Creative Masked Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I am sharing simple techniques for stepping up your masked backgrounds to create colorful cards. The best part about these techniques? You can use many products you likely already have! I share several examples using new goodies from Waffle Flower.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.]

Inked masking is a great way to create colorful backgrounds. These examples show how to “step up” this masking by adding stamping, multiple masks, etc.

My first card shows a masked background of ink blending and stamping. I used Post It Tape to mask off the top half of the card and applied Broken China Distress Oxide Ink with an Ink Blending Tool. I then moved the tape to mask the other half of the card and added Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Ink. I also stamped a few flower images with soft green Waffle Flower Ink. After removing the mask, I added many images from the Waffle Flower Wish Stamp Set (WF | SSS). So much cuteness! I also added a few soft butterflies to the sky. By adding tone-on-tone stamping to the inked/masked background, I add quite a bit of interest.

This next example also shows using inked and stamped masking together. On the top, I applied Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink and little stars stamped with soft yellow Waffle Flower Ink. For the bottom, I used Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Ink and a Waffle Flower Plaid Play Stamp Set (WF | SSS) pattern. I added images from the Waffle Flower Tu-Tu Cute Stamp Set (WF | SSS).

The images from the Waffle Flower Toadally Stamp Set (WF | SSS) are also great for combining inked and stamped masking. However, this time I made the inking more intense and the stamping subtle. I also tried the new Therm O Web Purple Tape to mask the two halves of this card and it works GREAT. You can wipe it clean and reuse several times. The bottom of this card featured the new Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide Ink color. So pretty.

I like that these Waffle Flower sets have so many images and supporting images in one set… it makes it easy to create a scene.

This next example features images from the Waffle Flower Autumn Time (WF | SSS) and Spring Time Stamp Set (WF | SSS). I love those cloud images in the background! The “just a note” is from the Waffle Flower Enveloper Me Stamp Set (WF | SSS).

You can step up your masking even more by double masking. For this example, I used Inkadinkado Masking Paper to mask a circle on the front of my card. I then used Therm O Web Purple Tape to mask the straight line for the background and applied Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Blueprint Sketch, and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks. Over the yellow portion, I stamped small images from the Waffle Flower Pencil In Stamp Set (WF | SSS) with Waffle Flower Ink. After removing the masks, I added more images from the Waffle Flower Pencil In Stamp Set (WF | SSS).

Since the Waffle Flower Pencil In Stamp Set (WF | SSS) is perfect for teachers, I decided to create a little gift card holder using it. I really like the new Waffle Flower Love Notes Die (WF | SSS) – it makes the most unique envelope for a gift card!

Check out how the Waffle Flower Love Notes Die (WF | SSS) closes…

… and opens to show a gift card and/or note…

My last card shares a different version of double masking. First, I masked a heart with Inkadinkado Masking Paper and inked the open area with Candied Apple and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink. I then removed the outer mask and covered the heart before adding Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink. Finally, I added images from the Waffle Flower Hello Stamp Set (WF | SSS). Fast to create and lots of color!


Here are a few more videos sharing masking techniques:


Today I am participating in the Waffle Flower Spring 2018 Release Blog Hop. This is Waffle Flower’s best release yet, so I was excited to play! You can find all of the new release HERE at Waffle Flower or HERE at Simon Says Stamp.

To celebrate the new release, all orders placed by 2/25/18 over at Waffle Flower will receive a free Mini Location Indicator Die. No code required… limited 1 per customer… while supplies last.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Amanda Korotkova. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Waffle Flower Blog.)


To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners! For your chance, leave a comment below and all the blogs on the hop by 11:59pmEST on 2/25/18 telling me if you ever do masking techniques. (To leave a comment, head to blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts on this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 2/28/2018.)


