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May 30, 2015

Masking Magic, Day Four

Hey, hey, hey! I'm baaaaaaaack!

Yesterday we talked about briskets, so it's only natural that today we should talk about freezer paper. You knew when you bought that big roast that you were going to freeze part of it for another day. And since you tore off more than you needed for wrapping, how about we die cut some masks with it and see if that's a go.

Do you think that was the thought process of the first craftician who came up with this bright idea? I always go through that "what were they thinking" wonderment process, followed quickly by "why dinnit I think of that!"

So in yesterday's fabulous Online Card Class Mask-erade, we made masks using freezer paper. I pretty much stole CASEd the teacher's cards, except for different words and shapes and schtuff. 

Here you go:
The NBUS hugs die is from PTI. Everything else is self-exploratory. 

Except, PS, and this is true. If you've been following me for a while, you know that covering up all that white space with spritz and smatters and whacks is not my usual style. But it was really fun, so I let it fly. That's when I noticed I had on my brand new LL Bean white summer tee. That's right. Oh, yes I did. It doesn't look half bad in all these pretty colors, but it was a major brain fart on my part!

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My second card (sans flicking):
I got the watercolor paper pretty wet before I added my watercolors and the masks held up great! The conversation bubble dies are from Simon Says Stamp. The NBUS sediments are from Paper Smooches (Metropolis and Word Salad) and The Alley Way Stamps (Words to Live By). The glittered enamel dots were brads, but I snipped their legs off because I didn't find them until after I'd attached the panel.

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In cards, as in life, we all have fails along with successeses. Here's a panel that I heavily misted without success. I love the jewel tones, but when I did The Big Reveal, I discovered major seepage had happened under my mask.
This paper won't be a complete loss. I'll use it to make pretty word die cuts.

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O Key Dough Key, off to my last day of class. Remember, it's never too late to "attend" any of the dozens of classes offered by the mega-talented ladies of the Online Card Classes! See you tamale!

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87 comments:

Milka Gubo said...

Hi Darnell :-D

These cards are AWESOME!!! Like them all, but the first one the most. :-D

hugs
Milka xx

Bananastamper said...

Woweeeee! I am in love with your cards, especially the first one - LOVE those fabulous and yummy colours even if you did end up wearing them, lol! Maybe just add a bit more splatter to your lovely white tee and you can then wear your own art!
Shanna :)

Tanja said...

love those bright and cheerful colors

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I have read back through the last few posts, and I can see you are turning into a masking wizard! You especially caught my attention with the hand decorated T shirt. Lovely work, and I am so glad to share farty moments with fellow crafters.

Kathyk said...

Fabbyliscious matey and such fun colours too, what's a learning curve without a little seepage! Bet you turn it in to something cool too

Kathy

Linda said...

Isn't this class so great and fun? Beautiful cards even the one that seeped through which I had a few of too, but mine went in the trash. Maybe, I should dig them out and use with dies too. Great idea.

Maura R said...

I can't believe I am the 6th person to comment, rather than 106th!! Love these cards Darnell - especially the one with your splatters (too bad about the shirt though!:) ) Love the bright, playful tone of these cards. Wish I could take this class but the end of the school year is way too busy . Maybe over the summer.....

Ros Crawford said...

You are definitely on a roll here with the class! Wonderful cards!! I like the idea of using the brads that way ... Clever you ... I'll have to remember that ... Oh and I bet your lovely white Tee shirt looks brilliant and it's an original now!
Have a great weekend!

Marilyn said...

I love these backgrounds! Each one is gorgeous but to be honest, I think my fave would be the one with the seeping... that is so pretty.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Brilliant ideas and fantastic techniques Darnell.
Can't beat your posts for a giggle too! May we have a photo of the spattered t-shirt!
I feel a new tend starting! X

*Vicki* said...

