Masking Unleashed with Altenew

WOW, did I have fun making this card.  I completed the Altenew course with Svitlana Shayevich called Masking Unleashed and it was awesome.  I was exposed to a few techniques that I had not tried before.  She makes this beautiful blended ink layered card that is simply beautiful and I loved the watercolor technique using freezer wrap (that I had not heard of).  I was inspired by both these ideas, and my blended layer card is still in the works, so I’m going to show you my fun watercolor card.

To start my card, I used Canson XL later color paper.  I took some freezer paper from my pantry and cut it down to A2 size.  I stamped using the Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamp set my design onto the paper side of the freezer paper, then I cut the inside out leaving the negative freezer paper mask behind.  I turned on my clothes iron, and when heated, I ironed the wax side of the freezer paper onto my water color paper.  When the paper cools, it is well attached to the water color paper.  I preceded to take out my water color paints and and using the wet on wet technique, I applied various colors of color to my water color paper.  The freezer paper creates a seal with the watercolor paper and the water doesn’t leak underneath.  This was really cool.  Once dry, I heated my iron again, and ironed over the freezer paper (releasing the bond) and slowly peeled it up leaving a gorgeous water color panel in ONLY the area I masked!

To place the images on the water colored panel, I stamped the images with versamark ink then embossed with white powder.  In the areas where images overlap, I simply wiped away the embossing powder (rather than masking).  What a great technique.  I selected my sentiment from Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set and stamped it with Altenew deep iris ink then stamped again with versamark and embossed it with clear powder, giving me a raised purple sentiment.

To put my card together, I placed a piece of purple pattern paper onto an A2 size card, I placed foam behind my watercolor panel and adhered this to the pattern paper.  Lastly, I added a few clear water droplets.  I love this freezer wrap water color technique and can see myself using it over and over.  If you haven’t tried it, perhaps after reading this you’ll give it a try.

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