This is my second blog post today – if you are looking for the card I made as a guest for Challenge Up Your Life you’ll find it here.
But now I am thrilled to bring you my third post as Winnie & Walter‘s Leading Lady!
I will show you another masking technique, and this one is really easy! But you can also make the most of it and take it to another level – which then needs a little more planning. I made two cards to show you an easier and a more elaborate way to:
BUILD A SCENE USING MASKING
So let’s get started with a clean and simple (CAS) card design using this technique. I picked a cute bird image from the So Tweet with Evelin T Designs stamp set as my focal point and the Mini Scenery: Into the Woods stamp set to create a background for the birdie.
Here is how the masking works:
- Stamp the bird onto your cardstock panel where you want him to be.
- Stamp the bird image a second time, this time on masking paper / a piece of removable label and use scissors to cut the image out right on the outer stamping line. You don’t need to mask the feet so you can just cut them off.
- Place the mask directly over the stamped image on your panel.
- It’s best to use a stamp positioner or stamping tool of some kind for the next step. Align the bottom of the tree scenery stamp with the bird’s feet and stamp it down really well so the ink reaches right to the edges of the mask.
- Stamp several times with the ink colors that you like until you are happy with the ink coverage and colors.
I used a light blue ink for the largest part (sky) and fir green ink for the bottom (forest floor). It didn’t stamp completely solid (I later discovered I had some air bubbles under my stamp) but I actually liked the texture the ink gave my ‘sky’ so I left it as is and embraced the look by adding even more texture with tiny black splatters. 🙂
TIP 1: I added a little bit of shading to the white birch trees using colored pencils to give them a more three-dimensional look.
TIP 2: For the birdie, I used first Copics (Y08, R27, R29, R39) and then colored pencils on top! I call this method ‘two step coloring’ and it’s one of my favorite ways to color because it takes less patience than using just colored pencils!
TIP 3: I like to use a black Glaze pen from Sakura for the critter’s eyes to make them pop. You can also use a basic black gel pen or even Ebony Black Nuvo Drops in a fine tip bottle!
The sentiment is a combination of stamps from So Tweet with Evelin T Designs (“my tweet”) and Yetitide Greetings with Evelin T Designs (white heat embossed “LOVE”). Lastly, I added a strip of white cardstock that I had die cut with the biggest rectangle dies from the Tilda Cutaways.
For my second card, I masked several images to build a scene:
Isn’t this such a cute group of dogs?! I had a blast coloring them. 🙂
The masking technique is generally the same as above! You just have to:
- plan ahead where you want to place all the dogs and
- which images you have to stamp first and mask.
I like to lay all the stamps onto my piece of cardstock and decide where they should go and which images I want to be up front and which I want to be behind others. The images that you want to be up front have to be stamped first! In my case, it’s the smallest two dogs (the second one to the left and the far right one).
I stamped those two dog images using my stamping tool, masked them and then placed the next stamps onto the panel. This time the poodle and his friend were to be stamped and masked. After that, the remaining three dogs (which I interpreted as two huskys and a Saint Bernard dog) could be stamped. That made my dogs complete! I colored them all in using watercolor markers and a water brush.
TIP 4: When you took too much pigment to your paper dab it off with a paper towel to preserve the lightest spot on your coloring.
TIP 5: To get a smooth blend on the background put down a wash of clean water on your paper FIRST where the color should go, THEN apply the marker/pigment to your paper and drag it out with your brush. The paper should be damp, not pooling with water. It’s easier to avoid harsh lines this way.
On this card, the sentiment is a combination of stamps and a die: “From all of us” is from Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs and “birthday” from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs. The Happy Cutaway was die cut right into the colored panel and popped up with fun foam.
GIVEAWAY AND CHALLENGES FOR YOU TO JOIN!
As you probably all know by now, Winnie & Walter has generously sponsored a 30 $ gift certificate for one of you to win! 😀 All you have to do is leave me a comment under this blog post. I’d love to hear what you think about my critter cards!
I will pick a random winner from all four blog posts by the end of February 24th.
If you haven’t already make sure to check out Winnie & Walter’s blog. There is not only my blog post waiting for you but also a crafty challenge with a prize to be won! The amazing Shay from Winnie & Walter is adding a challenge under EACH of my Leading Lady posts this month! Wow!
All you have to do is create a card or other papercraft item that uses the weekly masking technique that I have written about and link it up to the blog. I have seen a comment saying they don’t feel like being ‘expert enough’ with the technique to join so I really want to encourage you again and say that all skill levels ARE WELCOME! Everyone was a beginner at some point. 🙂
Winnie & Walter is also celebrating their birthday this month (just like me!) with a couple of other “Birthday Bash challenges” and more prizes! They are super generous.
I look forward to your creations!! Have an amazing day! ♥
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Winnie & Walter stamps, dies and stencils:
LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set
Mini Scenery: Into the Woods Stamp Set
Yetitide Greetings with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set + Cutaways
Essentials: Tilda Cutaways
Dog-gone Cute with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set
In a Word: Happy Cutaway
Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set
Wishing You with Evelin T Designs Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn – Dye Inks (Moonstone, Noble Fir, Jet Black)
Tsukineko – Versamark Ink
Versafine Clair – Nocturne Black Ink
Neenah Solar White (Classic Crest) – 110 lb and 80 lb
Masking Paper (Herma – Repositionable Labels)
Other Supplies BIRD Card:
My Sweet Petunia – MISTI Stamping Tool
Copic Markers + Colored Pencils
Sakura – Glaze 3-D Glossy Ink Pen Black
WOW Embossing – Bright White Embossing Powder (Super Fine)
Tonic Studios – Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ebony Black)
Scotch 3M – Foam Tape
Other Supplies DOGS Card:
Winsor & Newton – Water Colour Markers™
Sakura – Glaze 3-D Glossy Ink Pen Black
Uni-ball – White Gel Pen
White Fun Foam
Corner Rounder Punch