PTI MIM #250: Masked Backgrounds

For this challenge, I wanted to do a masked background that was a little different from using masking tape.

I took the Make It Market Guilded Garden plate and cut it using cardstock as a masking sheet. I originally tried normal cardstock but the inks “stuck” to it too much and didn’t blend easily in to the nooks and crannies of all the flower and leaf details on the paper underneath. So I tried again using glossy cardstock and my blending sponge slipped right off and in to the spaces I wanted. 

The inks used were Distress Squeezed Lemon, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. I think it gave the card a nice tropical feel. The card screams Hawaii to me!

Being short an Aloha stamp, I took a sentiment from the same PTI stamp set and used Brilliance Graphite Black. I then mounted it on PTI Sweet Blush cardstock and put some pale pink, clear and green sequins on. I am totally loving the vibrant green of those sequins. A friend getting married in Bali soon… I wonder if the card would suit?



Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Card

I’ve had my Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamps for awhile and haven’t gotten round to using them. I bought them when they first came out and all these cool crazed birds were popping up everywhere. I adore the images, but they are… wild. They have a cool and funky vibe – not something that is synonymous with my style of things. And they don’t come with sentiments, so its an additional step of thinking when it comes time to card making. So when I saw the Tim Holtz giveaway challenge on the Simon Says Stamps blog, I knew I had to break out the set and give it a whirl.

Tim Holtz Crazy Birds

I folded a 1/2 piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock to form my card base, working out where I thought my bird was going to be. I used a mini ink blending tool to add squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio and tumbled glass Tim Holtz Distressed Ink to the front of the card, blending outwards from the area behind my imaginary bird. I flicked the background with water droplets and allowed the inks to pool before blotting off the excess with a paper towel. I then spritzed the entire front with a water and Perfect Pearls confetti white mix, allowing the distressed areas to reintegrate themselves with the background. I wasn’t able to capture this on camera but this technique gives a shimmery muted distressed look instead of harsh water splotches.

I stamped my bird on a 120lb Simon Says Stamp cardstock using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and fussy cut it out. I used Copics, starting with Y15 for the beak and YR 12 all over the body of the bird. On the edges of the body, I added YR68, blended it in with YR15 and then with YR12. Next, I drew a thin strip of R24 on the edges and blended it in with YR15, before finishing off the tail with a pure R24. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyes to make them look wet and went over the whole bird with Perfect Pearls confetti white. Here’s what it looks like close up.

Crazy Bird Close Up

I used Papertrey Inks Blue Skies and Belated Birthday sets for the sentiment and  mounted the bird with 3D foam squares. The card didn’t look quite finished so I added green, blue and yellow sequins to the bottom right corner to complete my visual triangle. This card was so fun to make. I’m going to have to start sourcing some sentiments that go with the birdies!