It’s time for me to share another project for The Little Paper Tree. This time I decided to use some stamps from Picket Fence Studios to create a pretty, clean and simple card that is all on one layer. For this project I show some very simple masking used alongside a background stamp to create a fun decorative element on the card.
I began by stamping my sentiment and then the owl onto my card base which I made with Neenah 100lb card stock. The sentiment is from the A Bright Night by Picket Fence Studios. I stamped it and the Princess Owl, also from Picket Fence Studios, with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink which is suitable for using with alcohol markers. I then used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers to colour the image in. I went with a teal colour for the skirt, crown and eyebrows of the owl. I then chose pink and used that for the wings, tops of the legs and dots, as well as the beak. I bought in a touch of yellow for the eyes, and coloured the body of the owl a creamy colour.
Once I was happy with the colouring I moved on to the background. I used washi tape to mask three stripes on the top left of my card. I covered the middle stripe and stamped the A Bright Night background with Volcano Lake ink from Altenew. I then adjusted my mask and stamped again with Frosty Pink for the middle stripe. Having stamped the stripes I carefully peeled up my washi masks. In one place the washi started to tear my card base. I stopped pulling and used a touch of Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue to adhere the lifted piece of card back into place, then carefully peeled the washi from the other end instead which stopped the card base from tearing any further.
There was something about the masked stripes that I wasn’t entirely happy with, though I couldn’t quite work out what it was. I decided to try edging them with peel-offs to see if that would help. I picked glitter peel-offs that matched with the ink colours I had used, and placed them along the edges of each of the stripes, then snipped away the overhanging pieces. This made the stripes appear more finished.
I had a few moments with this card where I thought it wasn’t going to work, or I just didn’t like it. It wasn’t exactly what I’d originally intended to make, but I quickly realised that plan wouldn’t work and changed my mind. In the end I am pleased with the result and I did learn from the process.
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