Welcome to another International Blog Hop. Today it’s Stamping Techniques – Decorative Masks. Decorative Masks can be used in a number of ways to make great card, scrapbook or Memories & More backgrounds, embellishment pieces and more. Visit all the blogs in the hop to get some great tips and inspiration.
I even have a video for you but first here is one of my cards.
Why would I want to use Decorative Masks?
They are a great way to let your creativity soar and add interest to your projects! You can use these masks to create fun patterns and backgrounds for your projects. Don’t have the right colour designer paper to use? Create your own using the Decorative Masks
This close up gives you an idea of how the first try with Brusho went. It is the mask from the Sweet Soiree pack and corresponds to the Petal Palette stamp set and paper.
Now watch the video to see how I did it. Remember this is just my way and you need to do it the way that suits you.
Tips & Tricks for Decorative Masks
- Keep Decorative Masks from moving by using Washi Tape. Washi Tape when carefully removed will not rip your cardstock.
- Use an Aqua Painter loaded with ink and gently wash a small amount of colour in the open masked areas. This creates a fun decorative look from the Decorative Mask and a watercolour look.
- Try creating a patterned splatter technique with an Aqua Painter. Simply load Aqua Painter with ink, then tap over the Decorative Mask heavily.
- Using a sponge dauber will create a fully inked look within the masked area, while the Sponge Brayer will create a softer fully inked look. Both have a fun distinctive look and you can change the look by the amount of pressure you add when using.
- Always protect the work area with scrap paper so that ink doesn’t get on your work surface.
- I find that sponges work well when I’m wanting to colour a large area with ONE colour. If I want to be more selective, I use the sponge daubers.
More Tips & Tricks for Decorative Masks
- Sponge daubers work the best if you want to use more than one ink as they offer more precise control in colour placement. (See above photo) Always start with your lightest colour ink first!!
- Pouncing (up and down motion) with a sponge gives a lighter look that scrubbing (back and forth motion).
- Spritz with reinker – about 2/3rd fill a Stampin’ Spritzer with Rubbing Alcohol and add 4 to 5 drops of reinker. Spray with a left to right motion at an even distance from the mask and moving steadily. Pick the mask up carefully after you’ve done all your spritzing so the ink on the mask doesn’t run off onto your cardstock.
- Clean your Decorative Masks by running under water and washing with dish soap gently. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Card base is cut to 14.8 cm x 21 cm or 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored and folded at 10.5 cm or 4 1/4″
- Layer 1 is cut to 13.8 cm x 9.5 cm or 5″ x 3 3/4″
- Watercolor Paper is cut to 12.8 cm x 8.5 cm or 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″
- Cut enough ribbon to tie a neat, flat knot and adhere to back of layer
- Card insert is cut to 13.5 cm x 9.5 cm or 5″ x 3 3/4″
Be Creative and Mask!
If you haven’t ever tried masking/stencilling, I’d encourage you to give it a try. Experiment with different colours, techniques and tools. Decorative Masks from Stampin’ Up! are an inexpensive way to add unique and creative looks to your projects! And, now that you know how to use Decorative Masks you’ll be a pro in no time at all!!! Let your creativity soar and enjoy the creative process. This inexpensive product can be a game changer for you when creating and definitely add a fun twist to your paper crafting.
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