Sunday, January 18, 2009


Think outside the square with your chipboard
embellishments. In my Postcards layout, below, I’ve used a Spring Flower
embellishment as a mask to create a painted background for my page.

KD24 Spring Flowers 3

Simply lay your chipboard piece in position on your
cardstock, then take some spray paint and spray the page. I used Glimmer Mist
by Tattered Angels – spraying from a distance makes a fine mist, while spraying
up close to the page leaves splotches and a courser spray.


I used only one colour of paint, but you can use several for
a blended look. Experiment a bit.

If you wanted, you could also use a paint brush or sponge to
apply acrylic paint around the chipboard piece. It will give a slightly
different look, but also looks great.

Once the paint is dry, create your page.


Using masks this way is an excellent way of customising
cardstock to make interesting backgrounds or accents for your pages.

The best bit? You have your chipboard piece to use on
another project! I’ve used my painted Spring Flower, which now had a beautiful
glimmer paint finish, on the page below. I just added a dash of bright orange
and yellow paint to the top of the flower, coated it with some Kindy Glitz and
it was ready to use!


There you go! Two for the price of one. So, what do you have
in your stash that will lend itself to being used as a mask? Go have a rummage.
Chipboard shapes, the negative space that you punch chipboard embellishments
from, felt shapes, even fabric flowers will work. Have fun!


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