I love both of these DArnell!! They are so colorful and look like tons of fun!! :) TFS!! HUGS

Sue said...

fabuuuuulous work and your blog always makes me smile! huggles Sue xxxxx

designbydonna said...

Gorgeous!!!I especially love the "hugs" card. I am afraid to try all that splatter stuff because I know I would make a mess of it. You could always turn you t-shirt into a tie-dye. I hear that is coming back.

Christine said...

Those are beautiful cards. And thanks for sharing about the shirt. It's comforting to know I'm not the only one who does this! I love that hugs card.

Sue said...

WOW! Fab cards.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Sue

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MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Just breaking myself back into blogging after my poxation.
Both are great but I love a bit of splatter (I have a canvas in our bedroom that I splattered, though hubby thinks its more Jackson B*****k than Pollock).
Is LL Bean a vegetarian rapper?
Best wishes.
Ang x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your cards are gorgeous! Very trendy looking! Thank you for sharing what you learned - I love seeing what I am missing at the class!

Renee said...

These are both fabulous...
LOVE that stunning "Hugs"...
and now I'm curious about how you used clear wrap as a mask...
intriguing! :)

MaryH said...

Well DONE! Love what you're doing in this class (still waffling about signing up. Reckon best go see if I kin still git in!) I sympathesize with you on the run-under the mask. I have this trouble with stencils & sprays...no matter how tightly I think the stencil is down. You've got a beautiful piece you can use for die cuts and no one will EVER know! I'm so happy you're having fun. TFS & Hugs

Dotty Jo x said...

Totally gorgeous! Beeeeeeeeeeeautiful work, Jo x

Lisa said...

They look so gorgeous!! I love the colors!! The masking technique is just fabulous!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Carol said...

Loving the homework Darnell and the fun post! I always seem to be wearing white when I eat spag bols...probably much the same effect as spraying paint lol! Carol x

KandA said...

Gorgous cards and wonderful colours... and a personally designed Tshirt to boot.... oops xx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Adorable cards
love them all
hugs Tamara

JoAnn said...

Pretty cards. Love the backgrounds you created.

Laura Norris said...

Great job on the cards Darnell! Love the splatter, even if it isn't your normal style. It kinda fun to play outside the box every now and then!! The word bubbles were a great idea! Why didn't I think of that??? And I had some trouble on my first two attempts at freezer paper masking too - but finally got it to work.

SARN said...

GORJUSS masking and watercolouring. I like that you'll find a way to recycle the problem one! XXX

Redanne said...

Wow Darnell, I love both cards and I especially love the splattering. I even love your 'fail' as you call it, it will come in handy for another of your gorgeous creations! Hugs, Annie xx

Lisa said...

Well, I guess you now have an official flickering and splattering t-shirt to wear when stamping!! I LOVE your first card Darnell, the splattered shirt just might have been worth it. Snap a photo of the T and send it to LL Bean, thy might commission you to do more work them! Pretty colors on the second card too. Looking forward to the word dies made from your boo-boo!!

conil said...

You just keep getting better and better. Lovin' these amazing colors.

Bonnie said...

WOW! I'm thinking maybe I should do that class to see how to use freezer paper for something other than meat! And I'd love to see that t-shirt! I'll bet it's purdy! The cards sure are!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Fabulous colors and they are so bright and beautiful. I am sure anyone will be feeling cheery after receiving them. I am just getting into watercolors myself this year. Another friend said the work should be sealed. Do you seal yours?

Sue said...

Wonderful cards Darnell, your designs are fantastic and I love the colours.
I hope you are having a good weekend.
hugs Sue xx

Kathleen said...

Well you certainly seem to have got to grips with this masking technique, you weren't the Lone Ranger in a previous life were you!!?? lol

Gorgeous backgrounds and great cards.

Kath x

Sharon Underwood said...

So glad to see you and your creations in class! Isn't this fun? I'm learning so much. Your cards are very inspiring. I think I'll go "splash" ...now, where's my white tshirt?

ionabunny said...

