Die Cut Masking + Giveaway

Welcome! Today I share how to achieve a one-layer look with die cut masking. Oh… and I also show how to create a stamp from a die!

Die Cut Masking 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 find I use dies just as much as stamps on my cards… so I am always looking for ways to use those dies creatively. For my first card, I used a die to create a mask. This results in a smooth, one-layer look that is fun to make!

I started by die cutting two pieces of masking paper with the gorgeous leaf die from the September Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit. (More on that below.) After I arranged the masks on white cardstock, I used sponge daubers to add various shades of ink from the Hero Arts Ombre Green and Ombre Brown Ink. I also dabbed on some Shimmer Spritz and added details with a colored pencil.

Die Cut Masking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I created quick little berries by creating little dot masks with hole punches. (The shine is from an added layer of Glossy Accents.) The sentiment? A favorite of mine! That is the Hero Arts Spring Hello Stamps gold heat embossed. LOVE.

I used the “thinking of you” sentiment from the Hero Arts Hello Stamp and Die Set to repeatedly stamp on a red card. The perfect background…

Die Cut Masking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the second card, I used a die to create a stamp out of craft foam. I made my “stamp” using another die from the September Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit and stamped it with Soft Brown ink. After stamping little flowers and adding details with colored pencils, I covered it with shimmer.

Die Cut Masking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The gold-embossed sentiment is from the stamp set included in the September Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit. I couldn’t resist the fun copper shimmer cardstock included in the kit – it made the perfect card base.

Die Cut Masking Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


This post is part of a blog hop introducing the newest Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit. This September kit is *amazing* and filled with a lot of great products. And get this – the value is over $65 but only costs $34.99. A great deal…


You can find the kit HERE. Remember – quantities are limited – once they are gone, they are gone! And there are many great add-on products available, too, HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Yana Smakula! She always creates amazing cards. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to the Hero Arts Blog.


Hero Arts is giving away a kit as a prize to a blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 9/11/16 telling me if you ever use masking. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


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 from Hero Arts. As always, 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), Hero Arts (HA), etc.

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699 thoughts on “Die Cut Masking + Giveaway”

  1. It’s funny as I did some masking yesterday! However, it did not result the way I wanted it (better next time!). I will definitely try your techniques too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful cards, Jennifer! I’ve done a tiny bit of masking with just Post-it Notes, but nothing this elaborate. But I’d like to try! Your videos are always so inspiring. Thank you!

  3. Love your cards! And these are such useful techniques, thank you so much for sharing. I like to use masking. I know a lot of people don’t like it and find it too tedious, but I love the possibilities that masking gives me, especially when it comes to creating a one layer scene

  4. Masking is a favorite technique of mine–it’s one of the first techniques I learned many years ago and I stll love the results of it today. Thanks for a great video.

  5. I’m new to card making and had never heard of masking or that stamps could be made from dies. I ran across your video on YouTube and the cards were amazing, so I checked out your blog. Hope to see a lot more!

  6. I used masking when I was watercolor painting and have used it a little when stamping. I just renovated my craft room and I am looking forward to trying some of the techniques you demonstrated on your site. Thanks for inspiring me to try something in a new way.

  7. Your cards are beautiful! Yes, I do use masking sometimes – I just bought some full post- it notes to make masking easier. Thank you for the chance to win!

  8. It amazes me the different methods you use. I did a mask for the first time this week after watching your video. Thank you.

  9. I’m an amateur crafter, and am just getting into card making. I have a wide variety of dies, stamps and inks. I guess you could say that I’m a craft supply collector.
    I recently watched your video on storage of Inks, and the one for dies and stamp storage. That was very helpful and I will definitely be putting that to use for organizing my supplies.
    Thank you.

  10. I’ve used masking before but it never turns out quite like yours. Thanks for the tips and tricks though, I’ll definitely give it another try soon. Beautiful cards as always!

  11. I have tried masking just a few times and haven’t liked my results. You make it seem so effortless that I am going to try again!

  12. These are gorgeous cards! I don’t use masking very often. I need to practice a little more to get mine to look as good as yours!!

  13. Enjoy your videos of card ideas using all the new products. Your cards are very creative with excellent instructions.

  14. Great technique and a great monthly stamp kit. I wish I could buy it but it sold out in 23 hours. I was on vacation and did not have a chance to buy it. Love your techniques and your videos!!

  15. I love masking, though i don’t use that technique often I like to learn the different possibilities that one can do applying masking on cards . Your creativity is very inspiring. Thank you!

  16. I love this kit! Beautiful cards, Jennifer I especially love the touch of shimmer and the gold embossing. Anxious to try embossing with the copper as well. ?

  17. I love watching your videos. You always inspire me to try new techniques. Masking is now something I will try. I love the results and looks fun to do.

  18. Your ideas are always so inspirational ! Beautiful cards and ideas. I do use masking on occasion and now have more ideas to try !

  19. I use masking. However, I don’t think I’ve ever used a die cut to do it before. I definitely use some of the masking tips I have learned from you in the past! Thanks for all you inspiration!

  20. I use masking sometimes, but I’ve only tried it with torn up or cut up Post-it Notes. Thanks for sharing this technique!

  21. I have used masking but not often. I only really like to do it when I make multiple cards of the same design.

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