Sunday, May 3, 2015

Growing In Unity Girl: Day 1 ~ Simple Masking & Dimension

Happy Monday, all!  I am so very excited to be this week's Growing in Unity Girl!!  All week long I will be posting projects featuring the beautiful images of Unity Stamp Co. and at the end of it all, I will do a drawing from the comments for two lucky winners to get some Unity stamps of their very own!!  How is that not the best news???


To kick off the week I wanted to try a technique that I saw on YouTube by the talented Kristina Werner that allows you to get the look of dimension on a one layer card.  I love the look of clean and simple cards but have trouble not reaching for pretty papers and embellishments so this was a good challenge for me.  

Kristina used solid stamps for her design but I chose to use this lovely gal from the May 2014 Kit of the Month at Unity and color her in with Copic markers.  But first, I used Post-It tape to mask off the portion of my project that I wanted to stamp on.  I did the stamping and all of the coloring before removing the mask.  I also use some Pumice Stone Distress Ink to lightly work in some ink over the stamped portion, leaving it darker along the edge of the mask and lighter towards the outside of the piece.  This helped to create the illusion of dimension and make it appear as though the girl is standing halfway behind another piece of paper.

When I pulled up the Post-It tape I loved the look that resulted from this technique!  However, I noticed that some of my Copics had bled under the tape.  Oops!  Since I wanted a crisp line, I used my Signo White Gel Pen and a ruler to cover up any color that had bled outside of the mask.  This is a great trick for making those imperfections perfect again!


I finished up the card with some wood veneer hearts and colored them using my Copics.  I covered them, as well as a few of the balloons, with Wink of Stella and then coated the wood veneers with Ranger Glossy Accents.  I chose to mount the front panel on a white card base with foam tape and round the upper left corner.  This card felt a little mysterious to me and I kind of liked that vibe, so I chose to leave off a sentiment and just let each viewer decide what kind of occasion this card would be good for!

Thanks for visiting on my first day as the Growing in Unity Girl!  Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered to win some fabulous Unity stamps!  See you again tomorrow!

 

41 comments:

  1. What a sweet card with a unique front! Very cool!

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  2. Beautifully done! Wonderful, vibrant colors and the "sense" of dimension is fabulous. I have difficulty staying CAS, too!

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  3. wow---that turned out gorgeous!!!! Great job!

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  4. So cute! Love this. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. What a cool card! Love it! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. Lovely card. Thanks for sharing with us this week.

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  7. Oh so beautiful! Love the dimension (Faux and otherwise!). Looking forward to your posts this week! :-)

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  8. Does look mysterious. Very pretty though.
    Great coloring.
    thanks for sharing.

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  9. Lovely,colorful,original card,just love it.Beside,thanks for your tip of the white pen,now I can fix my little mistakes.

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  10. This is beautiful the use of colors and texture is amazing!!!

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  11. This is beautiful!! Thanks for the tips!

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  12. Great technique and I like your coloring.

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  13. This is fabulous! Love it! Great colors and fantastic technique ♥

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  14. Very cool technique and effect. Love it. Hugz

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  15. Oh WOW. This is gorgeous and so creative, Tara. :)

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  16. Wood veneer is a great idea. I like......the image is beautiful, too. Nice job.

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  17. Love the card. I will have to do this! Thank you!!

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  18. Love the card. I will have to do this! Thank you!!

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  19. Love the card. I will have to do this! Thank you!!

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  20. Congrats on your GIU week! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your creations!
    Love this pretty card with this technique! I'll have to try it out! Sweet stamp you used and awesome coloring too!

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  21. What a classy technique! Love how it turned out!

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  22. That's one of my favorite stamps. Love the technique you used. TFS.

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  23. Fabulous technique, Tara. Looking forward to your inspiration this week as GIU gal!

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  24. Great card to send to a girlfriend! Very unique! Thank you for sharing your talents!

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  25. I never would have guessed that this card was just one layer, very awesome and visually tricky technique!

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  26. Great play on the visual effects.

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  27. Good tip with the gel pen - the card is great! 💗

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  28. What a clever card design and a fun technique! Congrats on your GIU week! I can't wait to see what you show us !

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  29. Beautiful card. Such a fun technique.

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  30. Love learning new techniques! The card is very sweet!

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  31. Fabulous card, Tara! You did a beautiful job! Congrats on your GIU spot this week!

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  32. Beautiful colouring and a great idea!!! It actually looks like it will open up in the middle :)

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  33. Super project! Thanks for sharing with us how to recreate it.

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  34. Oh my goodness Tara, I love your card. So much so I pinned it to try ASAP! LOVE IT!

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  35. Wow! This is a one layer card! Never would have guessed that, amazing dimension!

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  36. Your card is sooo pretty. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  37. I love your beautifully colored masked card! Congrats on being GUI this week!

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