4 Ways To Do Masking | Photo Tutorial

Hello everyone!

This is Hussena from Quill and Punch Works here today bringing you a brand new post. Today’s post is going to focus on an technique which is very common yet a challenging one – Masking! I’m going to show you 4 different ways to do masking on your projects, so let’s dive in.

The first one is a very common technique used in cardmaking specially amongst stampers where in you stamp an image on a post-it note and fussy-cut it to create a mask so that you’re able to stamp above or below that image without ruining your main image.



Step 1 – Gather your supplies. You will need a stamp set of your choice, I have used Clear Embossing ink and Embossing Powder to stamp & heat-emboss my images. You’ll also need some Post-it notes and  a sharp pair of scissors.

Step 2 – I have stamped the large dahlia from the Altenew Dahlia Blossoms set using Versamark Embossing ink and then heat embossed in white using the Ranger Super Fine White embossing powder.

Step 3 – I stamped the same Dahlia on a post-it note near the sticky side of the post-it and fussy-cut out the image and placed it over the heat-embossed flower.

Step 4 – After placing the mask, I stamped the leaves and the foliage using Versamark Embossing ink and also heat-embossed them in white. The purpose of creating a mask was so that the flower would be the focal & the leaves & foliage are behind it.

Step 5 – Here’s a close-up of the heat-embossed images.

Step 6 – I finally colored the images using my Zig Clean Color Real brush Markers in shades of pinks & greens using my Pentel Water brush pen to blend the colours and to create the background.

Here’s how the finished card looks like. I stamped a sentiment from the Altenew Painted Greetings set using the Versafine Onyx Black ink and added few black paint spatters. I also matted my card panel on to some patterned paper from the Amy Tan – Oh Happy Life paper pad.



For this card, I have used some Washi Tape to create my background panel. It’s so simple & easy to  do and is a really versatile technique which can work for a variety of projects.

Step 1 – I horizontally placed the Washi tape strips on a card panel creating a striped pattern. This will act as a mask when I watercolour the exposed part of the card panel using watercolours. I scribbled some yellow colour on an acrylic block & used my Pentel Water brush to pick up the colour from it for colouring. Also lightly misted the acrylic block to dilute the colour.

Step 2 – After colouring in between all the gaps and removing the strips of Washi, here’s what the panel looks like.

And here’s a look at my finished card using this background panel. I used the Altenew Dahlia Blossoms stamp set to stamp my florals & foliage and then colored them using my Zig Clean Colour markers.  I also added a oval die-cut using the Spellbinders Elegant Ovals die.  Finished off the card using some enamel dots.



Step 1 – Select any die-cut or a punched shape of your choice ad cut it out using a post-it note. This creates your mask. I placed my die-cut circle on the centre of a card panel.

Step 2 – Using the Paper Smooches Botanicals 3 Stamp set and Altenew inks in shades of reds & greens, I started stamping around the circle mask creating a wreath-like shape.

Step 3 – Once your stamping is done, you can pull-out your mask and you end up with a crisp circle.

Step 4 – Now you can also use of the negative of the die-cut to do some ink blending like I did on my card.

Step 5 – I wanted a very smooth & soft look so I used a Water brush to soften out the harsh lines.

Here’s a look at my finished card.



Step 1 – Whenever working with Masking Fluid and a paint brush, it’s necessary to first dip your brush into a liquid soap. I have used an ordinary utensil liquid wash to dip my brush into. (The yellow liquid that you see in the palette)

Step 2 – I first completely immersed the brush into the liquid soap and then rubbed my fingers on to the bristles to coat them.  On a card panel, I have stamped a floral arrangement using the Paper Smooches Botanicals 3 stamp set and Altenew inks.

Step 3 – Dip the brush into the liquid masking fluid.

Step 4 – Coat the flowers & leaves using the Masking fluid and finally spatter some fluid onto the background of the card panel.

Step 5 – After the Masking Fluid dries (it takes approximately 25-30 minutes depending on the humidity) lightly sponge the background using Distress ink – Tumbled Glass & a Ink blending tool. The masked areas will resist the ink leaving behind some interesting shapes like, in this case the spatters are more prominent. After you have blended the background completely, take an eraser like the Xyron Adhesive Eraser to erase out the masking fluid from the panel.

Here’s how my finished card looks like. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink and added few clear sequins for the finishing touches.– – – – – –

We are bringing back our ‘Show Us What You Made’ contest. Pretty Paper Studio is turning 5 years old in April and this contest will run from February until the end of April.

See terms and conditions below:
1. Make a project using supplies you have purchased from our store – www.ppsuae.com.
2. Your purchases can be old or new but your project HAS to be new – made after this contest was announced (February 5, 2017). Please don’t pull out old photos from your archives.
3. Upload them to the Member Gallery on our website. Please list the name of items you have used in your projects in the description. Our tutorial here will guide you on uploading projects to our Gallery.
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5. We will pick one winner at the end of every month – February, March, and April – and the winner will receive an AED 100 prize pack. Three winners in total.
6. Start crafting!!

Hope you liked my projects and are inspired to create something. Don’t forget to play along or challenge. We can’t wait to see what you create.

 – Have a nice day everyone!