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. Never used the mask technique but after watching this video I’ll definitely give it a try!
    Thank you for such great ideas and awesome videos!!

  2. Have done a little bit of masking but never thought of using die cuts…until now.
    Love the cards, thanks for the opportunity to win a set, I left it too late to buy one and now they are all gone.

  3. I have used masking before, but there are so many masking techniques that I haven’t tried yet also! Thanks for sharing your cards & techniques!!

  4. I am going to give masking a try! Love that you are always thinking outside the box! I tried to order this kit, but was having issues with the cart! Sadly I missed out. thanks for the chance to win one!

  5. What a fantastic tutorial Jennifer, I do use masking but nothing like you have shown in this video. I will defiantly be trying out some of the techniques you taught in this tutorial to expand on my masking techniques. I usually just use masking for things like bouquets of flowers or to make a fully stamped background. Thank you for such an awesome tutorial so full of great inspiration!

  6. Great video, Jennifer! I especially loved the idea of using craft foam to create stamps from my dies. I usually just use masking when stamping images to make them appear in the fore or background.

  7. I used to mask 30 years ago when I first started stamping in college. It seems we now return to the basics and learn to jazz them up a bit to create even more! As always thank you for sharing your inspiration with us!

  8. I have never used the stamp masking technique. I recently purchased some masking paper and am eager to try it. Thanks for sharing your techniques and cards! Love the gold embossed sentiments, another technique I am eager to try.

  9. I have just gotten started with card making. I love your videos they are doable not so complex a beginner just glazes over. And as well as being doable they are gorgeous.

  10. I make and use a lit of masks. I will often buy the die cut without the coordinating stamp because I know I can always make my own stamps and masks. Great cards as usual! πŸ™‚

  11. I use masking. Primarily to place items like hats on figures and items in the foreground. I recently made a card using Lia Griffiths small gnome set to place the gnomes in a landscape. It was a bit time consuming, but looked adorable!

  12. Lovely card and I seriously enjoyed this video! I do use masking mostly to arrange flower stamps, I must try this “negative” stamping. Looks great. I also like the idea of creating stamps with the dies….very clever….

  13. I love the idea of the mask, creating your own stencil. I haven’t tried this specifically but did dabble in stenciling. You can place where you want but then controlled by the stencil and then you have the freedom in blending colors. Quite a mix for the OCD artistic.

  14. Jennifer thanks for sharing y9ur beautiful cards. I bought the kit and I can’t wait to try this myself. I have done some masking but not much. Plan t9o try ore,.

  15. Hi Jennifer, I actually learned about masking by watching one of your tutorials. I haven’t tried any of the masking liquids out there, and have only ventured with post-it masks. I loved everything you showed on your post and can’t wait to try these new techniques!

  16. I’m new to making cards, haven’t tried masking yet, but have been pinning how-to videos as I have autumn cards in mind that will require masking. Your videos are all so helpful.

  17. My masking experience has mostly been in hiding something stamped to layer another stamp. Too many techniques to try not enough time ☺️

  18. Thanks for another great video, Jennifer!

    I’ve used masking occasionally, mostly with watercolours or blending ink over the top, but often have difficulty ensuring the masking paper doesn’t lift up during the process. It must be time to try again to see if I’m less bad at it now. πŸ˜€

  19. I haven’t used the masking technique in a while but loved the cards you made. Keep up the good work! Thanks for sharing all your great cards.

  20. I have used masking years ago and have just recently gotten back into making cards again… I love your ideas on using the masking. Especially the idea of using my dies for making my stamps. AWESOME!

    So much fun ahead!

  21. I use masking occasionally, mostly when overlapping stamps. Your video is great and the Hero Arts set is wonderful!

  22. Thanks for sharing with us your God given talent. You never cease to amaze me.
    I must try this masking technique soon. Blessings. X

  23. What fantastic cards! I love both of these techniques and can’t wait to try them out.
    I have used masks before, but not in this way.

  24. I have used masking; but I haven’t mastered it yet.
    Love the great videos you create. The hole punch berries are a fantastic
    idea. Can’t wait to put it to use in so many different ways.
    Thank you for the inspiration and sharing your talent.

  25. You’re creativity continues to amaze me! What a great idea! I’m heading to my craft room to check out the dies that I have to try this technique asap!

  26. Yes I have used masking, but I don’t think I have used it in this way Thanks for sharing always great techniques.

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