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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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. 🙂


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.

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

  1. My favourite colours are setting sun night sky, it seem there is something magical in all of the colours. I’m partial to rainbow coloring too.

  2. My vote is for the rainbow. I love how clear and flexible your videos are. I have learned soo much. Thank you.

  3. Thanks for the wonderful tips. Always helpful. My favorite color combination would be very bright colors, especially yellow. So, yellows, reds, greens, pinks…these are happy colors. Thanks again for sharing and stay blessed!

  4. Another great card! A favorite color combo lately has been yellow, blue, brown, and gold. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I am a blue, purple and aqua fan (peacock colors)!!
    Back in the day, when I was more risky, my favorite color combo was red, black and white. <3

  6. Blue, green, teal! I love the interactive hugs die and the wonderful friendships in the card making community. You all generate such love and kindness.

  7. Jennifer, I appreciate your technique videos. I learn so much and enjoy trying new adventures in stamping. As you may have gathered from my email address, I have a passion for the sea and diving. Favorite stripe colors would be aquas merging into shades of deep blue. Maril

  8. So once in a while you come across a die that even is too good, fun or beautiful even for me as a stamper!! And this one is deffinetaly one of those!!
    Thanks for showing so clearly how you can work with this one!
    Have to find out if I can purchase this one here in the Netherlands…
    Have a colourful and good week!

  9. I love the combination of turquoise and cherry red! Those colors are so unexpected together, but they just scream happiness and I also think they work equally well for men and women, and for kids! Thank you, as always, for the excellent tips and inspiration, and for the chance to win this fabulous giveaway.

  10. I love Concord and 9th! Their script alphabet has been on my wish list for a while.

    So many favorite color schemes, but yellow green mixed with almost anything, especially blush pink or pale aqua, is one I’ve been using a lot lately.

  11. Blues and greens tend to be the “go-to” colors in my daily life. However, I think with this particular die cut it would go extremely well with pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows with some floral embellishments.

  12. I have so been enjoying Concord & 9th! Your cards and video are so appreciated! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome product!

  13. I love the hugs technique. I am always looking for something new to send to my grandchildren. It is hard to be clever enough for them!

  14. I’m a neutral kind of gal. Then add anything with gold or silver. And rhinestones. Have to have those.

  15. My favorite color combination is blue and green ( blueprint sketch and twisted citron come to mind. With some peacock feathers thrown in). I love, love, love the calligraphy stamps!

  16. my favorite colors would have to be blues and purples. bright colors are always great.

  17. Beautiful cards!! I love that Hugs die!!
    My favorite color combo is… That’s a hard one I usually tend to make my cards for certain people in mind and pick and chose the colors that they like but with that said I seem to use more white cardstock for my base of my cards and I do use a lot of purples, blues, yellows and greens.

  18. I am not great at picking color combos, but love blues and greens together. Love watching the videos I learn something new every time!

  19. My favorite color combo is with pinks and purples… however I love all bright, happy colors too!

  20. My favourite colour combo is cobalt blue and hot pink. It may be a little 80’s but I love it. Add some sparkle to it and I’m head over heels in love!

  21. Love your cards and the products you used on them. Super cute. Love all things rainbow colored.

  22. You continue to amaze me with your talent! LOVE watching your videos! My favourite colour combo is pink and green! Gets me every time! Thanks for sharing!

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