5 Ways: Masked Inking for One Layer Cards + Giveaway

Hello! Today I am sharing five ways of doing masked inking on one layer cards. This post is also part of a fun blog hop with giveaways.

[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.]

There is something special about the simplicity of one layer cards. And one of the best ways to create a one layer card with the look of dimension is with masking and inking. Here I share five ideas of inked masking.


A great way to bring the focus on to an image and sentiment is with masking. Here, I used Post-It Tape to mask a corner before adding a light bit of Distress Ink with and Mini Ink Blending Tool.

I first stamped and colored the bunny from the Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero Kit and masked it with a Molotow Masking Pen. It is amazing how well that masking fluid protects the image underneath… and you can just rub it away when you are done. (This card is 3.5″x5″ and made from Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I also added details with a white gel pen.)

I did the same with this next card but used a sentiment from the Hero Arts Produce and Seed Stamp Set. Also, I used Distress Oxide Inks for the blending and the results are much smoother and creamier. So pretty in real life.


A simple way to create a scene (ground and sky) on a card can be achieved with inking over a masked line. I used Post It Tape but you could use scrap paper. For these examples, I used the Hero Arts You’re a Fungi Stamp Set.

For the look of rain, I inked with Distress Ink and splattered on drops of water.

The Molotow Masking Pen was very helpful with these small mushroom images. And those Distress Oxide Inks really give a smooth look on this next card… as you can see here…


You can also create a mask by cutting around a stamped image. Here, I stamped the frame from the Hero Arts Eggcellent Stamp Set and cut it out to use as a mask. This allowed me to create soft inking inside a stamped frame. I also used the sentiment from the Hero Arts Produce and Seed Stamp Set and veggies from the Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero Kit. Simple yet happy!


You can also create your own mask in any shape you want. I wanted to make the gardening bunny from the Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero Kit look like he was painting instead. So I changed the stamp image a bit and created a freehand wave mask. I plan to make a few more of these! (The sentiment is from the discontinued Hero Arts Written In the Stars stamp set.)


Last but not least, you can do inking over any mask created with a die. Here, I used the fun border die from the Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero Kit to create the ground scene. The single apple is from the Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero Kit also and the basket is the Hero Arts Basket of Apples Stamp. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Produce and Seed Stamp Set.

There are so many ways to do masked inking. I hope you will give it a try!


This post is part of a blog hop celebrating the newest Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit featuring LOTS of product. The kit value is over $75… but only costs $34.99. You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. (Remember that Hero Arts does now have a subscription option with FREE US shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE. And they are shipping faster from now on!)

There are also many fabulous new products available that coordinate well with the kit. You can find them all HERE.

Here is the kit. All this for under $35! (Yes – those are two full-size stamp sets and coordinating dies and more!)

The next stop on the hop is the wonderful blog of the wonderful May Park. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.)


Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader! (You will be reimburse if you have already bought the kit.) For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 3/12/17 on this blog and all those on the hop. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. Winner will be announced on the Hero Arts Blog.)


Want to find 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 paid for or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), etc.