Saturday 1 October 2016

AAA74 and JAI331

Masking is a technique I really enjoy playing around with, so I was very interested in the latest challenge at AAA Cards. This is a site that I always look at but it's been a while since I entered there.

I'd been mulling over several options for this when one of my favourite challenge sites, Just Add Ink, offered up this theme challenge:

Suddenly, the way forward was clear and I came up with this double masked card using one of my most used and oldest sets, Papillon Potpourri.

I first cut a circular mask from photocopy paper and stamped the butterflies in Stazon onto watercolour paper. I water-coloured them using Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry. After they were dry, I added in some highlights with white gel pen before masking them out. Finally, I added in the distressed foliage in Mint Macaron before removing the original circular mask from the watercolour panel.

This is a peek at the inside.

I do like the effect created by this double mask - it looks a bit like a floating bubble. My lovely mother-in-law is turning 84 this week and I think it will be perfect for her.

Card: Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, watercolour paper, Whisper White (inside)
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Timeless Textures, Birthday Blooms (sentiment)
Inks: Black Stazon, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate
Other: White gel pen, paintbrush, circle framelits and butterfly punches to make masks.


  1. The butterflies are coloured so beautifully, Jan. As always, your card is so nicely put together. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week. :)

  2. Ooooo, love this, Jan! Masking + Butterflies! :) Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards.

  3. So pretty, Jan! I love the 3 D effect of your masked circle and how beautifully you've coloured your lovely butterflies. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

  4. I absolutely love this card - the vibrancy of the butterflies against the soft, subtle tones and pattern of the background.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous card!! I love all the techniques you used to create it!