Monday, December 22, 2008

Tim Holtz Demonstrates New Masks!

Masks are here and they are the next biggest trend in paper crafting. They were introduced to the industry last winter by the fabulous Heidi Swapp. This fall, Tim Holtz designed his own line (complete with Heidi Swapp's seal of approval on the back)!

Many have inquired - what are masks and how are they used? Well here is a link to a very informative video hosted by Tim Holtz on the many diverse uses of masks. Click Here to see the video - I guarantee you will learn something!

Masks are reusable stencils that allow you to add a new dimension to any project that you are working on by leaving a "negative space" when removed. The possibilities and techniques are endless. They are made of clear plastic with a repositionable adhesive on the back. You can even wash the mask without compromising the adhesive at all.

Some of the techniques that Tim shows in the video are to ink over them using the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool , paint over them with Adirondack Paint Dabbers, stamp over them (very cool!), spray color wash or glimmer mist over them using a Mini Mister, and even sand over them with Tim's sanding block to give an awesome embedded effect (very, very cool!).

Since Masks are affordable, durable, and easy to store, it is easy to get addicted to their power. Here are a few of the masks we sell in the store. Be sure to check out the store for the complete line available!

Tim Holtz Borderline Masks
Heidi Swapp Bird Masks

Tim Holtz Timeworks Masks
Heidi Swapp Damask Mask

Tim Holtz Flourish Mask

What's your favorite technique? Which one is your favorite mask? Inquiring minds want to know! Let us know and you will win one of each of the five masks shown above! Wooohooooo! We will pull a winner next week. Check back to see if you are the big WINNER!


And the blog candy winner is....Deb Neerman! Please email us your name and address and we will send you your awesome prizes - One of each of the 5 masks displayed above from the best two mask designers in the world - Heidi Swapp and Tim Holtz! woooohoooo!

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  1. I like the Borderline Masks by Tim Holtz. Glimmer Mists are my favorite technique to use with a mask.

  2. Oh Cool Masks! I just LOVE Tim's stuff! These has not been 1 of his products that I am not happy with so far!
    My Fav Technique is Distressing. I have not tried masking yet but hear so much of it and seen some GREAT stuff! My favorite T.H Mask is the flourish! I am HUGE on scrolls/Florishes right now!

    Happy Holidays SSS!!!


  3. My fave masks are the Timeworks set and I love inking over them with my blenign tool and sanding them. Tim is a god in my eyes!!

  4. Yeah! Masks! I often over look them but they are super fun. I love the timeworks one, I think it is my favorite but I can see uses for just about every one. I think one of my favorite ways to use them is to distress ink.. (blend )on them and then stamp on top of that before i remove the mask. I just love everything he creates!

  5. Yummy! Masks ARE fun .. and really inexpensive, too. They really add a wonderful touch to my projects.

    I'm lovin' the Borderline mask, but they're all fabu!

    ~Hugs, Deb
    debkneer at aol dot com

  6. Ahhh..I've tried to have them, but no luck, no luck - I'm totaly in love int h eborderlines and the big one - flourish..but the scprocket gears are also tasty!

  7. My fav technique is heat embossing right now. But it's always changing. I've never tried out masking before (only digitally) but can't wait to check these new TH masks.

  8. My favorite is the flourish mask. It's very nice indeed!!!Distressing is my favourite technique!

  9. I love the bird mask!!!! I have never tried the masks, but I think I would first try it with Glimmer mists - seeing as I have them and they are just sitting there!!!

  10. My favorite technique is the distressing. My favourite masks are all of them. :)
    Especially I like Bird Mask and I already have it and tried it out. So cool!
    I wish I hade all the other masks:)))

  11. Das sieht ja alles klasse aus.
    Habe aber noch nie mit Masken was gemacht, kenn ich auch nicht, deshalb bin ich gespannt, was man damit alles machen kann
    lg gila

  12. I like the Flourish Mask. I use masks with my Copic Airbrush for some awesome results.

  13. These masks are fantastic and I would love to try them. Not sure that they are out over here yet so would love to get my hands on one or two. I love the florish and can think of many, many uses for that.

    Wishing the SSS crew a fantastic Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

    Jo x

  14. My favorite technique is the sanding. My favourite masks is Flourish. It's wonderfull.

  15. My favourite mask is ... erm ... all of 'em :0)

    Happy Christmas X

  16. Wow, how great technic. My favourites are the TIMEWORKS, THE CONCERTO and the FLOURISH MASKS:-)

  17. these look like fun! i really like the flourish.

    Dina @ mamadinis

  18. My favourite masks are the masks by Tim Holtz, I soo look forward to buy some of them.


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