Saturday, October 15, 2011

October Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are twelve of us highlighting the "Masking Technique" as shown on page 15 in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book! 

This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link.  While there, you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Tracey's Blog, you are on the right track! 

Masking is a technique I learned over 13 years ago at a Close To My Heart event.  However, it has continued to evolve over the years and can vary in many ways.  (I'm sure you'll see that to be true as you make your way through the hop.)

I decided to use the masking technique with the stars, creating my own patterned paper.  Using our exclusive Cricut Cartridge, Art Philosophy, I cut out four images slightly larger than what the stamp set called for.  Then, I put some light adhesive on the back of each star, and use the Spritz Pen to spray Reinker over the entire sheet of Colonial White cardstock.  Upon removing the stars, they left the Colonial White stars, perfect for me to stamp inside of with the Pacifica ink!

The stamp set is from the Elementals Workshop-on-the-Go kit.  I love the saying you can make, combining two images, to create, "Celebrate everyday moments".  Using "celebrate" and one of the smaller, ringed images, I added some additional texture to the background.  To finish it off, I added some Colonial White buttons, threaded with Colonial White Waxy Flax.

I love the cleanliness appeal of this card and had fun incorporting a variation of the masking technique.  Have fun checking out what the other ladies created! 

Now hop over to Cherri's Blog and see what beautiful artwork she has for you!

Happy hoppin'!


  1. Very nice Melissa, I love how you used the Art Philosophy cartridge images.

  2. Very nice and crisp card!
    Wendy K.

  3. Way cute on those buttons! ;) love it!