Masking Techniques

Hello and welcome! Today’s video features a few spins on an oldie-but-goodie technique… masking. I used masking to create crisp images, colorful backgrounds, and the look of dimension.

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In my video, I share 4 card ideas. Let’s start with the simple pumpkin cards first…

After planning out my card, I used the Sunny Studio Pretty Pumpkins Stamp Set (SSS | SUN) and stamped the layers of the pumpkin using my MISTI Stamping Tool. I really like this layering stamp set because it’s easy to line up the layers and the final result is very realistic looking, thanks to the white highlights the stamp creates. The sentiment under the pumpkin is from the beautiful Sunny Studio Autumn Greetings Stamp Set (SSS | SUN) and is stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed.

I created a “frame” for my pumpkin and sentiment by dry embossing two circle dies using the Hero Arts Inifinity Circles Die Set and a Spellbinders Tan Embossing Pad. I also created a mask for around the inner circle of the frame from Inkadinkado Masking Paper… and a mask for the the pumpkin from the coordinating die. For the green “glow” at the bottom of the circle, I applied Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink. They go on like butter! For shine, I added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella Shimmer to the darkest areas on the pumpkin.

I created another card with the same design, but applied Broken China Distress Oxide Ink towards the top of the circle.

Since the coordinating dies are a bit bigger than the stamped images, the mask leaves a white border around the stamping. I really like how this keeps everything looking clean… and as if the pumpkin is glowing.

For the third pumpkin card, I stamped three pumpkins from the Sunny Studio Pretty Pumpkins Stamp Set (SSS | SUN)  and using the coordinating dies to create masks. Here is a good tip: When stamping multiple images that need masking, always start with the image you want to be in front and then move your way back. For my card I started with the smallest first. The sentiment is again from the Sunny Studio Autumn Greetings Stamp Set (SSS | SUN).

I embossed the background with a Hero Arts Infinity Postage Die and Spellbinders Tan Embossing Pad… and applied a mask and Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink. I finished off the card with Lucy’s Cards Lemon Jewels and some shine using a Clear Wink of Stella Pen.

I also made a quick bonus card showing a few more masking tips. This cutie dog image and sweet sentiment are both from the Sunny Studio Pet Sympathy Stamp Set (SSS | SUN). I colored the puppy with Copic Markers and cut a mask for the image using 3M Wide Post It Tape and the coordinating die. Post It Tape is a great alternative to masking paper! I placed the mask on top of the pup and applied a strip of the tape towards the bottom of the background so I could apply a bit of Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink. I then moved the same strip of Post It Tape and applied it on top of the inking, leaving a bit of overlap in between. This time I applied Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. I really like the white line in between the inked areas to keep it crisp and prevent the colors from overlapping. I finished off the card by adding Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo Drops to the eyes and nose on the image, and Mini Ranger Glossy Accents to the heart. By the way, this card is tiny – only 3.5″ x 5″.

Masking is a great way to add color and the look of dimension without bulk!


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58 thoughts on “Masking Techniques”

  1. Thanks for sharing this technique. I haven’t seen the Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink used before. What a beautiful color! A bit different looking than the regular distress ink. I also really like those sentiments! And that dog card is just adorable. My heart stirred when seeing it. I know if I were going through a hard time and received that card it would touch me. But I’m a dog lover!! I just experienced that card as having a lot of heart and it touched mine. Thank you, Jennifer!

  2. Fabulous masking, which is a fantastic technique and one I don’t do often enough. Thank you for “push” and tips. It’s on my agenda today. 🙂

  3. Gorgeous pumpkins, an a great video about masking. Thank you verry much. Love the Antique Linnen Oxide Ink, what a soft colour, realy one you can use by every colour.

  4. These realistic looking pumpkins from Sunny Studios are beautiful. The masking definitely adds a finishing touch to this cards. I can’t wait to get my next 12 Distress Oxides, they are wonderful to use and blending is so easy. I also have to say the white halo gives depth to the pumpkins.

  5. Love these pumpkins and the masking technique is so useful here. Your video, as always, was awesome! One question about your envelopes: do you always stamp them with archival ink which won’t smudge? Thanks for your inspiration.