Love the splats. What no t-shirt selfie?? I've never heard brain fart before. Hugz

Carol L said...

I love when people come up with crafty ideas for using household items to make cards! I cleaned a closet yesterday and found a whole tub of wrapping paper that I haven't used in years, but instead of throwing it out, I'm wondering if it might be useful for envelopes? Whatchathink??
These cards are fabulous and oh so colorful with all the splatters!! So sorry about your new white t-shirt though :( You could always splatter it all over and you'll have a one-of-a-kind shirt that everyone will be asking "where did you get that cool t-shirt?"

Lizzy Hill said...

I'm a brights girl, so these REALLY float my boat. And I ADORE a bit of mess, too. Double float! The top one is my favest of the fave.....closely followed by what you call your fail. The REALLY interesting one.....I do so LOVE a challenge.....I reckon this could make a fabulous card one way or t'other! TFS - enjoying your maskerade!!

Geri said...

A+++ on your homework assignments! You are a natural at this splashing & splooshing technique and if your t-shirt (so sad) looks as good these cards, then perhaps it's time to open a street vendor booth and create watercolor T's for $$$.

I really like the stripes down the side of the Hugs card - works so well to define the bold focal point. Your second card is my fav of the two. Love the softness of the melded colors and the masked sentiment blocks!

Brenda in IN said...

Oh wow, these are both wonderful. I love the colors in the first card. I think you should hand deliver that one and wear the matching shirt when you do. The recipient will be so happy to see you match her card. Pretty, fun card with those cute greetings. A great friend card. I watched the 4th day in my jammies and had to get dressed to go to the store and get freezer paper. It is fun to take a class in pj's. School should be so casual. I'm glad to see how well you did with the freezer paper. I can't wait to try it too.

Brenda said...

Love those bright colors in your first card Auntie! Humm, I suspect your pretty white t matches this card to a "T"?!! Don't ya hate when you do something like that?! I don't have many "pretty" clothes because first off I'm not a clothe lover, hard to love clothes when you look like I do!! But as soon as I have a white shirt, something happens to it, never fails! lol Your second mask card is very soft and fluffy, kinda like cotton candy! Love it! Your fail, isn't a lost because those colors are just stunning together. What ever you die cut out of it will look amazing! Hugs, Brenda

TK Watson said...

Love your cards! And I do the same process - "why didn't I think of that". Well, problem is, I never do so that's we have to CASE!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Love it when you splatter - fabulous card and those bright colors - just to my linking! I bet your T-shirt looks fabulous too - add some more splatters and pretend its supposed to look like that ;)

Bobby said...

I'm so jealous, Darnell. Card #1 is so bright and cheery and wonderfully done. I tried this same technique and it looks like your fail. I don't know If it wasn't down tight enough or what. I think I'll do what you should do to save it - just cut the die out and stick it over where the paint seeped. Card #2 is great, too. I love the little word balloons surrounded by lovely watercoloring.

Susanne Vargas said...

Freezer paper? Who ever thought of that??? Love your colorful cards and I am glad you are going to use the last one! It's too pretty for the recycling bin!

Tenia Nelson said...

AWESOME!!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

You sure are learning lots!!! Your cards are so pretty! My fave is the first one with all it's cheery colors!
Hope the stains come out of your new shirt!!!!!

Cheryl W. said...

Love the bright summer colors you used on your cards today. You may have spattered a t-shirt, but it sounds like you still had a blast!

Maxine D said...

Love these Darnell - especually the 'sucessful' Hugs card - the less sucessful one could also be used as panels on other cards :-) - nothing is ever wasted, it just needs to be used creatively another way!!
Blessings
Maxine

Jacquie Southas said...

Awesome cards, Darnell! Especially the first one - stunning, vibrant colors. For your "fail", I would die cut the "hugs" in white and glue it over the partial masked word.

Linda said...

