Masking Unleashed

Masking is a great way to add dimension to your cards. Clean and simple cards often use this technique and I just love being able to add shadows to my work.

I have included quiet a few photos so that you can see how I color my images. On each photo I have left the cap of the pen so that you can see what I use and when.

I find that a Misti (Stamp positioning tool) to be very helpful, especially when you may have missed inking up a small area on your stamp. It allows you to restamp the image in the same place (something that can be quite difficult when you are eyeballing it!). I just used Post-it notes for my masking paper here.

For visual appeal I use the odd number rule. I noticed that having 3 leaves however were not going to be enough and added 2 more to round out the bouquet.

The next series of photos shows the sequence of how I tackled coloring my image. I love alcohol markers and the fact that Altenew artist markers have a brush tip and a bullet tip make the job really easy. I have a lot of Copic markers but it is going to cost me a fortune to replace all of the chisel tips with bullet tips. 😟

I concentrate on getting my whole image colored before looking at any shadows.

When coloring the centre of the daisies I did think about where my light source was coming from and concentrated on having it darker towards the bottom left to give the illusion of light from the top right hand side.

Shadows were then put in and I stamped a tag from the Breezy Bouquet stamp set on kraft card and embossed it with gold embossing powder. The edges have been colored in and I also colored the punch hole and put a tiny line in to give the appearance of it being attached.

Some clear embossing pen was also added to the lighter side of the daisy centres so that the gold embossing powder tied in with the bouquet tag sentiment.

At this point I was going to stop. I loved the simplicity of the image but I was worried that it needed something more.

I went back and reused my masks to protect the flowers and flicked a combination of gold pearl watercolor paint and jet black dye ink. Matted the image onto some more kraft card, added a larger sentiment with VerseFine ink and clear embossing powder and finally covered the daisy centres with clear Nuvo drops for dimension.

Supplies used

  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock 80lb and 110lb
  • Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock 80lb
  • Altenew Smile More Stamp set
  • Altenew Breezy Bouquet Stamp set
  • Altenew Artist Markers – 0, WG01, WG03, WG05, WG07, G702, G715, G554, C001, Y205, Y612 and Y823
  • Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Wow Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder
  • Ranger Emboss It Pen Clear
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Black Pigment Ink Pen
  • Altenew Gold Pearl Metallic Watercolor paint
  • Altenew Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – Morning Dew
  • Misti
  • Lawn Fawn glue
  • 3M Post-it Notes

As I said before I love masking – it provides dimension without the bulk.

Hope you are staying safe.


2 thoughts on “Masking Unleashed

  1. Beautifully masked, gorgeously coloured! You have progressed so much over the course of this program, I am very happy to see the progress and quite proud of you!
    Thank you for entering your amazing work to the AECP assignment gallery.

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