Masked Stripes & Interactive Card + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video shares how to create masked stripes… a simple technique that doesn’t require many tools. I also show some fun products from a wonderful company, Concord & 9th.

Masked Stripes 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. By the way, this video is also part of a guest spot on Concord & 9th, so you may see it there, too.]

A few weeks ago, I did a video showing how to create a striped background with stamps. In the video I mentioned you could get a similar look with masking and many people asked to see that in action. Here it is!

Instead of a simple card base, I decided to use the very clever Concord & 9th Hugs Card Die. This die creates an interlocking, interactive card base! (My video shows how to make this card from 8.5″x11″ cardstock, but you can check out THIS video to see how to make a bigger card from 12″ wide cardstock.) Isn’t the interlocking “hugs” word fabulous? (By the way, you can get the hugs dies and stamps as a discounted bundle HERE.)

Masked Stripes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To create the masked stripes, I used wide post-it tape (this is great for masking and is also economical) and masked off sections on the card front. I applied a variety of Distress Inks with an Ink Blending Tool, being sure to overlap a bit each time. Once it was dry, I masked off sections on top of the stripes to apply white pigment ink. This creates even more variation.

Masked Stripes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I finished off the cards by stamping the sentiment and heart images from the Concord & 9th Hugs and Love You Mean It stamp sets using VersaMark ink… and heat set them using white embossing powder. I wanted to keep the rest of the card simple so the main focus would be on the stripes.

Masked Stripes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I can’t seem to get enough of these colorful backgrounds (you know me!) so I made a couple more cards using a rainbow of colors and a “you’ve got this” die from Concord and 9th.

Masked Stripes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

At the end of my video, I share how I create “my own calligraphy” for envelopes using the Concord & 9th Script Upper and Lower Stamp Sets. (You can get them as a discounted combo HERE.) These are great to have if you are like me and struggle with doing your own fancy writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Masked Stripes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


I wanted to share a little bit about Concord & 9th in case they were new to you. Concord & 9th is a newer crafting company with clever products. The owners are Greg and Angie, who are both talented designers. I first “met” them online when they sent me a kind email in the early fall introducing themselves, but not asking for anything. I told them about my Share Handmade Kindness challenge that was about to start and they were very supportive in a very real way. I met Greg in person at the CHA craft show and was impressed immediately by his willingness to go to lunch with a bunch of loud crafty girls…. and that he didn’t run away when our giggling got out of control. ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t met Angie yet but can’t wait to do so! These folks have done a lot for our industry in a short amount of time and it is appreciated.

You can find Concord & 9th HERE… along with their blog and YouTube channel. (Be sure to subscribe – they have great videos!)

Oh, and here is that photo from that CHA lunch. I love these peeps…


(In this picture – Laura Bassen, Dawn Woleslagle, Kathy Racoosin, Kelly Latevola, Debby Hughes (in back), Danielle Walls, Greg Cottrell from Concord & 9th, Kristina Werner, and yours truly.)

Oh – and they didn’t ask me to do this post. I actually contacted them and asked if they wanted a guest video. I like them that much. ๐Ÿ™‚


How would you like to win both the Concord & 9th Hugs Dies and Stamp Sets? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/1/16 telling me your favorite color combo. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Thank you to Concord & 9th for the giveaway.)


Interested in 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. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. This post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Concord & 9th (C9), etc.โ€จ

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855 thoughts on “Masked Stripes & Interactive Card + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Jennifer, it is so funny that everytime you use a product it sells out! You should be an embassador and get paid for all these great ideas and videos! You Rock!!!

  2. Great samples. Green and blue is a go to favourite combo as well as pink and orange when I need something really bright.

  3. Love the bright strips. They make me smile. Thank you for the chance to win another great product.

  4. I have tried the new Concord & 9th “hugs” die several times, and the “hu” comes off the cardstock even when you gently try to open the card after two or three times. I had my engineer husband look at the die to examine why it doesn’t hold up. First card, I used your example the masking to make a striped color pattern as seen in video, then reinforced the hu and gs as instructed, and it still came apart. Then I tried a 110 lb. paper, and it still came apart after a few openings. What I have discovered is it is always the side that has the “hu.” My husband thinks that when they made the die, they should have had two connections for the “hu” because that is where most of the stress happens. The “gs” has two connections to the paper. He said to try a lighter paper without reinforcement with some coloring on the front of card (no layering) to keep the stress off the “hu” as you lift up the one side to opening the card. Of course, this is just my experimenting with the die to make the card. Any tips or other suggestions would be helpful. Its a wonderful idea. I love interactive cards.

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