What is a mask??? A mask is something that has a shape cut out and it blocks off the rest of the paper so when you apply paint or ink it only lands on where your shape is cut out. (Sometimes people refer to stencils as a "mask"... which makes sense because it is blocking off other areas while you apply ink or paint to your stencil!)
Check out some of these ideas using Masking Techniques!
THEN overlay a stencil (I used a combination of this Ocean Stencil from Carabelle Studio and this Mermaid Tail die-cut from Taylored Expressions) and apply a layer of Versafine Clair Ink, Nocturne using the Nuvo Blending Sponges.
The contrast here with the vibrant Rainbow Ink pad and the white gel pen creates an AMAZING effect!!
I can now colorize JUST the mushrooms using inks and the BleedProof White for the white spots
Using the same idea as shown above, you can make a moose walking alone under the moonlight... I love this image from Taylored Expressions, Woodland Silhouettes 2
I added a moon in the sky and then used a circle to BLOCK it off so I could create a night sky.
I used the REVERSE CUT OUT of the moose to make a brown moose walking among the grass.
- To create the MOON, I cut out a crescent moon from a piece of poster board using an X-acto knife. I used the REVERSE CUT OUT and stuck it on my paper.
- I used a palette knife to smear the Nuvo Mousse across the moon image. I removed the mask.
- I sprinkled on 2 colors of embossing powder (Moonstone and Gold embossing powder) and heat-set the mousse/embossing powder together.
- First lay down the MOON SHAPE CUT OUT on top of the moon. To hold it in place, just use a couple pieces of double-sided tape . This blocks off the moon to keep it from changing colors when I use the other inks.
- Lay down a layer of black ink (Versafine Clair, Nocturne ink) with a Large Picket Fence Blending Brush around the edges of the moon, LET IT DRY. THEN lay down your die-cut shapes and hold them in place with a removable glue dot. CLEAN YOUR BRUSH!
- THEN add a layer of Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink on TOP of the black ink, again using a Large Picket Fence Blending Brush. Be careful here not to smear the ink because you want it to sit on the surface, just dabbing on the Hero Arts White Ink. LET IT DRY.
- I used the Distress Oxide Inks with my Large Picket Fence Blending Brushes and I LOVE the look of the vibrant rainbow galaxy!!!
- To create the white dots, I always just splatter the Dr. Martin's Bleedproof white
- When your galaxy background is FINISHED, peel away the masks and look at the AMAZING REVEAL of the little images along the edge of the moon!!
**I recommend using the Joy of Stamping Brush Cleaner to clean your brushes when you are done using your Distess Oxide Inks** Otherwise when the ink dries your brushes might feel a little bit stiff. You can also use Stamp Cleaner to clean your brushes
What will you create next?!
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