Another Effortless Masking Technique and Easy Pencil Coloring

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hello, crafty friends!

Svitlana is here. Recently, I shared a card featuring an easy masking technique and tone-on-tone stamping, which reminded me of two similar techniques that I want to share with you today.


A masking technique can help stretch your stamp stash, and it's almost essential for one-layer cards. But the technique can be time-consuming and tedious if you need to hand-cut masks.

The effortless masking technique I'm sharing today is much less time-consuming and doesn't involve hand-cutting masks.

I started making the card by white embossing a flower from the Paint-A-Flower: Wood Anemone Stamp Set in the middle of a yellow panel.

effortless masking technique

I wanted to build a continuous cluster (or line, if you will) of flowers using this set, and for flowers on both sides of the middle one, I had to use masking. This is optional when you use heat embossing to add an outline image to your project. Heat embossing makes it so easy to create overlapped objects.

I simply stamped each flower on both sides using Clear Embossing Ink and poured the Pure White Embossing Powder. Next, before heat setting the powder, I brushed the powder off the overlapped areas. After that, I heat set it.

I love this “quality” of embossing powder which allows me to effortlessly create patterns of overlapped images. 

effortless masking technique

That's it for the effortless masking technique part! Quick and easy, right? To color the heat-embossed wood anemones, I used the Woodless Coloring Pencils. I like using them to do watercoloring on non-watercolor paper.

Regular cardstock (as the yellow one I used here) is not exactly meant to be used with water techniques; it can warp and rip. But in this case, the amount of water was minimal, and it didn't cause any cardstock damage.

To color the flower elements, I added some pigment to them and then washed them out with a slightly wet brush. Woodless Coloring Pencils are very pigmented; a little goes a long way.  Just a little bit of water was enough to spread it along the whole element.

effortless masking technique

After finishing the coloring, I added the Antique Gold Metallic Ink Spray onto it.

Next, I tore the top and bottom edges of the panel to add some interest. To accentuate the panel, I also wrapped an orange twine around and tied a bow. Followed by foam mounting it onto a white card base using the Instant Dimension Foam Tape.

I used the One-Go Birthday Greetings Stamp and Die Bundle to make the sentiment strip. First, I white embossed the sentiments onto a Jet Black Cardstock, and then die-cut in one go creating a bunch of sentiment strips that will come so handy for the next projects.

This bundle will definitely be used a lot in the future; creating a sentiment has never been this easy!

The sentiment was popped up onto the card, finishing it off. I hope you like the effortless masking technique I shared today and will try it.

Have a wonderful day!


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KarenH August 23, 2022 - 1:47 PM

Beautiful; great technique. Love your colors, too.

theartfuldoodler August 23, 2022 - 2:45 PM

What an ingenious way to do masking without cutting! It seems so obvious a technique now that I’ve seen it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Laura Owen August 23, 2022 - 3:14 PM

A video would be wonderful! Not sure I get the process………

Audrey D Rodriguez August 23, 2022 - 5:04 PM

Thanks for the inspiration to use my pencils to color. Beautiful card.

Tara C Prince September 7, 2023 - 2:25 PM

absolutely gorgeous!!


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