Sunday, October 30, 2011

Time for MASKS!

It is almost “Trick or Treat” time – so let’s talk about MASKS!!  I’m not talking about trick or treat masks though … I’m a 100% digi-gal, and today am going to share with you how I use clipping masks (I use Corel PSP, but this would be the same premise if you are using other software).

The photo of my aunt and uncle on this layout is very formal, as is the flower cluster, the metal elements and the ribbon.  Adding the mask to the background papers for this layout gave the page a bit of aged look to match the frame.  I placed the mask on top of the burgundy colored background to help bring out the coloring of the flowers as well as the red tones in the frame.  
(Digital Supplies:  Kits –Refined Sentiment by Lauren Bavin and Maskee Page Sized Clipping Masks Set 6 by Marcee Duggar, Digital Scrapbook Place
Software:  Corel PSP X2)

Here is a page I created using a photo of our beautiful daughter in law – I felt that the colors of the elements worked well with the photo, however, the page seemed a bit washed out. 
You can see that by adding a mask on the top of yellow background paper (over the bright orange paper) made all of the colors in the photo and the elements to pop right off of the page. 
Digital Supplies:  Kits –Merriment by Mandy King and Maskee Large Quick Bits Set 2 by Marcee Duggar, Digital Scrapbook Place
Software:  Corel PSP X2 – Font:  Pea Missy)

Masks can also be used on photos as well, like I did in this layout.  After applying the mask to the photo, I placed it on top of the background paper layer.  I wanted the large masked photo to be the center of attention on the page, but didn’t want many sharp lines on the page – and the mask was a perfect way to create the softness I was looking for.

(Digital Supplies:  Kits – Hydrangea Valley XL Value Collection designed by Meryl Bartho and Maskee Large Quick Bits by Marcee Duggar, Digital Scrapbook Place
Software:  Corel PSP X2 – Font:  Veranda)

Many online scrapbook stores sell masks; they come in oodles of shapes and sizes.  Once you become familiar with how to apply them with your software, the sky is really the limit to how you can use them!  Go ahead, try using a mask today!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful work!

Dora said...

so well explained! thanks!

Debbie R said...

Excellent explanation,and I love your gorgeous pages!!
Well done!!

kitsNbits said...

beautiful pages, love the mask idea