WOW! I love these beauties, the colours are gorgeous! Don't worry hun .... we all have a bit of seepage now and then and I'm sure the card will come in handy at some point. Enjoy the rest of the weekend .... big hugs Linda xx

Pollard Carole said...

Brilliant cards the finished look on these masked cards is just fab I've not tried this technique but have just bought a chicken wire mask so you never know. So sad about your T shirt but I'm sure you will become a trend setter for spattered T shirts!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend love and hugs Carole x

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Hehe Darnell, I nearly fell over when I read your 'brain fart' comment, I thought only my family said that! Shame about the t-shirt, but that card sure turned out pretty darn fantastic! I was glad to see I'm not the only one who has 'epic fails' with ink, but you're right, there'll be another fabulous use for that inky deliciousness, even if not as you first imagined. Far too long since I've popped in to say hi. I've had my little man starting school and far too much else going on lately. But was just thinking of you tonight, so thought I'd pop in for a quick hello. Hugs, Wends x

Jeanne said...

This class looks like a ton of fun from the cards you've created, Darnell. Too bad about the t-shirt, but I'll betcha it looks great, too! :D I really like all the backgrounds you created and how great the masks worked. Even the one that didn't work quite as expected can be used later. Awesome!

Inkyfingers said...

Lovely cards Darnelle and the spatter looks great! I bet your tee shirt looks great with all those pretty coloured splats and maybe decorating clothes will be your next artistic endeavour! I signed up for this class too but haven't had time to watch anything yet so I've enjoyed seeing your homework.
Hugs
Carol x

Karen B said...

Great samples of masked cards Dippy - really love the first one even if it was achieved to the detriment of your new t-shirt!!! Love the way you are keeping the seepage one to use for die cut words - fantastic idea.

Hugs.

Karendipity xxx

Sybrina K said...

Darnell, Sure looks like you're having lots of fun doing your Maske-erade homework... because you've certainly created a couple of fun cards! At least your painted T-shirt made for a great story as well as a colorful card. Just think of the story you can tell whenever you wear it. :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

You are rocking this class! Your Hugs card is fabulous!

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Darnell, just fabulous, love the colours and your designs, hugs Kate x

Happy Dance said...

Got back from my overnight adventure with the little ones, and all is quiet here at home. Am using this time to get caught up commenting. Now. Miss D. You get an A+ for this trio of lovlies. And you get an A+ for the new T-shirt you've made. I'm sure you'd like to share a photo of that with the rest of us, wouldn't you, (lol)! Each one of these is fun, bright, and just downright sweet! Hmmmm...just like you!!! Sorry, can't pick a favorite, but I do love those matchy-matchy sequins especially. Oh it's good to be back and to see what you've been up to! Miss you tons!! Bev

sandie said...

What a joy these colourful cards are! Love to see a bit of splatter! Grey fun following you doing this class x

Cazzy said...

I really think we should see the pretty T! Awesome flicking!

Mrs A. said...

These are pretty . Can only imagine how pretty your tee shirt and the walls behind your seat look. Hope Hammy wasn't too much in the line of fire. Especially all that pink. Hugs Mrs A.

Pat said...

Whoops! Sorry you coloured up your lovely white tee shirt but it will certainly be a one off design .lol. I love your pretty summery colours and the stripes in the background are the perfect foil. The second is beautifully watery and the freezer paper has worked so well. I wonder if you can use baking parchment instead. I have absolutely loads of that and I hardly ever use it for baking cakes etc with only two of us to eat it up and being a bit overweight already, not a good idea! x

Donna said...

Those were all just fabulous, great look! Hope your shirt did not wear too much color.

Jerrie said...

I love the colors and fun your cards showcase!! You are right...who thinks of this stuff...using freezer paper etc!!

Birgit said...

I want to see a picture of you in the T-shirt-lol. I have done something similar. I love these cards and the backgrounds are great. I can't wait to see what you will do with your "Oopsy" card

Greta said...

