Monday, July 6, 2015

In Focus with Gayatri Murali No. 3 | Style #1


Hello every one, Cannot believe half a year has already gone by! Wow! Time certainly flies. New month means another technique tutorial. Are you ready for the new tutorial?

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This month’s technique is Masking technique. There are various ways to using masking technique. I am going to use the Cutaways and share couple of styles of masking.

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Today, I am using In a Word: Happy cutaway as my mask to stamp around it.

Here is the finished card

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Here is a collage of photos showing how the card is made using the technique.

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Masking is a versatile technique, often used to create a cluster of images to get depth. I have however stamped a cluster of images using this technique in a different way.  I started with die cutting In a Word: Happy cutaway using the masking paper. I adhered the die cut on the white cardstock at the centre slightly towards the top. Before I started to stamp, I made sure the mask was adhered well by rubbing round the edges. I wanted a clean and crisp edge when I removed the mask later. The stamp set I have used to stamp around the mask is called Lola’s Bouquet. I love love this set. There are so many flowers, leaves and twigs to choose from to create your own cluster.

I started stamping with the largest flower in sets of three. Then with the smaller flower again in sets of three. I made sure the images overlapped the masked word. This showed the word clearly when I removed the mask later. I then added leaves, twigs, buds and accents to the cluster. The inks I have used here are pigment inks. They are the best inks to use for this technique as dye inks are absorbed by the masking paper and by repeated stamping will leak ink into the masked area.

Once I was happy with the stamping making sure I had covered most of the edges of the word, I left it to dry. Pigment inks take a few minutes to dry. Trying to remove the mask while the ink is wet risks smudging inside the masked area. This is the time I used to make my card base and heat emboss my smaller sentiment. Once the inks were dry, I removed the mask carefully. Love how the masked word “Happy” shows through among the cluster of stamped flowers and leaves. You can see in my last photo in the collage, that I had practised the technique first before I started on the card. This helps with making colour choices as well as identity the mistakes to correct them on the card.

To assemble my card, I trimmed the panel, added a black striped pattern paper to the bottom, adhered the smaller sentiment using foam adhesives and accented with Onyx sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. This panel was then adhered to the white card base using foam adhesives.

Here are some more photos of the card.

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This technique could be used to make a one layer card, colour the masked area if you like it pop out more…. Possibilities are endless. Hope you are inspired by my technique card today.
If you like to play along, we have a linky attached with this post. Love to see what you do with this technique.

I will see you in a fortnight with another style of masking technique.

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  1. Very pretty card and fun technique, tfs!

  2. Great technique. I haven't been able to take the OCC class yet, so will be fun to try a new technique.

  3. Beautiful card - great technique! Thanks Gayatri!

  4. What a stunning card ..absolutely love it !!

  5. Yes..absolutely stunning card !

  6. wow what a great effect that masking created it.

  7. Once again, Gayatri, another fabulous technique resulting in a stunning card! I need much more masking practice, so your tutorial is such a welcome treat! Thank you for the amazing inspiration!

  8. DELIGHTFUL card Gayatri!!!
    LOVE the stamps and your stamping & colour combo, such a pretty design and FUN technique!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your tutorial and tips - I have to confess that I haven't used masking paper {yet} and look forward to getting some for an inky workout soon, with pigments inks :)


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