Wednesday, December 21, 2011

JudiKins Eclipse for Creating Masked Areas


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I've been participating in sketch challenges a lot lately.  I really like having the layout defined so I can focus simply on colors and images that I want to use.  People who use a lot of patterned paper really like them so they can use up scraps.  I don't use a lot of patterned paper so I'm often using more cardstock than I normally would when making a card.  Read more for step by step instructions for creating this card with masking.
It occurred to me last week that I might try dusting on my masking skills and try creating blocks of color that way.  I tried a simple version of just sponging some ink into the areas I had masked and came up with the light pastel background below.

Here are some photos and descriptions of the steps I went through to create an ink-only sketch challenge card.
In this case I was able to print out the sketch challenge the actual size of the card, so that made the next step simple.  The Eclipse masking tape is a low tack tape that comes in various roll widths.  I mostly use the 6" one.  I cut off a piece 4 1/4" long and placed it over my sketch printout.
You can see that even without light shining through it you can see the sketch through the paper.  I stood by a window to cut out the pieces and it was a breeze.  I started by cutting the items in order of placement, the ones that are on top first, so I cut the rectangle, then the border, then the pieces of the circle.
I placed all the pieces onto my A2 sized cardstock exactly as they were before I cut.  I left off the rectangle because, I wanted to also ink each area in the same order I cut, so the rectangle first.
In addition to the masks I made for the sketch elements, I also made a mask for one of the images.  I stamped the image on my cardstock inside the rectangle and then stamped it on a piece of the Eclipse masking tape and cut it out, actually trimming off about 1/32" of the image all the way around.  It's best if your mask is slightly smaller than the image.
I placed the mask over the image before stamping the background image and inking direct to paper with a dew drop.  I love the VersaMagic Dew Drops for adding edge colors.  They add an especially soft look once the ink is used up a bit.  I use mine for stamping only until they are just slightly dry and then they are great for DTP.
These are the colors I used for this project: Springy Pansy, Aloe Vera (just for edging the whole piece at the end), Pink Grapefruit, and Tea Leaves.  I also used a VersaFine Onyx Black Pad (second impression) to ink the lace and a Memento Tuxedo Black on the woman so I could color her with Alcohol Ink Markers.
Next I stamped and inked DTP the circle area by exposing just the circle and covering back up the rectangle.
To stamp the lace and flowers I left only the rectangle covered and was careful about placement.  I stamped the first inking off and then stamped the lace without inking again so it wouldn't be too black.  I used VersaMagic Dew Drops to ink the flowers in 2 different colors.
I did have some white areas showing when I pulled off masks.  I did quickly apply a little alcohol markers or DTP in areas that looked odd.
I liked the overall look once I edged the CS with the light green but I didn't really think the center image was popping enough so I used a ruler and a black marker to frame it.


  1. Gorgeous Technique, Stacey!! I just got that stamp set too. I am going to try this. That masking tape sounds really neat! Love the blocks of color in the second example.

  2. Finally got chance to check out this awesome tutorial Stacey and I'm glad I did! Love your finished card! I haven't tried the Eclipse either and think I'm going to have to get some :0)