Friday, November 17, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques November - Masking

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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:
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I often start with a confession about the technique.  So here it goes . . . 
I have had success in the past with masking in detailed ways.  In fact, I will share my favorite masked card ever!  But the ones I created for this blog are a bit more simple.  This first one was a simple masked circle.  I used a circle punch . . . applied Versamark to the mask, and then embossed with an amazing embossing powder.  
This next card is an example of a masked sentiment.  I'm not sure I'm a fan . . . so I'll get back to you on this one. 

And this last one is an example of direct to paper ink application  The leaf images were masked, and I used an ombre ink pad for the direct to paper. 

And finally, I'll share my favorite masked card EVER!  I made this one several years ago, and a simple masked circle made my day.  But there is a story. 

 I saved it for years and years waiting for the right special person to send it to.  On the day I pulled it to send it, I left the room to get a stamp and came back to find my 4-month old puppy chewing it.  And what does a dog lover do?  They assess whether the recipient is also a dog lover, and then they send an undamaged card and the chewed card, with a note saying, "I saved this card for someone very special, and when I finally had the right opportunity to send, my puppy had other plans.  But I know you are a dog lover, and you will appreciate the teeth marks and missing pieces.  Know that you were that special person and that you were in my thoughts."  

Can I just say . . . big hit.  And gave the grieving person a chuckle.  Be real, that's my advice. 

Now you’re off to visit with Crafting with a View. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!
I hope you find some time to create! 
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Supplies Used - 'Tis the Season
Stamps and Dies:  'Tis the Season Stamps and Here We Come A-Caroling Stamps and Dies (Catherine Pooler/Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection)
Ink & Embossing:  Midnight (Catherine Pooler); Versamark; Wanderlust Embossing Powder (WOW);
Paper: Desert Storm and Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Ruby Cardstock (Close To My Heart);
Other:  Sparking Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh);

Supplies Used - So Very Thankful
Stamps and Dies:  Autumn Blessings Stamps and Thankful Die (Catherine Pooler)
Ink & Embossing:  All That Jazz and Midnight (Catherine Pooler Ink); White Pigment Ink (Simon Says Stamp
Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah); Black Cardstock (Bazzill)
Other:  Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart)

Supplies Used - Autumn Blessings
Stamps and Dies:  Autumn Blessings Stamps and Fallen Leave Die (Catherine Pooler Designs);
Ink & Embossing: Butter to Orange Ombre Ink (Hero Arts);  Midnight (Catherine Pooler Ink);
Paper: Solar White (Neenah) Black (Bazzill);
Other:  Enamel Dots (Close To My Heart);

Supplies Used - Thinking of You
Stamps and Dies:  minibanners2cut (The Stamps of Life)
Ink & Embossing:  Dreamweaver Embossing Paste; Variety of Stampin' Up and Ranger Inks; Versamark; Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Paper:Desert Strom (Neenah); Black (Bazzill)
Other:  Circle Punch; Post-it Labeling Tape; Ribbon (Stampin' Up); Stencil (Add a Little Dazzle)


  1. Really pretty cards that you shared!! Loved your technique choices!!

  2. Debbie, I love them all. Even the one you're not quite sure about yet! But I agree with you about that last one..gorgeous! Always a pleasure hopping with you!

  3. Your cards are all wonderful but that last one is a stunner! Brilliant message you included with the card. And great advice - Be Real!

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  4. Love your cards and your story. I like them all, but really REALLY like the ombre leaves! It's simple but so effective.

  5. Great cards! You did a great job on all of them. I love your story.

  6. Debbie, these cards are stunning. Love the last one especially. Thank you so much for sharing them with us and hopping along

  7. Great cards. I have a ombre stamp pad, but haven't used it, so I am glad to see one in use. I also had a chuckle about the puppy story. A true dog lover would appreciate it too.

  8. Such cool cards. Your cards just pop. They are all just so cool looking.

  9. Great cards. I love the masking technique. Oh, your last card is so lovely, too. Funny story.

  10. These are great cards, Debbie!!! Love that you shared the story about your last card. :)

  11. I love the last one too! very pretty!


  12. Loved your cards and the story behind your favorite card. I also have trouble sending my favorites.

  13. Hi Debbie many congrats on your win @ House Mouse & Friends Mon. chall can you plz. hop over to the blog info to contact me re your prize..

    smiles Christine HM DT xxx