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Masked Shimmer Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY

Hey there! Today I am sharing a simple technique of creating a masked shimmer background.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I really like the look of shimmer papers but sometimes have trouble finding the right color for my project. Today I show how to create your own… and make it even better with masking.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For all of my cards, I created a floral cluster using the new WPlus9 Southern Summer Florals 1 and WPlus9 Southern Summer Florals 2 Stamp Sets. These layering sets are gorgeous and easy to use. (For the ink colors featured, check the thumbnails at the end of this post.) Because I used my MISTI Stamping Tool, I was able to stamp several pieces exactly the same in exactly the same position.

I next created a mask from Inkadinkado Masking Paper to cover the flower cluster. (Watch the video to see how I did this!) Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, I applied a thin layer of Tonic Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over the whole piece. The pearly shine that results is lovely! And the mask protects the flowers and gives a layered look.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

That oh-so-perfect “thanks” die cut is from the WPlus9 Basic Greetings Die Set and the “you’re the best” sentiment is from the WPlus9 Basic Labels Stamp Set. I added lots of details with my Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen and Tonic Morning Dew Nuvo Drops (ideal of white dots!).

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The mousse also comes in lots of pretty colors. Here I used the Tonic Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse on a white cardstock background. This time I didn’t blend it in completely so I could see the variation in the background.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my next card, I masked the flowers and stamped with a border image from the WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 4 Stamp Set. I then added a “halo” of shine around the flowers with Tonic Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse. This technique would be great for one layer cards.

Check out that shine…

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The greeting again is from the WPlus9 Basic Greetings Die and WPlus9 Basic Labels Stamp Sets. To make the die cut sentiment stand out, I glued together a white and pink die cut but slightly off-set them.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also apply the Tonic Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over stamping. The result looks like a vintage wrapping paper or stationery. I love it!

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Such a unique look. Would be great for a background.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You could also skip the masking and just apply the Tonic Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse directly to a notecard for added interest. (I did just mask the edges of the card so the pink cardstock showed.) I simply adhered the flower cluster that I had cut out to create my mask. Oh – and the greeting again is from the WPlus9 Basic Greetings Die Set. I like that I can use a couple of the words together, too.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

With the mousse, the coloring changes depending on how you tilt in in the light.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If you don’t have the mousse products, you can try this technique with shimmer spritzes or pigment powders.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win TWO of the new WPlus9 stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/16/17 telling me if you ever using masking techniques. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Thanks for the giveaway, WPlus9!)

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), WPlus9 (WP9), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.


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577 thoughts on “Masked Shimmer Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Wow I realy love those layering flower stamps and the border stamps. I haven’t used masking yet, but since I saw you doing it on YouTube I always wanted to try it, I just need the right stamps for that.

  2. I have not tried masking, but after watching your video I definitely want to try it! Thank you for the video & for the opportunity to win!

  3. WPlus9 just hits it out of the park with all of their flower stamps! I love masking. Both using masking paper to do stamp layering and using masking fluid to protect my images while I go wild with my watercolours 😀

  4. I have only done minimal masking with stamping to arrange a scene, but nothing elaborate. No Sandy Allnock scenes here! Just a tree behind a critter or something similar 🙂

  5. Hey Jennifer 🙂

    Loved the video. I’ve never tried masking, but it is on my very long list of new techniques (new for me) to incorporate into my card making and will hopefully tackle it very soon.

    Thanks for sharing your awesome talent with us.
    Jen

  6. The only masking I have done is very simple because I am not as good at fussy cutting as you are, but I just bought some all over stickit notes to try like you showed in a previous video…

  7. I am new to stamping and card making so my experience with masking is limited. I do not have any masking paper or dies so for masking I use post-its and scissors! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I have used masking techniques but when stamping. When I want to put a cloud behind another stamp, I use masking. I love the shimmer that Nuvo paste gives. I would love to give them a try.

  9. I’ve tried masking with post-its to create a scene while stamping, but haven’t tried any of these newer techniques. Thanks for sharing, and for an opportunity to win!

  10. I have not used the masking technique when stamping. I definitely plan to use the masking technique. Thank you for all your inspiration.

  11. I have used masking sometimes when stamping images over each other. Love how you used masking on your creations and love the shine the Nuvo mousse adds to all your cards. Beautiful technique ! Thanks for sharing !

  12. I have not used these techniques really because I am just starting in making my own cards. I would love to win just to offset the cost of everything I WANT. lol.

  13. Beautiful cards and images! I love the shine from the Nuvo mousse and the beautiful pinks. I often use masking, especially to create depth on one layer cards.

  14. I have done masking before but not like this . I love the idea of making those backgrounds! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Hi Jennifer,
    I have done masking several times. However in your video from above you gave me some interesting tips. I love the idea of adhering the bottom portion of the masking to fit in the mask as a puzzle piece since you can’t see through the mask …brilliant!! I love sharing ideas and techniques with others as we all have learnt so many tips. Thank you again.

  16. I just love the Florals I and II sets. Your masking was a wonderful idea on how to add that little extra something.

  17. I can’t wait to try the masking process on my cards. And as usual you never fail to amaze me with your talent Thank you.

  18. Really beautiful cards! I sometimes use masking – I really like the effect. Thank you for the tutorial, and for the chance to win.

  19. Gorgeous cards. I took the Online Card Classes class on masking and need to revisit some of the techniques now that I have more supplies. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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