Balloon Masking Bonanza

Today’s card is playing along with Global Design Project Challenge #048! This week everyone is CASing the designer Tanja Kolar. I followed her balloon theme, but switched up the colors and layout.


Today’s card also showcases two different techniques… well, really three. One is masking and the other is multiple colors on the same stamp, and I have two different ways to do it.

Masking is a great technique that allows for multiple stamped images to overlap without being stamped right on top of each other. See how some of the balloons in this card look like they are hiding partially behind other balloons? Here’s how you can use masking to achieve this effect:


  1. Stamp the image that will be in the front. In this card, I stamped the bottom row of Night of Navy balloons.
  2. Stamp the same image on a post-it note, making sure at least part of it will be sticky on the back.
  3. Fussy cut out the image on the post-it note. If you need multiple of the same image, like I needed several balloons, cut 4-5 at the same time. This creates what are called masks.
  4. Place the post-it note masks directly on top of the images stamped on the card. On my card, this meant covering up those Night of Navy balloons.
  5. Stamp additional images, overlapping them with the masked images. On my card, I added the next row of balloons in Bermuda Bay.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as needed, moving your masks as needed.

This technique sometimes leaves a little white gap between the overlapped images. I use a Stampin’ Write Marker in the same color as my ink to add color in this little gap if needed.


This card has a fun large sentiment from the (now retired) Bravo stamp set from Stampin’ Up! These large stamps and multi-part sentiments are fun to stamp in multiple colors. I tried two different techniques to make this work.

Masking the stamp:

  1. Use post-it notes to cover part of the stamp before inking it. In this example, I covered everything except “con” then inked it up with Blushing Bride ink.
  2. Remove post-it notes and stamp onto the paper.
  3. Clean stamp.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 once per color.

This technique requires either photopolymer stamps or Stamp-a-ma-jig. With photopolymer you can see exactly where you stamped before and line up the sentiment perfectly. This is one of the many reason I love photopolymer stamps!

If you have never used a stamp-a-ma-jig before, it is much easier to see than to explain in words. Here is a great youtube video by Sage Kimble (The Mad Stamper) that shows exactly what to do.

Coloring the stamp with markers:

  1. Color each area of the stamp with the desired colors.
  2. Breathe on the stamp to moisten any ink that dried since you started coloring.
  3. Stamp the image.
  4. Tip: layer the marker ink for more vibrant color.

The left image below was my attempt at masking the stamp. My Night of Navy ink pad was too inky and my last letters looked like snakes that had too much too eat; all bumpy from where the ink got too blobby. The right image was my attempt at coloring the stamp with markers. I didn’t get enough ink on the stamp and the colors turned out too light.


In the end, I colored the stamp with markers. Then I went over the stamped image with markers again to darken it up. This worked, but you have to have a very steady hand.

I’m not sure which technique is best. I think it is really a matter of preference. Which is your favorite?


Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Bravo (retired), Balloon Builder stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride  Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!


Watermelon Ice Cream

Today’s card was created for TGIF Challenge #63!

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This is such a cute concept for a sketch and I had a lot of fun with it!


Ever since the Foxy Friends stamp set first came out I’ve been wanting to make this little guy! I realized almost immediately that this ice cream cone stamp from the Snow Place stamp set would fit perfectly in those little paws! Finally, the day has come!

The little raccon turned out to be a little fussy to make, but he was well worth it. For example, to get those paws looking like they are holding the ice cream, they have to be fussy cut out and attached to a background. That meant ALL the pieces had to be fussy cut out for consistency (art word: unity). The double layer makes him nice and solid for popping up on dimensionals!

Rewind a bit. Stamping comes before fussy cutting! To stamp the raccoon body I used one layer of smokey slate. To stamp the mask and tail stripes I stamped Smokey Slate three more times for a total of four layers! I wanted it nice and dark. Luckily these are photopolymer stamps, so they are completely clear and stamping an image right on top of another is relatively easy.

