Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mask Mania

Happy Thursday everyone!!

Today I wanna talk about masks.
Everyone loves em and everyone likes to use em.
They are great with mists and various other mediums like gesso, but they can tend to get pricey and the backgrounds/designs that you are looking for may not be available.

So I decided to try and make my own.

I grabbed some transparency sheets from the office supply store.  These are the sheets that are used for an overhead projector (like the ones the teachers would use at school). I then picked out the design that I wanted to use on my Silhouette that would be perfect for the project that I was working on.

Now you don't have to use just a Silhouette for this.  You can use your Cricket or even print an image on the transparency sheet and cut the image out with scissors or an xacto knife.  Which ever method words best for you and what you already own.

If you are using your Silhouette, I will tell you that I chose the "Transparency" setting and then turned the dial from "3" to "4".  I also sized the design from 8.5x11 to 8.5x5.5 so I could make two masks per sheet.

I held my breath and crossed my fingers that this would work.

And voila!

My own custom made mask.

I used this mask to make a card for a friend.

I only wanted the bottom part of the card to get misted so I covered the top part with a piece of paper.

And sprayed away (I used a mixture of India Inks and water because I didn't have any blue mists).

I think it turned out pretty good and comparable to other masks. It ran a lil but that was because of the sprayer that I used.  Gives it more of an artsy feel huh? :)

The finished card (Cruise ship Silhoutte shape cut out of pp and "Bon Voyage" stamp).

Easy right?

I couldn't stop there though and decided to make a mask with honey comb shape.  I love this lo and it helps that the Hudson Valley Kit is so easy to work it.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless :)


Virginia said...

Oh my gosh. E. That is so smart! I have done masks on my Silhouette but never out of transparency sheets. That is so smart!!! Thank you for the awesome idea!

Leslie Ashe said...

what a GREAT idea! I'm so trying this!

Elisha Pharr said...

This an awesome idea!! Oh, the possibilities that are running through my head right now!!

Shelley Haganman said...

amazing, amazing idea!!!

Jennifer said...

So... I'll trade you some more flat pennies for some awesome custom overlays! Love your designs, and I'm so happy to see your creations again!