Friday, November 8, 2013


This week's Just Add Ink challenge, courtesy of Tina, is to "Just Add Masking" to your card or other papercraft project.  A popular masking technique used in stamping, is to stamp an image on card, and stamp it again on a sticky note.  Cut the image out (right on the stamped outline) of the sticky note and place it on top of the one you stamped on your card.  This allows you to ink up your stamp, and stamp it again, partially over the original image ... you lift the sticky note, and it looks like the second image is set behind the original one.  I hope this makes sense!

As soon as I saw this photo, of a beautifully dressed Maggie Beer, in the current Australian Women's Weekly, I knew what colours I wanted to use on my card:

I inked up one of the lovely large flowers from Stampin' Up!'s Secret Garden stamp set, using Tangerine Tango ink.  I covered the first flower with a sticky note 'mask', and stamped it again slightly offset to the right.  I made another sticky note 'mask' so that two of my flowers could be masked off at the same time, allowing me to stamp a third 'behind' them.  While the flower masks were in place, I stamped some foliage in Basic Gray ink.  To add a bit of bold detail, I inked up a smaller, solid, flower and stamped it over the top of each line image flower.  A Basic Gray candy dot finished off each flower.

Stamps: Secret Garden, Four You
Card: Basic Gray textured, Tangerine Tango textured, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Tangerine Tango and Basic Gray stampin' pads, Versamark inkpad, Smoky Slate stampin' pad
Other: Tangerine Tango stampin' emboss powder (sentiment), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Neutrals Candy Dots, Beautiful Wings embosslits die, sponge dauber, Squares Collection framelits
This card ended up being 15cm square, and I was able to make a lovely co-ordinating envelope (using Tangerine Tango paper from the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper pack), with my new Envelope Punch Board.  LOVE that tool!
Make sure you check out the other examples of  "masking", from the very talented Just Add Ink Design Team.  We hope you'll join in the fun this week!


  1. Gorgeous colors and lovely floral images you created with the masking technique! I especially like the solid flower stamped over the lined images. Really beautiful, Christine!

  2. Wow, that's fabulous! What a perfect example of masking. I love how you've stamped the matting card too.

  3. WHat a wonderful card you've made dear Christine!!! I love that you've got colour ideas from good 'old Maggie!!! FUN!!!! must give those one's a try they work a treat together!!! SUPER CARD!!
    SMiles SHArnee :)

  4. Gorgeous card, Christine! Love your colour scheme and love where your inspiration came from!

  5. I love how you framed your striking Tangerine flowers with a polaroid frame Christine. Great effect! xxx

  6. Beautiful masking Christine and such lovely inspiration...l love Maggie and your frame effect is very cool, a gorgeous card! Xxx

  7. Hi Christine. another lovely card, I also like your colour combo!and that is a lovely stamp set,Cheers.

  8. This is just beautiful Christine, especially in those colours you've used - love the inspiration pic!