Introduction To Masking For Card Projects

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Have you ever tried masking on your card projects? Masking is a technique that involves covering up certain parts of your project before applying ink, to achieve various results. It’s fun and can create beautiful projects. Let’s talk about masking.

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Introduction To Masking Video

Watch along here for tons of ideas and info about masking.

What Is Masking?

Masking is the process of covering a certain area to prevent ink from clinging to it.

Why Mask?

Well…lots of reasons. Keep reading to see samples and it will make sense.

Tools For Masking

What should you use to cover certain areas? The best option is masking paper, which is very thin paper with a temporary adhesive backing. Other options include post it notes, copy paper, cardstock, and washi tape.

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.
Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Below are actual ‘masks’ which can be used so many ways. We aren’t actually using masks today, but you can find ideas for using them here.

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Creating A Mask

To create your mask, you’ll either need to cut out a particular shape, or stamp an image onto the paper and trim around it. If you’re stamping an image and cutting it out, you’ll want to cut right at the edge of the image or even just a little bit inside it. Do not leave any white space outside of the shape, because this can cause problems later on.

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Storing Masks

Once you have created masks, you’ll likely want to hold on to them to reuse for future projects. I like to store my masks on wax paper. This keeps them organized and they can easily be removed for reuse. I keep masks for particular stamps in the case with that stamp set. I’m going to start a collection of other shapes of masks that can be used with any stamps.

Ways To Use Masks

Here are some samples of ways to use masks.

Strips

Apply strips to cover the left and right sides of your project. Stamp or use blending brushes between the strips, then remove them.

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Stamps

Stamp a shape. Create a mask and cover it, then stamp more images that will appear to be ‘behind’ the first image.

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.
Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Shape

Attach a shape in the center of your project, then stamp or blend around it.

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Frame

Attach a frame to your project, then stamp or blend inside it.

Combination

Stamp something, mask it, then apply another mask for a second effect.

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Masked Card Samples

Below are several masked card samples I have created over the last few years. Click the links for more details.

Flower Bouquet

Here is a beautiful flower bouquet I created using a single flower stamp and several masks. I created the dragonfly card by blending over an overlay.

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Meercats

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Father’s Day Card

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Floral and Palm Tree Cards

Dragonfly Card

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Masking is such a fun technique – try it today!

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