Tuesday, August 11, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Monika Has Fun with Masking

Hello, everybody. I am back today with some more framed floral beauties which are made using simple masking techniques utilizing both the positive and negative mask of a stamped frame. Again, I was working with Floral Bliss set, the current stamp club set. This time around I added a sentiment from Fond Expressions 2. First up is the card I made in the video.

I first stamped the helenium in the center and masked it off before stamping the frame and removing the mask from the flower. Next I coloured my flower using Promarkers, created a mask for the frame (positive) and kept the off-cut (negative) too. I used this to mask around my frame and sponged a little Regal Rose, Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi (pink, blue and green) inside my frame. I then removed the mask from around the frame and used the positive mask to mask off the frame before stamping the helenium either side in black. To finish I removed the mask, stamped my sentiment, and layered on a peach coloured base card.

Next up is the card I made as a 'warm up'.

Sometimes it is good to have a little play with a vague idea as a way of finding out where it is taking you. This is what I did here. Again I stamped the helenium in the center, masked, stamped my frame and masked again before stamping the flowers either side of the frame. Leaving both masks in place, I coloured the outer flowers and sponged a little Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi and Marina Mist. I then removed both masks, stamped my sentiment and layered on a white base card.

TIP! Use the colour of your base card to highlight your main image. In my cards, the peach helps to highlight the single coloured flower, whereas the white base card helps to highlight the b&w helenium.

There is a little craft along video on how I made my first card.

That's it from me for today. Hope you enjoyed this quick and fun make. Have a lovely day!

Monika xxx

Products Monika used in today's project:


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  1. Lovely cards - both versions are awesome and show us the benefits of the masking technique!! Thank you!!!

  2. I love the design, especially the masking and the soft colours!

  3. Love the subtle colour in the background of these cards - beautiful results in both cases.

  4. Love the 2 ways of masking...brilliant...beautiful cards!

  5. Monika this turned out awesome. Iove the idea of masking and enhancing the image coloured by the background paper used...lovely.x

  6. danke für den wertvollen Tipp mit dem Hintergrund,
    ich werde nun sicherlich besser auf meine Farbwahl achten
    LG hellerlittle

  7. Thank you for the video tutorial. Love your cards - both versions.

  8. Love how you framed and colored your flower.


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