Posts Tagged ‘MFT’

Step Up Your Cards with Masking!

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

No, not the masquerade ball kind of mask – but the kind used in stamping. You can really step up your cards with the masking technique. It takes a simple image or layout, and adds to it without  adding extra layers to your project. Hi there! It’s Deb here for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team, and I hope you’ll enjoy today’s technique.


For basic masking, you’re just going to block off an area where you don’t want any ink. For the most basic, we’ll start with just masking off an straight strip on our front card panel. To create your mask, you want to use a low-tack removable adhesive – Thermo Web’s Purple Tape is perfect for this. If you’re hesitant about it tearing your paper, just rub it onto your work surface a couple of times, to remove some of the tackiness. Set up your panel onto either grid paper, or use a ruler for a straight line.  Next, use a blending tool and apply ink to the area to the left of the mask. My completed card is below, for reference.

Picket Fence Studios BFF Owl

I chose Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink for a ‘coffee’ feel, and use a Tim Holtz ink applicator for blending it on. With the mask still in place, use the MFT Friends at First Sip stamp set and repeatedly stamp the small coffee cup in the blended area, in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Be sure to add the little swirl of steam! Once your blending & stamping in that area is complete, gently remove your tape.


Use the Picket Fence Studios BFF Owl image, and stamp it to the right of the blended strip, in the Tuxedo Black ink. I chose to colour the owl with my Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers. These markers are great, because they take the guess work out of blending your colours! Each marker has a light, mid and dark tone of one colour. Use the Bright Pink blend for the bow, the Light Green blend for the cup, Pale Pink blend for the pearls & beak, and the Tan blend for the owl.  Now, stamp the sentiment from the MFT stamp across the top of the panel. Attach the stamped panel to a light pink panel with foam tape, and then to a card base of darker pink. There you have it! By adding the masked strip, and blending your marker colours, you’ve added extra dimension to your card, without adding more layers!


For a more detailed version of masking, first stamp your image onto your card front panel. Now, stamp the image again onto a large Post-It Note. Cut out the image on the Post-It Note, keeping as close to the edges as possible.  Place the Post-It Note image on top of your stamped image.  With your image covered, use your blending tool to apply ink to the rest of the front panel.

Picket Fence Studios Jill Girl

For my card, I first blend on Tea Dye Distress ink, getting lighter towards the image. Next, I add Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink around the edges, keeping the lighter Tea Dye around the image. This adds extra depth to your card. Once you’re happy with the blending, remove the Post-It Note mask, and colour the Picket Fence Studios Jill Girl.  I chose my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to colour with, but of course you can use whatever pencils you have, or your markers. Just be sure that whatever you’re using is safe to use with your base image ink, and paper (i.e. if you’re using watercolours, be sure to use watercolour paper and an amalgam ink).

When finished colouring, stamp the sentiment from the MFT Friends at First Sip stamp set in Tuxedo Black ink on a strip of white cardstock. Use your blending tool and add a bit of the Vintage Photo ink to the edges of the strip, so it’s not completely white. Attach the sentiment strip with foam tape along the bottom of the image. Create a card base of teal cardstock, and attach a panel of green/blue to the left side, with liquid glue. Then attach your front panel with foam tape.  I had some enamel dots in my stash of embellishments that work with the pencil colours I chose, so I added a few of those in the top left corner.


Try stepping up your next card with some masking! It’s easy to do, and can be used any time. Plus, it doesn’t require a lot of extra or special tools. I hope that I’ve inspired you to branch out a bit with your creating. Have fun! Thanks for spending some time with me – see you next time!

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You Bring Me Joy!!

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Hello, crafty friends and welcome back! Laurie here to share a summery card using stamps and dies from My Favorite Things! This includes a Christmas stamp and die set!

One of my all time fave MFT sets is the Rustic Wildflowers. I love this simple, floral layering set that I just may have to get the More Rustic Wildflowers set!! I started by stamping almost every image from this set, some more than once. I chose to use only 2 colours for my project. Pink for the flowers and a light teal for the leaves!

I played around with a design for a LONG time and finally settled on creating a partial frame with only a few of the stamped images. I thought a panel of kraft cardstock would look quite nice so after running it through with a diagonal stripe embossing folder, I adhered it to a top fold, landscape, A2 sized card base.

The sentiment comes from the holiday themed Filled With Joy Stamp Set along with its co-ordinating dies. By simply switching the colour scheme, this card is not Christmas-y at all! I had originally stamped the sentiment onto a banner but it really overtook the “joy” die cut. Instead, I trimmed around it with scissors and adhered it over top of the “O” for a little interest.

I decided to not add any sparkle. I know, shocking! Instead, I went with three black gems to tie into the sentiment and the centres of the flowers.

Thank you for stopping by today and hoping your week is wonderful!


Best In Show

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Hello, crafty friend! It’s Deb here, with a new card for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. I hope you’ve been reading & enjoying the fabulous projects shared by the rest of the team. I’m always blown away by the creativity everyone shares.

Today I’m sharing a stamped & die cut card, with some ink blending. It features the My Favorite Things (MFT) ‘Best in Show‘ stamp set and coordinating dies.

Best In Show

You don’t have to travel to Westminster to see these amazing pups in action!

Best in Show

The Best in Show set includes 3 adorable dogs images, plus an agility course, and a number of great sentiments. Everything a dog lover needs for an adorable and inspiring card.


Create your background on a panel of white cardstock. Smooth is best for good blending. Use a Blender Brush and some Distress Oxide ink pads to create a scenic background. For the grass, start by blending on Cracked Pistachio. Over that, blend on some Mowed Lawn, for depth.

Leave a bit of white space above the grass, and blend on a strip of Mustard Seed Distress ink, for some sunshine. After all, it’s a happy day!  Above the grass, blend on some Tumbled Glass ink, and on top of that, add some Broken China Distress Oxide. Now you have your background done, set it aside to work on your images.


On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp the images from the Best in Show set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. You can use your favourite colouring medium; I chose to use some alcohol markers.  After colouring the images, use your die cutting machine with the coordinating MFT Best in Show dies for each one.

Use a large oval die for the background. I decided that a bit more interest was needed for the background. so I added some grass. Take a strip of white cardstock, and blend Cracked Pistachio Distress ink onto it. Use the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die, and die cut the strip of grass.

Stamp the sentiment onto a strip of white cardstock in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, and heat set it with Clear embossing powder and a heat tool.


Attach your oval background panel to a bright yellow cardstock panel, using foam tape. Now, arrange your focal images, and attach them with foam tape or squares. Tuck in some pieces of the die cut grass strip you created; cutting small pieces and attaching them with a Quickie Glue Pen.

Add the sentiment strip across the top left of the images. Finally, you can attach your front panel to a dark green card base.

Best in Show

The combination of blended background, plus popped up die cuts adds loads of dimension to this fun card! Keeping the colours bright & fresh makes it a happy scene.


I hope you’ve been inspired to start your own agility Best in Show! The supplies you need are available on line for purchase, to re create this card. Links are provided below, for your convenience.

Best in Show