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2016-03-30 13.25.29

Hi there,

March has finally gone, what crazy weather.

Thanks to everyone who entered last month’s Challenge.

This month’s Clarity Blog Challenge is a technique rather than a theme, the technique is masking. So go on give it a go, maybe the £50 clarity voucher will be yours.

Basically masking is as it implies, covering up, thankfully Clarity Stamps has been making masking for some of their stamps for a while now and it makes it so much easier to work with some of the more complex shapes.

Details of all Clarity Masks can be found http://www.claritystamp.co.uk/Information/Search

My project this month was a simple tag, using 3 of the masks, the mountain, one of the suns/moons and the humming bird. I the pictures of the step by step, the tag was a stamping card, my finished project was made using the Clarity Chromo card, which is super glossy.

I started with a plain white tag and stamped the verse with sepia archival ink


I then stamped the bird and covered with the mask and placed the moon mask in place.

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Next I gently using the Clarity blending brushes used a variety of colours adriondac inks to softly colour the tag’s background. I also placed the mountain mask over the tag and brushes some eggplant to create the illusion of hills. I wanted the illusion so softly does it.

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I then removed the sun/moon mask and used the other part of the mask you get the inside and the outside part of the masks, both of which can be used. I placed it over the sun and again using my brushes and peach bellini and coloured the sun slightly.

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It makes a difference, I then removed the mask and coloured in the bird using water colour pencils and added a edge with promarkers and some hession for the bow.

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Some more masking examples

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Well that’s it for today.

Drop by the Clarity Blog and join in the fun.


Bye for now.