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Oct 15, 2012

Let's Get Lost... 2 "How-To"s

Hi all!  Welcome to day 6 of MFT Teaser Time!

My family and I have enjoyed going to corn mazes ever since our kids were little so the new Pure Innocence Corn Maze Girl stamp set brings back many fond memories!  As a matter the fact, HERE is a post from about SIX years ago with a picture of my 3 munchkins at a corn maze.  LOL  What a difference six years makes.  :)

When I saw this stamp set, I knew immediately I wanted to "recreate" THIS card that I made several months ago, using the Cornstalk Die-namics.  I just love making little scenes, recessed in a frame, with dimension galore.  I make it my personal mission to never mail a card with a standard stamp.  ;)  I'm only half-joking... that is usually how it happens.  LOL

I used my Rectangle STAX Die-namics to create a frame in my front card layer and built my scene in that space.  I show you how I did it below, so keep on scrolling. Today's post is long (but informative).

She is colored with Copic markers.  I included lots of dimension with the Die-namics I used: Cornstalk; Mini Pennants; Howdy Frames; Picket Fence.

I added a couple "nail holes" (aka paper-pierced holes) to the sign to add a more realistic feel and mimic the Picket Fence Die-namics.

Her skirt was textured with Copic Colorless Blender Refill and a piece of grosgrain ribbon.  Her skirt and jacket are paper-pieced to add more dimension and depth to the scene.

Here is a side-view of the card so you can see all the dimension.

I finished off the inside also!

Here is a look at how I built my scene.

I added Fresh Cut Grass and two Cornstalk Die-namics top the side of the Corn Maze Girl image, adhered flat on the paper to her left and right.  The blue sky was created with my airbrush and Copic marker.

On the frame itself I adhered two Cornstalk die-cuts as shown.  Only the leaves are poking out.  I hid the stalk and other side of it behind the frame panel.  I stamped the denim stamp from Western Backgrounds to add a little texture.

The Picket Fence die-cut was sponged with brown ink and then adhered to the front side of the frame panel.

Add PLENTY of dimensional boosters or foam tape to the backside of the frame panel so it is well supported when you adhere it over your image/scene.

Make sure the image is placed where you'd like it and adhere the frame panel over your image/scene.  The result is fun and dimensional!

I was having too much fun with the Corn Maze Girl Pure Innocence, so I decided to make another card using a different technique.  Again, I provide a "how-to" below, so be sure to keep on scrolling.

She is colored with Copic markers and the scene was created using a masking technique.

I included signs on pieces from the Howdy Frames Die-namics and posted them on a pole from Mini Pennants.  Again, I included "realistic" nail holes to add some interest.

Here are the steps for making a scene using masking:

Stamp the image on card stock and on masking tape paper (I use the Eclipse brand that comes in a 6" roll).  Cut out the image (very closely) on the masking paper.  *HINT - place the masking paper on scrap card stock prior to stamping and cutting out for more manageability.

Place the cut-out image on masking paper over the stamped image on your card stock.  Line them up exactly.

Stamp a corn stalk image, overlapping her, to the right.

Do the same thing to the left of her.

Stamp a cornstalk in the center.

Now, create a mask for the corn stalk so you can expand your scene to the left and right.

Lay it over the cornstalk on the right.

Stamp a cornstalk, overlapping the masked cornstalk.

Repeat for the left side.

I masked the feet area separately and stamped that in with 2 masks in place.

Here is the finished scene, created with the masks.

Here is the image, all colored.  As you can see I colored with a super-dark brown because I wanted the ground level with her feet.  That was a "cover-up" move.  :)

Here it is trimmed and completed. (added cheeks, expanded ground)

Here are the dies I used on today's cards:

 Here are the details about the upcoming release:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on October 16 from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can win PRIZES!
  • The MFT Release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on October 16 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
  • The Guest Designer Contest is going on now!  Check out the forum HERE for details on how you can win over $200 in stamps and Die-namics.
  • If you'd like to see teasers for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for your chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on October 16 just before the release party, on the MFT Blog.


  1. Thanks for the tutorial.Love your frame card Jody.

  2. These are both so stinking cute!!! I love the techniques you used on each one of them! There's so much detail in each little scene!!!

  3. Jodi I just love your framed creations...great technique, thanks for sharing!

  4. wonderful cards Jody! sooo much fun, little extra details. Thanks for the how-to' that!

  5. OH my gosh! Totally cute! Love the scenes you've created!!! Fabulous cards, Jody~

  6. Wow Jody, these cards and tutorials are GREAT! At first glance, they made me think of the corn mazes I've been through. :)

  7. Wow these are fabulous, love your tutorial too

  8. These are too cute! Love the frame and your coloring is gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorials.

  9. What an adorable set of cards!!! I was just at a corn maze yesterday... although it was raining and muddy, so I didn't go in - just got a caramel apple instead. : ) I love this little PI - especially her outfit and adorable boots!! BTW - I love your blog design!!!!

  10. OMG!! This set is SO CUTE!! I LOVE the fun card and the cute elements that you used!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  11. Both cards are fabulous! Love the different techniques. Thanks for sharing that. :)


  12. Love how she is peaking out from behind the fence. Thanks for that tutorial on stamping.

  13. Great tutorials! Love the 3-D effects you've created with both cards.

  14. Thanks for the tutorials. Your masking technique is awesome and the coloring.

  15. Jody, thanks for the tutorial on your complex masking! Seeing it step by step and then in color felt like going to Oz! Excellent cards!

  16. Absolutely love the scene you have created here!! Amazing card Jody!!

  17. Jody - amazing! I love how you made the frame on the card! Such a smart cookie you are!


  18. SO CUTE!! LOVE it! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!
    Have a GREAT day!

  19. So cute! Love your framed card!

  20. You are amazing! LOVE how you made a frame and your masked image tutorial is fantastic!

  21. Wow, love this fabulous scene you created and the recessed card too, love them both!!! The pics of your kids in the cornstalk maze is so cute!

  22. gorgeous cards, Judy, great scenes!

  23. love the masked image. fabulous card.

  24. Adorable cards Jody! Love the sweet image in the various cornfields! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  25. Holy cow! These are amazing! Love that sweet little Fall PI girl!

  26. WOW! LOVE these Jody! Your tutorials are AMAZING as well!!!

  27. Don't know how I missed these yesterday but they are awesome. Love the dimension on each one. Thank you for the tutorial on how you die each one.

  28. Oops, that should be how you "did" each one.

  29. Super cute scene you've created. love the fence. Thanks for the tutorial.

  30. Totally in love with the corn stalk die!!! I'm a farm girl from MN and fall is my favorite season ever, hands down.

    I love that you've created this die and it's on my must have list. Lovely tutorials too!

  31. Love the new stuff! Can't wait to get some of the new die-namics! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  32. I love it. Masking takes so much time.

  33. these are adorable! thanks for the awesome how to's!!


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