When participating in Online Card Classes’ Mask-erade we were taught by Debby Hughes how to use liquid masking and water colour to create unique hand drawn patterns. This is a really fun technique and I created two cards that are fairly close to Debby’s designs but I do want to try and create new and different patterns in the future because this was fun! For this first card I hand drew a sunset scene which was easy – what was less easy was colouring it using the water colors: It does look like a sunset but it isn’t as subtle as I might have wanted it to be (here’s a chance to try again another time).
K thinks the sun looks like a Swedish cinnamon roll… I don’t know whether that is praise or not but I can see that it might be a bit swirly.
While I did like the sunset card, I really like Debby’s wood grain pattern and knew I had to give that a go too. I did my card and then I didn’t feel like covering up as much of the wood grain pattern as Debby had done on her original card. This led me to a much simpler embellishment scheme where I just added a word and a few wood dots.
I think this technique of using liquid masking to resist the water colours work really really well for organic patterns like the wood grain. It gives it a very natural look.
One of the lessons of Online Card Classes Mask-erade was to mask off an area prior to using a stencil. This is actually a really neat idea because it makes it so much easier to fit in a sentiment on a stencilled card. For my card I used Create a Smile’s Waves Stencil and added a gradient of blues through the stencil.
I liked Kristina Werner’s idea of wrapping twine “around” the masked area so I did that too. I used Winnie & Walter’s The Big, The Bold and Party for the sentiment and the smaller of the sentiments was embossed using a red WOW embossing powder.
On Saturday Ask turned 5 and of course I had to send him a birthday card. Since I recently received a shipment of Clearly Besotteds Stamps, I wanted to try out the Ahoy Matey! set for Ask’s card. It is a really fun set for birthday cards and my only complaint is that it doesn’t include a “birthday girl” stamp only “birthday boy” – can’t girls be pirates too? I was inspired by a card by Stephanie Wincott for my card.
Since I am still working with the techniques from Online Card Classes’ Mask-erade, I did some masking using masking paper: I stated by stamping the masts and sails, the cut out masks for the sails before I did the ink blending that constitutes the sky.
The waves are made using a die from Clearly Besotted and I can see myself using it for many scenes using eg. Lawn Fawn or Create a Smile stamps. I underlined the water theme by randomly dropping some tiny glossy accent spots around the ship.
I liked that Stephanie Wincott had tied some twine around the card because it adds some dimension – so I did the same. Only I didn’t using baker’s twine but just plain read thread. I added Ask’s name using some stickers from my stash and kept those red as well – there’s something very pirate-y about the colour red.
I’ve once again joined Online Card Classes for their latest class on masking: Mask-erade. Yesterday was the very first day and we dealt with ways of using masking paper. I have wanted to add some masking paper to my stash for a long while but now I finally got around to buying it. Thankfully, it arrived in time for class to begin.
I started by creating my version of a technique presented by Debbie Hughes and I stayed fairly close to her design although I did alter the colours somewhat. I will say that I love how different the three cards turned out – all from just changing the colours.
Because my circle was a little larger than Debbie’s, I felt a need to add a little more flowers and length to the flower arrangement. This was easily done because the flower set has lots of little flowers too.