Masking – How To With Jowilna

Masking is one of my first techniques I ever learned many many years ago. To this day it is also one of the easiest and most versatile techniques. Let’s take a look at how easy it is…

The idea behind masking is that you can make things appear like they are something else – so you can create dimension with little effort, layer something behind something else in a few easy steps, or just mask off an area to have something else happen behind it.


  • Step 1

    Stamp your image onto your cardstock where you want it to appear. I used this heart from 49 and Market stamped with VersaFine.

  • Step 2

    Stamp the same image onto white scrap paper – like typing paper.

  • Step 3

    Cut out the heart from the typing paper. You want to cut just inside the stamped line and not on the outside.

  • Step 4

    Add colour to the stamped heart on your white cardstock. I painted mine using my Prima watercolours.

  • Step 5

    Add some Tombow mono behind the typing paper heart and leave it to dry completely. The adhesive will become tacky making it repositionable.

  • Step 6

    Place the typing paper heart on top of the coloured heart. This typing paper heart will mask off your coloured heart so that no new colour or pattern will be added to it. Use your 2 colours of ink and stencil over the heart using a sponge dauber.

  • Step 7

    Remove the mask from the coloured heart.

  • Step 8

    The stencilling appears to be behind the stamped and coloured heart with no additional stencilling pattern on top of it. The typing paper heart masked off the area so that the stencilling is only around and behind the heart technically speaking.

Dress up your heart with embellishments and a sentiment for a beautiful card background or any other project you are working on.

TIP: The reason you cut just inside the line of your masked heart and not on the outside of the stamped line, is so that when your mask is in place, the height of the paper is taken into account. That 1mm of the paper will cause a white edge on your stencilling if you cut outside the stamped line. So cutting just inside of the heart line takes away that and as a result your stencilling sits flush with the edge of your stamped heart.

Flaunt your new masking skills and have fun!


Post by The Wholesaler’s Designer Jowilna Nolte. We are very proud to introduce you to our first designer, Jowilna Nolte. Jowilna is a true creative and she will be sharing some of her passion and creativity with you. “I have been in the industry for 15 plus years now and have loved the more than interesting journey it has taken me on so far”…Read more about Jowilna here.

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