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Easy Masking, Neon Ombre and a Deal

Aloha friends!  Niki G. here with a super easy way to do some quick masking.  Have you seen our latest challenge?  You could win a $25 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store just by sharing your project with masking!

Ok on to today’s card…


To create the background I quickly inked up the Tiny Flowers and Dots using the newest Hero Arts neon ombre ink (neon chartreuse to blue).  This background stamp is currently a whopping $5!  It’s pretty, and fun, and for $5 it’s a deal!!  Hurry cause there’s only 1 left…good luck!

Then I swiped the neon ombre ink pad on a separate piece of cardstock that was die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  You’ll need to allow this to dry completely before doing this next step! I took the sentiment from the Hero Arts You’re So Kind set and stamped it with Versamark ink at the bottom of the swipes, then covered in Hero Arts White Embossing powder and heat set.  I then masked off the bottom of the stamp using painter’s tape to be able to just ink up the happy part.


I pressed the Versamark inkpad over and removed the tape.  Now only the word “happy” is inked and I can continue the process to make a Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday card!  A MISTI tool helps keep everything aligned.

Here’s a closeup…


I used fun foam to give that swiped panel some dimension from the card base.

So there ya have it!  Masking can be simple and fun!!  Hope you’ll join us.

Mahalo for stopping by!



Mask That Stencil

Hi, crafty friends, it’s Chark here today with some easy masking. I used my fave star stencil and a digi star with sentiment to create this card. I wanted it to look like the big star was trailing some smaller stars, so I just placed my stencil where I wanted it and added some paper that I cut and adhered to the stencil (I used dot roller adhesive).


After that, I used an ink dauber to quickly color the stencil…love those daubers!

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Then I placed the digi stamp (that I trimmed) into place and inked the edges.


I decided to use a die cut as a stencil for this card and just laid the white die cut in place and inked with Salted Ocean Distress Ink on the edges of the card. I didn’t measure or anything and wasn’t going for perfectly placed background images. Then the die cut was all blue, so I popped in the center and added a “Thanks” die cut. I masked the “stencil/die cut” I made so just parts would be inked on the background.


These took so little time (considering I was a little afraid of masking, because I figured you had to be really neat and precise, which I am not at all!) that I will be doing this technique again for fast cards.

Don’t forget to enter your Hero Arts projects in this month’s challenge: Masking.

aAnd a little birdie told me the ink daubers (including the neon colors) are on sale at the store. The yellow one I used is just $3.50! Wait, there’s more… A2Z Scrapbooking is also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Follow us on these social media sites, so you don’t  miss out on any future promotions, challenges and inspiration!

Happy Wednesday!


Remember, you can Special Order any of these supplies if the store is temporarily out of the item at no extra charge! Just request it and a2z will make sure you get it!

Astral Digital Stamps

Yellow Ink Dauber

Sky Stencil Pair 

Dot Paper from Echo Park

Star Dust Stickles

Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Thanks Stamp and Cut

Winter Cheer Tag Set