Masking Stencils + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I am sharing ways to combine masking with stencils. These techniques are great for one-layer cards.

[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.]

For my first card, I created a mask from Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets and die cut an Altenew Halftone Heart (SSS | ALT) opening. I placed the mask on white cardstock and used Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes and Altenew Ink (SSS | ALT) to create a soft rainbow look. I then added the new Altenew Elegant Swirls Stencil (SSS | ALT) on top and applied more of the same colors… but this time more generously using Mini Ink Blending Tools. Finally, I misted Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz over the stencil for a bit of shimmer. After removing the mask, I am left with beautiful color…

I added stacked “love” die cuts using the Altenew Script Words Dies (SSS | ALT) and a stamped sentiment from the Altenew Halftone Hearts Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

I also used the same Altenew Elegant Swirls Stencil (SSS | ALT) to decorate my matching envelope.

My next example steps things up a bit. I created a positive and negative mask from Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets and an Altenew Golden Feather Die (SSS | ALT). I placed the feather on white cardstock and inked over a Altenew Spring Garden Stencil (SSS | ALT) with soft ink and a Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes. I then put on the negative space mask instead and applied several light colors before lining up the stencil and inking heavily.

I really like how the pattern lines up along the whole piece. I added a sentiment from the Altenew Birds of a Feather Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

I really like the new Altenew Molded Lines Stencil (SSS | ALT)! I used this stencil along with Altenew Halftone Stars (SSS | ALT) die cut masks to create a continuous background. I kept the inside of the star darker in color and added a coat of Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder (SSS | ALT).

I created the sentiment with Altenew Simple Alphabet Dies (SSS | ALT) and the Altenew Halftone Stars Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). For a bit of shine, I adhered a few Tonic Golden Years Confetti stars.

Another fun stenciling technique you can do with masks involves white pigment ink. I started by inking a light amount of light green ink and then white pigment ink over the oh-so-great Altenew Feeling Dotty Stencil (SSS | ALT). After heat setting it, I added a mask created from Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets with a die cut  Altenew Leaf Canopy (SSS | ALT) opening. I applied lots of green ink on top… and the white pigment ink slightly resists the ink, leaving soft dots.

The sentiment is from the Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).

This next card doesn’t use masking paper, but rather masking tape. I used Therm O Web Purple Tape to mask off areas of the Altenew Aztec Motif Stencil (SSS | ALT) to apply different colors. I also added colorful gems to the pattern.

The sentiment features the Altenew Simple Alphabet Dies (SSS | ALT).

My last card was a collaboration with my 6-year-old daughter, Lila. I masked the edges of white cardstock with Therm O Web Purple Tape and then traced the Altenew Flowing Drops Stencil (SSS | ALT) with a black pen. Lila then did some really cool artsy coloring with Copic Markers.

Didn’t Lila do a great job!? So inspiring. We added Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies (SSS | ALT) die cut letters with a thick coat of Tonic Crystal Glaze.


Today I am part of the Altenew July Stencil Release Blog Hop. Stencils are inexpensive and can be used in many ways! You can find it all HERE at Simon Says Stamp or HERE at Altenew.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Erum Tasneem. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Blog.)


How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 7/12/18 telling me your favorite of these new Altenew products. (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!)

Also, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Head to the Altenew Blog.


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 from Altenew or with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Altenew Elegant Swirls Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Spring Garden Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Feeling Dotty Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Flowing Drops Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altnew Mega Hydrangea Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Molded Lines Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Step Builder Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Aztec Motif Stencil
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Halftone Stars Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Halftone Stars Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Halftone Hearts Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Halftone Hearts Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altnew Golden Feather Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altnew Golden Feather Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Script Words Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Birds of a Feather Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Leaf Canopy Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Simple Alphabet Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Dies
[ ALTN | SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
* Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Die Cutters
Avery Removable Ahdesive Sheets
Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes
[ SSS ]
Mini Distress Ink Tin
[ SSS ]
Altenew Ink
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
[ SSS | HA ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS ]
Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing…
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS | ELH ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
3M Foam Tape
Tonic Golden Years Confetti
[ SSS ]
Tonic Crystal Glaze
[ SSS ]

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349 thoughts on “Masking Stencils + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I haven’t tried masking yet so your designs here definitely have me itching to get started, they are all stunning! Lila’s card is awesome, I’m thinking I like it the best! Thanks for the inspiration Lila and Mom 🙂

  2. Thanks for the tips. These stencils are beautiful. Thanks for the tip about the masking sheets. The distress inks blend so beautifully. I can hardly wait to try these out for my self.

  3. Wow! Once again your videos show so many great ways to use these amazing new stencils from Altnew! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration, Jennifer!

  4. Beautiful and fun cards! Such great stencil techniques. Love Lila’s Card, fantastic coloring! I like the elegant swirl stencil.

  5. I am fairly new to using stencils and new to Altenew products…..they look so cool…..hey Lila, I love your card.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win

  6. Love the inspiration! I am needing some of these new stencil designs! enjoying all the projects!

  7. Always thank you for the great ideas and inspirations! I love all the Altenew stamps but if I have to pick, it’s the Golden Feather Stamp Set!

