Friday, November 17, 2017

A Year Of Card Techniques–Masking Magic

Welcome To

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Welcome to
A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

This month we’re going to explore masking techniques.  There are so many variations of masking, it would be difficult to list them all here.  But, since pictures speak louder than words, we’ll let our team show you the masking techniques they opted to try.  Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

Our amazing sponsor this month is Jodie Park of Close to My Heart

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Please take a moment to check out her store here.

And the awesome prize this month is a CTMH Christmas Stampset.  Isn’t it the cutest:

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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. 
The winner will be announced on Sunday, November 26, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.  If you would like to be contacted by email, please leave your email address in the comments.  The winner will have until December 14, 2017 to claim their prize.

Since I am first on the list, let’s get started.

I chose to do a very simple masking technique for my first card.  I was super stoked to use my new Gerda Steiner Clear Stamps – Playful Kittens on this card.  To start, I lined up my masking paper along the bottom of a piece of cardstock that I cut out with my stitched rectangle die and used a sponge dauber to create a “floor” for my cat in the suitcase to sit on.  As you can see in the picture, it leaves a very crisp line.  I stamped my image just above the sponged area and colored it in with Spectrum Noir markers TN3, TN4, & TN5.  The cat was colored using Spectrum Noir markers IG1, IG2, & a little CR3 for the inside of the ears.  I stamped a sentiment from the same Gerda Steiner set in the blank white space.  I mounted this onto some Kraft paper to complete this very clean & simple card.


Card-2wmThe second card is pretty easy as well.  I cut a digital sentiment out of some post-it-note paper.  I then laid that post-it-note piece where I wanted it to be on my cardstock and pressed it down firmly to make sure that none of the edges were lifted.  With my Clarity Stencil Brushes, I used 4 different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tattered Rose, Broken China, Mustard Seed, and Peeled Paint) and brushed them across my cardstock on an angle blending each color into the other.  Using these brushes produces a very soft look.  

When I was finished, I peeled the post-it-note off the card stock to reveal a very crisp, clean sentiment.   I added a ribbon and adhered it to some blue cardstock to complete another clean & simple card.

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Card-1wmFor my last card, I used a more difficult (but not too difficult) technique.  I punched a circle out of some white cardstock.  I used my masking paper to mask off the top portion of the circle and sponged some Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink onto the bottom part of the circle.  Then I moved my mask down so that it masked off the blue ink.

I punched a smaller circle out of some post-it-note and added it just above the masked off piece.  Once everything was in place, I sponged some Tattered Rose Tim Holtz Distress Ink across the top of the circle.  I pulled the mask off to reveal a beautiful moonlit sky over the water. 

I used the large stamp from Inkadinkado Meadow and stamped portions of it onto the finished piece in some VersaFine Onyx black ink.  I adhered the finished circle to a piece of white cardstock that I had cut out with my new stitched rectangle die. I stamped an Avery Elle sentiment onto the cardstock under the circle and then adhered that piece to another piece of white cardstock just slightly larger.  Then I popped that up with some dimensional dots onto a 4.25-inch  wide X 5.5-inch high white card base to complete the card.  I would still consider this a clean & simple card with several layers.

Now you’re off to visit with
the amazing and talented Kim over on Katydid Cards.  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:



  1. These are all beautiful, Sharon. I couldn't possibly pick a favorite! Always a pleasure hopping with you!

  2. Love the cat card because they are favorites, but I also love the colors in the Thanks card as well!! Nice job!!

  3. Great cards! I think I Heart You is my favorite.

  4. Beautiful! I love them all, but the last one is probably my favorite - it just makes me feel so peaceful. Thanks for sharing these.

  5. Wonderful cards Sharon. Every month I am looking forward to see your creations and I like always, I can’t pick a favorite one. Thank you so much for all your hard work here and behind the scene....

  6. They are beautiful and that kitten is just adorable.

  7. Great job on all your cards. I love the two tone one the first card and the mixed colors on the second.

  8. Love these cards. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Your cards are amazing, as usual. I love that little kitty! Great hopping with you.

  10. I like all your entries. I have tried some masking and love it.

    1. Hello Darlene, you are the winner of the prize this month, please forward me your information to so I can get it to you!! Thank you for hopping along with us!! Smiles, Jodie Park


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