Dec 16, 2012

Summer Days!

"Mask It"
Is the theme this fortnight at FSC
You can choose the masking technique, or stencils or mask stamps...
I have chosen the technique of masking 
which is my absolutely all-time favourite technique!
And the reason is because it can add so much depth to a piece and give the impression of more layers than there actually are...I love it!!!
So I grabbed a handful of sea themed stamps
(because it is summer here...and very balmy at the moment)
and away I went!!!

I've used mostly Chocolate Baroque stamps and an ocean stamp from Cherry Pie.
The new thing for me to play with this time around is
Specialty Paper from TH.
Wow...this is seriously awesome paper - and the inks blend so effortlessly on it.
I found that I needed to be careful stamping though
as the shiny paper was a little slippery.
I guess it is a lot like stamping onto acetate.
Splattering it with water was so easy too, amazing stuff!

I used archival ink for the stamping in the foreground
 and Distress inks in the background and for blending around the shells.

Marina at Cottage Crafts is offering an online voucher to her store for the winner,
runners up and spotlights are up for grabs to!
The Fashionettes have some gorgeous inspiration for you so please pop on over to
FSC and check them all out and leave a little love...
These girls are amazing each and every time they create something!
Please be inspired and join in the fun...


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges -
~ Southern Girls Challenge - Endless Summer
~ Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Favourite (theme, the sea) Favourite (technique, masking) Favourite (product, ranger inks)
~ Try It On Tuesday - Let's Get Inky
~ Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude - Anything Goes
~ Stamps and Fun = Creativity - No Christmas Cards


Netty said...

A truly beautiful scene Dot, x

Ephemera said...

This is fabulous Dot, the beautiful stamping is enhanced by the gorgeous blue shades. A superb piece of crafting. XX

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Woooow, your card is absolutely AMAZING! Your stamping is beautiful, the sea seen is beautiful, your card is beautiful! Lots of hugs xxx

Buttons said...

Seriously wonderful masking (so agree, Specialty paper is amazing) and such a lovely card Dot. It feels really odd looking at a beautiful summery scene when it's SO cold in the UK, but that's the beauty of the net and World-wide crafting I guess! Hugs, Jenny x

Shirl said...

Good morning hunny bunny another creative stunner I see with so many gorgeous colours of blue. Gotta get me some of that paper then maybe I can create something as beautiful as this.

Hugs Shirley x x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Dot, that's a wonderful card with great summer feeling. Love all the blues and the maritime theme.

Terry said...

Beautiful, Dot! Like I said before this is so peaceful and relaxing! Masking perfection! Happy Sunday!

Meggymay said...

Fantastic sea scene, the waves look awesome. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card with us at TioT's as well.
Yvonne x

lynne said...

Hi Dot
Beautiful stamping on your card and it definitely evokes the beach.
Wonderful delicate colours.

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great nad beautiful scene Dot.
Love it.
Greetings Janny

Ellie Knol said...

Lovely masking project!

sandee said...

Absolutely stunning! Thanks for playing along with us at TIOT Get Inky challenge! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Bee and Dee said...

Lovely card love the colours and layout, it's real inky. Thank you for joining us on the TIOT challenge. Hugs Bee sorry this is late.

Alexa said...

I love your card and it has so many interesting elements to take in. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT! Alexa

Julia S-W said...

This is a real beauty and you have given much inspiration to those of us who don't mask that often! Love the stamps you've used and the colour is wonderful.
Have a lovely (warm!) Christmas.

brenda said...

This one is a real stunner Dot and interesting to read what you've used as well - something else I need.

Apologies I missed a few posts, not been up to blogging for a week or so.

B x

Fliss said...

Absolutely stunning card Dot and the scene is so evocative of the summer - wish it was here instead of mid winter!
Hugs, Fliss xx

Siv said...

This is soooo gorgeous!
Thanks so much for joning the Southern Girls!
Siv xx

Brenda Brown said...

Hi Dot.
I am just catching up a bit and love your 'masking' sample for FSC, a fabulous blue summery scene (the total opposite to the rain we have again here brrrrrr). I love how the scene is lighter than the rest of the card and the shells add such dimension.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Valou ALLARD said...

Wonderful card! thanks for playing with SGC this week and good luck!

Claire said...

Wow Dot, a real stunner! Gorgeous card and beautiful stamping, I love it. Wishing you a Merry Christmas
Claire xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Dot, just catching up, and what a beautiful card, just love the images and very clever masking.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Best Wishes,
Avril xx

Julia said...

Fab creation. Thanks for joining us at Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude.

Julie said...

Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous card, perfect for our last challenge of the year at Southern Girls. Hope to see you again in 2013 when we will be back with more fun challenges and lots of wonderful sponsors. Happy crafting, Julie.x