Lickety Split: masking off

This is the ‘series’ I was mentioning in my post on coincidences the other day. It might only be a one-off, but hopefully will be an occasional themed post, if I can come up with enough projects. Who knows? Maybe the universe does, but certainly not me!

Basically the idea is to make a card from scratch in about 10 – 15 minutes. And in real person time, not ‘I had everything out, cut, matted, and all my stamps layered onto different mounts ready to go’ time as they do on craft telly. More like a smash and grab raid on your stash. So obviously nothing too complicated. But I am a fan of ‘clean and simple’ anyway, so this should be fun, right?

Of course a lot of you will know all this, but for those who have not yet tried card making or are relatively new to the party, this is a ‘how to’ post, with pictures, to produce a simple, simple card.

One of the easiest ways to create impact quickly is with a masked stamped area and a clean stamped sentiment. So, you lay a bit of masking tape (you can use any low tack tape, or post-it notes) over a section of the card, but it is very important to make sure it is straight – anything off true will show up big time. Well, for me it does, anyway. To ensure the making of it was super-speedy I used a card blank with scalloped edges. This means I can bypass any measuring and just run the post-it note from scallop to scallop. Easy peasy!


Now you want to cover that section with one or more (depending on size) stamped images to fill the space; make sure you stamp over the masked line, as much as possible, because this is what will give you a nice defined look when the tape is removed, and give you a good effect.


Here I used Altenew Freeform Greenery, which is a set full of outline-only leaves, in many forms and sizes. When I first came across this stamp set I was not sure, but the more I saw them, the more possibilities there seemed. Then they went on SALE! Which meant they now have a forever home with me. It was an easy decision in the end!

So, we have a masked off area filled as much as possible with stamps. Now remove the masking tape carefully and add a suitable sentiment just above the line of stamping.

Maybe a knotted band of ribbon at the top and job done. Took way longer to write and photograph than it did to make!



I used more than one stamp set here, but a beginner could easily choose one set with a mixture of greetings and images, just to try it out.

I’d be interested to know if you think posts like this are a good idea or whether I am teaching grandmother to suck eggs. A phrase which I have never understood and always found frankly bizarre. Try a mental image of your gran doing it. See?!

Supplies from Altenew:

stamps: Freeform Greenery, Sentiments and Quotes, and Thinking of You. Inks: Cotton Candy, Forest Glade and Moon Rock

Ribbon and card from stash.


45 thoughts on “Lickety Split: masking off

  1. I always think that the masking-off technique looks like it’s a very accomplished technique, leaving recipients thinking ‘how did she do that?’ when in fact it’s easy to achieve. Well, easier now I found some stencil tape that doesn’t take a layer of card away with it when you peel it off! I think this post is a good idea (do you ever have any other?!) so keep ’em coming 🙂 There’s loads of stuff that I haven’t a clue how to do!

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    1. I can’t imagine there is anything you don’t know how to do! Masking tape drives me a bit nuts too. It seems to be like fruit that goes from unripe to liquid within about a four hour window. It is way too sticky, way to sticky, ‘felt it’ a bit and still too sticky, then suddenly no stick at all! Grrrr!

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  2. These are gorgeous. As you know I am a huge fan of your cards and the professional finish you achieve. This kind of post is a great idea. Whether you are an old hand or a newbie at stamping or card making it is always great to see how someone has made something. Sometimes it could be just one word or one sentence that someone puts in their post that sets off ideas. It is what you are happy doing that is important. TFS as always.
    Flo x

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    1. Thanks Flo! I know exactly what you mean. I think that is one of the joys of blogging – plus you get to ask questions! I have been way more inspired by other blogs than by the magazines I used to buy. Thanks for the kind words. Xx

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    1. Thank you. I think sometimes it is easier for me to just take a picture than to try and explain in words only. And showing is good for beginners, I think.

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    1. Thank you. It is one of those ‘easy when you know how’ things. And pretty much everybody needs instructions for something outside their comfort zone!

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  3. That’s a really fab simple effect. I also think your series is a good idea, as I no longer seem to spend hours on one card and prefer the grab and go method. (This is normally due to appalling organisation!) I definitely need inspiration! 😊

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      1. You’ve got it! Thanks, my cardmaking has been sadly neglected lately but I still enjoy it when I get the chance. I’ll keep an eye out for inspiring ideas from you. 😊

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  4. Oh this is great! I always start out thinking I am going to make a quick card, but always end up taking a lot more time that I intended to spend on it! There are a lot of times that I need a quick card, but unfortunately draw a blank. Thanks for sharing this. I’m definitely going to try some “quick and simple” cards! I might be able to get more cards done by doing that! Ha! Great cards by the way! I need to make some to have on hand when something unexpectedly comes up! 🙂

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    1. That was my plan too – if I just make the base and then add whatever sentiment is appropriate I should always be prepared. Probably will never happen though! Your colouring is your speciality. I’d be very interested in seeing this on quick and simple cards. Post them in a blog if you do some?

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  5. I do love this series and these cards are both wonderful! I knew about this technique, but haven’t tried it on my own.
    Masking tape really drives me crazy sometimes, but I’ve been watching some tutorials recently and noticed, that most of crafters are using washi tape instead! Fortunately I’ve purchased three rolls of it at Target for $1/each and I should admit, that it works way better for keeping dies in place. No sticky residue and tears (in any meaning) so far!
    So now you gave me one more idea (‘writing it down’) – thank you! It always takes more time, than I planned, to create something, so your series will be helpful!

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    1. Thank you! I have seen washi tape being used too, but I don’t have much of it and for some reason shops don’t stock it so much here, so I don’t like to ‘waste’ it! Maybe I’ll try and find one I don’t like!

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      1. I also don’t really like mine as it looks more like semi-transparent paper, than typical washi. I’ve also ordered a roll of artist’s tape… I’ll let you know if it works.

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