Masked Shimmer Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY

Hey there! Today I am sharing a simple technique of creating a masked shimmer background.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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I really like the look of shimmer papers but sometimes have trouble finding the right color for my project. Today I show how to create your own… and make it even better with masking.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For all of my cards, I created a floral cluster using the new WPlus9 Southern Summer Florals 1 and WPlus9 Southern Summer Florals 2 Stamp Sets. These layering sets are gorgeous and easy to use. (For the ink colors featured, check the thumbnails at the end of this post.) Because I used my MISTI Stamping Tool, I was able to stamp several pieces exactly the same in exactly the same position.

I next created a mask from Inkadinkado Masking Paper to cover the flower cluster. (Watch the video to see how I did this!) Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, I applied a thin layer of Tonic Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over the whole piece. The pearly shine that results is lovely! And the mask protects the flowers and gives a layered look.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

That oh-so-perfect “thanks” die cut is from the WPlus9 Basic Greetings Die Set and the “you’re the best” sentiment is from the WPlus9 Basic Labels Stamp Set. I added lots of details with my Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen and Tonic Morning Dew Nuvo Drops (ideal of white dots!).

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The mousse also comes in lots of pretty colors. Here I used the Tonic Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse on a white cardstock background. This time I didn’t blend it in completely so I could see the variation in the background.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my next card, I masked the flowers and stamped with a border image from the WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds 4 Stamp Set. I then added a “halo” of shine around the flowers with Tonic Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse. This technique would be great for one layer cards.

Check out that shine…

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The greeting again is from the WPlus9 Basic Greetings Die and WPlus9 Basic Labels Stamp Sets. To make the die cut sentiment stand out, I glued together a white and pink die cut but slightly off-set them.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also apply the Tonic Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over stamping. The result looks like a vintage wrapping paper or stationery. I love it!

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Such a unique look. Would be great for a background.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You could also skip the masking and just apply the Tonic Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse directly to a notecard for added interest. (I did just mask the edges of the card so the pink cardstock showed.) I simply adhered the flower cluster that I had cut out to create my mask. Oh – and the greeting again is from the WPlus9 Basic Greetings Die Set. I like that I can use a couple of the words together, too.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

With the mousse, the coloring changes depending on how you tilt in in the light.

Masked Shimmer Backgrounds Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If you don’t have the mousse products, you can try this technique with shimmer spritzes or pigment powders.


How would you like to win TWO of the new WPlus9 stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/16/17 telling me if you ever using masking techniques. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Thanks for the giveaway, WPlus9!)


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. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), WPlus9 (WP9), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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579 thoughts on “Masked Shimmer Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I’ve used masking for many years. It’s such a great techinque, especially when creating scenes.

  2. I use masking for stamping. Never tried this way so I’m eager to begin.
    Love the color combos you used.

  3. I have done some masking, but I tend to add too much ink and the color ends up soaking through the masking paper. 😟 Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. At class this weekend I did masking for the first time with flowers and leaves and it looked great I can’t wait to do more!

  5. I have tried masking before. It’s an awesome technique. These cards are fabulous. Thanks for an opportunity to win some great W plus 9 products.

  6. I have only done simple stamp masking. Maybe I will try something new? Thanks for the new tips!

  7. Yes definately used masking, love the variety you can get with it. These are beautiful cards, who would have thought moussing over the whole image would still look so pretty! Love those sentiment dies aswell. Another great release from WPlus9. Thank you as always for sharing your ideas with us, Lisa xx

  8. It’s been a long time since I’ve used any masking techniques. The last time I recall I was using Art Impressions water color stamps to create a scene and utilizing the Masquepen to create my mask. That’s been ages ago! Love the shimmer on the cards!

  9. I have never tried masking before. I can’t wait to try. Watching this reminded me that I had gotten some Nuvo mousse (mint green) and had forgotten about it. I also really think I need to try the word dies. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards!

  10. I’ve just joined the world of cardmaking… all of these techniques… so much to learn! I’ve recently tried masking – not the best, but practice makes perfect … right!?

  11. I have used the masking technique that you used a couple of times but I definitely haven’t mastered it yet. I love how you used the Nuvo paste, I have always used it with a spatula and hadn’t realized that you could use it to make such thin coats.

  12. I would love to win TWO of the new WPlus9 stamp sets you are giving away! i do not have or have used any of these yet! But if I win I will! PLEASE enter me too! Thank you!

  13. Love the card, that stamp set it so cool. No I’ve always been a little intimidated byaskiny but you make it look so easy 🙂

  14. I’ve enjoyed doing masking projects in the past but haven’t used the technique for quite some time. How wonderful to be reminded how much fun it is and learn how to take it to another level! Thank you for your inspiration! Now where is my masking tape . . .

  15. No I haven’t tried this masking technique. You make it look so easy and your cards turn out fabulously.
    I hope I can get as good a result. I’m going out today to get some of these inks I already have some masks that i haven’t tried using yet.
    Thanks for your great demos.
    All the best from Yorkshire England

  16. Watched this video the other day and found it again today on blog.
    You’ve done it again…great ideas and love the idea of masking to add backgrounds to your cards.

  17. Haven’t tried masking techniques – you make it seem so easy that I am inspired to give it a try?! 🙂

  18. I have such a hard time with masking but I love it! I will keep trying because I love the versatility it brings. I love those sets they are so pretty.

  19. After making cards for more than 10 years, I finally made one this year with masking. It was super easy and turned out great! I’ll do it again without any hesitation!

  20. Yes, masking has been a technique I’ve utilized almost as long as I’ve been stamping. Love it. Thanks for sharing the video.

  21. I have used masking and love the results! Thanks for sharing with us new product, too. It is so often because of you that I buy so many of the products you use! Let the companies know!! I love the work you do!

  22. I love the effect of some nice masking… I love that coordinating stamp & die sets make it so simple! (Not a fan of fussy cutting over here)

  23. Yes I have used the masking technique but it has been awhile. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your techniques.

  24. I have done some masking with stamping to created dimensional images, but nothing like this. I love the different looks you got with colored cardstocks vs. the white cardstock!

  25. I have only tried masking once or twice. I love all your examples! I want to give them a try again.

  26. Masking is one of the tricks I use most often. It is great to set up a scene and to layer items which I love to do with flowers. This way you can do so much with 1 stamp.

  27. Hi love your posts my knowledge expands every time. I’ve tried simple masking but need to practise. Thanks

  28. Beautiful stamp sets, and I can’t wait to try out your techniques! Will be getting some Nuvo Mousses very soon!
    I usually do masking with images to have some dimension!

  29. Love how the cards look using that masking technique and the shimmery Nuvo mousse product. I have done some masking before, but I don’t do it very often. I might have to try it again using the products that you mentioned. thanks for the great ideas!
    ~Gin K.~

  30. I have not tried much masking, but here and there a little. I look forward to trying this technique since the mask is larger. Thanks for sharing’

  31. I have done masking only with stamping elements to make a scene. Haven’t tried with backgrounds before but am anxious to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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