Hello my lovely friends, today’s post is a very special one – it has been made for a lovely Facebook group I’ve been a member of. I am honoured and pleased to have been asked to be a Guest Designer for Creative Minds Kind Hearts FaceBook Group. And I am very excited to share this post on masking and stamping techniques with you all – hoping you will find my ideas inspiring, encouraging and fun!
Masking and stamping – paint sticks
I made a video on using masking technique with paint sticks a while ago but this was only a tiny part of how this simple technique can be used for making really amazing effect so easily that you will have to try. But I realized this technique has so much potential it would be a shame not to get back to it. And I am so happy I used it again – I am really pleased with the outcome – two gorgeous cards that are quite easy to make – but will surely make some jaws drop. Especially that it goes so well with the experimental stamping technique which turned out to be pretty awesome too!
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So sit back, relax and enjoy the video – the creative process that will blow your mind 😉 Or hopefully at least will get you interested in trying something new, something different, getting out of your comfort zone to see how much fun it is to play with paint sticks.
Ready to play with paint sticks – masking and stamping is ridiculously easy and effective
To make a card like these you will need:
White card – 29.0cm x 10.5cm
White card – 14.0cm x 10.0cm
Black card – 14.3 cm x 10.3cm
Masking tape / Washi tape – 0.7cm wide
Set of paint sticks (solid and metallic colours)
Take the base card measuring 29.0cm x 10.5cm, fold it in half. The card I used here is a hammered card but you can use any plain smooth card of at least 250 GSM. The folded base card should measure 14.5cm x 10.5cm.
Cut a piece of smooth white card (at least 220 GSM) to measure 14cm x 10cm and place it on a mat – fix it with masking tape or washi tape to keep it in place.
To make it easier to align the card and masking tape I use an A4 laminated squared paper, which is easy to clean when I go over the edge with the paint, easy to stick masking tape to (and remove as well) and the grid is sometimes just a saver!)
Stick the stripes of 0.7 washi tape diagonally across the card, flatten the edges of the tape to prevent the paint from getting underneath.
Apply paint sticks by dabbing them on the white areas – you don’t have to cover all the white immediately, it works better if the colours overlap, especially corresponding colours (e.g. pink – purple – blue, or green – yellow – orange). When the layer of paint is dry, add another one and another, until you are happy with the outcome.
Fear not – it’s a safe adventure
A very important tip no. 1: YOU CAN’T OVERDO!
The paint sticks are strongly pigmented and slightly transparent, which allows to layer the vibrant colours and make them shimmer in a unique way.
A very important tip no.2: GOLDEN PAINT ON TOP
Dabbing the top of all the layers with gold gives the colourful mixture a holographic-like depth and shimmer, but also it covers all the tiny patches where the blending didn’t go perfectly. But if after dabbing the golden paint you still think there isn’t enough of the colour in some spots, you can dab that colour in those spots and go over them with gold again. As many times as you like. It is not supposed to stress in any way, it’s supposed to be FUN 🙂
To dab or not to dab?
Instead of dabbing the paint you can drag the sticks along the white lines – just remember – when blending two colours – put the darker colour first (e.g. orange) and then immediately (don’t let the paint dry) the bright one (e.g. yellow) – circular motion works well for blending.
Once you cover all the white, give the paint a moment to dry up – make sure it’s not damp as it may damage the paper when pulling the masking tape off (it may happen when you use paper that is not heavy enough, so I recommend at least 220 GSM card).
Stamping? no inky fingers?
You will need white card (220 GSM or more) and solid stamps – floral ones are great for that. The fewer details (thin lines) the stamp has, the better. If you want the stamped image to have that shimmer, apply the golden paint first. By apply I mean either dab or rub – depending how much of the golden shimmer you want on top. Then add the colour (either solid or metallic) and immediately press the stamp to the paper.
IMPORTANT: don’t let the paint dry as it will not transfer to the paper well. I tried misting the stamp with water slightly to moisten the paint again but it wasn’t as efficient as I wanted… Unless a bit grungy-looking impression is what you are after – then have fun experimenting with that 🙂
Keeping stamps clean
Cleaning the stamps after using paint sticks is just SUPER EASY – easier than after playing with inks! No worries, you don’t have to clean a stamp each time you stamp with it. But the paint is a bit thick so it collects on the edges and dries, then gets transferred to paper, which doesn’t necessarily look good, especially when you change the colours. It is possible to scratch it off the paper but it doesn’t always work well. So I figured out the best effect is when pressing the stamp immediately after applying the paint and wiping it off with a baby wipe when you are going to use a different colour.
After applying the paint (dubbing or rubbing), press the stamp immediately on the paper and hold it for a second or two, then carefully peel it off from one side to another (DON’T PULL UP!) and… That’s it! Dab or rub the paint again and stamp. After you’re done stamping, you can clean your clear stamps with soapy water.
Then cut the flowers out if you wish – either by hand or with a cutting die if you have one and let your imagination do the rest.
Cut black card to measure 10.3cm x 14.3cm and mat the stripy background with it, then mount on the base card. You can use other mat colours if you like.
The sentiment and decorations – stamped flowers
I used a sentiment stamp from a Jillibean Soup set and stamped it on white card with black Memento ink. Then cut out a stitched rectangle around it using a cutting die and my Sizzix Big Shot. I mounted the sentiment on the stripy background and added the stamped flowers. And then added a butterfly I had made a while ago. This butterfly I stamped with black Memento Ink and coloured with Sharpie markers. For a little bit of this beautiful shimmer I used Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen.
For the base card: A4 300 gsm Card – White
To make the backgrounds: A4 250 gsm Card – White
For matting: A4 220 gsm Card – Black
Other floral stamps were gifts and I’m not able to find them online… But I am sure any set of floral stamps with solid images is going to be fine.
If you would like to see more videos on Paint Sticks techniques, watch my video on embossing technique using paint sticks or head over to this post to learn three creative techniques for cardmaking with paint sticks. But if you feel like doing something more artsy – this post with a video tutorial on painting a butterfly with paint sticks is just what you need.
If you have created something with paint sticks, let me know. I will feature selected creations on my blog to inspire others 🙂
A little reminder
And head over to this post to enter a GIVEAWAY – Little Brian and I are giving 10 bumper pack paint sets to 10 lucky winners! Don’t miss your chance! The giveaway ends on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 23:59 UK time. The lucky winners (all ten!) will be announced here and on social media & contacted directly on Friday 13 April 2018. The giveaway is open to UK entrants only.
I look forward to seeing your creations 🙂
Thank you so much for stepping by and see you next time 🙂