  8. Can’t wait to try one of these super fun techniques! I think my favorite product is the Altenew Elegant Swirls stencil. Thanks for sharing this easy to follow tutorial.

  9. Thanks to your videos, I’m learning how to stamp. I love the Halftone Hearts Stamp Set. They look so versatile and could be used for so many different occasions! I’m starting to make Christmas cards and the “Sending You Love” with the little hearts would be perfect!!

  10. I a man just getting started with card making so I am in love with all of altenew products. Thanks you for all of your information and ideas.

  11. Gorgeous as always!!! My favorite from this release….wow. I have 2 that I guess I’d call favorites. Mega Hydrangea and Elegant Swirls ♥

  12. I just love the Aztec motif stencil! I can imagine so many possibilities with that one and I love the bold style of it. Jennifer, you have inspired me so much the past few months. I’ve been a scrapbooker for 4-ish years, which is a hobby I discovered at a very low point in my life and it has brought me together with so many great people and makes me so happy! After I stumbled across your videos a few months ago I started to get inspired for cardmaking, and I’ve been loving it! I love that I get to send someone snail mail to brighten their day. I do a little happy dance every time I see you upload a video! So thank you sooo very much for everything you do.

  13. I think my favorite is the Altenew Molded Lines Stencil as well as the Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder. I love the card panel you made here including the sparkling stars. Glitter is one of my favorite colors. 😉 TFS!

  14. My favorite product us the Flowing Drops Stencil. I just love the flow and movement of it. Your daughter’s card is beautiful! I’m know you are proud of her, as you should be.

  15. Hi Jennifer, I love the Aztec Motifs Stencil. Thanks for sharing different ways to use stencils. I have lots of stencils and plan to try some of these techniques.

  16. Actually Lila’s card is my favorite. Life is too short to color inside the lines! Wonderful release and as usual great tips from you.

  17. Great idea to mask with these great new Altenew stencils!! So many options using this technique! Loved your daughter Lila’s card as well! Great job You teach me so much! Great way to use our large shaped dies in a new fun way along with these gorgeous stencils! Using the Versamark ink to emboss the star was stunning!!!

  18. I love all your stencil inspiration you did for this new Altenew release. My favorite is the spring garden stencil!!. Pretty, pretty!!.

  19. I love the halftone stamps (heart and star) most in the release, but the garden stencil looks great, too.

  20. Oh how can I choose when they’re all awesome, but I do like the step builder stencil! Thanks for sharing your video Jennifer….love your concepts 🙂

  21. I love all the stencils! If I had to pick one, it would be the Elegant Swirls but I love them all. I wish I was better at using stencils then I am though. I did a stencil on a shirt for my niece’s birthday last year. She loved it. Thank you for showing us your beautiful, colorful cards! Lots of my favorite color in the whole wide world, yellow, in all of your cards. Thanks also for giving us the chance to win something.

  22. Such wonderful cards, Jennifer! Thanks always for the inspiration. I love Lila’s card too! She did a great job! I am sure the recipient (maybe Grandma?) will treasure it!

  23. I think my favorites are the alphabet dies, but I also like the feather stamp. I like that there are three different kinds and that each can have an additional layer.

  24. Hi Jennifer! My favorite of the new July release has got to be the Altenew Aztec Motif Stencil but there are many that are great 🙂 I love your simple shape cards with the backgrounds and embellishments. Lila, you did a great job…love that coloring…how pretty! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. The elegant swirls stencil is my favorite, but I like all of them. Your cards are great and so is Lila’s card. Lots of talent in your family.

  26. You brought Altenew to my radar and now I just love them! The Elegant swirls and molded lines are tied for number one in my opinion. But you’ve made them all look great.

  27. Great effect on the Birds of a Feather card….. the Spring Garden stencil creates the perfect background and I could see it used with pastel colors, earthy, brights. ombre, with touches of glimmer etc…. for different effects….. Also the Aztec Motif is fun and a refreshing change of pace. Always love your work! Thanks.

  28. Wow, I love that flowing drops stencil. It even looked interesting just traced in black before Lila colored it. Might make a cool black and white background with some bright flowers on top? Or a butterfly.

  29. Wow. The new stencils are absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to get my hands on any one of them. My favorites would be the elegant swirls stencil followed by the step Builder stencil. Thank you so much for the opportunity of winning something! Watching your videos has really inspired me to start handcrafting my own cards and I can’t wait to get started!

  30. I have ordered my Avery sticky paper from Amazon and I can’t wait for it to arrive, so I can get started,. Thank you for your inspiration x

  31. wow! win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew. that would be amazing!!! love that you play with the crafts with your daughter too! kids love to craft!! watch out for missing supplies. lol

  32. Thank you for sharing these wonderful masking techniques! My favorite of these products is the Golden Feather Stamps.

  33. A fabulous video as always. I always learn something new from you. Thank you. I love stencils and got so many ideas after watching this. Thank you.

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