Boy--you are really nailing the homework, Darnell, & I so love the final card that didn't work--gorgeous colors & will be great for die cuts!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Loved both the Happy cards !

Craftychris said...

Both these are full of inky awesomeness! Such wonderful colours and the panel that went wrong is so gorgeous, it will make gorgeous die cuts! xxx

Georgie C said...

Wow!! I just feel so happy looking at these cards with those colours!! What a bang on job!! xx

Cat Craig said...

That freezer paper is fun huh...I am just a bit lazy...I use a flat iron or curling iron they get hot right?...no clue were my real iron is. Fab cards, and that panel is perfect for die cuts later on. Well done again!

Clare said...

Holy awesomness, Batman! LOVE these, Darnell! They are both so bright and happy! I gotta say, I'm still trying to figure out how you got the masking to work so cleanly for you! That first card is SO happy! I love it!

Shona Chambers said...

Oh, the t-shirt.....buggar!! That is so something I would do (and have done many times....). I have enamel dots, glue, glitter and all sorts stuck to all my pjs and onesie's because I'm always crafting at night. And everyone else in the house picks up stuff on their socks, so at least I'm not selfish with my mess! I love the first card, the colours are gorgeous and all that splatter is refreshing. The second card is very clever and love the word bubbles. I'm actually off to do some 'smooshing' right now....where did I put my onesie.....

Kamila R. said...

I loove your cardcreations!! Great vibrant colours just stunning cards!

Mary-Anne V said...

Very neat technique...love the results.

Aileen (mum) said...

Love your cards, hespecially the first one. So bright and splashy. Dont know what freezer paper is but it looks like it worked brilliantly. How many crafting ladies could honestly say they dont have a bit of craft glue, paint, glitter, marker etc attached somewhere on every piece of clothing (outer of course) they have????

Taunya Butler said...

Gorgeous, color infused, bright, and amazing cards you have created - you get an A+++++++ on your homework and I love the first card most of all because of all the bright, happy colors - the side borders and the sequins are such a nice touch to that card!! So super impressed!!!

shirley-bee said...

Just catching up on all your (and Hammy's) homework. Seems like you both really enjoyed the class :) I love this colourful splattery card (well I would, wouldn't I?).

Loll said...

You are making amazing cards with your new masking techniques Dolly! Love seeing what you do each day! Love the designs, colours ... and splatters --- yes, love those splatters. And I bet your new tee is so pretty. :) Lolly xx

Marybeth said...

Oh my gosh thes are stunning! Love that first one! Love the backgrounds ...well maybe not the messed up one but I know you could still use it with something on top,hope you saved it. Yes I know what you mean about saving part of the roast :) and you cut too much paper do it all the time.

cm said...

Hahahahhahaha...the image of you wearing your splattered white t-shirt has my in hysterics. Sorry...but way too funny! Fun cards - even the one that had a little design innovation and will find itself showcased with its friends in due time, in a unique way!
Hugs~c

Sarah Mabery said...

Yikes on your new now not so white tee. I really like the splatters on the first card. Such a lovely color combo.

I am so impressed by the crisp lines you got with the masks on the second card. Such a pretty combination of colors.

Great cards.

Anita in France said...

Oh, Darnell ... your poor T shirt ... hope it came clean ... or if it didn't, that it looks even better now than it did originally! Those speech bubbles against all those yummy sorbet colours are so much fun ... and I LOVE every little thing about your hugs card ... splatters, sequins, stripes and shades (putting 'colours' would have ruined the s flow!)! This class is so on my wish list of things to do ... thanks for the inspiration! Hugs & Bisous, Anita :)

Petra Swart said...

These cards are all so lovely, Darnell!!!! You really had fun, hey, maybe you should start designing t-shirts now, while you're busy with your cards!!!!
Someone forgot his toy outside!!!! - spot it in the 2nd card photo!!!
Hugz

Helen F. said...

Super awesome twosome! Great technique :-)