Sunday, August 2, 2009

Usings Masks

I've signed up for a "Masks or Stencils" swap on ccswaps, I choose to use masks. I had lots of extra purple acrylic paint on my brush, when I was doing last week's project. Knowing that I was going to get to this mask project, I grabbed some of my home made paste paper, placed down a large flourish mask and brushed over the mask and paper with the brush filled with the purple acrylic paint. I let it set for a week, only because I didn't get back to it until today, LOL.
Decided to make a long ATC holder book. Grabbed a large sheet of scrapbook paper that I didn't think I'd use in a scrapbook:
Cut it down to be the outside covers, placed the large flourish mask down and sponged over with gesso. For the second sheet (top), I placed the mask upside down, going for a reverse image. Worked fairly well, considering I had the sticky side up. Because I used a very light application of gesso, they dried quickly.
For the gessoed covers I stamped some french script with silver Encore! ink, and some with black Versafine ink on the paste paper ones. Stamped some diamonds on the gessoed covers with dark red Distress ink and heat set.
I trimmed down the paste paper to be the inside of the covers. On all sheets I decided to make faint, sort of ghostly, butterfly images, by sponging on ink over a small butterfly mask. Used dark purple dye ink on the gessoed covers and some dark purple dye ink and some silver Encore! ink on the paste paper covers.
I made pages for the book with long strips of sport card holders, a strip of 3 holders for each page and added 12 pages. Used the Zutter Bind-it-All to put the book together with red wires.
To finish the front, added a strip of the left over masked paste paper and attached two decorative hearts to it. Stamped the words "The Journey" on a vintage image with silver Encore! ink and layered it between red card stock and a silver imprinted acrylic overlay.
Front inside cover, I added a vintage image with a silver design on acrylic overlay accent and an appropriate acrylic strip overlay.
Back inside cover was done similar to front inside cover, just choose different images/overlays.
Back cover, added another strip of the left over masked paste paper.
This booklet can hold ATCs, small Cuttlebug dies or embossing folders, pictures, embellishments or whatever the recipient chooses. I really like how the gesso sponged over a mask transformed this sheet of scrapbook paper.


Diana said...

Great fun! Did you cut out the flourish yourself or is it something you bought? If you bought it, can you say where? Thanks!

Carol said...

The flouish is a mask by Tim Holtz. Part of his Ideology line. You can find it at a Michaels craft store.