Friday, 15 April 2016

Clarity Challenge 38 Mid-month - Masking Technique

Hi again - hope you're enjoying the springtime, isn't this just the best time of year? 
It's given me an idea for my second inspirational piece.....Hands up those that have started sorting out their wardrobes to see what summer gear they've got?
Well this is not exactly about what we've got, but who wouldn't like a nice snazzy pair of shoes...and more's to the point...who doesn't just "LOVE SHOES".......???
Piece of watercolour card 6"x6" & a second piece 7"x7"
An 8"x8" blank greeting card
"Clarity Style" Stencil & Unmounted Stamps & a couple of shoe masks made from post-it notes
Woodpress Letters Alphabet & masks
Unmounted Daisies stamp set & masks made from post-it notes
Black Archival Ink
Selection of dye based inks - I used Adirondack Mountain Rose, Tin Holtz Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw & Weathered Wood, make-up sponges and blending tools
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens
Watercolour pencils
Charcoal pencil
Glossy Accents & ribbon to finish off
Start by placing the shoe innie onto a post-it pad and draw round it and cut two shoes (don't forget that the stamp will face the opposite direction and don't do what I did  and cut them back-to-front!).
Decide where you want your pair of shoes and remember the first one you stamp will be the one in the front of the artwork.  Use Black Archival ink as this gives you a permanent image that won't bleed when you add the dye-based inks later.
Mask the first shoe and stamp the second one slightly offset so that it appears behind.  (Post-its are better for masking when stamping as the acetate is a bit thick for this purpose)
Next, place the stencil over the front shoe, tape it down, (and cover the dress so that there's no chance of getting ink through that part), and sponge Festive Berries through the aperture.
Once dry, place a shoe mask over the inked area and move the stencil up and repeat the process on the second shoe

Next,mmmmm, what to say....Well as I said, who doesn't "Like Shoes"....
Stamp the Woodpress letter boxes onto tracing paper (thank you for the tip Barbara) and decide where you want to place them on your artwork, then go ahead and stamp the first set of boxes and mask them before continuing.  Apologies for the sideways photo, but I couldn't rotate it - hope you don't get a crick in your neck looking at it!
Leave the letter box masks in place and replace the shoe masks, then stamp & mask the daisies around the edge.  Once these are all done and masked off, using the blending tools and your ink selection, lightly colour the card using the blending tools.
Remove the daisy masks as you want the flowers to appear behind the letterboxes & shoes, then add some shadow using a grey-tone ink with a make-up sponge to add depth to your artwork round the letter boxes & shoes.
Colour in the daisies using the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen, I used "Macaroon" from the Vintage Hues set as that matched the shoes perfectly.
Stamp the letters into the boxes and once dry, colour in the boxes with a yellow watercolour pencil
I also like to add depth to the shadowing using charcoal - looks fab on watercolour card as it picks up the texture really well.
And just because I like a bit of glitz & sparkle, I went over the daisies and the shoes with a clear Sparkle pen - you get one in each Spectrum Noir set, I love 'em. 
Add a few black speckles with a black Micron pen to the middle of the daisies and finish off using Glossy Accents in the centre.
Using the same colours that you blended for the shoe background, blend them on the larger piece of card, and using a circular motion with the blending tool, edge both pieces with Festive Berries. 
I flicked some water at the artwork and blotted it to add a bit more interest.
Mount the small piece onto the second and before mounting the larger piece on the greeting card, put ribbon round and secure on the back with a small piece of cellotape. 
Tie a bow and stick on in the middle and that's it finished!

Well I think I'd better start sorting out my summer clothes as I'm off to New York at the end of this thing's for sure, I definitely won't be taking any high-heeled shoes with me!!!!

There's already some lovely entries to the Challenge, but if you haven't entered yet, you've got until 30th April, so come and join in the fun!
Look forward to seeing you back here again soon xxx

Friday, 1 April 2016

Clarity Challenge 38 - Masking Technique

Hi everyone - nice to see you again & thank you for paying me a visit :-)
A lovely bright day here in West London - lots of sunshine forecast for the day, (and the weekend - whoopee!), just the thought of sunshine makes it a happier day for me!

A new month and a new type of Challenge for you this time using the "masking technique."

The rose I've used for my artwork this month, although it's one of Clarity's older stamps, I only recently added it to my Clarity collection, so I thought I'd give it an airing for our masking challenge. 

I love to colour, and this is a substantial size for a focal point on a card and great to colour in!  I particularly like this sentiment too....must be the sunshine element of it that drew me to use it with the beautiful roses! 
So the ingredients for my card are as follows:
Heart Rose Stamp & 2 masks cut from post-its
Leafy Swirl Stamp
May Flowers Verse
Landscape Masks
Stencil brushes & blending tool
Black & Olive Archival Inks
Mountain Rose Adirondack Ink
Tumbled Glass & Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks
Clear Embossing Powder (& talcum powder)
Watercolour card, contrasting backing card & an 8x8 blank greeting card
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens & a grey Promarker
Masking tape, ruler & a black Micron pen
(links for elements available from Claritystamp are shown below)

Start by cutting a piece of watercolour paper to 7"x7" and dust with talc before starting to prevent any wayward embossing granules sticking where you don't want them!  Stamp the first rose in place using black archival ink - Sprinkle with embossing powder & heat-set .  Next, stamp the verse and emboss.  Mask the first rose image, then stamp the next flower in place, remove the mask before sprinkling the powder, and heat-set.

Mask off both roses and stamp the Leafy Swirl to add foliage using the Olive Archival ink.  I found it easier to stamp one swirl at a time, remove the masks then sprinkle on the embossing powder and heat-set individually.  Continue to add a few more swirls in the same way, masking the roses again each time before stamping.
Once you've finished with the greenery, replace the rose masks ready for the background & use masking tape round the edge to create a border before adding any colour.
Place the sun mask over the verse and the cloud mask as shown.  Brush Tumbled Glass ink over the sun & upper cloud area and gradually move the cloud mask down the artwork to create layers of cloud with your brush.

Once that's done, remove the sun & cloud masks and position the outie around the sun.  Use the blending tool to add colour, first Squeezed Lemonade then go lightly over part of it with Mountain Rose. 
Remove the mask and tape and colour in the roses - the new Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens are fab, but colouring pencils or watercolour pencils/paints would look just as good.  Draw a thin line with the Micron pen round the artwork and use the grey Promarker to add shadow to the rose petals to give a 3D effect. 
Mount on contrasting backing card then onto the greeting card.
A pretty card - perfect for many occasions with such a lovely sentiment!
I hope you'll be inspired by mine, and the other Clarity Design Team's artwork.  Remember to visit their blogs to have a peek at their masking ideas too - there's some fab artwork to give you lots of ideas.
Come on in and have a go at winning a £50 Claritystamp Voucher. 
Everyone's welcome to join in with us!  The competition starts today and you can enter by email or via your blog up to 30th April.
I look forward to seeing all your entries.......
Have a wonderful sunny day. 
See you again soon xxx