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. I recently used some masking techniques for the first time creating a get well card for a family member. So proud of myself – the card came out great. Thanks to you and all the other artists who share their knowledge!

  2. Jennifer you always inspire me. You make it so easy to use the smallest of items to make such a great card. I would love to win this new release. There is so much fun packed inside. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Yes, I have tried masking, and really like the effect. It would be great to win the Hero Arts monthly hero.

  4. I do use masking and my daughter thinks is the coolest thing ever however I have not use it with this technique you are sharing which I think is just amazing. Your cards are beautiful. 🙂

  5. No, I’ve never used masking before, but now I see the versatility of using dies. For just a few extra components, you can triple the use of die cuts.

  6. This kit looks fabulous, but it has sold hope. Thanks for a chance to win this great kit. I like to mask but don’t do it often enough.

  7. I so enjoy your videos and posts! I have not really used any masking on my projects. Too many ideas, with so little time…

  8. I’ve never tried to do masking, but I do see lots of uses for it. I should try it in the near future. Thanks for the tips!

  9. Awesome kit! Would have not thought of using a reverse mask. I really like it. I have only used a mask in the traditional manner to cover the stamped object. I must try this technique.

  10. I am in awe of your cleverness and inspiration. In the middle of a move, no less! Much appreciation for what you share!

  11. I make simple masks to create background flowers or scenes, but I have never tried making a mask template. Thanks for the great card ideas! The My Monthly Hero kit looks awesome!

  12. I am constantly amazed with all the possibilities! I have some ideas for making stamps, with dies. And I love the kit. I’m not sure it is in my budget with Christmas coming, but maybe I’ll win it. Thanks so much.

  13. I have done a little bit of masking when I first started stamping; however, haven’t much lately. These inspire me to dust off my skills using that technique once again. I have so many of your videos on my “must make” to-do list ha-ha I better get crackin’

  14. I love it when you show new techniques or your version of old ones. Thanks for sharing. This kit looks really interesting. I hope to try to get one. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Beautiful as always, Jennifer! And thanks for the tips on masking and making stamps from dies – I haven’t tried either technique before, but I will now!

  16. I use masking at times. It really can make a nice card. I love your cards … thanks for sharing the tip about using a dauber to apply the glimmer! I don’t think I’d have thought about it and by using your method, I can keep the mask! Thanks for sharing!!

  17. You really inspire me….you make everything look so simple…I’m still new in card making…so there are techniques I still haven’t used but masking I’ve done…but not many times though.

  18. I recently tried masking. I stamped and carefully cut out masks, did more stamping. I was feeling proud of myself until I pulled off the masks and realized that I had masked the wrong images! But never one to give up, I am determined to try again! 🙂

  19. I love the autumn feel of this kit and how the wreath can be changed up to look Christmasy. So versatile!

    I tried to order this several times yesterday and today. But each time, I’m interrupted and didn’t complete my order. And now…it’s sold out 🙁

  20. I have not used the masking technique before, I have thought about it, but was not confident. But after watching your video, I will definitely be trying it out on my next few cards. Thanks for the great videos Jennifer.

  21. I love the autumn feel of this kit and how the wreath can be changed up to look Christmasy. So versatile!

    I tried to order this several times yesterday and today. But each time I was interrupted and didn’t complete my order. And now…it’s sold out 🙁

  22. Love both of these cards! I have not used masking on my cards but it is a technique I want to try very soon.

  23. I use masking in my stamping all the itme but I never thought to use the negative part of a die cut as a mask. I can’t wait to try this technique.

  24. I love learning from you! I have recently tried masking and it worked beautifully! I need to learn to be less intimidated to try new things! Thanks for your help!

  25. Loved today’s video. definitely going to use that foam to make some stamps. I have used die cuts experimentally to mask but I haven’t applied it to any of my cards yet.

  26. Beautiful cards, love your masking using dies! I use masking a lot because I make a lot of OLCs for easy mailing.

  27. Masking is such a great technique, and I find myself using nearly all the time. I purchased the “full sheet stick” post-it notes for masking, and they work great because the entire image stays put. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas — so love visiting your page, there’s always inspiration!

  28. Brilliant techniques! I love masking and the dimension it gives. I store my masks with the stamps in the Avery Elle bags (CASED that storage idea from you LOL). This is a really nice kit – one of the best I’ve ever seen. Thanks for the terrific ideas!

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