Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chevron and Mask It...

Hello again everyone!!
Firstly I must say I am loving the great uses of the Mask It by Edna and Kim, beautiful girls!!

Tarrah here with you today to share a little off the page project featuring the X-Press It 'Mask It' to create a chevron pattern!!!

Gather the supplies you will be using...

I gave the door hanger a light sand to help with ease of painting.

Apply a background base colour, I chose white and applied about 3 coats of this...

so it ends up covering the wood quite well...

Take your Mask It sheet and with a pencil and ruler mark out and pencil in all your chevron lines...

using a sharp craft/stanley knife, carefully cut out each chevron shape so you have separate rows of masked chevrons

 As a practice I laid them down roughly where I wanted them to go on the door hanger 

I then peeled the masks away from the backing sheets and adhered them where I wanted them on the door hanger 

making sure they are all stuck down properly (you don't want any seapage underneath them), apply your chosen paint colour..

Let dry almost completely and then slowly and gently pull away the mask and this is how it should look.....

Once completely dry, decorate as you desire....

and here is my finished door hanger all ready to hang on my son's door handle.

Thanks for stopping by the X-Press It blog today.....we hope we have given you some hints and tips on how to use the Mask It product......don't forget to leave a comment for the month of April and a random winner will be chosen to win next months product feature.......a pack of the X-Press It Double Sided Sheets!!!!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cards and Masking..

Today I wanted to share a project I recently finished using Xpressit Mask It  sheets.

I began with an ampersand mask that I had in my stash but I wanted the masked section to be the negative of the shape not the outside.
So I grabbed a mask sheet and traced around the ampersand with a pencil.

I then carefully cut out the shape with a craft knife.

 I peeled the backing off and carefully placed it onto my pattern paper then lightly sprayed with my mist. I let it dry for a minute and then carefully peeled off the mask sheet to reveal the ampersand.
I completed my card with some co ordinating papers and embellisments.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Mystery of a Mask

This month we are featuring Mask It, when they say this is a masking film they really mean it, which is the best thing about this product!  Many masking products are just too thick to use with stamps and the like as they have too much of a lip, which inhibits the stamp expanding across the full opening… added to this…. it cuts like butter!  So much so that a light pressing with a scalpel slices through the backing paper and the masking film, THANKFULLY as there was a fair bit of cutting in my project today!
I added a damask design to the front of a two drawer storage unit, this is one of the flat pack ply drawers from IKEA, mine was already assembled, if you are doing this from scratch it will be a lot easier to apply the design before assembly, I have worked around that today thanks to the flexibility of Mask It.
Building a mask is as easy as choosing an image, this could be an extension of an existing stamped image, something you draw up yourself, or do what I did and search for images in the style you are looking for.  I simply Googled “Damask” to choose my design today, and found two damask designs that fit inside one another.  I used the entire broader image and a selection of the finer image.

I stuck the Mask It to my design with sticky tape to keep it in place for the cutting stage.  This is the most time intensive phase of masking, however, is well worth the effort as you will have the mask ready for multiple uses.

When it comes to applying your mask don’t worry too much about exact placement the first time, one of the great features of Mask It is its low-tack adhesive, it moves around easily and sticks when you need it to.  If you plan on repeating your design on elements that need to align, like side by side drawers, it is best to establish a marker.  In this case the peak of the damask sits just below the centre drawer pull notch.

I used a stipple brush and a dry coating of red paint for the base design, I find multiple light layers of paint best for this type of design.  If your paint is too wet you won’t get an even application, just dry off your brush on scrap paper in between applications….

After applying the red paint, I left the mask in place and covered the red design with stamped text.  I used an acrylic stamp for this, with cream paint, you can also use permanent ink.  I wanted the text to be a little rustic, so I rubbed off some of the cream paint with a paper towel before pressing the stamp across the design. 

Once happy with the double application of paint, I removed this mask and applied the finer detail damask mask. 

Using the same method I then applied the pink paint to the drawer front.

Simply repeat the steps on the other drawer and your design is finished.

Save your masks for future use… I am going to try airbrushing with mine next!  That will be right after I cut out a die cut frame and build a shadow for a detailed die cut on a card... endless uses...

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