Ink Blending & Masking Card with Essentials by Ellen

Ink blending and masking are easy cardmaking techniques that produce amazing results! Check out today’s video tutorial to see more!

We are delighted to have our friend Erica here sharing her fantastic Halloween card with the Essentials by Ellen Dress-Up Days and Hot Mess Lady!

One Layer Card With Masking & Essentials by Ellen

Today I am beyond excited to be guesting on the Ellen Hutson blog. Talk about a dream come true for this little craft nerd, I’m geeking out so hard over here it’s a small miracle I can make complete sentences! *insert very happy dancing and squealing here*

I’m going to dive right into the card I have made for today’s post before I make a total fool of myself. It might be wishful thinking but let’s keep our fingers crossed, eh?

One Layer Card With Masking & Essentials by Ellen

As I am a big fan of the Leading Ladies, I identify with so many of them, I decided to use the Hot Mess Lady. She’s for sure one of my favourites. The name is one reason and the other is the many fabulous sentiments that come with the set. Love them!

With the help of some masking, some plain paper, lots of crude stamping and some puzzling, I set out the initial design. I did change a few things along the way, but the final card ended up being reasonably close to the first idea.

One Layer Card With Masking & Essentials by Ellen

Thanks to the placement on the piece of paper, I stamped up the devil’s horn from the Dress Up Days stamp set directly onto Copic friendly card stock. These I coloured in with reds, of course. Then I cut out a couple little masks to cover the horns up while I stamped the Hot Mess Lady over it.

She’s coloured in with quite a few different Copics, keeping with a Halloween colour scheme of purple and orange. While I had the Hot Mess lady stamp in my MISTI I stamped it up on masking paper twice more. One to use as a negative mask around her sweater, as I wanted to add some texture to it. After using an anti static tool over it, I stamped the bat from the Dress Up Days set in a random patter with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with black embossing powder to make them shiny.

One Layer Card With Masking & Essentials by Ellen

The second mask was of the entire Lady, and I fussy cut that out. This mask I placed over her as I wanted to add some ink blending to the background. Instead of going crazy spooky, I started with Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed directly behind her. Then in a halo-like way, I worked my way through Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Black Soot.

I splattered the background with both water droplets and a generous splatter of gold from the Starry Color water colour palette, from Gansai Tambi. Once all done, I set that aside to dry while I worked on some accessories for my lady.

One Layer Card With Masking & Essentials by Ellen

I did colour in a lot of them, because why not? I wasn’t sure exactly what to accessorise her with but in the end I settled on giving her two of the pumpkin buckets to hold. She also had a tail added to her not-very-scary costume.

To finish off the card, I stamped up the ‘I’m batty for you’ sentiment on a banner. The sentiment you can find in Dinomite Halloween stamp set, and the banner is Everyday Sentiment Banners from Lawn Fawn. Instead of stamping it in black, I used Wilted Violet and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to make it pop a little. At the bottom of the banner I also Ink blended a bit of Black Soot ink to make it look less stark against the colourful background.

One Layer Card With Masking & Essentials by Ellen

I could have stopped there but why do that? A last little touch was to add ‘boo’ to the sentiment. Using the Trick or Boo word die, I cut it out three times out of black card stock and layered these up using Lawn Fawn Glue Tube adhesive. Did I stop there? Of course not… To coordinate with the shiny bats on her sweater, I filled in the ‘boo’ with Glossy Accents as well.

Once that was all dry, and all my pieces were ready, it was time to do a little bit of assembling. A little bit of double sided tape and more glue tube, some fiddling and puzzling later, the card was done!


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  • Reply Ginger September 25, 2019 at 8:46 am

    So happy and excited for you Erica!!! Love that gorgeous background you created!!

  • Reply waterhiker1 September 25, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Love your enthusiasm Erica! Great use of masking and btw, the sweater and skirt are fantastic on this card! Great ideas!

  • Reply Surekha Galagoda September 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Dear Erica
    Love your creation and congratulations. Hope to see more of your creations. Thanks for the detailed explanation..

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