Using Cut Files as Masks & Stencils

Hello fellow KnK-ers!

In my last post I demonstrated how I use cut files for embossing and I thought I’d look at another use for cut files today so I will show how cut files can be used for masking or stenciling.

You can use a large patterned panel such as these designs as a one-piece stencil to spray or ink through to create a great background for your peojects. Today though I will use smaller pieces to build up a scene and as Halloween is fast approaching I will create a spooky graveyard picture for the front of my card. The cut file is available at the end of this post šŸ™‚

These are the Materials I used:

  • My wonderful KnK Zing
  • Make the Cut Software
  • Copic Markers & a Copic Airbrush set (sponging with ink works great too)

These are the Zing Settings I used:

  • Blade = Standard
  • Blade Height = 25 post-it notes
  • Offset = 0.30
  • Speed = 10
  • Force =Ā  80
  • Passes = 1

Pic 1. I cut the pieces I will use as masks (the pieces which will protect my card and keep it white underneath) from some paper and added temporary adhesive on the back of them:

Halloween Scene 1

Pic 2. I cut my stencil pieces ensuring that there was plenty of paper around them to protect my card from over-spray (or over-sponging). I added temporary adhesive to the back of these too:

Halloween Scene 2

Pic 3. I placed my masking pieces, except for the clouds, onto my card front:

Halloween Scene 3

Pic 4. I placed the first cloud piece at the bottom of my card and sprayed along the top edge and slightly upwards with a light purple marker. You could also use ink sprays or your regular ink pads and a sponge to achieve similar results:

Halloween Scene 4

Pic 5: I continued to spray the clouds with 4 different colours of purple gradually getting darker towards the top alternating the 2 cloud pieces as I went:

Halloween Scene 5

Pic 6. Now the the masking is done we can do the stenciling, I placed the graveyard stencil piece at the bottom of my card and sprayed with a dark grey marker:

Halloween Scene 6

Pic 7. As I wanted my bats to look like they are flying in front of the moon I needed to remove my moon mask before I stenciled my bats, I used a black marker this time:

Halloween Scene 7

Pic 8. Once all of your masking/stenciling is done you have the fun of peeling any remaining masks from your card to reveal the bright white card underneath. I added the cloud pieces back over my moon and gave it a subtle cloudy look with a pale lilac marker:

Halloween Scene 8

Pic 9. To complete my card I backed my Halloween scene with some black card. I cut my sentiment from some more black card and adhered it to a strip of vellum which I wrapped around my scene panel and stuck to the back of it with tape. I then popped my panel onto a purple card base with 3d foam pads:

Halloween Scene 9

If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing, access my Free Cut Files and read my Terms of Use, you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com

Here is todayā€™s Cut File:

Halloween Scene by Bird

Halloween Scene Cut File by Bird

“QuinceaƱera” Mask

QuinceaƱera Post

There is a “QuinceaƱera” in my family. So I looked like Donkey from the Shrek Movie, saying, “I want to use my KNK, I want to do it, I want to do it!” LOL. A “QuinceaƱera” is a very important event when a youngĀ girl turns 15 years old.Ā It is similar to a Sweet 16 celebration. AndĀ I always like having an excuse to cut with my KNK Groove-e. Sandy taught me to love my KNK… Thank you Sandy!

They are going to celebrate withĀ a “QuinceaƱera Mask” partyĀ and the colors that they chose are Apple Green, Blue and Purple. After I traced one maskĀ template from the Internet, I found that the MTC program has a beautiful mask included in the program. So I used my WONDERFUL and TERRIFIC KNK to cut the masks out of chipboard from KNK USA. I am making a mask for every guest girl and porcelain dolls for the centerpieces. I amĀ decorating them with feathers, ribbons, and glitter.

QuinceaƱera, Mask, KNK

Mask Centerpiece QuinceaƱera Mask

 

Mask1

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make the masks, I cut two chipboard pieces to make it firmer, then added glitter andĀ embellishedĀ them. IĀ glued the embellished maskĀ to a wood stick which was covered with ribbons. After that, I decorated a glass base to hold the masks as a centerpiece so the girls could each take a mask from the table.

 

 

 

 

As you can see, I used masks everywhere! LOL. So now for the Guest Book:

Quinceanera, Guest Book, KNK, Mask I simply resized the mask file to be smaller, cut it out, and decorated it to match the others items.

Now the main Centerpiece…

Mask, Quinceanera, KNK, Centerpiece 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I also used my KNK to cut the number 15 and the mask that the dollĀ is wearing out of chipboard. As you can see, the chipboard worked beautifully for all of these decorations!