Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Challenge - Kids

Welcome to another fortnight and a new challenge. 
It's Elaine here to host this one, which is one of my favourites.  

Our theme is:-


But firstly, we have Deneen with her tutorial.


What is masking?  Masking means to hide something from view.  There are many ways to do this and today we want to show you 4 different masking techniques.  I don't know if there are official names to these techniques but I labelled them for the technique I wanted to achieve.

Negative Masking
Think of Halloween when you cover your eyes with a mask.  This time we are going to cover everything BUT the eyes, we will be using what is called the negative space.

Edge Masking
For this type of masking we want to achieve an edge, like a snowbank or if you cut a scalloped edge you could use it for clouds, see HERE.

Shapes Masking
This is the basic type of masking where you cut out a shape and use it to cover an area, then add your colour.  When you lift your mask the area covered will remain untouched.  
In the example below I chose not to cover the whole area with ink, I wanted to just outline the shapes.

Stencil Masking
You don't have to just use homemade shapes, there are lots of stencils out there that are perfect for masking!

I could have labelled this a double masking technique!  I didn't realize until I was typing up the Tutorial that I used a double masking technique, lol.

Masking is so much fun, you can achieve different looks by the amount of ink you add and by how you add it!!  You can add ink by sponging or by spraying, you can add a little ink or cover an entire area.

Sources Used:

Our sponsor this fortnight is:-

Prize - 2 images of winners choice

Our Design Team

Tip: Print more than one copy of a digi and use parts of it for an embellishment as I did here. I also printed the image on vellum as a top layer for interest.

Tip: In the need of a quickie birthday card you can use a pre-coloured topper and make your personal touch on to it. 


Lori - 

We look forward to seeing your creations.
Don't forget you can enter the challenge with a tip too.
From the Top Tip Tuesday Team.

Winner and top 3 Stationery challenge

Hi everyone!
It's Bettina here today and I am back with the winner post for our Stationery challenge! There weren't that many entries for this challenge, so you might have found our theme a little difficult to interpret.
Still we have had a blast looking through our entries!

It's time to announce the winners
Thank you for playing along with us!

Here's my top 3
(in numerical order)

Our winner is:

The prize is 4 digital images

Please email Top Tip Tuesday to claim your prize.

Unfortunately we don't have  a top tipper for this challenge!

Well done everyone!
Remember to collect your badges ladies to display on your blogs.

Cathy please contact us
at toptiptuesday@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize. 

Our new challenge will be posted in half an hour, 
hosted by Elaine with a fab tutorial by Deneen. 

I hope you can join the fun!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Challenge :Stationery

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
It's time for a new challenge and this week we have some awsome projects for you. It's me Bettina hosting this fortnight and our theme is:


ie >> - Office Stationery

Our sponsor this week is :

Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical rubber and digital images inspired by her kids and family. Meljen's Designs has a new challenge every Thursday, and a Guest Designer each month at the Meljen's Designs Blog. Please visit the adorable line of Meljen's Designs stamps at our store HERE to browse all of Melissa's lovely designs! You can also see Melissa's exclusive rubber stamps at her corner of Whimsy Stamps, too! Don't forget to join Meljen's Designs on Facebook HERE to take advantage of special sales and promotions that are just for her facebook fans!

The prize is 4 digital images


Spellbinders and other dies.
Dies are a difficult item to store, they need to be visable, easy to access and they come with little parts.  Here are a couple of possibilities for storing them.

CD case and magnet.
 Magnet sheet on 
aluminum sheet.

Inside cupboard door.
Photo Storage Container
On the Wall
Nestabilities Storage1

Our Design Team

Amy - Sign Mouse
Tip: Use a Word document to create a text box inside the sign portion of the mouse to personalize. Even though I so wanted to break out my Copic markers and color this little guy in, I left the mouse uncolored so the recipient of her own personalized stationary can have the joy of coloring it.



Bettina using staples and washi tape

Deneen - Coming soon

Tip - Post It notes are ideal for making small notebooks.

Lisa S
Any composition notebook can be customized with paper and paint. You can record addresses, mailing lists, monthly budget etc. in it.
Front Cover
(more photos on blog)

Samantha K Sweet little Donkey - Staples & notepaper

Staples and masking tape.

  My Tip:  Make faux washi tape with regular masking tape just stick it to a cellophane card bag and colour it to match your project with your spectrum noir pens or other alcohol based markers

my Top Tip is that you can use your alcohol markers (Copics, Promarkers etc) to colour metal items to match your project... just make sure you leave the ink to dry for a little while before touching them or you'll also match your project ;-)

Kat - Firefly fairy - coming soon

We look forward to seeing your creations.
Don't forget you can enter the challenge with a tip too.
From the Top Tip Tuesday Team.
Happy crafting.