Cardmaking, EBE by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen

Tips For Using Simple Masking On A Dinomite Card

Do you like to use masking techniques with your stamps? EH Design Ambassador Carly Tee Minner LOVES masking and is sharing a few of her favorite masking tips today with a Dinomite card!

Masking is one of my very favorite stamping techniques! It is one of the first things I learned (thanks to the amazing Miss Julie Ebersole) and I love how you can use it to create cute & detailed one layer cards!

Haven’t tried masking your stamps yet? Basically it is a technique that allows you to layer images by stamping one and then covering it with a temporary mask before you stamp the next image.

For this Dinomite Christmas card, I used simple masking to combine holiday stamps from a few sets into a tower of holiday happiness that my little dino could carry.


  • make a plan before stamping…which images should look like they are “in front” because they will need to be stamped first. For example, for my dino to be wearing a hat, the hat had to be stamped first and then masked before I stamped the dino. A sketch can help in the planning or even stamping it all first without masking.
  • use masking paper…the stamp-able paper has low-tack adhesive perfect for masking! Just stamp on the masking paper, fussy cut the image out and then it’s a little temporary masking sticker!
  • stamp masks in permanent ink…using a waterproof/permanent ink like Archival for stamping the masks will keep ink from transferring from the masks to your project while you are using them.
  • have a black pen handy…a black pen can help “fix” any of the stamped lines that might have been missed because of a mask. I’m not great with fussy cutting so often my masks aren’t perfect but I can fix it with a pen. I like to use Copic Multiliners when I know I’m going to color with Copics.

After stamping & masking, I did some quick (no shading) Copic coloring, added a few details with a white pen and a few star sequins. I wanted to add some glitter too but I resisted because I seem to glitter everything…LOL!


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