25 June 2012

Mucky Masks

Another quickish post tonight and a huge debt of gratitude to two wonderful artists for their inspiration. I was blown away (as has often been the case) by a set of projects created by the super-talented Julie Short which featured fantastic backgrounds. Whilst keen to have a go I didn't have a cogs/gears mask. However, help was at hand in the shape of Mandy Harrell who used Sprightly Sprockets dies as masks.

And then the Frilly and Funkie challenge appeared with an Inspiration Photo Challenge. Well I had already planned to enter and then today I discovered that I had won a gift certificate at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!! Woo hoo!! How lucky or what! So now I'm working on posting this entry...

I went for pigment inks in yellow, green, blue and bronze to echo the photo. First the yellow and blue were applied DTP in stripes and were smudged together slightly. Then I used the different SB Sprightly Sprockets dies as masks and applied the green and bronze around them in layers. This gets REALLY messy. Finally the background was completed by drawing around the dies with a black and a white roller ball pen.

The ATC for my OH's birthday project had the same background and a border was created using a pricking tool, a black roller ball pen and some clear embossing powder.

The sentiment (another Sam Poole Art Phrase) was stamped onto vellum  and cut out using a SB Postage die. The same size die was used to cut a piece of green card; I cut out the centre section and glued it to the back of the vellum so the background would show through more.

The cars at the bottom (Dimension Fourth stamps) were stamped onto card which was coloured with the same bronze pigment ink and were mounted raised from the background for more depth.
That's all for tonight folks. . Hope you take the chance to visit the sites mentioned at the start. Thank you for your lovely comments. Hugs, Buttons x


  1. I saw that you had won over at F & F, well done, many congtrats!! I love the way you have done the background on this and the faux stitching looks so realistic. A great take on the photo, I think. A x

  2. Congratulations on your win and can't wait to see what you do with your winnings! This is a fun approach to the "photo" challenge! Great use of masking and what a great background you created! Thanks a bunch for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!

  3. Congratulations on your win.
    Great work with the improvised masks - fun getting messy.

  4. ...firstly well done to you! I saw your name in bold lettering, thats excellent bet your smiling from ear to ear...loVe your interpretation on this photo challenge, gorgeous swirls, loVe your images & the cool colours...a superb make...Mel :)

  5. Your masking is fabulous, and love that you did an atc as an element...two crafting birds with one stroke of work!!! Love the stitching too!!! Gorgeous work! Thank you so much for this beautiful design and playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie this fortnight!!!

  6. This is SO cool! I really love the way you created your background with masking - awesome job blending all those colors and the white and black outlining really makes it all work. Love the ATC idea too. So happy you joined us again this week at Frilly and Funkie!



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