Thursday, June 15, 2017

Masking and Faux Masking - One Card, Four Ways

Hey everyone!  I'm sharing some cards over on the Neat & Tangled blog today.

I set out to make a really simple card using my new Welcome Home set, and ended up making four.

I started by stamping the sign image on masking paper and then fussy cutting it to place over the stamped image on my actual panel.  I also added masking tape (I'll link to it below) around the edges of the panel.  Then I did some simple blending.  Once that was done, I added the sentiments, adhered it to the base and done.

Then, I thought I would try a different method of masking that I haven't done in a while, using Frisket masking fluid.  The image was stamped on watercolor paper using Versafine, then I added the Frisket and waited for it to dry.  Once dry, I added some simple watercoloring.  After that was fully dry, I carefully rubbed the Frisket off and popped the panel up on the card base with foam tape.

Not everyone has Frisket, and there's a lot of waiting around for things to dry with the prior technique, so I thought I would try to fake it with watercolors.  In this next card, I simply watercolored around the image.  Before I started, I wet all the background areas with water and then worked quickly to add the watercolor making sure that the edges stayed wet as I went.  You do need to work quickly with this method which is why I stuck with just one color.

Once it was dry, I felt like it needed a pop, so I carefully traced around the image with a Copic marker to set it off from the background, and then I popped the entire panel up on the card base.

Finally, I wanted to try and recreate the crisp cleanness of the initial masked image with Copics, but I thought that it would be too tough to do the blending in the middle of the panel, so I opted for a simpler look, blending to a lighter color on the edges of the panel.

For this one I also went in with that slightly darker shade of color around the edges of the image to make it pop.

So four different ways to achieve that masked look.

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Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a great week!

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  1. I always like posts with multiple versions - great technique, great card!

  2. Love your four ways post!! I'm thinking way #2 is my favorite!

  3. Fabulous cards!! Perfect card set for a realtor!!

  4. They are all beautiful Miriam!
    I've got to try that masking fluid!
    THanks ;-)

  5. OHHHHHHH! What a fun stamp image- we are praying that we move soon... maybe I should get this stamp:)