Friday, November 21, 2008

Technique Corner ~ Challenge # 5

I have a fun technique to share with you today. I happen to have found something that is really fun and easy to do. It involves using a mask. Yes… todays lesson is all about using masks.

Heidi Swapp has cornered the market on masks. She has some amazing designs out there right now. I love them all. I think I may even have them all too. One of my favorites is the crown mask. I can’t believe I have had it and never used it until now.

So… what the heck is a mask anyways? It is a repositionable template that works the opposite of a stencil by giving you the negative image. It has a sticky surface that will cling and stay in place once you have positioned it. You can use any medium on it. Everything from paint, ink and chalk. I have used them all and I like the effect they each bring. When you use paint you get a great even, strong coverage. With ink you also get great coverage. When you use chalk you can easily blend colors and get a softer look.

Once you have chosen your mask and your medium you need to chose your background paper. Position your mask on your paper and apply your paint, ink or chalk over the mask. Once you’re satisfied with the result, gently peel the mask away. You are left with a beautiful negative image!! Then, just wipe the mask clean. They are completely reusable!!

I used white paint with a little Ranger Crystal Stickles on the following layout of DD. I loved the overall effect.

You can also make your own masks by using stickers. This is very easy to do. Just place them on your layout, paint or ink and once it is dry, just lift the stickers off.
Have fun and play around with different masks and mediums!!

Challenge #4:
My challenge for you today is to use a mask on your next project. You don't have to use paint, ink or chalk, you can also just trace an outline of the image. I have done this before as well. If you don't have a mask use stickers as your mask. The possibilites are endless!
Email your layout to me at: to earn a ballot into this month's $50.00 Blog Rak draw.
Remember you are creating to win the following:
October Afternoon Tab Book
Pink Paislee Pixie Stixs
Glimmer Mist
Crate Paper Prudence Paper Line - all of it.
Crate Paper Rub ons
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**Due date: December 1st, EST**
Happy Scrapping!


  1. That is adorable love the mask I have some I think I will try them out. Thanks Tara

  2. I only have the huge alpha masks and find them way to large. Another gorgeous Layout Tara.

  3. Gorgeous layout....I have a couple masks too...not sure where they are but I know I will be looking for them! Great challenge Tara! ;)

  4. beautiful tara..lovin that mask work! awesome challenge

  5. Great technique... I'm gonna give it a try :) Your layout is wonderful... the crown makes the circle look like a great big diamond ring at a quick first glance :)

  6. I emailed you my Lo for this Tara It was my first attempt at this. Thanks for the inspiration Kathy

  7. Great LO Tara thanx for the tip and wonderful challenge!!