By masking, sponging, and stamping, you can create the "look" of patterned (or designer, or scrapbook) paper in your projects. For this card, a piece of typing/copy paper (my mask) was torn to create an interesting edge. I use typing/copy paper because later I will be stamping and will stamp over the mask. If I were using card stock, the thickness of the card stock would create a "ghost" area causing my stamped image(s) to not go to the edge of my faux patterned paper. I adhered the mask to my card stock with a temporary adhesive; generally, I use a light application of glue from my Sailor Two-Way glue pen, but you can also use temporary Dotto or Monoadhesive. Since I will be sponging along a torn edge, I place the glue along the torn edge in order to minimize the chances of the paper lifting while I'm sponging and the sponged ink going where I don't want it. I sponged a light-colored ink (Sahara Sand by Stampin' Up!) onto my card stock, making sure that I had good, even coverage. With the mask still in place, I then stamped my images to create the look of patterned paper. When done, remove the mask and finish your card. This could also be considered faux layering, as you have the look of patterned paper over your card stock. If you wanted to add a bit more depth to your faux patterned paper, with the mask still in place, sponge with a slightly darker ink just along the torn edge of the mask. This will create a shadow effect and enhance the faux layered look. Stamps used for this project are from the Wild Rose and Elegant Greetings stamp sets by Stampin' Up!
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