Monday, 5 November 2012

Behind The Mask...

...cor blimey and thrice!  Yesterday was a fab day... thank you for all the lovely emails, Tweets and messages about the shows, it is so good to know that you are liking to stashly goodies I am demo-ing with :O))  But what about the rain?  I know, terribly British of me to waffle on about the weather but my word, it was horrible driving over to the studio's... one of the main roads I go along had the biggest puddle I have ever seen... right across the carriageway, poor old Ferdy got more than his feet wet... but I got there and surprisingly enough, my hair didn't turn into the normal feathers that usually appear when it gets damp.  Anyways, enough about that... what about one of the card samples I made!  We didn't get enough time to talk through all of the samples so I thought I would share on here instead.




Using just a couple of mask and a couple of Distress Ink colours you can achieve some really cool effects, making your own background designs for custom cards and papers.  The That Special Touch masks are amongst my favourite, the designs are all really fab and they are such good quality too.  Now, many of you will know Ali Reeve and her amazing eye for technique and design, well, these masks are her babies and HERE is a linky to her blog where you can find lots of stamping and masking inspiration.  One of the main techniques I lurves is using a couple of masks together to create some cool effects.  The background on this card was made by popping the Grid mask over a piece of sand coloured card and using Old Paper Distress Ink to blend right over the top of the mask.  I then lifted that mask and popped the Floral Vines mask down and inked right over the top with Picked Raspberry DI.  See how you get the original card colour and the grid showing through the pink? I love that it draws the eye inwards so you aren't just seeing one dimension.  The card was finished with a couple of Wavy Rectangle Spellbinders and a sentiment from Everyday Expressions along with some cool Jewel Flowers and Flourishes Spellbinders, coloured with Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn DI.  A simple but pretty card.




Anyways, I shall away, I have a day of inkiness planned... but first, the dreaded tidying up of the Room of Stash.  Tis the same everytime I have shows or classes, the Room of Stash gets trashed... stuff everywhere... I did try to clear my desk yesterday before I set off so at least I have a bit of a head start, it is just the rest of the room that needs attention.  I really will never be a tidy crafter... mind you, who is (please say no-one, makes me feel better knowing it isn't just me with slatternly habits lol)   And then this evening I have a hot date with a hunky guy!  With all this busy-ness over the past few months I have been neglecting my lovely Grim, so this evening the phone is off the hook, lights are off in the Room of Stash and we are going to have a lovely meal and telly catch up, we have so many things on the Sky planner we are running out of room... like down to 23% or something silly... anyways... as ever... thanks for looking... have a great day!  TTFN

Hels x

16 comments:

Shary said...

Gorgeous card. Such a shame the presenter wouldn't shut up!!!

rae d said...

Have a lovely day hunni and thanks for all your work n craftiness yesterday!!! Enjoy a lovely eve with Grim .... n Lord Alfiecat as well!!! X

Rita said...

Hels, the shows were wonderful, but that presenter was so rude, reading out e-mails during your demo. I got stamp set 7 and cannot wait till it arrives. Hope you and Grim have a lovely meal and enjoy the rest of the evening to-gether. I'm off to clean my craft room now and I wonder how one person can make such a mess. Hugs Rita xx

Aquarius said...

I so enjoyed your shows yesterday and thanks for sharing the details of this card - super as always. The truly creative person cannot be tidy as well - that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! My room is ample evidence.

craftimamma said...

I agree with Shary. The presenter on the 2nd show nearly drove me potty. Never mind, I watched the recording this morning and fast forwarded to your bits, lol! The mute button was handy at times too but your demos were great on both shows and your samples as always, were fabulous.

Have a lovely well deserved evening with Grim. Oh yes, you are defo not the only messy crafter. I don't make half the stuff you do and you should see mine .......no, on second thoughts maybe not, lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, the shows were terrific and your samples were a delight to the old eyes - fabulous. Hope you and Grim enjoy your cosy evening, hope you don't get interrupted by too many fireworks. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Marleine said...

Hi Hels,
So enjoyed your shows and demos.
Enjoy your evening. X

Sue said...

Really enjoyed your shows as usual. Your samples were gorgeous. Take care, Sx

Carole Z said...

Your shows and samples yesterday were fabulous, and as I said in my email, we just need to see more of you on c&c.I had to laugh when you wrote in today's post that your craft room gets trashed whenever you have classes or shows...mine gets trashed whenever I used it...erm....so that's every day! lol Carole Z X

Carole Z said...

Your shows and samples yesterday were fabulous, and as I said in my email, we just need to see more of you on c&c.I had to laugh when you wrote in today's post that your craft room gets trashed whenever you have classes or shows...mine gets trashed whenever I used it...erm....so that's every day! lol Carole Z X

Cornish Emma said...

Hi Hels, thank you for lovely shows and demo's y/day, i loved them all, your hard work is well appreciated by us all. Lovely card, i love the bright cheerful colours. Yep we had plenty of rain in Cornwall y/day - it pi**ed down! Emma

PaulineC said...

Fantastic shows. I really enjoyed them. Could we possibly have a picture of the folder you showed us? (The one made from Tim Holtz papers)
I thought that was really fabulous.

val jones said...

Hi Hels. Only saw the first programme yesterday so missed this demo. The heart demo was beautiful. It's lovely to watch you demo rather than just read about how you've made it on your blog. You shouldd be on the tele much more. All the products were so lovely.

Val in Spain xxx


Sue said...

I have only ever takien one photo of Tuck Towers and blogged it and you laughed and said you felt so much better having seen my mess..........

Great show, love watching you demo just wish you had more time and they didnt speak so much.

rachel said...

gorgeous work Hels - will have to get my masks out again! Sorry you've had trouble with puddles - its crazy weather at the moment! Hugs rachel x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, Your shows on Sunday were fantastic, you give us such brilliant tips and techniques, you are a 'mine of information'. Your samples were fantastic. I have watched Ali Reeve demo'ing her masks with distress inks, what she doesn't know, is not worth knowing ha ha, and her masks are brilliant.
Hope you had a great night with Grim and the tv.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

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