One of the advantages of having designed and made 24 different cards on 24 hours for my World Card Making Day Challenge is that I now have a stash of projects to show you. The only question is what order to show them in. For today’s project I decided on this cute birthday card using a couple of masking techniques.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
I started this project with some pretty paper from the Let It Snow Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. First I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to mount the DSP onto a layer of Gray Granite Card. Then I fixed it onto a Thick Whisper White Card base.
Next, on a layer of Whisper White Card I attached a 3/4″ strip of the DSP down the right-hand edge. This layer was then added to the inside of the card base.
Finally to complete the inside of the card I used Gray Granite ink to stamp the “It’s your birthday!” sentiment from the We’ll Walrus Be Friends Stamp Set.
To keep the project coordination really simple I went back to the We’ll Walrus Be Friends Stamp Set. Then on the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope I stamped the walrus and bird image using Gray Granite ink.
MASKING TAKE 1
All that was left was the main panel for the front of the card and for that I would need to do a little masking.
I began with a piece of Very Vanilla Card and the Gray Granite ink pad. First I stamped image of the walrus covering his eyes towards bottom left corner. Then I stamped him again onto a large Full-Adhesive Post-It® Note. Finally using Paper Snips I carefully cut the walrus from the Post-It Note and set aside the ‘waste’ piece as I’d need that later.
I began the scene by masking the walrus on the Very Vanilla piece with the walrus shaped Post-It Note. Next I tore a piece of scrap paper in half to give me a mask I could use for the horizon. I held the mask in place across my Very Vanilla piece so that I could colour the water using Coastal Cabana ink and a Sponge Brayer.
Once that was done I added the waves by stamping over the sponged area with an image from the High Tide Stamp Set.
Now it was time to work on the sky by first masking off the water area with the scrap paper. In order to add some interest to the sky I tore another piece of scrap paper into gentle curves. Then I placed the torn piece on the Very Vanilla Panel masking off all but the top part of the sky area. Having changed to another sponge brayer I then sponged some Balmy Blue ink over the card. I moved the cloud mask down a little and tilted it, then added more Balmy Blue ink with the Sponge Brayer. I repeated this four or five times until I’d completed the sky with the hint of clouds.
MASKING TAKE 2
Now the background of the scene was done I could work on the second part of the masking.
I removed all the masks from the piece and then went back to the ‘waste’ part of the Post-It Note. It was important not to mess up the scene I’d so carefully created and masking it off was the solution. With the ‘waste’ in place all I could see was the walrus image. I was about to begin colouring him when I decided my masking wasn’t complete.
I went back to the walrus mask that I’d removed and using my Paper Snips cut out the snout and tusks. Then I placed this tiny piece of Post-It Note over the snout and tusks on the card. Now I could use a Sponge Brayer to add a light layer of Gray Granite ink over the walrus. Once I was happy with the colour I removed the mask from the walrus’ face and went over the whole walrus one last time with the Sponge Brayer. This added the lightest coating of ink to the face, just enough to add some definition to the image.
Now my scene was done, and my walrus looking good I was on the homeward stretch. Using Gray Granite ink I stamped the “Ready or not…” sentiment in the top right corner of the piece.
But something wasn’t right… the walrus looked very odd sitting right on top of the water. But I had an idea. I took a scrap of Whisper White Card and tore a rough curved shape. Then using liquid glue I fixed it below the walrus so it looked like snowy ground. Once the piece was in place I roughed up the torn edge a little. That was much better and I could finally finish putting my card together.
Using liquid glue I mounted the walrus scene onto some Gray Granite Card. Then once I added the assembled layers to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals I was done.
Phew! You know this card was much easier to make than to describe how I made it. I think I may have to do something similar but make sure to film it for my YouTube channel. I’ll let you know when that’s done.