Creating a Double Mask and a Challenge

Creating a mask is a great technique to use with acrylic paint or
mist. And today, I’m going to show you how I did both!

I wanted to use a star theme on these "Rock Star" photos of my son
with his new electric guitar. Here’s what I created.

To create my extra large star mask I started in my publishing software
program, Pages and made a star as big as would fit on an 8.5” x 11”

Once this printed I placed it on top of a scrap piece of 12” x 12”
paper, and used a ruler to enlarge my star to fill up most of the
paper, then I cut new star out.

Then I cut the star out using a craft knife so I could have a negative
space to paint in. Again, I cut the star out leaving an additional
border, to enlarge it further.

Next, I adhered the star to my background paper (which had been
previously misted with Cream Metallic and Brown Mist). Using an
old paint brush, I dry brushed slightly watered down paint to the
inside of the star.

Once I finished painting, I removed my mask and used it to cut out the
same star shape on my patterned paper. I began by cutting all
around the inside of the mask and once this was finished I used
scissors to cut on the outside of the mask.

Then I was ready to adhere the cut star on top of the painted star. I
decided to machine stitch around the paper star to further highlight
it. Here’s a closer look.

I used the Melody Ross Chip Art tool to de-boss a tiny star inside a
larger one and painted it with the same blue paint I used in the mask
and in droplets on the background.

I hope this inspires you to create your own mask, whether it’s
oversized or just cut with die cut machine or a punch. Mist
works just as great as paint. It all depends on the look you are
trying to achieve. Check out this challenge posting at
Scrapbooks.com for more details. The prize is the complete
Independence collection!

Patterned Paper and Transparency Designs: GCD Studios Artsy Urban by
Melody Ross. Chipboard letters: American Crafts. Chipboard: Maya
Roads. Mist: Maya Mist. Paint: Folk Art {Midnight Blue}. Stamps
& Rip Strips: Studio Calico. Ink: Ranger Distress Ink {Fired
Brick, Tea Dye}. Rhinestones: Studio 18.


  1. Love the double masking technique, will be trying this out in the near future. Beautiful layout.

  2. Such a fun and beautiful LO!

  3. awesome LO! love the double-masking technique! thanks for sharing :)! *hugs* steph :)

  4. love that technique, totally awesome layout!!

  5. Awesome technique! Love how you did the double star effect with the mask.

  6. Cool tutorial! I'll have to give it a try:)

  7. Oooh, so very cool!