I have been desperately wanting to make a Faux Layers card ever since I saw one posted to a group a few months back. And I finally have!
This cardfront is literally one sheet of white cardstock. The layered look is achieved by careful placement of color and shadow.
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This is one of the 12 new techniques in the December 2007 TechniqueJunkies newsletter. I really hope anyone not already subscribed will consider it - you can't spend $20 any better in the stamping world! My brother was kind enough to buy a one year subscription for me last Christmas and I'm not exagerating when I say it has totally changed my stamping for the better. Every other month you recieve a color newletter in the mail with all techniques, steps and sample photos, and then access to the website subscriber-only pages where you get full color step-by-step photos with written directions for each technique, PLUS a page of artwork by the awesome TJ designers so you know what your finished artwork should resemble LOL It's just an awesome resource and really one of those things where after you do it you groan "Why didn't I do this sooner?!"
This card is an unusually complicated one to describe, although easy enough to do IRL (15 TJ steps compared to the usual 6 or so!) but the page on the TJ website couldn't be clearer. If you "join" TJ it's with the agreement that you won't use her words or photos and repost her material, so of course out of respect I need to just direct you to TechniqueJunkies on this one. I'm pretty sure if you join anytime this month and request it she'll be willing to start your subscription with the December issue. If you've got ants in your pants >;o) try Googling Faux Layers Card, or check Splitcoaststampers technique page...
The basic idea as you've probably figured is to use masking, and reverse masking. I didn't have a tag punch so I made rectangles and used a hole punch for the rounded area. For colors on this card I used last year's Stampin' Up! In Colors, and then a blender pen and sponge to apply.
Stamp credits: kids and small snowflake grouping are Stampin' Up!'s Winter Play set, large snowflake is Northwoods, tiny single snowflake is imaginations!, greeting is Savvy, ribbons are Inky Antics Ravishing Ribbons set, and flourish is Flourishes v:I by Rhonna Farrer for Autumn Leaves.
Hope you enjoyed looking as much as I enjoyed doing!! :o)