Thursday, August 27, 2015

Peace Snowflakes Card


I have always loved the snowflake look created by Heather Telford and others using masking fluid, but was never successful until now creating the look. I bought some very expensive masking fluid when I first saw Heather's cards using it and tried spattering it on with a toothbrush as she suggested, but had no luck. So I put it aside for some time, then pulled it out again to try on one of my BBCB backgrounds, and the masking fluid was all hard:( I know more about spattering now, so I was determined to try it again. I bought some Liquid Frisket Mask with a coupon and tried flicking it with a small paint brush, but it would not come off the brush. It was too thick. Dotting it one with the paint brush looked too artificial. Then a brilliant thought occurred to me- what if I put some on my craft sheet, mixed in a little water to thin it a bit, and tried flicking it on the water color paper with a small brush? It worked! Even diluted, the masking fluid created a small circular mask, so when I sprinkled Color Burst on top and spritzed with water, those small "snowflakes" stayed white. I tried one of my new colors of Color Burst for the first time- Indigo, which is a dark blue. I mixed it with the original Color Burst blue and spritzed with water. When it was dry, I rubbed off the liquid frisket masking fluid and I had a snowy sky look. I layered the completed piece on a navy blue card and added a die cut tree border from Poppy Stamps, some doves from Memory Box and "peace" from Ellen Hutson.

Since I used "snippets" for all the die cut pieces, I am entering this card in the challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, the Holiday challenge at Live Love Cards, and the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

11 comments:

Kathyk said...

Well done to you for not giving up either! Fab make

Kathyk

Elizabeth said...

Lovely card, Karen. The background is beautiful. Like you, I very much admire Heather's work but haven't gotten around to trying out masking fluid but I like the effect so much I just have to crack open that bottle hiding in my stash very soon. Elizabeth

Di said...

LOVE this card Karen! So worth the Percy Veerance - and such a serene looking result. Tee, hee - I bet some of the process wasn't quite as serene :))

Hugs

Di xx

fabiola jaques said...

Superbe Karen, po├ętique et paisible, biz

SARN said...

Looks wonderful. xxx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Persistence paid off. Wonderful card design for the holiday giving.

Catherine Bowen said...

WOW!!! I just love your card. They whole scene is beautiful. Great job!

Maxine D said...

So glad you persisted with the technique as this is a stunning card Karen.
Blessings
Maxine

Andrea La Vigne said...

I never would have thought of thinning the masking fluid. Great idea! Love the way your card turned out. The white on the blue background is so peaceful. Tfs! ~ Andrea Andrea's Paper Antics

Teresa Kline said...

hello Karen! gorgeous watercolored background...luv this card! so glad you played along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Darlene DeVries said...

Great job Karen! The different colors of blue flow so beautifully, and I especially love the darker spots - they really make the panel very interesting. Very peaceful indeed!