Masked Backgrounds

Hi! A few days ago I shared a video with masking tips. Today I am back with more masking… but this time using background stamps and stencils.

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[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 may be used at no cost to you.]

Masking is a great way to get new looks out of your background stamps and stencils. (Especially if you like one-layer cards!) My video shares lots of tips… so be sure to watch it.

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My first card was such fun to create… so I will be making more! I used the new and oh-so-brilliant Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stencils (SSS | C9). I masked off different parts of the stencil so I could use different colors of inks… and to save an open area for my sentiment. Any inks will work for this but I simply love using Gina K Designs Ink Pads (SSS | GK) with Tonic Blending Sponges. SO fast to do! I really like masking off parts of a stencil with Thermoweb Purple Tape.

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stencils (SSS | C9) to added dots of shimmer with my Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen. The sentiment is a combination of the WPlus9 No One Else Stamp Set (SSS | WP9) and Concord & 9th Bold and Brushy Stamp Set (SSS | C9).

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next example also shares masking with a stencil. This time I masked the center of my stencils with Thermoweb Purple Tape so I would have a place for my sentiments. I again used the Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stencils (SSS | C9) with Gina K Designs Ink Pads (SSS | GK)… but used Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes for the inking for a soft, textured look. I also used a stencil to add a bit of Tonic Moonstone Glimmer Paste.

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The sentiment is from the Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stamp Set (SSS | C9).

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next few examples share tips for masking with background stamps.

I fell in love with the Hero Arts Flowers For Coloring Background Stamp when I first saw it, but wanted to have a clear open area for a large sentiment. In the video I show how I was able to mask it and make it look like the stamp was always that way! I used Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets for masking paper – it works great.

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After I stamped the background, I colored it and added a sentiment from the WPlus9 No One Else Stamp Set (SSS | W9).

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this next card, I used a pretty traditional masking technique. I simply created a heart die cut mask and added to my cardstock panel before stamping my background. I used the fabulous Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stamp Set (SSS | C9) to form a color pattern over the mask – isn’t it great?

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I used the Concord & 9th Tulip Label Dies to cut from craft foam to create my own flower stamps for the heart’s center… and added a sentiment from the Concord & 9th Geode Stamp Set (SSS | C9).

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

In my video, I demonstrate how to use masking ON your stamp BEFORE you ink so that you can create a colorful background stamped image. This is excellent for adding color just where you want it. (Watch the video!) I again used the Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stamp Set (SSS | C9)… and added Tonic Moonstone Glimmer Paste to the pattern.

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

That oh-so-perfect sentiment is from the new Reverse Confetti My Tribe Stamp Set (SSS | EH  | RC). GREAT set!

Masked Background Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope this inspires you to create masked backgrounds!

SUPPLIES

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 or from Concord & 9th. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout…
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turanbout…
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Bold and Brushy…
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Bold and Brushy Stamp Set
[ C&9 | SSS ]
*WPlus9 No One Else Stamp Set
[ SSS | WPL ]
Concord & 9th Geode Stamp Set
[ C&9 | SSS ]
Concord & 9th Tulip Label Dies
[ C&9 ]
*Reverse Confetti My Tribe Stamp Set
[ SSS | ELH | RVR ]
Hero Arts Flowers For Coloring…
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ ELH ]
Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes
[ SSS ]
Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink
[ SSS | GNK ]
Gina K Designs Ink Pads
[ SSS | GNK ]
Tonic Moonstone Glimmer Paste
[ SSS | ELH ]
Palette Knife Set
[ SSS ]
Tonic Blending Sponges
[ SSS ]
6×6 White Square Envelopes
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Avery Removable Ahdesive Sheets
[ AMZUS ]
* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Sketch Copic Markers
[ SSS | ELH ]
Black Twin Marker
[ SSS ]
Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen
[ SSS ]
T-Ruler
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]


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40 thoughts on “Masked Backgrounds”

  1. All of the cards turned out fantastic but I like the tip on how to do the flower masking and the sentiment….
    Well done and tfs.

  2. Hi Jennifer. Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you are being spoiled by your family todayūüėć Wow these masking techniques are brilliant!!! You amaze me. So much inspiration on today’s video. Thank you SO much for this video! I love it

  3. Thank you for your ideas and inspiration in this video. I love your color choices. I want to try a turn about stamp and I want to try making my own stamp from foam. Have a fantastic Mother’s Day!

  4. Happy Mothers Day to a woman who mothers us all with kindness. Love these techniques especially the cut mask for the copic coloring.

  5. I have to admit the cards are gorgeous. But I would not have the patience to use all the colors as you do here.

  6. Hi Jennifer!
    Thanks for sharing your work! I love how bright and cheerful all these cards are and how colorful. They were a lot of work but the results are gorgeous.

  7. I love how your cards turned out. I love Concord & 9th stamps, especially their turnabouts. I really enjoy your videos.

  8. I am totally inspired to try this. I don’t have a lot of stencils but surely I have something to try this with. Great cards and ideas.

  9. This is gorgeous, really, I love this turnabout stamp too !! Very beautiful cards thanks for sharing your tips and techniques !!!

  10. Just one thing about the last techique, when you mask the stamp : maybe it would be quicker if you inked one row (let’s say blue), then rotate the card, stamp the other blue raw … and then rotate the card back, clean the stamp and go one with another colour ?
    I have not tried your technique yet but maybe it could work ?

  11. Wow Jennifer together with the video of the masking tips from a few days ago makes this a great reference to watch for every stamper. Such a great video tutorials, gorgeous examples and simple explanations. Thank you so much

  12. Jennifer,
    I really enjoyed this technique of masking the stencil for different looks. All the cards turned out beautifully.
    Thanks for these great tips.

  13. Beautiful cards loved this episode wonderful ideas and tips to try. Love the new turn about stencils

  14. As usual you always have great ways to make cards and ways to show us how to use all our stash in so many different ways. Thanks, and loved all the cards

  15. Amazing cards Jennifer. Every time you post a video, I end up so excited and want to try everything right away. And then chores beckon, and I forget! Love those turnabout stencils – and funnily enough, I planned on getting my stencils out today! Thanks for the fab video, Lisa xx

  16. Another absolutely brilliant video and technique, Jennifer! You are totally amazing and so inspiring! TFS Love it!

  17. So sorry to have taken so long to have watched this but well life got in the way again.
    These cards are so stunning, fabulous have got to purchase these.x

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