Friday, May 29, 2015

FNW8: My Mask-erade Homework!

Hi, everyone! Welcome to another edition of Friday Night Writes.

It has been so much fun taking the current Online Card Class! This class is presenting various masking strategies and techniques. The only drawback... not being able to spend the entire day masking away. I do, however, have a few cards to share.

But, before getting to my cards, I want to thank all those OWH bloghoppers who visited here last weekend. The hop was a great way to kick off OWH's Finish Strong campaign (#finishstrong). OWH has come to mean a great amount to many of us over the years, and it was wonderful to reconnect with all my OWH buddies. And, congratulations to Lisa for commenting and winning the Unity gift certificate!

Now to those Mask-erade cards. As you'll see, I'm taking advantage of making a few OWH cards while perfecting practicing these techniques.  :)

Day 1 Mask-erade Homework

On Day 1, our fabulous instructors shared basic masking information and showed some introductory paper masking techniques. For the card below, I used die cuts to mask the star and hand cut a mask for the rays streaming from the star.

Canson watercolor; Distress Ink core paper
Stampin' Up! stars framelits
SU be the star sentiment stamped in DI chipped sapphire
star and rays inking in DI chipped sapphire, salty ocean, fired brick, and barn door
Paper Smooches stitched die; stash sequins
This second photo shows a scene in which masking is used to place objects in front of or behind other objects. I can't tell you how long it took me to get this image. Got the technique, just can't stamp worth a darn. (Sounds like another type of class should be in my future.) So, I thought I'd share this image before I messed it up with a less-than-stellar coloring effort. LOL!
Lawn Fawn life is good on Canson watercolor paper in StazOn jet black

Day 2 Mask-erade Homework

Additional paper masking information was shared ton Day 2. The card below illustrates masking an area for a sentiment. If you're stamp-challenged like me, I'd recommend stamping the sentiment first, then masking off the area, as shown below. This isn't what Kristina showed in her video, but I'm no Kristina!

Canson watercolor paper; SU black core paper
Winnie & Walter sentiment (big, bold, you and big, bold, friends) in StazOn jet black
Simon Says Stamp garden trellis stencil
DI picked raspberry and peacock feathers, applied with Ranger blending tool

Lesson Learned: Stamp First, Mask Second

Day 3 Mask-erade Homework

We moved on to liquid masking yesterday. I have to admit, rubber cement just didn't work for me. (And, it looked so easy in the videos, didn't it?!) Luckily, I found some re-positional labels that worked like clockwork and used them to mask off the stamped star image before applying a water-based stenciling technique. Doing a big happy dance here!!!  :)

Canson watercolor paper; DI chipped sapphire core paper
Unity Stamp ragged 'ol flag image, stamped in DI fired brick and chipped sapphire
Memory Box stencil, inked with DI salty ocean and misted with Ranger mini mister
sentiment: Stamper's Best masked-off word in DI chipped sapphire
stash garage sale brads

Parting Thoughts

Looking forward to watching Day 4 class videos. Who knew homework could be so much fun?! And, I think I'll link up one of these cards to the current Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.

Also working on some card kits for an upcoming library art project for the summer reading program. More on that next month.  :)

A new OWH sketch will be up on the Stars & Stripes blog tomorrow. New Cards in Envy and Words 2 Scrap By challenges go live on Monday. Hope you will find a little time to check these three challenges. Rumor has it that a Simon Says Stamp gift certificate is up for grabs at W2SB.

Have a great weekend. Thanks for visiting and happy scrappin'!


  1. Great Work - don't you just love these classes? I sure do. Would you believe I haven't even watched any of the videos yet for OLCC? Sad, I'm usually right there watching them and doing the projects but I've been crazy busy this week. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

  2. Your cards make me wish I joined these classes
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.