Thursday, February 7, 2019

Creating Dimension with Masking

 Hi everyone! Charlotte here, and today I have a fun, clean and simple card to share with you. I enjoy making one layer cards, and love to use masking when I do. With masking it's possible to create the look of depth and dimension without actually adding any layers to the card.

Blank Page Muse products used:
Small Bird In Flight
Love Birds Word Art

Other materials:
White card base
Scrap paper and repositionable adhesive, or masking paper
Repositionable tape
Stamp platform and/or stamping blocks
Black ink
Distress Oxide in Tumbled Glass
Cloud stencil
Alcohol markers or other coloring medium of your choice

Begin by stamping the Small Bird In Flight onto scrap paper, masking paper or post-it notes. Fussy cut them out. If using scrap paper, apply repositionable adhesive to the back and allow to dry to a tacky state.
Stamp the Small Bird In Flight twice onto the white A2 (4 1/2" by 5 1/2") card base using black ink. Ensure that the ink is safe to use with the chosen coloring medium. Apply the previously created masks over the stamped images.
Add the Love Birds sentiment. If using a stamp positioning tool, leave the sentiment stamp in place so that it can be restamped in the exact same position later.
Using tape to mask off the outer edges of the card, approximately 2 inches in from the left and 1 inch in from the right. Make sure that the leftmost bird overlaps the mask on that side, adjusting the placement of the mask if required.
With all the masks in place, begin ink blending. With a cloud stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, start at the top of the card and work down until the area is filled with clouds.
 Carefully peel off all the masks. Pull slowly and gently to avoid tearing the card base.
If the ink blending has faded the sentiment, place the card base back into the stamp positioning tool and restamp the sentiment. Then the final touch is to color the birds with the preferred coloring medium.

Thank you for reading my post! I hope you liked the card and that you will give this technique a go. Masking is really fun and a great way to create scenes, from simple to more complex designs. I'd love to see what you make if this inspired you!

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  1. You have some beautiful photos here Charlotte! Your birds are beautifully colored and your clouds are perfect.

  2. This is so magical, love the clouds and simple beauty. Thanks so much for sharing!


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