a LITTLE fall masking...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I love fall! 

The colorful leaves... the crisp air... the warm spices... the CUTE sweaters...

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Bazzill
Stamps: LDRS Creative  Happy Fall
Ink: LDRS Creative Alloy, Coffee Bean; Copic Mulitliner; Uniball Signo
 Coloring: Copics
Mouse- W00. W1, W3, W5, W7, R20, R00
Owl- E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, E47, E49
Pumpkins- YR15, YR16, YR18, E99
Green- YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, E59
Purple- V91, V93, V95, V99, RV99, V12
Red-R37, E07, E18
Orange- YR12, YR27, E99
Yellow- Y15, YR24, E99
Dies: LDRS Creative Wicked Boot, Happy Days
Other: ribbon; LDRS Creative Stamping Mask Paper

I adore this new Happy Fall stamp set!  It's just so sweet! The images work great for  CAS cards... or crazy masking... like this one. Out of the whole August release, I think I'm loving this stamp set the most... 

So let's take a look at how I created this storybook scene...

First we need to prepare some leaf masks... These leaves are really small, so I'm using a scrap of my Stamping Mask Paper. (why waste the scraps when you can use them!)

For a quick tip on small masks, be sure to check out today's post on the LDRS Creative blog.

If you want to free hand the swirling leaves, go for it... I wanted a more controlled shape, so I'm using the Happy Days die as a guide.. When you trace your shape, be sure to use a pencil and a light touch. You will want to erase this later on.

Now we stamp... I wanted a no line look, so I'm working in Alloy ink. Stamp your first leaf, cover it with a mask, and stamp your next leaf. 

Continue stamping and masking until you have the shape you want. 

You only need a few masks... just keep moving the with you. This Mask paper can withstand a lot of repeated use without bleeding ink through!

Decide where you want your mouse to stand, and mask any leaves that overlap where you mouse will be.

Stamp your mouse...

Continue masking and stamping  to add any other images you may want.. I added a pumpkin...

When you are done stamping, be sure to erase your guidelines before you move on to coloring!

Color your image... The LDRS Creative hybrid inks work for watercolors, alcohol markers, and pencils.. so use what you want. Just be sure that you are using the right paper for whatever medium you want to color with! I colored mine with Copics.

*Coloring Tip: When you have a pile of things that you want various random colors like this pile of leaves, and you want to be sure it ends up looking balanced, cover your image with a piece of acetate and block in what colors you want to put where... if you don't like how it's looking, you can take a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove the color and try again... Once you like how it looks, remove the acetate, and use it as a color guide for your final image. 

I finished it of very simply by trimming down the sides so the colored card base would show down both sides, and adding a sentiment on a ribbon. A lot of time went into the stamping and coloring of my image, so I really didn't want to distract from that. 

I realize that I may be a bit crazy to mask and stamp all those teeny tiny leaves, but I love the end result so much! 

Do you ever do crazy masking? 

See you soon!


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