Friday, November 6

Day 6 - Masking (tutorial)

Masking is a technique in which part of an image is covered to prevent the application of colours or mediums.  Paper crafters often use masks when they want to stamp several images in one design without them overlapping or when they want to keep particular sections clear of ink or paint.
 
For today's card, I've used masking fluid, embossing powder and distress inks to create a moonlit snow scene.   
 
 
YOUR TURN: Use masking on your card.
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I started by stamping and heat embossing my image onto watercolour paper.

Use an OLD paintbrush and masking fluid to block out
the areas you want to remain clear of paint.

The masking fluid is slightly tinted so that you can see where it has been applied.  Allow it to dry for a few minutes before adding your paint or ink.

The masking fluid comes off easily by gently rubbing it with your finger.

You can now add any additional detail to the previously masked areas.
 
Written instructions and photos are copyright Beccy Muir.
All rights reserved.

32 comments:

Tina Z. said...

wow, stunning card, incredible colors, amazing snow scene and these shadows, uf ...

Bad Kitty said...

amazing card

Suze said...

Wow, that is such a stunning scene. Love the depth that the use of this technique gives to the image.

Teresa said...

I absolutely love it!!! I haven't masked with a masking fluid--may see if I can find some.

Nancy Soetaert said...

great tuto! Thanks a lot!
nancy

Swissie said...

Really great!
I have earlier used masking fluid on watercolour paintings, but I never thought of it for my cards. Thank you for a splendid idea and a very good tutorial!

Margreet said...

Gorgeous technique.
xxx Margreet

KT Fit Kitty said...

Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful masking! Why is it when I pop in here, I think I should dig out my Christmas CDs to get myself in the mood haha!?! Actually I think I will go dig out my Christmas CDs! Thanks for the inspiration! I haven't been making any cards yet this month - complete loss of mojo! Maybe those CDs will help...

aussie aNNie said...

LOVE the masking technique. I think the outcome with the moon behind the trees and the look of snow around the surrounds makes a perfect Christmas card, and one to cool us down under her in Australia...love it Beccy and I am sure many ladies will be experimenting today. Mind you I have not used masking fluid before so that is a new one for me. Mine has always been the stamping mask technique. Cheers.x

Rahmat said...

This is beautiful, I am waiting for the masking liquid to arrive here at my store, gorgeous effect on the card Beccy.

Anet van Zyl said...

Wow Beccy, this is just beautiful. Anet x

Donna said...

Wow! I am picking my jaw up off the floor, Beccy. Your card is amazing! Beautifully done. My masking never looks this good!

ursula Uphof said...

Love that scene you created Beccy. Will have to go and look for masking fluid. Used to use this technique on ceramics years ago. Thanks for the tutorial. Ursula xxx

ursula Uphof said...

Love that scene you created Beccy. Will have to go and look for masking fluid. Used to use this technique on ceramics years ago. Thanks for the tutorial. Ursula xxx

Megan J said...

Hi Beccy, gorgeous card, I wish I was brave enough to try it, I can merge digi images together and I am putting the finishing touches to my creation, thank you for the tutorial and inspiration...Megan

Sarah said...

Beautiful card, I too wish I could do what you did. I can barely mask anything so I don't usually so it. Anyway, great job, Sarah W

Conny Hillgaard said...

If every you want a trip to Denmark, you can for sure stay at my house. I want to learn more from yoy. I love your cards and what you can do with only a few products. Have a great day. Conny, from Denmark

Conny Hillgaard said...

I hope it's all right I pinned you!

Maxine D said...

What an awesome scene you have created. Thanks for the tutorial :-)
Blessings
Maxine

Kath said...

A fabulous card - your Christmas scene is stunning.
Kath x

Crafting Queen said...

Another wonderful card!

Dagmar said...

I love scenic Cards, your `s is beautiful.

Sandra H said...

This is truly so lovely l love the glitter and the layout of your wonderful card so beautifully presented too!

Beccy said...

Thanks for the invite Conny... that would be lots of fun! I don't think I'll be in Denmark any time soon, but I appreciate the offer.
And yes, I'm very happy to be pinned!
Cheers,
Beccy

Charlene Mitchell said...

Gorgeous card Beccy. The scene you created is absolutely beautiful. I live in Canada and have purchased that masking fluid at Wal-Mart. I haven't created a scene like this using it though . . . will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing all that you do!

Olga Fink said...

really lovely card! I always love how clean and simple your cards are!!

karin said...

Wow, such a great result with that masking technique ! But it seems not easy at all, I've never tried it before.Thanks for the tutorial Beccy.
Karin.

Mel C said...

Lovely scene and colors, thanks for inspiring us Beccy!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Beccy, this is a stunning card, and thanks for the tutorial. I have some masking fluid and may just have to dare to use it after seeing this tutorial. Well done, and what a gorgeous card! Hugs!

crafty said...

Beautiful card. My attempts at masking always ends up in ripping the card!

Jacee said...

Beautiful!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Beccy said...

Hi Crafty,
If you find the masking tape (or other adhesive) is too sticky for your project, try sticking it to your clothes two or three times to help reduce the amount of tack.
Cheers,
Beccy