Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Masked Stenciling - Group of Seven

Hi everyone.  Welcome to a new month at Group of Seven Cardmakers.  The group is having fun playing with new-to-us techniques and products and love sharing our experiences with you.

Please check out the details for the technique on the blog ...

This month, the Group of Seven have been inspired by an amazing card artist, Pat (Colourful Card Creations)!  Welcome Pat!  Thanks for joining us this month!

I first saw this beautiful card below on Pat's blog.  The Group of Seven were excited to try out this uniquely creative technique.

I have admired Pat's cards and followed her blog for many years.  

Here's what I learned when I experimented with this technique ...
  • The masked shape is part of the design of the card.
  • It's important to add the mask first, then add stencil over top before sponging the design.
  • To make your masked area pop, sponge a light colour once your mask is in place BEFORE you add your stencil over top.  Then add more sponging over the stencil.    
  • I die-cut the curved masks for my designs but you can also hand-cut (or die-cut) any shape you like.
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For the card above, I die-cut a curve and used it as a mask over my card front.  I placed a splash stencil  over top.  I thought it worked perfectly as large raindrops falling on my little girl with her rubber boots and umbrella (Rainy Days die - Simon Says Stamp).  I used Zigs to colour the girl's boots, coat and legs, but it was easier to sponge colour (Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon DIs) onto the umbrella.  I used my white Posca paint pen to add the dots.   I finished with a fun sentiment (retired), stamped in black and heat embossed with clear.

This is the first time using this sweet die (I've had it for a while!).  Sending this card to NBUS Challenge #59.
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I made a second masked stencil card using a curved mask cut with a snowdrift die. :)  I used the Fading Florals stencil (Simon Says Stamp), sponging with Distress inks (Shabby Shutters, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire).  I used my white Posca paint pen to add a few details to the stenciling and then stamped the sentiment (Gratitude - Penny Black) in more Crackling Campfire ink.

Sending the above card to Seize the Birthday Challenge #278.  No topping this time. :)

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... and one more card ...
I first cut two masks from the same curve die.  Placed one over the bottom of the card (for a snowhill), and the second one on the right side of the card as part of the overall design.

For the stencil, I used a tree die (Tree Frame - Gina Marie Designs) that I cut from Yupo.  Yupo is made of plastic and it makes great stencils from dies because it never rips and after inking you can wipe the ink off with a damn cloth or paper towel ... and then it's ready to use again! :)

I used the colours of the rainbow to sponge over the tree stencil (Distress Inks:  Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Fired Brick, Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn ... then a little more of the Salty Ocean).  I removed the stencil and splattered with diluted white acrylic paint and gold acrylic paint.  Once dry, I stamped the sentiment (Believe - Penny Black) in gold delicata ink.

... and sending it also to Rudolph Days Challenge.  Thanks to Helen for taking over for Maureen!!

I had a lot of fun with this technique.  Thanks for the inspiration Pat!!

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Card #1:
Stamps:  Rainy Day Play (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress inks:  Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean,Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz); Zigs:  Bright yellow, Flesh 
Accessories:   Curve die (My Favorite Things), Splash stencil (Silhouette America), sponges, scrap paper for curve mask;  Rainy Days die (Simon Says Stamp), Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool

Card #2:
Stamps:  Gratitude (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress inks:  Shabby Shutters, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Fading Florals stencil (Simon Says Stamp), detail sponge brushes, Snowdrift die (MFT), scrap paper for curve mask, white Posca pen

Card #3:
Stamps:  Believe (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Yupo
Ink:   Distress inks:  Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Fired Brick, Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Delicata Gold Ink (Tsukineko)
Accessories:   Tree Frame die (Gina Marie Designs), sponges, scrap paper for curve masks, white acrylic paint, gold acrylic paint, splatter brush


Julia Aston said...

Three wonderful designs using this technique Loll - I LOVE that big orange umbrella - warding off the masked stenciled rain with the little girls yellow rain boots showing below! The masking on the pretty florals allows for a nice space for your lovely sentiment. and your masked edge around the trees create such a magical space with the rainbow colors you used as well as the splatter! Julia xx

I Card Everyone said...

I love the way you've used this technique, Loll! A mask for all Seasons! and each one a delight!
=] said...

Gorgeous cards and each one is different!

Pat said...

