Sunday, February 28, 2016

So Many Masks.....

Well, I guess it's time I let you all in on a little secret.....I've been chosen by the lovely Eva Bussom over at Can You Case It to be this week's Guest Designer. To say I'm a little bit excited is just a little bit of an understatement!! Thank you Eva for the opportunity to share my love of stamping with your followers.
This is the challenge for this week.....a colour challenge.
I've taken these colours, along with the neutral shades of black to create 3 cards, all of which use a variation on the masking technique. 
Here they are.....

This first card uses a masking technique I taught at my last technique class, which was called Masked Die Cuts, but I've adapted it to be Masked Fussy Cuts!!!  I stamped the lily image from Remarkable You onto the cardstock, then again onto a sticky note.  I fussy cut around the image, then stuck it over the stamped image.  I used my sponges to add colour around the edges of the stamped image.  Then I used my Stamp'n'Write marker to add a bit of colour to the stamen and stem of the image.  I also added some bling with my Wink of Stella Clear Pen.

Here's a close up of the masking, and I think you can just see a little of the Stella.
The next card uses the mask to create a negative space which allows the sentiment to shine.  I've used the 3 step stamp "What I Love" from the Sale-a-Bration Catalogue for this card. 

And lastly, I have used my acrylic block as a stamp to create the background printed blocks.  Then I've used my sticky notes along the edges of these background stamps to create a boarder.  Next I stamped the leaf image from Kinda Eclectic in differing places inside the background blocks. This allowed my card to be balanced and also striking and elegant in it's simplicity.

And don't you just love those little butterflies?  Papillion Potpourri is still one of my most favourite sets, even though it's a few years old now.
Don't forget to hop on over to Can You Case It and play along.
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Remarkable You, Papillion Potpourri, Petite Pairs, Flowering Fields, Circle of Spring,
Colours: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Hello Honey, Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones, Butterfly punch, sticky notes, Wink of Stella Clear.
Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Little Scoring .....

This is my very late entry into Colour Q and CAS(E) this Sketch this week.....and as I am very quickly running out of time, please excuse the very poor and yellow quality of these photos. :-(

As you can see, I've changed the orientation of the photo and used the diagonal plate on my Simply Scored tool to create the cross hatching in the background.  To make the flower, I punched out the shape, then ran each flower through my crimper several times, which helped to separate the fibres of the cardstock.  This then allowed me to split the cardstock, giving the rough textured side for the flowers   You can see this more clearly in the first photo. 

Stamps:  Number of Years
Colours: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo
Other: Gold button, Calypso Coral Thick Bakers Twine.

Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Monday, February 15, 2016

Die Masking....

If you follow my Facebook page, you will have seen this teaser over the weekend.  It's a sneak peak at one of the techniques I taught at Sunday's class......Die Masking.

I just love the detail around each component of the image, which helps to create dimension without layers.

Here's a close up of the technique.

Colours: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Stamps: Tin of Cards, Flower Patch
Other: Rhinestones, sticky notes, matching dies.

Happy Stamping.....Manda xxx