Wednesday 13 October 2021

Lucky Ducks - creating a scene with masking

Hello Tea-timers! The weather has certainly turned here in the north of England and we've had so much rain recently! So, I thought it would be a good time to share these two little ducks, huddling under their umbrella!

To create this card, we'll need to do a bit of masking - have you tried this out before? Here's what you'll need:

- Pale blue cardstock

- White cardstock (I use this one because it's perfect for alcohol markers)

- Pale blue ink for blending (I used Speckled Egg distress oxide)

- Blending brushes or foams

- Lucky Ducks stamp set

- Scattered raindrops stencil 

- Masking paper or post-it paper

- Circle stencil, or you can make your own using a circle die (and this way, you can control the size of your scene, too!)

- Glitter paste and spatula

- Alcohol markers (or other colouring medium)

- Black fineliner pen

- Foam tape

Are you ready to start? Ok, let's dive in :)


1. Cut a panel of white cardstock to 4.5" x 6.5"

2. Stamp your ducks roughly half way down the panel (or just a fraction lower). Stamp them again on to some masking paper or post-it paper and fussy cut right along the line, leaving no gap.

3. Take your fineliner pen and hand-draw an umbrella covering the ducks. Cover this with some masking paper and trace the outline, then fussy cut as above.

4. Place the masks over the ducks and the umbrella.

5. Place your circle stencil near to the top of the card, leaving about 1/2" of white space above it, so that your ducks' feet are just below the bottom of the circle. Secure in place with some washi tape or low-tack tape.

6. Using your blending brushes (or foams if you prefer!), apply some blue ink inside the circle. Leave the stencil in place, and add the raindrops stencil over the top, again securing with some washi.

7. Using a spatula, apply a layer of glitter paste over the top of the raindrop stencil, just inside the circle area. Remove the stencils, clean them up (so your glitter paste doesn't weld itself to your stencil!) and leave the panel to dry.

8. Once the glitter paste has dried, peel the masks off the ducks and the umbrella. Hopefully, you should be left with a nice clean white area that has been protected from the ink and the paste! Colour the ducks and the umbrella with markers or any way you prefer.

9. Hand draw some puddles beneath the ducks' feet.

10. Stamp your sentiment below the scene.

11. Finally, add some foam tape to the reverse of your panel, and secure the panel to the front of a 5 x 7" blue card base.

I hope you enjoyed this month's tutorial! Are there any skills or techniques you would like to see in future? If so, let me know! 

If you're doing any crafty shopping, please take advantage of my discount code - T4TJAYNE10 will get you a fantastic 10% off your entire order at the Time for Tea online shop.

Happy crafting! 

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