Posts Tagged ‘card making’

Step Up Your Cards with Masking!

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

No, not the masquerade ball kind of mask – but the kind used in stamping. You can really step up your cards with the masking technique. It takes a simple image or layout, and adds to it without  adding extra layers to your project. Hi there! It’s Deb here for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team, and I hope you’ll enjoy today’s technique.

BASIC MASKING

For basic masking, you’re just going to block off an area where you don’t want any ink. For the most basic, we’ll start with just masking off an straight strip on our front card panel. To create your mask, you want to use a low-tack removable adhesive – Thermo Web’s Purple Tape is perfect for this. If you’re hesitant about it tearing your paper, just rub it onto your work surface a couple of times, to remove some of the tackiness. Set up your panel onto either grid paper, or use a ruler for a straight line.  Next, use a blending tool and apply ink to the area to the left of the mask. My completed card is below, for reference.

Picket Fence Studios BFF Owl

I chose Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink for a ‘coffee’ feel, and use a Tim Holtz ink applicator for blending it on. With the mask still in place, use the MFT Friends at First Sip stamp set and repeatedly stamp the small coffee cup in the blended area, in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Be sure to add the little swirl of steam! Once your blending & stamping in that area is complete, gently remove your tape.

CREATE YOUR IMAGE

Use the Picket Fence Studios BFF Owl image, and stamp it to the right of the blended strip, in the Tuxedo Black ink. I chose to colour the owl with my Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers. These markers are great, because they take the guess work out of blending your colours! Each marker has a light, mid and dark tone of one colour. Use the Bright Pink blend for the bow, the Light Green blend for the cup, Pale Pink blend for the pearls & beak, and the Tan blend for the owl.  Now, stamp the sentiment from the MFT stamp across the top of the panel. Attach the stamped panel to a light pink panel with foam tape, and then to a card base of darker pink. There you have it! By adding the masked strip, and blending your marker colours, you’ve added extra dimension to your card, without adding more layers!

IMAGE MASKING

For a more detailed version of masking, first stamp your image onto your card front panel. Now, stamp the image again onto a large Post-It Note. Cut out the image on the Post-It Note, keeping as close to the edges as possible.  Place the Post-It Note image on top of your stamped image.  With your image covered, use your blending tool to apply ink to the rest of the front panel.

Picket Fence Studios Jill Girl

For my card, I first blend on Tea Dye Distress ink, getting lighter towards the image. Next, I add Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink around the edges, keeping the lighter Tea Dye around the image. This adds extra depth to your card. Once you’re happy with the blending, remove the Post-It Note mask, and colour the Picket Fence Studios Jill Girl.  I chose my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to colour with, but of course you can use whatever pencils you have, or your markers. Just be sure that whatever you’re using is safe to use with your base image ink, and paper (i.e. if you’re using watercolours, be sure to use watercolour paper and an amalgam ink).

When finished colouring, stamp the sentiment from the MFT Friends at First Sip stamp set in Tuxedo Black ink on a strip of white cardstock. Use your blending tool and add a bit of the Vintage Photo ink to the edges of the strip, so it’s not completely white. Attach the sentiment strip with foam tape along the bottom of the image. Create a card base of teal cardstock, and attach a panel of green/blue to the left side, with liquid glue. Then attach your front panel with foam tape.  I had some enamel dots in my stash of embellishments that work with the pencil colours I chose, so I added a few of those in the top left corner.

HAVE YOURSELF A MASK BALL!

Try stepping up your next card with some masking! It’s easy to do, and can be used any time. Plus, it doesn’t require a lot of extra or special tools. I hope that I’ve inspired you to branch out a bit with your creating. Have fun! Thanks for spending some time with me – see you next time!

If you’d like to order some supplies for your project, I’ve included links below, for online shopping.

Compensated affiliate links are provided where available, at no cost to you. Your purchase through these links provides me with a small percentage, which helps keep my blog going,  to share with you! Thank you in advance!


Have Faith

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Hello to our stamping friends. Kia back with you today sharing this card with an image from Picket Fence Studios.

I have kept this card very simple, stamping on my card base with the image in black, then stamping the flowers again and fussy cutting to use on the card.

