Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MFT Idol Challenge #2

This week's challenge was masking, so I took it to the extreme and masked everything!! Here's my finished card outside (click to enlarge and see all the detail):

And inside:

(Boy was it a struggle for me to mask instead of paper piecing and cutting everything out!)

I actually did a few different masking techniques. First, I masked parts of stamps before inking so that I could just stamp parts of the images. On the front of the card, I masked off Flopsey so I could stamp just the tree, and I also masked the kids twice so that I could stamp them 3 at a time. On the inside, I masked off the witches so that the outer line of the stamp wouldn't ink.

Second, I masked images so that I could stamp other images over them, and also to airbrush the backgrounds. I did this technique all over the outside and inside to get all the characters layered. And then every single image was masked to do the airbrushing!

Lastly I did reverse masking. On the outside, I reverse-masked the house to airbrush it with an even coat of purple. On the inside, I used the reverse mask to stamp the polka dots onto the first Hooga Booga girl, and then I airbrushed inside the mask to color her pink. I did a reverse mask on the bear suit to stamp Isabelle inside. I also used reverse masking to color the blue monster with his speckle texture, and to evenly color both witches.

This was an interesting challenge for me since I do a lot of masking for airbrushing, but almost never to layer images. Final notes: I actually did get to do just a bit of paper piecing - the roof of the house. And the sentiment on the outside of the card was computer generated.

I hope you all will go and vote at the MFT Forum at Splitcoast [voting starts at 10PM EASTERN time on Tuesday, March 24th and continues through Wednesday, March 25th at 10pm EASTERN. My SCS user name is mm9772] and I really hope that I'll be able to stay in the competition for at least one more round! TFL!

Materials used
All stamps from My Favorite Things.
Monster Squad (trick or treaters and house); Night Night Ellie (moon); Hooga Booga (clouds and grass); Tea with Flopsey (tree). Inside: Totally Witchin' (sentiment and witches); Monsters Ink (3 monsters); Hooga Booga (3 Hooga Booga girls); Behind the Scenes (polka dots on pink Hooga Booga girl); An Owl for All Seasons (3 owls); Isabelle Paper Dolls (Isabelle in the bear suit).
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (black); Stampin' Up! (purple); Bazzill (green)
Patterned paper: Doodlebug
Other: black ribbon - MFT; purple and green ribbon - Pink Hedgehog Papercrafts; Copic markers and airbrush system; pink rhinestone - me & my Big ideas; Stickles glitter glue


  1. HOLY COW! This is an AWESOME entry! Great job!

  2. These cards are absolutely fabulous! Great job! I hope you win!! =)

  3. Oh my! This looks like a lot off work!!! You've must have been busy. It's soooooooo worth it though, your card is AWESOME!!! It doesn't look handmade. The airbrushing, the coloring, masking...so perfect! Gotta have you in the next round!

  4. this came out so cute, Maureen! I love it

  5. I think your card is the coolest! I love the coloring technique and the whole idea is VERY creative - definitely different than the rest. I voted for you :0)

  6. OMG!!! This is amazing :-) I love the stamps, the colours, everything! This is so inspiring :-)



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