I've been promising a tutorial like this for a looonnnggg time I know - and I finally have it!!
WHAT YOU NEED:
A Muse Oval Stamp (I used the Mini Oval bl sm for this tutorial - there are 4 different sizes available through A Muse. You can use other "shadow" stamps (oval-shaped or otherwise) as well - I just personally prefer the A Muse ovals and it's what I use all the time!) being in Canada A Muse stamps are pretty hard to come by - so I just order directly from them - I can either call or e-mail them (their contact info is on their website) and they ship out ASAP. They're really great to deal with - just tell them AmyR sent you!! :o)
Sharp Scissors (ones with fine tips made for detail cutting are best - I use Stampin' Up! Paper Snips for this - Cutterbee one's are similar I'm told but I've never tried them)
Either a Post-It note (the yellow one's pictured) or a piece of Eclipse Masking Tape (I just got this and it is FABULOUS - I always used Sticky notes before but after trying the Eclipse tape I won't be using Post-It's anymore - the one side of the tape is completely covered in adhesive similar to a sticky note and it stays in place better. And a roll like this will last FOREVER....) - which is the little white piece pictured.
Stamp Bella image onto Eclipse Tape/Sticky Note (I used JUST the Eclipse tape for this tutorial). I only stamp the bottom portion of the stamp b/c that's all that's needed for this type of thing.
Using detail scissors cut out the image. I cut slightly INSIDE the lines - this is what helps prevent any "white space" and is what usually has most people confused LOL b/c I make it look good! Keep reading tho to find out more tricks *wink*.
Stamp bella image onto cardstock.
Place mask overtop of stamped image and press it down - making sure it's lined up properly and directly on top of the stamped image.
Ink up oval stamp and stamp it at the Bella's feet. I press the oval firmly onto the CS - not TOO hard mind you - just good even pressure.
Peel off mask.
Now I get asked ALL the time how I get the image stamped so well with no white space around the feet - MOST of the time I have no issues b/c the mask was cut properly. However when there IS white space (and you can see a teeny bit along the bottom of the foot on the left bella - however something like that I'd usually just leave b/c it really is hardly noticeable) - I use the fine tip of a marker in the same color as I stamped (I generally use Stampin' Up! classic ins to stamp the ovals and then I have all the matching markers too) to fill in any of the white space. THAT's my "big secret"!! LOL
And here's the finished card. I used Copic markers to color in the Bellas, and you can't see it but I added glitter here and there with my Sakura Stardust pen. I stitched twice around the image - it didn't look right just going around once - the tension was off - especially when I was going through 3 layers of CS and the ribbon - not good!
The ribbon is May Arts - I LOVE their new striped ribbon!
The sentiment is also from Stamping Bella - it's so cute!
STAMPS: Huggybella and sentiment by Stamping Bella. CS: Papertrey Stamper's Select White, Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue and Rose Red (all Stampin' Up!). INK: Brilliance Graphite Black, Bashful Blue. ACCESSORIES: May Arts Ribbon, Prima Flower, WeR Black Snap, Sewing Machine, Bazzill Brads, Sakura Stardust Pen, A Muse Twinkle Stickers.
So there's my Bella masking tutorial!! If there's any questions just leave a comment on this post and I'll edit it to answer them. Have a great weekend everyone!