Monday, 25 April 2016

A bit of a flying visit .......

Happy Monday folks,

Hope you had a good weekend.
It's the start of a brand new week and boy it's going to be a busy one ....... projects to finish, blog posts to write and schedule, cases to pack (again!) ..... I'll be ready for the break at the weekend!

Hubby and I are currently across in the UK for a couple of days ..... been here since yesterday, visiting family. We're back in the Isle of Man tomorrow afternoon ......... then the chaos starts!
Before all that though I want to share with you the projects from Saturday's workshop ........ seven lovely ladies having fun with some simple masking techniques, creating pretty card designs with the look of layers and depth.  It's amazing what you can do with a post-it note!!

OK ..... here we go.  You may want to grab a cuppa ....... there's quite a few pictures but I'll try to keep things brief.
First up ..... a simple design using a nice floral image

I chose a pretty daisy for my all-over design.
I made the mask for the sentiment panel and put it in place.  I chose the words first, stamped them onto a post-it note then cut around them.
Next .... the masks for the daisies.  Again stamped onto a post-it, and then cut around it

Quick tip ...... make more than one mask, you're going to need them.  The easiest way is to stamp the image onto the pad of post-its, making sure to get as much of the image as possible onto the sticky edge, then cut through multiple layers (I actually cut 3, but you can do more)

Start by stamping the flower onto the card, making sure that some of the petals are over the mask for the sentiment panel

Mask the stamped flower and stamp your next image.  Mask and stamp, mask and stamp, moving your masks as necessary each time, until the whole of the card is full.

Remove all of the daisy masks and start to add colour.  I used Distress Inks and a little water .... picked raspberry, mustard seed and spiced marmalade

Once all the flowers are painted, remove the final mask (the sentiment panel) and add the words

To finish off draw around the edge of the panel using a fine liner pen ..... use a ruler if you prefer this straight or do as I've done, use the ruler as a guide but add in a little squiggle here and there so that it looks like it isn't supposed to be straight.
I also added a little something on the inside ......

Next up ..... a one layer card.  Not always the easiest style of card to create, no room for mistakes but always a favourite of mine

And this time we carried the design onto the back of the card too

Again masks were made using post-it notes to cover the butterfly (Inkylicious)

Stamp the butterfly onto the card and mask, and then continue across card front, and back, masking each time. Turn the butterfly slightly each time to create the look of movement.

I decided to just add colour to a couple of the butterflies leaving the rest without colour ....

A simple sentiment  added to the front ......  and another one on the inside finishes the card

Last but not least ....... my favourite!  A more vintage look I think .......

Looks a bit tricky but trust me it's not!

Make a mask for the sentiment ...... and decide where you want it to go.   Mark the corners with a pencil and remove the mask.  Stamp the butterflies (Inkylicious) over two of the corners and then mask both of them

Put the sentiment mask back in place, over the masked butterflies and stamp the flowers across the corners

Remove the butterfly masks and add your colour to the flowers and the butterflies (picked raspberry and mowed lawn)

Using a piece of acetate apply some of the distress ink to the background, to give that pretty water coloured look

I love this technique it's so simple to do.  Take a piece of acetate, smoosh some distress ink onto it and spritz with a little water .... the more water, the paler the colour will be.  Gently dab the acetate onto your card to apply the colour, adding more ink or more water to get the desired effect

Remove the sentiment mask, join up the corners using a black fine liner pen as before (adding the squiggle here and there) and stamp the words (Inkylicious) in the center

I love the look of layers, when actually it's all done in just one

For the final finishing touch I added a few sequins and dots of glitter glue to catch the light and add some sparkle

And of course I had to add the design to the inside too .....

I used the acetate again to apply the colour to the centre .....

and stamped those pretty blooms (from a retired stamp set from Stampin Up!) in the corners ......

All the sentiments are from Penny Black unless stated otherwise.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off to do a spot of retail therapy, call and see a friend and then it's dinner out this evening with my big brother and sister-in-law

Cheerio until next time



Mrs.B said...

A fabulous set of cards Linda, and I do love the last one.
Hope you've managed some relaxing time this weekend in the UK, sounds like a busy week ahead.
Avril xx

Kath said...

Fabulous cards and great tips on masking too - thank you!
Kath x

Redanne said...

Oh what a lovely post Linda, I always love seeing your CAS cards, they are always so, so beautiful - I really love the second one with the butterflies - simply gorgeous! Anne xx

nancy littrell said...

All 3 of your cards are so beautiful and yet CAS designs. Your detailed instructions are so helpful. I love the look of masking, but do not do it very often. You have really inspired me Linda. TFS