Easy Masking Technique

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hello friends!

Svitlana is here. Hope your day is going great. Today, I want to share a card featuring a floral background using an easy masking technique.

Masking is a technique that opens a lot of possibilities for a card design. But it could be intimidating creating all those masks. The technique I want to share today leverages some “cheating,” which makes the process much more easier.


I used the Happy Flowers Stamp Set from the recent release to create the floral background for my card.
Easy Masking Technique

I started making the card by stamping the flowers from the set using the Amethyst, Grape Agate, and Plum Dye Inks. I started stamping in the middle of a Solar White Cardstock panel and then built up the floral pattern going around the panel's edges.

After that, I made several masks for the flowers by die-cutting them out of Masking Paper using the matching Happy Flowers Die Set.

After that, I applied the masks onto the flower and blended Lime Dye Ink onto the panel using a Large Blending Tool.

Easy Masking Technique

Next, I stamped the leaves all around the flowers using the Lime and Fresh Leaves Dye Inks.

TIP! Stamping on top of the ink blended background using inks from the same color family allowed me to create a non-white background without a need to mask off the leaves.

Since the flower dies are a bit larger than the corresponding stamps, I got white edges around the flowers, which, in my opinion, adds some interest to the card. But what is more important – it eased up the whole process of creating this background.

I added Pure White Ink Spray splatters onto the background for some additional interest.

Easy Masking Technique

I wrapped a jute twine around the panel and foam mounted it onto a white card base using Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

After that, I made a sentiment using the One-Go Birthday Greetings Stamp Set and corresponding Die Set. I white embossed the sentiment onto white cardstock, die-cut it using the matching die, and then blended the Plum Dye Ink onto it so it matches the background.

The sentiment was popped up onto the card, finishing it off.

In this post, you can find another one of my cards where I also utilized stamping over an ink-blended background to make a floral non-white background using a minimal and easy masking technique.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I can't wait to see you try this easy masking technique!


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Linda BL August 10, 2022 - 8:56 AM

Love this card. Thanks for the tips on the masking. I agree, the white around the flowers looks good. Love the way you did the background!

Altenew August 16, 2022 - 8:41 AM

We’re so glad you liked it, Linda! Keep posted for more of these techniques soon.

Tara C Prince August 30, 2023 - 1:47 PM

so gorgeous


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