Sunday, 11 April 2010

Archaic Dinosaur Easel Card Using The Masking Technique

Over at Crafty Cardmakers they have set a Challenge Challenge! Basically you have to challenge yourself to try out a new technique. Obviously being a relative newbie this left me loads of scope! I decided that I'd like to try out the stamped masking technique for this card, so armed with an explanation of how to do it and my trusty 2 way glue pen, I set about making my "masterpiece" - LOL!

I also ended up using another new technique, paper tearing! Although not sure if this actually counts as who hasn't torn paper at some point? Anyway, it's the first time I've used it on a card.

I'm quite pleased with my first attempt at masking and will definately use this technique in the future. However as you will notice my stamping was far from perfect on this card. The reasons for this are outlined below in my tips, and before anyone says anything - I know a bad tradesman always blames his tools not his technique ;0)

So, here are my tips for anyone thinking of trying this out:

1. Choose your stamps carefully - a design with solid lines would've proved a lot simpler. Also don't use stamps that haven't been used before. This set of stamps had their first outing and the ink "puddled" on them leading to an uneven print. However, I think I can just about get away with it on this card.

2. Make sure you don't have a house full of small boys playing manhunt in and around your desk - it leads to the desk being jogged when your completing the final stamp, see the stem on the right - grrrr!!!

3. When you've finished, put the mask on a piece of acetate and bag it up with your stamps for future use (hopefully it will store well).

Well here it is:

Card Base - cut and scored using card from The Papermill. The edges have been inked and blended using Tim Holtz Brown Corduroy Distress Ink

Images - Basic Grey Archiac Set, stamped with Versafine - Vintage Sepia and Colorbox Fluid Chalk

Paper - from a selection at The Papermill

Sentiments - font Dinosaur Jnr from Dafont, printed directly onto the torn paper using a masking technique

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers - challenge yourself

Moving Along With The Times - easel card

Pile It On - easel card

Pollycraft - anything goes


  1. Oh wow, how fantastic is that, it would light up any boys face!!!!

  2. Love this card, your lay out is spot on, the way the feet trail across the card leads the eye up to the image so well. x

  3. I love this card it looks brilliant, the colours are super. Thanks for joining in with us on MAWTT this week Hazelxox

  4. Cool card. Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft this week!

  5. great card! thanks for joining us at PIO!

  6. Hiya this design is amazing...definitely agree with you on the pointer's. I hate breaking in new stamp's...but love trying lot's of techniques...your a girl after my own heart....

    Your creation is my Son would have loved as a boy...he was so into Dinosaur's...I have the evidence in the

    Fantastic Job, well done for challenging yourself...and thank's for joining us at Crafty cardmaker's this week
    Vicky your background...mines the same...

  7. I love this! It is super sweet :) Great job! Thanks for piling it on with us!

  8. What a fab card - I love it!! I have the same stamps will have to see if I can get my cards to look as good xx

  9. that dinosaur looks great, love all the khaki colours you've used with it :) Xx

  10. Brilliant card & well done on mastering the Stamp Masking Technique. Thanks for joining in with us at MAWTT this week xx Clare x

  11. Oh this is fabulous.

  12. A fab card, it is really clever... wow.. :D Christine x

  13. I love it, well done you xx

  14. I have that stamp set and love it.... it is such a cool boy kit and card!

    Thanks for playing w/ us at Pile It On! Challenge.

    -- dalis
    PIO Owner

  15. Fab easel project, any little lad would love that! Well done on challenging yourself at crafty cardmakers x


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