Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Paper Chain Mask

Several weeks ago I happened upon an adorable paper chain pattern, which I sketched out immediately and set aside for a future project. I thought of it again when I began to work on this layout with the photos of kids running up and down the yard. It seemed a good fit, and I ended up using it to create an interesting title block for my page. I folded a strip of paper to fit the pattern and carefully cut around the silhouette. Instead of using the chain itself on the page, I stretched it out and used it as a mask, adhering it to the paper with repositional adhesive. Then I got out my ink pad and blending tool. Tim Holtz Barn Door Distress Ink matched the colors in the Scraptastic Great Adventures kit perfectly. After blending the ink onto the mask and into the background, I added some paint splatters in yellow and blue. Only after the paint had dried did I carefully peel off the mask, setting it aside. (You'll see in a future post how I put it to use as well.)


I had a lot of scraps hanging around my workspace from this page and the three I'd already completed with the kit, so I gathered them up, cut several flag shapes from three of the patterns, and arranged them sideways on the page, leaving just enough room for journaling.


In this closeup picture of the title block, you might be able to see my letter treatment. In order to help the white letters stand out, I used a Slick Writer to add dashes on each of the letters before outlining them, tracing the letter shapes as close as possible using a regular black journaling pen. Much easier to read now.

Since I'm big at layering, using an average of 6-7 patterned papers (pieces of patterned papers) on a page, there wasn't much left of my kit after completing this layout. However, I did manage to do one more thing, which I will share shortly!

9 comments:

Mary Pat Siehl said...

what a coooool mask! great job

Erica said...

That looks like fun! A different kind of mask!

Alyssa said...

What a cute idea! Love it.

Danielle said...

Adorable page! And such a cute way to use a mask.

Busygirl said...

Your first layout photo totally looks like a digi one haha! I think it's because of the shadow. I love elements off page like that to create gorgeous shadows. It's a beautiful page.

Busygirl said...

Your first layout photo totally looks like a digi one haha! I think it's because of the shadow. I love elements off page like that to create gorgeous shadows. It's a beautiful page.

Susan Stringfellow said...

oh what a great idea! very cute title

Arlene said...

Absolutely love your work. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! Your work is very inspirational.

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Oh my, that is so, so cute!! :)