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Paper Crafts Masking Technique

Published on August 29th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain


Masking Stamp Technique Cards

I love to stamp.

I feel like I need to pull out a lot of things to make a great card. I forget that simple is gorgeous.

Which is cray, because if you look at my Pinterest board, I love all the simple stamped projects.

A little cardstock, a little colored ink – masking stamp technique cards.


Masking Technique

There are many crafters who are so creatively gifted with stamps!

Then here comes me, clunk clunk clunk.

Not delicate or with a deft touch.

But occasionally, I can figure out a pretty cool idea.

Like this technique of using a cardstock mask – just a simple shaped piece of paper.

And there it is. A card that I love.

With some other techniques thrown in. Can’t tell you that’s unusual for me.

I get distracted and another idea pops up. Next thing you know.

I go from stamping.

To painting rocks.


That’s just a tiny thread in my crazy head.

How does one stamp with a mask?

First – you need a scrap piece of cardstock. I have plenty!  Then decide on your shape. I prefer circles, because they are easy, and they look like the sun or moon.

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Use some glue that has the ability to be tacky without sticking permanently to your paper. My favorite is Tombow Green Cap. This stuff dries to incredible holds.

BUT, if you apply the glue, use a scrap of paper and turn it into a squeegee ( just a flat surface that pulls across the glue and leaves only a thin film) and let it dry about 5 minutes.

It makes a great tacky adhesive that doesn’t rip the paper.

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Gather some ink, and a makeup sponge. They do make daubers that work extremely well, but I am cheap and use these super cheap makeup sponges, and cut them into 3rds. Just dab the sponge on the ink, then onto the paper many many times. You eventually get a good ink color over the paper.

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If you leave a little area around the mask, it will look like there is light in the sky around it. Remove the mask.

IF you want clouds, dab them over the white space into the inked space. Ohhh we’re getting there!

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Lastly I used a branchy tree to stamp over and around the moon. I stamped a second time to give the feeling of distance.

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Now you can finish your card. I added a silhouette witch and torn paper land. Then finished my card with unusual Halloween colors!

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I used a medium blue on this background. Giving it a chilly feeling. I stamped again with the bare tree. And this time, added white snowy paper and penguins for my wintery card.

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Let’s bring it back to warm again.

Love those hot summer days at the beach, I used a beach set to stamp and when I inked the clouds, I added a touch of yellow to them, with an undercolor of orange. Beautiful sun setting colors.

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Lastly – I wanted to show you, you can use the same technique and NOT use the mask as an outdoors scene.

Ink your background, then come back with a brown color, and ink just around the mask for an aged look.

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Stamp your stamp, then fussy cut out a second stamping and layer it over, so you have color on all parts of your stamp.
I hope this tutorial was fun for you, and inspires you to try masking your cards.


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