Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Art Masking Fluid

Hello Peeps

I'm going to show you how to do a background using masking fluid.

The masking fluid itself is good for all water based products and can be applied using a paintbrush. The great thing about using masking fluid is no matter how detail the stamp you can still mask it

For this particular tutorial I used Stampin up "The Open Sea stamp set, with father's day coming up I thought it might be good way to start .

Here's how to do the card.

You will need

Stampin up Stamp set: the open sea Product code: 123032 for the clear set

                                                                                 123030 for the wood mounted set

Apothecary Accents die set  product code: 127 003

Stampin up soft suede ink pad product code 126 978

You can purchase the above products from the link below.


Dayler Rowney Art Mask Fluid

Acrylic Block

Cream Card approx. 19 x 13 cm

Ink Blending tool


ok lets do the card

 Here as you can see I've started getting my things ready for the project, masking fluid, block paintbrush, ink pad and stamps.
 Here as you can see I have mounted the anchor, world and compass stamps  on to the acrylic block. Using the stampin up soft suede ink up the stamps and stamp onto the cream card.
 Here I have stamped the card with the images. if you have space left just fill up with the two smaller stamps , doing them individually might be easier at this stage.
Once you happy then we can mask them.
 Shake the masking fluid. I recommend here using an old paintbrush or getting a cheap kiddies one. So basically don't use good ones.
 Apply the masking fluid to the stamped images.
 So here I have painted the masking fluid all over my images.
 From the open sea mount the "Ledger Stamp"  and ink up wwith the soft suede.
 We now need to start tamping over the images completely covering the card.
 Here you can see a close up of the ledger stamp over the world image.
 One completed stamped background. At this stage go and have a tea or coffee while the whole thing dries about 5 minutes
 If you really are impatient then blot with a kitchen paper towel
 With your finger gradually rub the masking stuff from the stamped image and completely remove from the card. It should be a bit elastically and rubbery. Remove all the masking from the stamped images.
 So here I have removed all the masks.
 A close up of the images after mask removed. As you can see particularly the compass there is no hint of the ledger stamp it looks as though its behind the compass which is what we wanted to achieve.
With the same ink pad we are just going to give the edges a worn and distressed look. I find it easier to do this using either a splodge mat or non-stick craft mat.
 ink up your blending tool and starting from the outside gradually bring the tool in towards the card edge thus slightly discolouring the card.
 Here you can see the half that I have done giving the outside of the card a slight aged look which is what we are trying to achieve here.
 Place a piece of kitchen towel under you fingers to help prevent paw prints appearing on your card.
 One completed background.
 Select the die from the apothecary accents and run it through your die cutting machine. I used the same card as for the background.

 Stamp the ship in the middle of the shape. Blend the edges of the shape as before.
Mat and layer the background on to another piece of card and go around all four edges with Double Sided Sticky Tape.

Tie a reef knot ( left over right and right over left) . Leave long enough tails to go around the card to the back, and have it towards the left side of the card.
Here you can see the tails on the wrong side, fix them to the double sided tape.
Attach the background to the front of an  A5 card blank.

Job Done


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Mica Stamping

Hello Peeps

Hope you are all well. Today I'm going to show you how to stamp using mica powders. Now the thing is here the technique I'm going to show you will end up producing two colours of mica powder on the same card.

 So above you can see the finished background. The mica powder does not show up all that well but trust me its there.

You will need.
Stamps I used the sailing boat from "The Open Sea" set from Stampin up.
Selection of distress inks: I used Antique linen, Tea Dye
Perfect Pearls Mica powder in Rust and Perfect Gold
Cut and dry foam
A6 piece of card stock
Versamark ink pad.
Baby wipes.

Begin by applying the Antique linen to the piece of white card. making sure its covering the card. Random here is good and you don't have to be all that particular. Apply tea dye distress ink in the same way


This is what you want to end up with a card covered in the ink and saturated.

Next with your perfect gold mica powder cover the WHOLE of the card with the powder.

Now get your baby wipes, second colour mica powder (here I used rust), stamp and Versamark.
resting your stamp on the work surface take your ink pad to the pad and lightly tap to apply some ink to the stamp.
Starting up in the left hand corner press firmly and remove immediately clean the stamp and dry it.

Apply a small amount of mica powder to the stamped image and move it around with the brush to cover the whole of the image.
Repeat this over the card, stamp, clean, mica, stamp, clean, mica.
 This is what you should end up with a nice background with two different mica powders on it.