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. Love all the new stencils, but around here we have decided Caligraphy Maze is the winner followed up closely by Aztec Motif, City Scene, Molded Lines and Step Builder ;). you did a fab job showcasing them Jennifer. Your colorful creations and Lila’s too are so inspiring! thanks for sharing!!

  2. Thanks, Jennifer! I love stencils, and appreciate learning new techniques to use with them!

  3. I so want to try this technique. I think my favorite stencil is the flowering dew drop. Lila is taking after her mother.

  4. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Altnew Elegant Swirls stencil! Just so ELEGANT!!! And your cards are AMAZING too!!!

  5. I love all your cards!! My favorite is the card in which you used the Elegant Swirls stencil. To cover that colorful background by a heart cutout out of white cardstock just makes the colorful background shine! Thanks for sharing your work and knowledge! It is so appreciated, since I get lots of new ideas and techniques from your blog!

  6. Hi Jennifer
    Love Lilas card…very colourful…I love the Aztec stencil the best…it’s very different…love your Art 😊

  7. Love the stencils… it’s amazing what you can do, I’ve been experimenting. My favorite so far is the secondary print with the back of the stencil after you spray it…

  8. So lovely!! Very colorful and fun! Lila’s coloring is fabulous! I love crafting with my little ones.

  9. Such beautiful cards! I love the look you get when you layer the mask and stencil! Lila’s work is excellent!

  10. Beautiful cards. I love, love stencils so I want them all but I really love the feeling dotty stencil.

  11. Love these stencils!!! Jennifer, you have made these techniques look so easy and with beautiful results! I’ve already ordered the leaf canopy dies and a couple of the stencils! PS. Tell Lila I adore her card! Great job coloring!

  12. I think my favorite is the Aztec Motif but my favorite card is Lila’s 🙂 She did such an awesome job!! She’s going to grow up to be an artist!! So happy that you and your hubby support her and Colin to create, I think that’s very important! I did that with both of my boys when they were growing up, during the summers they used to sit and scrapbook with me, since I wasn’t into card making at the time just scrapbooking and we had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!!

  13. So beautiful! Lila just keeps getting better and better! ❤️ My favorite is the Molded Lines stencil.

  14. All of the stencils are awesome, but my two favorites are the Molded Lines & Dotty stencil! Thanks for all the great ideas using stencils! All of your cards are just beautiful, and Lila’s coloring is awesome! Pretty soon you’ll be doing mother/daughter videos!

  15. Hi, Jennifer!
    You do such fun things with all the products…thanks for helping us stretch a bit out of our comfort zones!
    Dotty stencil and the simple alphabet die have caught my attention this release!

  16. I have been wanting to try stencils after watching so many of your videos. I finally bit the bullet and am now waiting for them to arrive!!!

  17. Amazing projects as always. I learn so much from your videos. My favorites are the Molded Lines and Feeling Dotty.

  18. Great ideas for stretching stencils. Thanks for the tip about using wet glue with foam tape so you can move the sentiment strip!

  19. Clever ideas that result in unique and
    beautiful designs. thanks for sharing

  20. I am totally in awe of the creative ways you used these newest products from Altenew! But, I must say, I was tickled to see Lila’s pretty contribution! Delightful!

  21. These new stencils are FANTASTIC and the cards you’ve shared are AMAZING!! I love the first one because the colors, sentiment and design speak to my heart. But the Star card is definitely my next favorite; the star’s shimmer and the fun sentiment make it a card I’d love to send my great-nephew.
    Please tell Lila I love her card!! Her coloring is absolutely beautiful; she is definitely following in your footsteps. 😉

  22. Yay, Lila! She did a fantastic job and I really like the stencil that she used in her project. Also like the alphabet die set. Hope she had a good time roller skating!

  23. Jennifer,
    The depth and breadth of your creativity never ceases to amaze me! This is such a great technique! I never would have thought of it. You amaze me. I really like the new Altenew Elegant Swirl stencil the best. I can use it for so many different types of cards.

  24. Such beautiful art! My favorite is the Feeling Dotty. Something about a classic polka dot always looks great!

  25. Love the Aztec stencil and the Flowing Drops one, reminds me of the doodles that were all the rage when I was a kid in the 70s.

  26. I think my favorite is the step builder stencil, but I can’t decide so I will be adding a few of the new stencils to my collection :). Thanks for another awesome video!

  27. Super creative ideas and great tips with the stencils and masking! This is going to help me get a lot more use from my stencils. I love all the cards you created, but my favorite is the colorful Aztec designed one. Lila is quite the artist, as well!

  28. The golden feather stamps & dies are fantastic!
    My fav, although so hard to choose!
    Thanks Jennifer!

  29. Very cool cards! Lila’s is very bright n cheery! I like the feather stamp and die set.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win something.

  30. Fun ideas for using the stencils. I’ll have to add a few to my notes. Love the art by Lila! Go girl! My favorite stencil is the Elegant Swirls.

  31. Great job as always. I love the paisley looking card with the big “Hi” sentiment, it’s such a bright and cheery card.

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