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. My favourite colour combo is blues, greens and greys. Thank you for the chance to win this & your great work…I love to watch your videos, they always keep me inspired. You are awesome!!!

  2. My favorite color combo changes, but I tend to prefer cool colors or neutrals. So blue and purple, red and grey, turquoise and black, pink and purple, brown and tan… Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  3. This is an AWESOME tutorial!!!!! I absolutely love it. I love this die! PERFECT! I can’t even explain to you how excited I was to see the colors the die and the final result the beautiful card! Just beautiful! I would love a chance to win. That would be the topping on my cake. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome talent.

  4. My favorite color combo is BLUE & GREEN….I love your hugs card and inspiration?? Thank you for sharing your love of crafting!

  5. Jennifer, thank you for another great video and another opportunity to win. A favorite color combination of mine is coral, navy and white. Thanks for all the extra tips you provide. I always learn so much from you?

  6. Lately, I like the old fashion pinks; like old timey hollyhocks…rose reds & pinks. That’s todays favorite color combo!

  7. My favorite colors together are medium pink, with a darker purple and aqua blue. Loved this video and cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I love combining browns with blues, corals and greens.
    As always, thank you so very much for sharing! You absolutely inspire me!

  9. Love this cool card! I see that you’re always so kind to help people, that’s really touching! My favourite color combo…thats a tough question considering unexpected beauty forms whenever i accidentally mixed up the colors on the painting pallete..but i guess pink, sky blu and yellow is a fun combo!!

  10. I have always loved blues and greens in all combinations. When I saw your blue/ green demo stripes of course I had to try the same. Very much looking forward to getting stamps and dies for this one too. I really enjoy your talent and your eye with color. thanks for being out there sharing what you do.

  11. Thanks for showing that clever hugs die! My favorite color combo always includes lime green, especially with pink or turquoise.

  12. It is great fun to see everyone’s favourite combinations. I love to combine all sorts of colours together. Right now I have been using a lot of blue and yellow together as well as hot pink and yellow. Unless we are talking about clothing colours together and then I use more muted colour combinations. Thank you for your kindness and for your incredible “teachings” . You are one in a million.

  13. Thanks for a great video, love how the colours blend together. I currently like using tumbled glass, worn lipstick and squeezed lemonade on watercolour backgrounds. Thanks also for the demo for the upper and lower script stamps.

  14. thanks for sharing the technique! such a good idea if we don’t have that many colours in our collection.
    I like rainbow colours the best

  15. Thank you for always sharing your unique ideas and creations. All the colors offer a different effect. Truly love the rainbow colors showing on the script only.

  16. I love your blog, you have the amazing ability, which is so easy to espouse. My favorite colors are blue, blue, fuchsia, orange and much more;)

  17. I love aquas, blues and greens together. Great cards and I look forward to seeing more of Concord and 9ths products.

  18. I love mint and silver/grey lately. I love those cards and those stamp sets. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Great video! My absolute favorite color combo at the moment ๐Ÿ˜‰ is coral and navy blue. I find that these colors compliment each other so well and you can add blush pink or mint green to them to form a amazing color pallet.

  20. Gorgeous card Jennifer. My absolute favorite combo is blues, green, turquoise and aquas. Anything that reminds me of an ocean. Thank you for the chance to win this great set.

  21. Addendum to my first comment…
    Most of us have a particular color that we prefer over others. Neuroscience now informs us the impact that color can have on our mood and productivity. In comparing blue versus red, researchers found that the impact of blue on cognitive ability enhances creative tasks. On the other hand, the color red increases productivity in detail-oriented tasks, thought to be caused by the association red typically has with danger, and therefore vigilance and concentration. Blue is associated with peace and tranquility, which can lead the brain to more innovative and creative solutions. So, the ultimate lesson learned is that, depending on your end-goals, keep color in mind the next time you redecorate.

  22. Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks for introducing us to Concord and 9th. I love using picked raspberry with just about any other color; especially turquoise and purple. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. I am a blue, green ,aqua fan but I appreciate all the colours. I am impressed with Concord and 9th. Thanks for the chance to win .

  24. What a fabulous technique – love your colour usage, and using both the negative and positive of the die cut appeals to my inner miser!!

  25. Wow I just love these stamps and dies by Concord & 9th! Especially the beautiful alphas! Great cards that you made Jennifer! I loved your masking technique and I love how you go back in to add a bit of interest with the white ink. So again, thank you for all you do and for the chance to win! My favorite color combos (I have two) are:
    Peach/plum/white/coral and aqua/lavender/white/turquoise

  26. I love blues and teals, but I also love rainbow colored things.
    Thanks for the chance to win stamps and dies from Concord & 9th.

  27. I love this di! I order the die and stamps and it should arrive tomorrow. I can hardly wait. You are so inspirational, Jennifer. Thank you for sharing.

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