Before I get started with today’s cards, I want to thank everyone who follows my blog, it means so much to know that you stop by from time to time and your comments are the icing on the cake. I truly love what I do creatively, and knowing that you enjoy seeing those creations is heartwarming. So thank you all so much.
The technique I want to show you today came from the work of the amazing Jill Foster from Penny Black. You can find many projects from Jill Foster on Youtube.
The first challenge I had, was tracking down some of the low tack Painters Tape that Jill uses in her projects. I have asked my better half if Bunnings (AKA ‘The Temple’) hardware Emporium, stocked such a thing. I was told definitely not on several occasions. So on his last visit, I tagged along – At first, I was stymied by a bank of Painters Tape five shelves high, and a quick “there I told you so”. However, undaunted, I kept looking and found just what I wanted – a quick “I told you so” from me this time. My tape is green, the American one is blue, but hey ho, green’s my favourite colour. Just a note here, I still had to remove some of the tackiness by putting it on my skin or my clothes before sticking it to the paper, as although it is low tack, it can still wreck a project so do be aware of that. The painters tape is 1″ wide by the way and is Scotch Brand, I believe there are other widths but I didn’t see any.
So here is the first card I made using the masking technique to create a border.
I started with a piece of Ranger Watercolour paper. I chose to make my card on the smoother side of the paper as this watercolour paper is quite textured. I masked off a 1″ border on both sides and the top and 1 1/4″ on the bottom of the paper.
I stamped the bird image using my MISTI stamping press, in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and watercoloured using Distress inks. Once I had finished colouring, I re-stamped the bird image (this is the beauty of the MISTI stamping press), with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This helped set the image for the next step.
I sponged the rest of the masked area of my watercolour paper using Color Box Fluid Chalk inkpads and a Ranger sponging tool. Embossing the bird after colouring helps set the image and creates a resist effect to the sponged chalk ink.
I stamped the grasses at the bottom before removing the masking tape. The greeting is silver embossed using Versamark.
I was so taken with the finished image that I wasted no time in trying some more of my stamps using the same technique.
I hope you enjoyed a look at my latest cards and perhaps take some time to give this lovely technique a try yourself.
I wish everyone a lovely weekend and whatever you are doing I hope you spend it with those you love to be with the most.