Friday, February 18, 2011

Inking and stamping masks: A Studio L3 Compendium Challenge

Welcome to another installment of How to Not Quite Follow the Instructions.

Today we're looking at a piece created using the Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities technique described on page 59.

Mostly, that is: Mostly using the technique as it was described. Today, having apparently no sheets of blank masking material we used vinyl transfer tape.

And, lo and behold, it worked great, but using transfer tape results in a non-reusable mask. Once you've inked and stamped over it, there's nothing left to do but pull it off and throw it away.

Still, the technique can be accomplished using the tape and that's the important part of today's lesson!

Please don't forget to create your own inky masked art to show off at Linda's Studio L3 Compendium Challenge!

Also I know I've been babbling to anyone who will listen about how busy I've been, and how sorry I am that I haven't been commenting and checking in much this week (or, I think, last week).

I am so appreciative and grateful for those of you who've continued stopping in and saying hello despite my rude inattention!

Hopefully you kind people will be awfully thrilled with this good news: The clouds are clearing and by Monday I'll again hassle all of you with my exclamation point-filled comments and beginner questions!

Until then, Prost!


  1. Exclaimation marks! and Beginner questions? YOU!!! LOL be great if you can surface but certainly have not felt neglegated recently.

    Your Tag is gorgeous perhaps not recycable material but wonderful effect. (Don't tell but I had to improvise as well using an acatate blank and repositonable glue)!!! XOXO Zoe

  2. Your tag is super, I used that method as well. Don't believe you have beginner questions either, your pieces are inspirational. xx

  3. You know when you improvise, you have even more mastered the technique and challenge! Your tag is proof that you are not a beginner or a brilliant one at that! Love your masking and the images you so perfectly used. Beautiful! This was such a fun tech! Have a fun weekend!

  4. Your tag looks great! lovely colours.

  5. Wonderful masking and I love your swirly at the top. It all makes me think spring.

  6. Great masking, and I love the colors you chose! Great stamp choice too!

  7. Your masking is wonderful despite using the tape! Love the swirls at the top!!

  8. I like your style, CB! You know, Tim is all about making these techniques work using your stash, so you're doing it exactly right. Brilliantly, in fact: this tag is AWESOME! Love those warm colors and the little winged beings enjoying the sunshine.

    What the heck are you talking about? "Beginner questions?!" My patootie! You're so flipping talented and intuitive, I kind of expect you to write a design book one of these days. And, I'm Iooking forward to an autographed copy. Just sayin...

  9. Great improvisation, and a lovely tag.