Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks - Creative Colour Challenge #16

 Hi Everyone, 

I've bought the new Layering Decorative Masks from the January - June Mini Catalogue and I thought I would combine playing with them with Victoria's latest Creative Colour Challenge of Just Jade, Blackberry Bliss and Highland Heather.  Blending with brushes is not something I have much experience with but I found it quite easy and for my first try, I don't think it turned out too bad. This is quite simple one and two colours at a time, you can obviously use lots of colours and blend them into each other but I'm not that brave yet, that's for another day!


1 piece of thick basic white card stock 5 3/4" x 11 1/2"
1 piece of just jade card stock 4" square
1 piece of basic white card 3 3/4" square and a large scrap for the butterfly
Just jade ink
Highland heather ink
Blackberry bliss ink
Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks
Blending Brushes
Celebrating You stamp set
Simply Scored
Bone Folder
Paper snips
Multipurpose adhesive
Washi Tape


On the long side score the thick white card at 5 3/4" and fold and burnish to make a square card.

Tape the mask with the flower pattern over the top of the basic white card on some scrap to keep it in place while you blend the colours.

I'm no expert at blending, load the brush with some ink and dab off the excess on the scrap and then start moving in over the edge of the card in a circular motion over the top of the mask.  You can go over it several times to get deeper colour or just once of twice for a lighter colour effect. Obviously, the more ink you load on the brush to start, the darker it will be, always start off on the scrap otherwise you will end up with very dark splodges on your card.  Play about with scraps of paper first to build up confidence. I just used the Just Jade on this piece but hopefully you can see it's ligter at the top and darker towards the bottom.

Then I taped the larger butterfly down to a scrap and went over it in Highland Heather to get the background layer of the butterfly.  Then I moved the mask and taped the detailed butterfly over the image and blended over it again using the Blackberry Bliss to give the pattern on the butterfly.  For my first attempt, I'm really pleased with how this one turned out and I plan to do lots more as I love butterflies and this will make a great topper for cards, boxesand tags.  I then fussy cut the image out with the paper snips.

Adhere the square pattered piece to the just jade mat layer and add to the card base using dimensionals in the centre of the card front.

Then I stamped my sentiment at the bottom, in the centre using Blackberry Bliss ink and the card is finished. You can decorate the inside too if you want to, but I haven't.

I hope that you will give this a try, what would you make for Victoria's Colour Challenge? Why don'y you hop over to her page and join in, you'll be more than welcome. Hope to see you over there soon.

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Happy crafting,

Karen X

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