. The white panel on the mermaid background color really makes the card look finished and sophisticated.

  2. Great observations Auntie!! Thanks so much for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  3. I love those Circles! Thanks for sharing how you made them! I love the Lime and Mermaid together, too. I’ll be off to my Craft Cave tonight to CASE your card…

  4. Thanks so much, Jackie! Have fun tonight!!

  5. Very nice – I like the pop of color too from the matting. Love your circle idea – I thought you “kissed” the stamps but this is much more complicated…and probably nicer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thank you, Chris—you know, I’ve never had good luck with stamp kissing… I’ve tried that technique a few times but I think I just haven’t found the right combination of stamps. I think this technique just produces a bolder result; less subtle.