Saturday, October 12, 2013

Basic Training- Mask it Up!

Basic Training

Mask it UP!

Happy Saturday!!! 

Michele here with October's Basic Training.  I have a BUNCH of different techniques to show you using a mask.   Masks are a fun tool to use and you can create so many different looks on your projects with one.  I am going to be demonstrating with one of my absolute favorite masks from UmWow Studio.  It is the star confetti mask and you can find it here.

Great mask right?!!! 

OK, let's get started with ink.

This one is pretty easy, just lay the mask where you want your inked background and apply ink over the mask.  I also took a marker and outlined and colored some of the stars.  You could do this as a separate technique also!!

Now mist.

For this one I used washi to tape the mask in place so it would not lift up while I was spraying.  I also didn't want to waste this beautiful glimmer mist so I used the sprayed mask as a stamp to create a different kind of background.

And then heat embossing.

I used embossing ink on the mask and also stamped with the area that had the embossing ink all over it to create a positive and negative with this technique also.  Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat it up!!

Next we have gesso.

I taped the mask for this one too.  Took a little gesso right on my finger and dabbed it around the mask.  If you want to speed up the drying after you remove the mask hit the area with your heat gun.

How about modeling paste??

For this one I use my finger also but instead of dabbing I smear the paste across the mask.  I love the depth with this technique!!  You can also speed up the drying with your heat gun and even use ink or stain to color the area.

What about a resist??

For this one I use a combination of Mod Podge and paint.  Dab it through your mask and heat dry with your heat gun.  Then spray with your favorite mist.  You can remove the mist from the masked area with a paper towel.

And finally embossing.

I ran this through my Big Shot with the multipurpose platform.  You may have to shim to get a good emboss.

These techniques add such dimension and character to your projects!!  You will usually find at least one of these on everything I do!!!  I will look forward to seeing what you do with one or all of these little tricks.  Make sure you link up your project for a chance to win our October drawing, every qualifying project gets you an entry!!  Share, share, share I want to see your creations!!!

Thanks for spending part of your Saturday with me!!



  1. Fabulous fun ways to use masks! The ideas are spinning!!

  2. Great stuff, Michele! That is a great mask & love the different ways you've used it! :)

  3. Thanks for all the to a! I never would have thought about using embossing powder with a mask or even running a mask thru my Big Shot. Thanks again, Michele!!!

  4. I don't see the linky for the Basic Training Challenge. Can you help direct me? Thanks!

  5. Thanks for sharing your techniques! I just got a big shot and would love to try something like this. What is a "shim?" thanks!