Wow Loll, what fabulous ways of using this technique and I just adore that cute little lady under her umbrella, and the large splashes falling on her. I love the beautiful bright flowers on the second, and a wonderful idea to mask the shape across the bottom right corner as the perfect place to put the sentiment, and lastly such a fabulous rainbow of colours behind the trees with that lovely curved shape on two sides, such clever designs! x

ciloma said...

All three cards are great. I really am drawn to the umbrella one. Loving the colors.

HilaryJane said...

What a great showcase of cards. I love them all. They are all very different and unique despite using the same mask and technique. Great inspiration. Thank you xx

Julie B said...

Another interesting technique showcased Loll. My favourite is the rainbow one. :)

cjknick said...

These are both beautifully done, Loll. Thanks for sharing.

Christine Alexander said...

these are such great cards Loll, your little rainy day and rainbow tree scenes really caught my eye ♥

Bobby said...

Your cards are all so fabulous, Loll. I love how vibrant they are. I got the giggles reading about wiping the Yupo stencil with a damn cloth.

BożenA said...

That's a fantastic technique, Loll. You created three stunning cards. I love this sweet little girl under the gorgeous umbrella. The coloring of this card is wonderful. Thanks for all the tips, and using Yuppo as a stencil is just brilliant!
BożenA xx

Heather said...

Those trees! Jaw droppingly beautiful!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my gosh, your first card is unbearably cute and I was just loving on it when all of a sudden up popped your second card with those gorgeous fun flowers. I had to do a double take because I just bought that stencil and I wasn't sure I was seeing it correctly because you made it so pretty! But wait, there's more... The trees with rainbow background and splatters are fabulous! Hmmm... that yupo is a great idea!

Marcia Hill said...

All three of these cards are so FUN Loll and looks like a technique I would definitely like to try! Your 1st card with the rain drops and umbrella is so darn it! Really liking the floral and rainbow forest cards too! AWESOME cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

Lisa Elton said...

Oh my goodness gracious are these ever fabulous, Loll! I love the way you used the technique and your bright happy colors!

Darnell said...

A triple delight of colorful designs using your masks and stencils, Lolly! I love that adorable rainy day die and making a rainbow sky for a Christmas card is inspired! Thank you for the tip on making stencils with Yupa paper!! Hugs, Dolly

Megan J said...

Hi Loll, three beautiful cards, love the bright colours on the third against the white. I've thought of using plastic folder dividers to create stencils, thank you for your tip for yupo paper. Have a wonderful weekend... Megan

Jeanne H said...

Wonderful cards, Loll and thanks for the hints on this technique and stenciling. Hugs.

TK said...

These are terrific cards, Loll, and I'm LOVING this technique! Gosh, it seems to elemental but it really packs a punch to accentuate the main focal

Brenda in IN said...

That stencil is perfect for raindrops and a cute card. Lovely spring flowers and the bright colors around the trees is awesome.

JoAnn said...

Beautiful cards with this technique of masking stencils. That is a great one with the trees. Love your cards. Thanks for sharing your birthday card with us at Seize the Birthday.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow - three fabulous cards with this technique, Loll - I think my fave is the umbrella girl but all are gorgeous!

Sarn said...

Fab technique and a beautiful collection of cards using it. All so colourful. Will def have a go at it xxx

Helen said...

Beautiful design - love all the colours in the background.

Thanks so much for supporting the Rudolph Days Challenge.

Helen x

Rach83 said...

Wow - what an amazing group of cards. I love the masked stencil technique you used and will add it to my list to try! Your rainbow stenciling is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations.

Nancy said...

Loll, Talk about an inspiring post! WOW! I love this technique and I'm saving your cards to remind me to try this very soon. Each one is as pretty as the next. The last one really shows the technique the best. I am so excited! Thanks for playing along at Seize the Birthday!

Robyn Oliver said...

Hello again Loll, Super cards using this month's techniques - cutest rainy days die and I'm loving all the colourful flowers... I'm sorting thru my stencils now... see how I go, thanks for visiting, hugs Robyn

Susan said...

Three wonderful cards, Loll, using that technique. What a perfect way to depict raindrops on the first card! Such pretty flowers on the second card, leaving a perfect spot for the sentiment! The third card is my favourite of the three - I love that rainbow sky behind the trees!

Anna said...

What a wonderful way to stretch your supplies by using a die cut for a stencil! Thank you for joining us for this challenge at Christmas Craft Creations Challenge and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Anna, Design Team