November Technique Blog Hop-Masking Magic

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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.


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Inspired by a video I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s Blog, my first card uses a coordinating stamp and die.  I don’t know about you, but there are times when I find my personal experience with techniques is not nearly the smooth sailing I see on videos.  Such was the case with this card, but I wasn’t going to let it get the best of me.  Then again, maybe it did; but I still finished it.

In My Prayers wm 1

My first mistake was to use the wrong adhesive backed”masking” paper.  That’s what I reached for, but I pulled out “Stick It” which is designed to be used on the back of intricate die cuts…not intended to be removed.  But that didn’t matter because I forged ahead with die cutting and it wasn’t until I was done that I realized had the adhesive facing up…thus, the reverse of what it should have been to coordinate with the stamps…grrr! 

When I got to the point where I was sponging with Delicata White Shimmer Ink., despite the fact this was a new ink pad, it was so dry it was a real chore getting the ink onto the paper.  Even more difficult was getting the green ink to show on the shimmer ink.  Thankfully I used the Misti as I stamped at least five times and it’s still very light.  But worse…I didn’t think when selecting the stamp set which happened to be red rubber rather than photopolymer.  Let me share it’s almost impossible to line up a stamp through solid rubber.

In My Prayers wm 2

Finally, I got to the point where I wanted to die cut the greeting.  At this point in the project, I opted for the word “prayers” rather than the “hello” I originally intended…I should have said prayers before starting!!  A bit of stamping on vellum to complete the greeting.

This card was made using Molotow Fluid as my masking medium on the cacti while doing the ink layering.  This is time-consuming as you have to allow the fluid to dry fully before working on it.  In my case, I let it sit overnight.  Although I used Staz-On, the found the fluid caused the ink to bleed slightly.

Spin Your Spurs 1

I made another card using the same masking fluid and ink layering I’m sharing with you today because I was really happy with the end result.

Just Dropping You a Line 1

And this card shows yet another way to use the masking fluid.  Here I covered the image with fluid so I could sponge around him in blue. 

Rudy 2

Now you’re off to visit with Wilma, who will delight you with her projects!  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another great technique!






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22 Responses to “November Technique Blog Hop-Masking Magic”

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  1. Jodie Park says:

    Really cute cards!!! Great Hoping with you!!

  2. These are great cards, Kim. I really like the ‘under the sea’ one! Very cool looking. And is that gumdrops in the box on the last card? I LOVE gumdrops!! Super cute. Thanks so much for being such a great hop member!

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  3. Great cards! The cacti card is my favorite. It was great hopping with you as always. ☺

    • Kim&Katy says:

      That little cowboy is a cutie…he’s on an action wobble spring so he’s actually kicking up his heels and spinning his spurs!

  4. Wilma Payne says:

    Love that reindeer! I’ve never tried masking fluid. I’m glad you added that to the hop. We all have such different takes to the same theme – I love it! And I think the green “prayers” card is gorgeous – you definitely overcame any challenges on that one.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      He’s so cute, isn’t he? And thanks about the prayers card…after everything that went into it I may never give it away, lol

  5. Claudia Henderson says:

    Kim my friend, love all your cards. I had to laugh when I was ready your little storry about the sticky tape mix up. I was sooo close to have done the same mistake, but I caught myself before I did it LOL….I did spill the paint instead. Love hoping with you every month and thank you for all your hard work behind the scene too

  6. Denise Sayers says:

    It is so frustrating when the technique is harder than you think it will be, but they all turned out great. I have considered using masking fluid, but I am not sure how many more tools I need, 😉

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Not much else needed besides the masking fluid. It comes in a pen form and in larger bottles. The pen worked fine for me.

  7. Jearise Havenga says:

    I think you did a fantastic job on all your cards but I have to say my favorite is the bear in boots. I lived in Tucson, Arizona for 8 years so cacti and cowboy boots have a fond place in my heart.

  8. Joan Vancourt says:

    Oh, those are all great cards. I have never used masking fluid, so I may have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Debbie Bonczek says:

    Love your cards and that you used masking fluid! I’ve not used it in quite some time, so your cards have inspired me.

  10. love, love, love them all but the howdy and the fish are too cute!

  11. Darlene says:

    All the cards look great. I enjoyed your getting there story.

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