The card is 4.75 x 5.5 as I wanted it to be big enough to show as much of the stamp as I could. I stamped the image on my base card using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocture. I love this ink, it is so rich. I then stamped the image again using Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black.

To colour I used my Copic markers, using 4 colours, BG15, BG34, BG18 and Y17. Any alcohol based marker can be used for this look. I kept the colouring very basic, letting the colour take the stage. I then fussy cut the flowers and a few of the leaves out and attached them on foam squares to the card base.

For some sparkle I added Nuvo Shimmering Pen in Midas Touch to the stamens. To finish I added a few yellow gems around the card and stamped the small sentiment with the Nocture ink Ranger Ink Paradise Teal, which gives just a hint of colour to the sentiment.

I hope you have enjoyed this card and wish to thank you for visiting the Scrap’n Stamp Blog today. Following I have listed Affiliate links to the products I used on this card, which can be found in the store.

Try Adding Foiling Fun Without Extra Tools!

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

TRY ADDING FOILING FUN WITHOUT EXTRA TOOLS!

Hello crafting friend! It’s Deb here today, with something new for you to try. Have you been wanting to add foiling to your projects, but you’re not sure about committing to a foiling tool? Well, I  have a great way for you to try adding foiling fun without extra tools! I ordered some of the fun Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil sheets from the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store. All  you need to use them is your cardstock base, some adhesives and a bit of elbow grease.

APPLYING THE FOIL – TAPE METHOD

When I say that these Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets are easy to use, I’m not kidding! First, cut your panel of cardstock. Any colour you want to work with! I started with a white panel, but in the end changed to black. Next, add your adhesive. I used two different widths of Be Creative (Sookwang) Tape; the 1/8″ and 1/4″. I lay them in alternating strips across the panel. Remove the backing from the adhesive strips one at a time, and lay the foil over top of the tape. Rub firmly with your fingers, or use your bone folder, to press the foil onto the tape. Gently peel the foil sheet off of the adhesive; pull slowly in one direction. As you’re pulling off the foil sheet, look at your panel to make sure that the foil has transferred. If you notice that it hasn’t, simply lay the foil back down on top of the tap, and rub more firmly.  If you accidentally lift off the tape and find that an area is without foil, simply lay the foil back down on the tape, and repeat the process – u

sing a piece of the foil that hasn’t already been transferred. The photo below shows how the foil looks once transferred onto the cardstock, and the blank space left on the foil sheet, where the colour once was! I chose the ‘Celebrate’ package of foils to use, as it has a variety of patterned colours.

Try Adding Foiling Fun Without Extra Tools!

CREATE YOUR CARD

When I finished the foiling on the white panel, I like it, but it wasn’t quite the ‘wow’ that I had in mind. So, I repeated the whole process, this time on a black cardstock panel! Don’t worry – I saved the white one to use in another project.  Since this was my 2nd panel, I thought I’d try & be more quick about it – and I lay the entire foil sheet (you get 2 of each colour/pattern per package) onto the taped panel. Well, it did work out, but I can’t say it was much quicker! Because I had my tape beginning and ending in different directions, I had to take more time to burnish the foil onto the tape, as I was peeling off the foil backing. I also had to go back in more places & add the foil onto places where it didn’t stick. So – the lesson in this is – don’t rush! Just have fun and enjoy the process!

Try Adding Foiling Fun Without Extra Tools!

To create the sentiment piece, I stamped the sentiment from the Dylusions Laugh Til You Leak stamp set in Versamark ink and heat set it with gold embossing powder.  Cut banner tails at the bottom, and add it on top of your foiled panel with foam squares. Next, I layered the panel onto a panel of bright yellow cardstock, and then onto a light orange card base. These were from my stash, and unfortunately I don’t remember the names of the colours! I think they were from the Lawn Fawn Rainbow pack of cardstock. Pop them up with foam tape, for extra dimension. To finish off my card, I used some embellishments from my personal stash (we all  have one of these, right? goodies we’ve had for ages, and don’t remember from where we got them?).

GET FOILING NOW!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this project, which shows you how easy it is to use the Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets. Be sure to check out the store – there are lots of different colours available! If you’d like to see another technique using these foil sheets and Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, you can head over to my blog to see it!

Try Adding Foiling Fun Without Extra Tools!