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It has been a long, long time since I posted anything on my blog, and It feels good to be sharing my ideas with you again.  I have been creating projects for a Creative Backgrounds class, which, unfortunately, I had to cancel due to health reasons.  But I want to share a card I created for the class

The Sending Smiles suite of products is one of my favorites from the 2022 Annual Catalog.  The images are simple but striking, and there is a nice variety of greeting stamps.  Paired with the Sending dies you can make a lot of greeting cards, each with a different twist.  This is definitely a suite of products you want to add to your collection.

At my class I taught others how to create easy and different backgrounds using masks, embossing folders, sponging and watercolors.  The first card I’m sharing with you today used a mask, Blending Brushes and ink to make a simple but unique background layer – one that takes no time at all.

Here are the details –


  • Stamp Set: Sending Smiles
  • Paper: Sweet Sorbet; Basic White; Garden Green; Tea Boutique 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper
  • Ink: Parakeet Party; Sweet Sorbet; Crushed Curry
  • Other: Artistic Mix Decorative Masks; Sending dies; Parakeet Party 1/8″ Metallic Ribbon; Blending Brushes; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Glue Dots; Low tack tape (non-Stampin’ Up!); Multipurpose Glue or Seal

To make the masked background – 

Place 5-1/4 x 4 piece of Basic White on a  large piece of scrap paper, cover with mask.  Secure corners of mask with a low tack tape to hold it in place.  Using a Blending Brush, sponge Parakeet Party ink over entire surface.  Remove mask

You can duplicate this card by buying the products listed above at my online store

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Thank you for looking today!