Want to find the products I used? 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 and those from Waffle Flower. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Waffle Flower Wish Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Wish Dies
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Tu-Tu Cute Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Tu-tu Cute Dies
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Pencil In Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Pencil In Dies
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Spring Time Dies
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Autumn Time Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Autumn Time Dies
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Spring Time Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Toadally Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Toadally Dies
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Hello Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Hello Dies
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Enveloper Me Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Enveloper Hello Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Plaid Play Stamp Set
[ WFF | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Love Notes Die
[ WFF | SSS ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ SSS | ELH | HA ]
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Distress Oxide Inks
[ SSS | ELH ]
Waffle Flower Ink
[ WFF | SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Koh-i-noor Bristol Cardstock
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Mini MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ THR ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | ELH ]
Post It Tape
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Mat
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin Foam Squares
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pens
[ SSS | ELH ]
Inkadinkado Masking Paper
[ SSS ]
Tombow Sand Eraser
[ SSS ]

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430 thoughts on “Creative Masked Backgrounds + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Very cute cards, love that gift card die. I have used masking with varying success. You never know what is possible until you try.

  2. I have done masking in the past, but not with my Oxide inks. I’m glad to see how well they work. That was a cute little envelope. I like the way it fastens.

  3. What adorable stamps! I love this technique. I have only done masking to layer stamps, and have never tried with ink blended backgrounds. The results are quite striking!

  4. I love the new Waffle Flower release and the adorable cards that you created. I enjoy the masking technique –thanks for more inspiration on using it!

  5. I can just imagine how many piles of little coloured images you have around your house! I have tried masking a couple of times but its the blending I am still struggling with! Crescents from the blending sponge everywhere!

  6. I have tried masking techniques but just on a very minimal level. Nothing to this extent, so I am very glad and thankful for your tutorial.

  7. Hi Jennifer. ..your cards are so cute….love the frogs as I collect them & Echidnas. …would love to see a card occasionally done by your children as I’m trying to get my 10yr old nephew to do some crafting…I have the sole care of him & find that it helps calm him at times as he has ADHD etc….Thankyou for sharing your talent x 😚

  8. As a matter of fact, the last stamping I did with Sequoia, my granddaughter, used masking. Just like me, she fascinated with the results when the mask is removed. Great fun! Love these cards with the little kids. So cute!

  9. ADORABLE! My favorite is the woodland fox. I also really love the new storage bags Waffle Flower released this time – so cute!!

  10. Haven’t done masking for while, but I’m going to again soon after all these inspirational cards. Love the stamps – so cute. Need to get some more Distress Oxide colors!

  11. Yes, I have started to do some masking, inspired by a windmill card you did a little while ago. I love those new Waffle Flower stamps, and would love an opportunity to use them in my cards. Thanks for all the inspiration you freely give!

  12. Love this fun take on masking. I love the clean look of masked backgrounds and do use them from time to time. This is such a great release, I love all the cute kids!

  13. I have tried masking, but I struggle getting it to look right by keeping my layers in order to get the look I intended!

  14. I have done masking, but never more than one time on each card! Im inspired to try more like you did on this video! Thanks so much for all you do!

  15. Oh my gosh, your cards are so colorful (I see lots of yellow in there) and they are just to darn cute all of them! My niece would love the one with the ballerina’s as she dances with the Orlando Ballet. I will have a hard time picking out a stamp set when I win.
    Have I ever done masking? Yes, I did masking for the first time last year! I had never heard of it before and often wondered how they make something appear like it is behind the image that was stamped. I learned how to mask from you and a friend told me about using post it notes which I did. It came out cool looking and I have you to thank. I want to do it more because it was fun.
    Thank you for letting us see your colorful, cute cards and for giving us the chance to win something. This hop looks like it will be fun.

  16. I have never tried masking but you make it less scary and I’m eager to try! Thanks for all your tips and tricks and techniques. They are so helpful and so much appreciated!

  17. Beautiful bright happy cards! Loved them! I have tried a VERY simple masking technique once but am excited to give it another try after watching your video!

  18. Thankyou so much for your videos. I started making cards about 6 months ago and am now obsessed. I love that I can do a little bit here and a little there and eventually end up with something I love to share and give away. It has brought the creative back into my life which I was missing so much. I have found your videos wonderful inspiration and I love this one so much as I didn’t need to by anything new in order to do it. Cheers from Australia!

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