  6. Such a lovely tutorial on masking. I love the way you put items together to create layers, and the trick of the white on the doggie eyes is brilliant. Thanks for sharing. <3

  7. I always have a problem with the masking paper not sticking, so I will be trying the post-it note tape.

  8. Great cards! I love the pumpkins and agree that the white around them really does make them look as if they are glowing! Awesome masking techniques! TFS!

  9. Where can I buy the removable masking paper from
    I love your videos and learn so mucgh from watching them

  10. Love these cards. I have this stamp set and love it. Glad you added the video – I thought I was a little crazy when I couldn’t find it in the first post Gave me a good laugh when I finally got it. I’m glad I subscribe to your YouTube channel and I could watch the video there.

  11. Hi Jennifer ~ Your cards are stunningly beautiful in their simplicity. Love that you’re always reminding us to go back to our tried and true techniques, like the masking you’ve done here. The white halo around the pumpkins adds a lovely touch, along with the bit of sparkle from the Wink of Stella. The puppy sympathy card is sweet and after losing a long-used die for cutting sweet pups, I bought this set too. I ended up making a pet get well card from my pup to a friend’s pup after he escaped from the fenced in area at a doggy daycare (sneaky little Chihuahua!!). A Lawn Fawn sentiment went perfectly with this stamp set. Thanks for sharing and always encouraging us to get more out of our dies, like you’ve done with these cards. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. ~HUGS~

  12. Beautiful cards. I’m thinking about doing that with Christmas cards. Love techniques keep them coming 😊

  13. These are really great cards and, being a dog person, I really like the dog card. Would cheer anyone who was going through a difficult time. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

  14. You forever disprove the adage about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks! I always learn from you! Thank you!

  15. Thanks for a lovely video. The finished cards are stunning! I am going to try masking again and embossing with my dies.

  16. FABULOUS video! Can’t wait to try this, just went and reserved the dies and will dig out my flosses. Watching it flew by… Loved your least favorite ones, especially the plaid but also the patchwork. Just. . . FABULOUS!

  17. Totally love the masking technique!! All are so pretty and I really love th doggie card! Thanks for another awesome video!! Hugs!

  18. Beautiful cards. Love the rich colors and the awesome layering. I have a whole envelope of the masking paper that has never been open.. I guess it’s time to open it.. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. I love how you did those orange pumpkins! They are so colorful! I love how you layered the 3 pumpkins too.
    When I was much younger we each had a pumpkin on our porch that we carved. I don’t remember carving it but I am sure we did. Someone stole them though and all of us were very sad. One night a police car came into our driveway and delivered our pumpkins! They said they caught who stole them and they hadn’t been smashed. Boy were we surprised! Your 3 pumpkin card reminded me of that.

  20. Great ideas for masking! Love the dimension the pumpkins have and that doggy card is too cute. Thanks for your wonderful video!!

  21. These are such great cards Jennifer. I love masking because layering every card is becoming old. Cards should be different and fun and not so dated in style. I began making cards in 1999 after attending a SU class. I was hooked. Although I was never a demonstrator, for 12 years, I mainly bought and used SU products. I love them! However, the style never changed nor did the card size. Since getting a computer and finding other card bloggers & companies, it has opened up a whole new world for me. Thank you for sharing all that you do, I know it is your ‘job’ but we don’t pay for these lessons that you share regularly. You teach us a lot…♥

  22. Someday I have got to do that embossing with dies. Heaven knows I’ve watched you do it so many times. Maybe today.

  23. As always I love and appreciate your tutorials you’re such an inspiration to me thanks so much and never stop!

  24. Hehe, I thought your Misti had faded in the sun, because mine has, its now light pink! (I’m in Australia and the sun coming into my craft room is really strong, I have to be really careful about what I leave on my desk…).

  25. “Fall” is coming… I love this clean & simple, yet BEAUUUUTIFUL Cards, Jennifer! Now you put me into “FALL” card making mode… 😉

  26. What a great technique! Love your cards. Thanx for the reminder about this technique and for another great video.

  27. A wonderful video as always Jennifer:). Gorgeous cards. TFS, I needed that little reprieve today. Thank you kindly for your kindness.

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