Thanks for popping in.
Just a quick blog today, to show off a couple of our new Christmassy Heart Dies, which you may have seen on Hochanda a couple of weeks ago. I launched them at the NEC, if I’m not mistaken. We’ve had them as stencils for years,
and they make brilliant dies, too.
One of the things we figured out recently was that you can cut out blank masking material with the dies, so I thought I’d try the deer on this atmospheric Card from the Shenandoah Petites collection.
The Shenandoah Papers or Card toppers are ideal for this kind of work, because they have all got a lighter area which blends into a darker outer area. Like this one, which moves from pink to grey. Pinky Gray!!
Load a Clarity Stencil brush with a grey ink pad. I love Watering Can Archival, so that’ll do. Sweep across the mask.
The thing is, the mask is a complete seal, isn’t it. We will get a really sharp definition on the lineart.
Yep. Razor sharp outline…
Let’s try a little highlight, lowlight technique, to make the image pop. Lovelights first. That means a dropshadow on the lower edges. See how I have used a pencil to add a shadow underneath the image on the righthand side? Makes such a difference!
Now for the highlights. That involves whitening the image on the inside. See the white pencil on the inside of the shape? And on the top of the image?
Now it really looks 3-dimensional. As if it’s raised off the card.
That’ll do. Just wanted to show off the blank masking material. It’s a very useful thing to have.
And if you haven’t got a mask for a stamp, but you want one, then simply stamp the image onto a piece of copy paper, stick a piece of the mask material on the paper – and cut out the shape with the paper. Don’t try stamping on the material itself. Takes forever to dry!
Why do I think I’ve already told you this? Probably because I have !!
Love & Hugs,