Handmade Cards

Made With Love – Power of Masking

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you some cards I’ve made for the Made With Love Design Team. Made With Love is a craft store in Singapore. If you’re living in Singapore, drop by the store! It’s at a mall called Somerset 313. All products showcased are available at the Made With Love store.
There are plenty of different techniques that you can use to make your card more interesting. Masking is one of the ways that I love to incorporate to my cards. You can use simple plain paper, post-its or even masking fluids. Here are some of my favourite ways of masking. 
Card #1
Layering images. You can always have your images stamped separated it, cut it out and stick them on top of each other. I love to do that too because you can create dimension. But, you can make a seamless look with a little masking technique.
Tip #1 : Always remember that whichever images you want at the front (or on the top) to be stamped first.

Stamp those images on a thin paper or post-its and use it to protect the image which you stamp the rest.

Next, I’ve coloured all the images using distress inks. I drew the balloon strings with a thin black marker and added some sequins to finish it.
Stamp set : Avery Elle – More Party Animals
Card #2
Mix it with other mediums. I wasn’t so sure how this would turn out but I really like it and I’m quite sad that it’s not very photogenic (but that’s just my low photography skills).
 I’ve die-cut a heart-shape and temporarily stick it down to one side.
I used some white texture paste and mix it with distress inks to make coloured paste. The more ink you add, the more vibrant the colour will be. But I wanted to make a pastel rainbow 😉
Tip #2 : Mixing the colours to the paste one colour at a time is best. You won’t have to worry about your paste drying while you work on one colour. With that said, use a tape to stick down your stencil so that it won’t move around while you are wiping off the previous colour from your knife.
Card #3
The idea for this card is similar to card #2 except I’m only using Distress Inks to create a rainbow around the circle.
Like how I did with the previous card, I’ve cut out a circle on a piece of typing paper and temporarily stick it on the center of the card base. Take your ink blending tool and inks and just go rainbow-crazy.
I didn’t like the empty rainbow so I added the tiny images and heat embossed it. Tip #3 : Make sure your Distress Inks rainbow is completely dry because embossing any images. You can quickly use a heat gun to dry the inks.
Card #4
This is my favourite card! Masking away bigger shapes are pretty straight forward and you can do a lot with that. But how about masking some alphabets?

Basically, I’ve die-cut the alphabets and temporarily stick them to my card base like what I’ve done with the rest with shapes. You can do big letters or smaller ones.

Next, collect all the tiny stamps and start stamping around the letters.

Tip #4 : It is very important to stamp over the letters so that when you remove the temporary letters, you can clearly make out what the alphabets are. Stamp your images are close and as gathered as possible 🙂 And use solid stamps, it works the best.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards and perhaps give some of the techniques a try!

Till next time!

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