25 July 2021

AECP 2 - Masking Unleashed

Hi there, Crafty Peeps - thank you for popping by. 

This post comes hot on the heels of my last one, simply because I had time to play with my supplies and couldn't pass up the opportunity to complete another class. I had such fun.

This is my submission for 'Masking Unleashed', a class in which Svitlana Shayevich introduces us to various masking techniques. Masking can offer fun and cool results, and help you make the most of your supplies. I came up with two cards, the second a result of the first - a 'twofer', if you like.

Card One

Because this was all about masking, I decided to choose the 'Sketchy Floral' stamp set to work with as there are so many different parts to cover. I started by stamping once with Wow Embossing Ink on the left-hand side of an 8" x 4" piece of watercolour paper, and heat embossing with . I also stamped another copy of the image onto Judikins Eclipse Masking Paper, which I fussy cut and placed over the parts of the flower I wanted to mask.

Then, using a stencil which was free with one of the papercraft magazines a couple of years ago, I used the 'Nature's Wonders' ink cube set to blend an ombre effect onto the watercolour paper, working vertically rather than horizontally.

Peeling away the mask is so satisfying, and the blend over the stencil looked great - just what I had imagined. There was also something quite interesting about the mask, too, so I was careful as I removed it, transferring it to another piece of cardstock for safe keeping. Great, isn't it? 

I had already decided to try my hand at 'watercolouring' the image with my Altenew inks, so for the flowers I smushed some of the 'Martian Terrain' colours onto a piece of acetate and used my waterbrush to apply the colour, though somewhat inexpertly. I did the same with the 'Northern Shore' ink set for the leaves (although I have just noticed one that I missed!) and used the darkest shade to apply some splatters across the finished panel. I wasn't happy with the result and so I played around with a white gel marker and a black fine liner to add further details, which I felt brought a little more depth than I had achieved with 'watercolour' alone. I love this colour palette, but need to practise my watercolouring some more, obviously.

The sentiment is from The Stamp Market's 'Modern Messages' stamp set. Each sentiment stamp has a main bold sentiment and a sub-sentiment in a smaller font - I chose not to use the sub-sentiment and just inked and stamped the bold 'Hey Gorgeous' portion, choosing to stamp it vertically rather than horizontally or onto a separate sentiment strip. 

There are no sequins or extra embellishments on this card, as I felt the splatter was quite sufficient. It's a shame that you can't see the silver embossing better in the photograph, as it is lovely and shiny in real life and really adds to the decoration.

Card Two


This second card was 'born' from the mask for the first. As you will see from the previous photographs, I was careful how I removed the mask and placed it on to another piece of cardstock, matching the placement from the first card. However, when I came to finish the card (my original idea being to use the mask as was but place it on to another ombre background), I felt the pattern may be too busy for the result I was looking for. So I decided to use the mask only at the top of a piece of 8" x 4" watercolour card on which I had blended a vertical ombre in inks from the 'Martian Terrain' ink set. I splattered the background with water and sprayed a little 'Aspen Gold' Nuvo Mica Mist (which I haven't been able to pick up on the photograph) over the top. I used the end of the spray tube to splatter some larger gold dots, too.


The card at this point reminded me of Christmas so what better than a beautiful seasonal sentiment from MFT's 'Hand-Lettered Holiday Greetings' stamp set, which I heat embossed in gold. I originally thought that I didn't want any further embellishment, but since taking the photographs I have added just a few gold sequins 


I would definitely try this technique again when I have another beautiful mask to use. I hope you like it as much as I do. 

Until next time, keep crafting.




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10 comments:

  1. I think these are both fantastic. The shading is gorgeous and I was convinced the first one had cut out flowers layered on it but it's obviously the effect of the masking and shading. Beautiful cards.

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    1. Thank you, Nik - your comments are so appreciated.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I’m in the level one of the AECP classes now ! Your card is inspiring!!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer - it's wonderful to hear that you've been inspired.

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  3. I am just... dude.. what even.. HOW? are you so good? like what? *dumbfounded*

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    1. Thank you, Erum - so glad you like them.

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  4. Two fabulous projects Peri! I'm so glad you used the gorgeous inked mask for your second card... Some things are just too pretty to toss!!

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    1. Thank you LauraJane - yes, I often keep bits that I think are too pretty to toss. I have pockets full of them!

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  5. This card is stunning. Love your use of so many techniques. You are an inspiration...I have this stamp set and plan to give it a go and use your sample to create a similar card.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with others.

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  6. Stunning Peri. Beautifully done hun. Hugs, Wends xoxo

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