Masking + Ink Blending

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and long weekend!

Today I’m sharing two cards I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge that involve the same masking technique. I measured out evenly spaced and evenly sized squares across the card panel and then made some masks. I masked off each square and I also made a mask from a die (that coordinated with a stamp set that I already had) to save some white space for the stamped image, which I added later. I first saw this technique on Debby Hughes’ blog Lime Doodle Design – for a link to her post and video, click here. If you don’t know her work already, I strongly urge you to check out her blog – she’s fabulous!

For the first card, I used little finger daubers to blend distress ink over each square in coordinating colors masking off each rectangle as I went.  I used feathers from the Dream Believer stamp set, and coordinating dies for masks. I stamped the feathers in fog ink (I think if I did this again I would use a different color) and then used a Wink of Stella marker to add a ton of sparkle to each feather image.  I off-set the sentiment a bit, ran the panel through my die cutting machine with a stitched rectangle die to give some interest to the edge, and mounted the panel to a card base.
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For the cupcake card (stamped with Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamps and masked with the coordinating dies) I followed the same technique, but used Copic markers to color the images. I think I like how this one turned out best – I found that the Altenew inks I used for this card blended nicely for me. I didn’t cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, but instead heat-embossed the edges with some clear embossing powder. Unfortunately, you can’t see that in the photograph, but in person it gives the panel a bit more interest. I definitely want to try this technique again, with some different images and maybe some softer colors. I think it’s a great way to make an interesting one-layer card, especially since I don’t make many of those!



Wishing You Happiness

It’s finally Friday! Glad we all made it though another week. Pointed Feathers and Watercolor cardI’ve been testing out some lighting and settings on my camera lately, and I’m still trying to come up with the best set-up so that I can start getting some of my cards properly photographed (especially when the winter doldrums have arrived and the sun always seems to be in hiding). I’ve found some great blog posts at Lime Doodle Design about cards and lighting and am going to try to incorporate some of those great tips into my photo-taking adventures. I’d say these are a tad overexposed, and noisy, but everything is a work in progress! and I’d be happy to hear some other photography tips if anyone wants to share.

Watercolor Feather CardAnyway, I thought I’d share some photos of a card I put together recently, using some die cut feathers that I’d had lying around for a while.Months ago, I took a large sheet of watercolor paper, washed with color and splattered here and there, and then die cut some pointed feathers from them. Once I had everything cut out, I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to put everything together, so I set them aside for a bit. Coming back to them weeks later, I decided they’d just look nice lined across a simple card with a small sentiment.

Wishing You Happiness CardI used the Wishing and Sending stamp set from Simon Says Stamp for the sentiment, and placed some Moonshine sequins on the panel, and mounted it onto a sheet of pattered paper from Lawn Fawn. Then I mounted everything onto an A2 size card base and called it a day.

Wishing you happiness and a wonderful weekend!