Friday, October 10, 2014

sketched and unexpected patterns (WW, Seize the Birthday)

So can you tell from the photo where I'm going with this card???

Playing along with three more of the challenges for WCMD (or week) over at Winnie and Walter. Kelly G. is on the design team and I just love how that girl's brain works. She is hosting one of the challenges called "Unexpected Stamping."

I had a card published where I used tiny alpha stamps to stamp a "pattern" inside the negative of the Simon Says Big Hello, thereby creating the word "hello" on my card front. Kinda like Jennifer M. stamped through a stencil here.

Well I did something similar now, but more along the lines of masking. Cuz I decided to combine Kelly's challenge with Julie's - which was a sketch. Check it.

And cuz I couldn't leave well enough alone, I tried to make my result be very graphic. Cuz Shay's challenge over at W&W is called "Pattern Play." Whew. Here she is. Actually, he cuz I also tried to give it a masculine feel ...

Die cut the smaller circle from copy paper and stamped the heart from Clear and Simple through it, then heat embossed blue. Masked it. Die cut the larger circle and stamped "happy" with Hero Arts Soft Granite (love that gray!) through it. Masked it and used Post Its to mask for the banner which I stamped with Artemio polka dots and heat embossed green. That was about all the masking my non-spatial-thinking brain could handle.

TIP: When using this technique, it's wise to use solid-ish stamps to fill in the openings so that you get maximum coverage around the edges/outlines. This helps the eye see the intended shapes better. Notice the lower part of the "happy" circle? That tiny bit of a tail of a"y" barely defines the edge of that larger circle between the banner and blue circle.

Moving along...Added the "birthday" sentiment along the curved bottom edge and a teensy die cut heart and strip to the inside.

And cuz it's a birthday card, I'm hooking up at Seize the Birthday where there's no specific topping.

Now if this were going to my Dad, I'd be in trouble. The card doesn't stand up! Either I send it to someone who does not display birthday cards on their mantle, or I better put a piece of acetate inside the front flap ;)

There's still time to play at W&W. The challenges are open until Saturday. Thanks for looking.

Paper:  Bringmann, digi PP Melstampz
Stamps: Artemio, Clear and Simple, Winnie and Walter
Ink : Versamark, Hero Arts
Tools: circle die MFT, heart die Amuse
Other: embossing powder


  1. Fabulous and unexpected and Maria I wouldn't mind climbing inside your mind! ;) Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Love your interpretation, Maria!

  3. WOW! This is totally fabulous and I would totally second what Tracy has said before, this is a brilliant piece of work. You have combined all the three challenges so beautifully!! LOVE your card.

  4. Wow. Love your DOUBLE masked stamping SO much!

    1. Make that TRIPLE! I gotta pay more attention, but it's HARD to do when you're knocked to the FLOOR!

  5. I adore this! It's a one-layer card, but it has the feel of so many layers. Really cool technique!

  6. Wait, what, you masked THREE different stencils?!? That's SO awesome!! You really needed to think ahead on that one. Before I read your post I thought the elements were all layers (I think the patterned paper heart helped with the misleading, since you repeated that pattern on the inside too). Really amazing effect, maria f. I do agree that you have to make sure the boarders are stamped otherwise your shape isn't as easy to make out (great tip). I've had to go back and re-stamp to make sure that happens. Love the card!

  7. I Love it! It is fab with the design template, but your use of masking and the curved sentiment, and graphic behind the curve all make this a WOW card! Thanks for the inspiration, Maria!

  8. Very your design! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  9. I think I need the caffeine to kick in so that I can work out exactly how you did this - I'm a visual person! So clever, fun and looks fab!

  10. LOVE this!!! Oh my-- this is really cool. I have to reread how you did this-- but I prefer images to reading right now! I was supposed to be emailing you and some others to catch up, but I've just been catching up with everyone's blogs and now I am too tired to write letters of substance... Not too tired to keep looking at eye candy like this though!! :)

  11. So cool, Maria ... such perfect masking/embossing ... love the little DP heart! Get that piece of acetate in ... such a shame for this card not to be displayed in all it's splendour! Anita :)

  12. I love how you have created the layers of the sketch without using any real layers at all! Such a great effect and great using of the masking technique. Thanks for joining us over at Seize The Birthday :)


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