Sunday, July 15, 2018

Magically Masked - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop where we are using Close To My Heart products in our featured artwork. The theme for the month is "Magically Masked" and participants are able to interpret that as they see fit. I can't wait to see what everyone has created; how about you?!

If you are coming from Maz Wood's Blog, you are on the right track. You can find a complete list of participants at the bottom of this blog, if you were to get lost along the way. Otherwise, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you!
To showcase the masking technique, I decided to share the card I made - CASEing the original artwork created by Close To My Heart (used in the first photo). It's a great example of masking and I have worked to share the process with you below. 

If you look closely at the flower bunch, you'll see that all of the stems are placed BEHIND the not. That's all done with stamping and the process called "masking". Masking allows you to make stamped images appear dimensional. Let me show you how I achieved this look!\

Because the knot was going to be the forefront of the bouquet, I stamped it first.

Then, I stamped it again, on a sticky note - so it was close to the top where I could benefit from the sticky part. I cut the image right on the lines, and placed the sticky note image directly on top of the stamped image. 

Because I wanted this flower and stem to be in front of those to the left and right of them, I stamped it next. With the rope being covered, the stem appears to be inside of or behind it. Cool, huh?

Next, I stamped the next stem of flowers to the right, without overlapping the other floral image. 

I had to create another "mask" for the first flower I stamped - just the upper part, as shown - so that the leaves and flowers from the stem to the left looked 3-D. You can see how I had both masks in place when I stamped both of the last two images to create the desired effect. 

And bouquet was complete!

After I had stamped the floral images, I stamped the sentiment and colored the flowers in with ShinHan Markers.
"Many Congratulations" is the stamp set I used. 

This technique is fun for flowers, balloons, etc. - any time you want this look. Have you ever tried it? I would love to see what you create using this technique! It's totally fun and pretty simple!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Before heading to the next blog, consider leaving me a comment to let me know what you think of the technique or the card. I always love hearing from you! 

Now...go see what Michelle Loncar has to share with you! Wishing you a great upcoming week!


1. Melissa Robinson *YOU ARE HERE
2. Michelle Loncar
3. Debi McBain
4. Catherine Nowak
5. Haley Dyer
6. Darlys Recker
7. Wendy Kessler
8. Marciava Warrell
9. Sarah Devendorf
10. Maz Wood


  1. Lovely card. You did great masking those flowers!

  2. Lovely bouquet!! Great card, I love that stamp set and love, love the flower arrangement you created.

  3. Many Congratulations is one of my favorites! Great card!

  4. Beautiful! Great tutorial also!

  5. Beautiful card and wonderful instructions on how to achieve it.