Notice how this particular stamp doesn’t have an extra little bump for feet? There is a cute paw print stamp in the set that fits perfectly on here to make it look like the little feet are turned up and facing towards you. I intended to stamp it on here… but I forgot until the little guy was already up on dimentionals! Oh well, next time!


In comparison, the ice cream cone was easy! Stamped with black, colored with Watermelon Wonder and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers, and cut out!

Once I positioned the raccoon where I wanted him to be, I lined lined up my ice cream cone stamp with the one the raccoon is eating and stamped a whole row in Watermelon Wonder. These were colored with lighter versions of the original with Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand markers. I really wanted the primary ice cream cone to stand out. The colors still weren’t quite light enough for the background cones, so I put down a strip of vellum, and voila!

Confession time: I intended to use polka dot Watermelon Wonder paper in the background, but I confused my designer series papers and used Flirty Flamingo instead. I had already glued everything together when I realized. I could have fixed it, but I liked the gradient of pinks it created so I left it. I love happy accidents!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations, Snow Place, Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Watermelon Wonder, Smokey Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Fussy Cutting only!

Markers: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum, dimensionals


Happy Birthday Little Sunshine

Today’s card was inspired by the Seize the Birthday Challenge: Sunshine Theme!

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I kept this card clean and simple, opting for a wide center panel with a thin border of Basic Black and a strip of Crushed Curry patterned paper from It’s My Birthday Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!


The Little Sunshine stamp (from the Hello stamp set by Stampin’ Up!) was stamped on vellum so the Happy Birthday stamp (from Happy Birthday Everyone) could shine through.

Vellum is clear, so it is sometimes (read: nearly always) difficult to figure out how to stick it to the card without the adhesive being really obvious. In this card, I used two glue dots, placed right at the ends of the straight lines that go through the sentiment. Glue dots work really well for this: they are strong, clear, small, and easy to camouflage under a stamped sentiment or an embellishment of some kind.

This clean and simple card would be a great birthday card for a baby…or really anyone whom you consider your sunshine! This card, or one of a similar layout, would make a great swap. It would be really easy to make multiples.


Tip: I use Staz-On ink when stamping on vellum. It is a very permanent ink that is resistant to smudging and it sticks to everything, including really smooth surfaces like vellum.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone, Hello (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Staz-On Black, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Vellum

A Shower of Babies

A friend of mine just had a baby boy and a coworker adopted twin baby girls! I made two dozen of the little blue thank you cards with a variety of animals and a single coral congrats card. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of all the thank you cards together before wrapping them up as a gift. I didn’t want to redo all the wrapping, so I had to wait to get a thank you back in the mail to take the picture!

Both the boy and girl versions of this card have the same layout, with just a few minor variations in numbers of balloons and types of animals.


Thank you cards like these are a great way to use up some designer series paper. Even after making 24 of these cards, I still only used one and a half sheets of this Mint Macaron paper from the It’s My Party Paper Stack. It goes a really long way!


I cut cloud shaped masks out of post-it notes, basing the shape in the clouds in the Balloon Celebrations stamp set, but making them a bit bigger. I sponged the sky using soft Soft Sky ink, then reused the clouds on the next card!

The animals come from Zoo Babies and Thankful Forest Friends. All were fussy cut. Yup, ALL 25. The Balloons come from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set and are punched out using the Balloon Bouquet punch. All of these are from Stampin’ Up!

Strings on balloons are hand drawn. I place things where I want them, put a little dot where each end of the string will be, move all the pieces out of the way, and attempt to draw a straight-ish line. Each end of the string is tied with a little teardrop shaped loop.

Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals, It’s My Party Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets: Zoo Babies, Thankful Forest Friends, Perfect Pairs, Balloon Celebrations, Mystery Stamp Set* (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Marina Mist, Soft Sky (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, Post-It Notes, Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

*I borrowed the “Thanks to you…” stamp from my mom, but forgot to write down the name of the stamp set and cannot find it online anywhere. Sorry!