Sunday, September 25, 2011

Masking and distress ink to create artistic card panels

Near the lift bridge, fall is pretty inspiring.

I'm getting ready for fall, and have thanksgiving in my brain.  If you hadn't figured it out by now, I'm really into using masking tape to make card panels. I wondered what would happen if I made larger panels that would be the whole card, and if I could replicate some of the colors I see in the fall.

Here are a few examples of my finished cards.  This first card uses metallic inks from Club Scrap, along with some dimensional paint and ribbon.

This card was brayered using a multi-color ink pad. I embossed on top using a copper embossing powder.

Finally, I did more playing with distress inks and water.  I was going for a brighter look, and I really like how these turned out.

The card just above and the rest below matched what I had envisioned the best.  If you'd like to see how they're made, check out my latest video:

I hope you enjoyed a peek at these cards and the beauty of fall in your area of the world.  If you're lucky enough to live by a lift bridge, you can get inspired by the majestic colors around you.


  1. oh deb, i'm so happy you're posting again! i get so inspired reading your blog! the right amount of inspiration, great photography, and technique info. I appreciate you so much!

  2. Carole Miller5:59 PM

    Love how you did your backgrounds. If only I could get mine to come out looking like them. I'll just keep working at it. Thanks for the video

  3. Deb, I love all your techniques and the cards came out fantastic!
    Love how you created the faux matte using the tape. Super idea!

  4. These are great, Deb and thanks for the video - I have trouble using my brayer so maybe I'll try this again. Love how you tape off and get the 4 bg layers from one sheet of paper.

  5. Followed the link from your CS blog--these cards are gorgeous! What great inspiration!

    And I really like the idea of keeping the Ranger pad on the bottom of the stamp pad for storage...what do you use to adhere it?

  6. Thanks to everyone for your comments! To answer Julia's question, I use velcro. I put the rough piece (hook?) on the bottom of my distress pads. Since that's what is on the bottom of the ranger tool, the foam pads just stick to the ink pad container.

    I must admit that I'm thinking of changing this, but haven't quite decided. It does make the pads stack less neatly, but I have them on their side in my storage space.

  7. Deb I love your cards.What a great way to make 4 backgrounds/matts at the same time also I love how you store your ink pads! TFS and I love your blog



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