Michelle Last

Technique 101 – Masking

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

This months blog hop with the Technique 101 we are sharing cards we have made using the masking technique.  Masking is a simple technique were you just cover an area and stamp over the top but without overlapping the ink.  I had so much fun making this cute card using the Snow Day stamp set from Stampin Up.


Isn’t it cute!  I stamped onto whisper white cardstock using basic black ink and coloured the beaks in with a Pumpkin Pie marker.

First I stamped the penguin onto a stack of 3 post it notes making sure that the top of the penguins head was at the top part of the post it note and therefore sticky underneath.

Snow Way from Stampin Up Penguin Card

Cut around tightly to the edges of the stamped image, then peel the layers apart to use as three separate masks.

Snow Way from Stampin Up Penguin Card

Stamp your first row of penguins along the bottom of the white cardstock and then lay the masks over the top ready to stamp the next row.

Snow Way from Stampin Up Penguin Card

Keep stamping and masking all the way to the top of the cardstock.  It looks better if the heads of the top penguins do not exceed the top of the cardstock.

Snow Way from Stampin Up Penguin Card

Stamp some of the penguins at a jaunty angle for extra fun and whimsy!

Once the whole piece of whisper white has been stamped, stamp your hat and cut out (I added red glitter embossing powder to the hat to add some dimension and sparkle). Stick in place on one penguin, experiment with placement to see where the hat looks best!

Colour in the beaks and layer up the rest of the card.  Pretty simple and minimal supplies but so effective.  One of my fave cards!

So it is time to go and see what Frenchie from the U.S. has made, simply click the next button below to keep hopping..

Techniques 101 International Blog Hop

Here is the list of participants in the technique 101 blog hop in case you get lost along the way ……

1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2 .Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand
4. Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK < You are here
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  1. oh my goodness, this made me smile as soon as I opened your page, how stinkin adorable and a great way to use the masking technique.

  2. oh my word … it’s the march of the penguins! I love love love it!

  3. So cuteeeeee! I love the pinguins! Great card Michelle!

  4. Awesome! I love this!!!!! TFS

  5. FRANCE MARTIN says:

    Amazing to stamp all of them Great job on this technique 🙂

  6. Michelle R says:

    Absolutely adorable!!!

  7. Ohhh I love that card Michelle! So damn cute…

  8. I laughed out loud- you may have heard me all the way in Kansas, USA. I can’t wait to try this! Great job coming up with something different for this set. You’re a rock star!

  9. Simply adorable. I always love penguins. So cute!

  10. Such a fun card Michelle 🙂 love it