Friday, September 10, 2010

Behind the Mask

Another Friday come hurtling in at breakneck speed.
It's Lythan's turn to set the challenge on the Daring Cardmakers blog this week: 
Today's challenge gives you a choice....
Now you could make a card featuring a mask; or use a masking technique for stamping or use a mask to spray or paint on. The decision is yours!
Knowing that the only "ready made" mask I have is a crown shape (bought in error) and not having a clue what sort of card to make with it I thought I'd make a card in the shape of the sort of mask you would wear.  Again though, inspiration failed.  
Eventually, after spending a bit of time looking at masks and masking techniques on the interweb I decided to have a go at making some masks of my own.  ooooerrrr!
Obviously a job for Mr Robo as my cutting out is dismal (another "can't do" to add to my list hehe)
Using PSP (Paint Shop Pro) I drew a birdhouse shape, added a heart, circle and some little flowers with the preset shapes, then made the scallop bits on the roof using the brush tool. I cut it out then saw that all the bits I'd put on the rectangular part were separate pieces.  ooops!  Back to my picture to add some lines that would hold it all together and try the cutting again.
I sprayed it with repo adhesive and then used distress ink to ink over the birdhouse design.  I got a bit carried away and made more masks for the flowers and the butterflies.  The flowers are more PSP presets but the butterfly is from the Funky Hand "Flowers and Flutterbyes" download.
Also used:
Bird (Crafty Templates)
Lace, button, chain, tiny black pearl and brad from stash.
Natural twine (The Ribbon Girl)
Chipboard branch and tiny birdhouse (Bubbly Funk)
Inks, Stickles, tiny home made rub on decal

If you head across to the DCM BLOG you'll find some lovely and inspiring ways to use masks and masking techniques on your cards.  Maybe like me, you've never had a go at using them before - if so, this is your big chance to have a play!  I hope you'll rise to the challenge and have a go.

Please don't forget the September LO idea on The Sketch File Blog - we'd love to see lots of people joining in and using the sketches.  There's inspiration for using the September and other sketches over on the blog, and if you check out Jackie's blog HERE you'll find the most gorgeous album page she's created using September's LO.  I think it's absolutely beautiful!

Thanks for looking


Angelnorth said...

Fab DIY mask there Kathy, great job!

Kaz said...

This is gorgeous Kathy - I hope you've kept thos masks to use again! xxx

Lythan said...

Well done you - this is absolutely adorable and just the look I was trying to achieve! You are the Robo Queen,no question

Rein said...

Such a lovely card!

Lynda said...

You and Mr Robo are a match made in heaven you create such beautiful work together lol. Those masks are fabulous Kathy and it's such a pretty card.

Love Lynda xxx

Traceyr said...

mmm what a lovely card Kathy and I love the robo cut bird house - it would have been too fiddly to cut using scissors. :)

Karen said...

WOW Kathy...I love the house mask you have made! Such a gorgeous card my lovely XXX

Dolly said...

Wow Kathy - all those masks, clever stuff! :)xx

Janice said...

ooh very nice Kathy.

Sallie Ward said...

This is a lovely card Kathy, looks like you've been hard working x

Creative Treasures said...

Fab card Kathy, fab mask and the the birdhouse is really cute.

Im off to make a card using your September Sketch :)

Tracy x

JoZart said...

Very effective,thanks for the late peek,
JoZarty x

JoZart said...

Very effective,thanks for the late peek,
JoZarty x

Enfys said...

Fantastic Kathy, very creative, and the end result is just gorgeous,
big hugs
En xx

Di said...

A beautiful card Kathy xx