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. Jennifer I always look forward to your videos and cards. Thank you for always sharing great ideas. I have tried masking techniques , I am not sure if I am great at that! This is a really nice kit

  2. Hi Jennifer ~ I love masking and got “brave” after watching you use this technique a few times. It really is an awesome technique and when I find the masking paper on sale I love to stock up. Thanks for sharing another wonderful video; your cards and envelopes are stunning. ~HUGS~

  3. All the years I’ve been crafting & I have never used a masking technique. Guess it’s time I tried. Really like what you dd with that kit!

  4. I have never used masking. I thought I would try it with the dies you demonstrated, but the kit is sold out. I don’t think I have any dies right now that I could use for masking but will try to get creative. Thanks again for the great lesson.

  5. First of all I just want to say you are crazy creative with all the techniques you know of & use!!! I just started to get brave & do masking recently & the results are just awesome…the reveal is so much fun!! I’ve tried to create some stamps with die cuts & foam but some are good, and some not so much! Thanks for all your awesome inspiration!!

  6. I’ve never used masking before, but I think I’ll try it out very soon! I really love these cards and I’d have never thought to use dies in those ways to get more out of them – such great ideas!

  7. I have never used masking but I plan to try it out. What a great idea to get more use out of supplies. I always learn a lot from your videos.

  8. I have the supplies used for the masking technique, but am just too afraid to try it. You make it look so easy but I am afraid I will mess it up.

  9. I use masking by cutting out the positives with regular paper and intentionally use the off-set shadow technique. Masks made from the dies are good and I also cut my own designs.
    I do not make such precise cards as you do (they are so lovely) and embrace a more freeform approach. I have never tried the masking paper before but ser that it is very useful. Like seeing all of the techniques you present.

  10. I can’t do this because I don’t have the die cutting machine but your cards look so beautiful and professional! I love both of them! Wish I could make one of them. I guess I will just have to drool over yours! LOL

  11. I’ve only recently started masking. I avoided it before because I hate fussy cutting. I stopped buying matching dies, so I could buy more stuff. Which means loads of fussy cutting anyway. I’m not on par with Laura Bassen, the Masking Queen, but I’m improving.

  12. Masking is still as magical to me as embossing! Lov to do it. I have a mason jar stamp that I routinely mask the rim when I stamp the flower stems. I just use post its and keep it with the stamp set. Works perfectly.
    Thank you JMcG for this wonderful post … You are always showing us new techniques and polishing our skills.

  13. I ordered the kit after watching your wonderful video. I plan on using the masking technique with the branch dies and some of my other dies I currently own. Thank you for another informative and fun tutorial.

  14. I am new to card making and stamping and die cutting and all of that together. I have know and used stamps and dies for only a year. So far I have been trying and learning many techniques, but I have used masking only like 2 times. Now, that Jennifer showed me a new way of masking, I will get busy and try more masking.

  15. Hi from gorgeous and HOT Northern California! Masking is a stamping technique I am now semi-comfy using after watching a few specific videos of yours quite a few times while “trial-and-erroring” on paper scraps! I’m just the same as some of my fellow Commenters – I don’t have a big die cut machine & happily live vicariously through you via your how-to videos, Jennifer!

  16. This is an amazing kit and the cards you created with it are gorgeous. I have been stamping for a long time, but the masking technique has always been intimidating to me! It’s so beautiful, though, so I may have to give it a try!

  17. Lovely cards. Congrats on the new house. Yes, I have been masking lately to create scenes. (Maybe I can win this kit since they were sold out already…)

  18. Love the idea of using die cuts for a stencil like this! I have never done it quite like that before, its beautiful & fun! Thanks for the idea. I do use masking when stamping, especially in landscapes. Love your videos Jennifer, I am definitely a jm video stalker!

  19. I’m new to card making and I have never used masking technique before. But i would love to try it!
    Both your cards are adorable!!! Love them so much!!!

  20. I have never done negative masking. What a cool idea. And I love the idea of using the negative mask paper instead of letting it go to waste. Thanks Jennifer.

  21. I have done masking but not the way you did it here. I can’t wait to try this technique. Both cards are wonderful.

  22. I have only used masking to stamp, but not in the way you use masking for this card. I went to buy the kit to try it, but HeroArts is sold out. 🙁

  23. Masking is such an awesome technique! Been in the hospital over the weekend and the kit has already sold out!!! ?

  24. I am brand new to card making and when I found your website, I couldn’t get enough. You make great videos and explain things very well well. I had no idea you could use your dies for either one of these useful techniques! Thanks so much for making the video!

  25. Awesome cards…love the many tips and tricks you included in this video! Glad to see you have started making videos in your new place. Wishing you and your family a smooth transition and many blessings in your new home.

  26. Never thought of using masking paper as a stencil, love all the things I learn from you. This Hero Arts kit is just so fun!

  27. I would never think of all these different uses, so thank you once again for the idea and inspiration! Love the wreath dies in this release.

  28. Whoa!!! I love these cards and why have I never thought of doing this? I will be looking thru all my dies today and see which ones would accommodate this technique. Thanks again Jennifer for all you do for all of us!!

  29. Hi Jennifer,
    Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful ideas you have. Now I know what to do with all of the white fun foam I have. Right now I am on the waiting list for this months Hero Arts kit. Become a member sounds like a good idea. The few that I have purchased I really am pleased with. Marlene Theissen

  30. Hi Jennifer!
    First of all, love all your videos. I’ve never used masking paper before as I am discovering new things everyday from all the videos here on YouTube. I look forward to trying them all one day. Thank you so much for your inspiring and informative videos and have a beautiful day.

  31. You are the most creative person ever! I love the cards and the technique using masks. I purchased the masking product but have not used it because I was not sure how…now I know! Using a die to create a stamp really intrigued me. How clever is that! Can’t wait to look at my dies to see what stamps I can create. As always, THANK YOU!

  32. I’ve used masking. The only frustration I have is that sometimes the stamped image on the masking paper bleeds to the area where I ink blend. I’ve used Stazon hoping that this won’t be a problem but somehow it still contaminates the area where I blend colors. I can’t remember if I’ve tried 2nd generation stamping on the masking paper but I’ll give it a try.

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