Artsy Index Card Tutorial

Using Masks While Stamping (Marjie Kemper)
How to Use Masks when Stamping (Marjie Kemper)

Welcome! Today I’m sharing how I made one of the Artsy Index Cards for this year’s 100 Day Project.  This is my second year participating in the daily project going on over on Instagram.

Artsy Index Card Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Masking Tutorial

I used a simple masking technique to create a speckled background for this card. I started out using a mask of the boy on this stamp.  Masks are wonderful because they protect a portion of your design, allowing you to keep it removed from other techniques.

Masking a stamp (Marjie Kemper)

Masks are also cheap… just use a post-it note and the sticky back does all the work.  Once I make a mask, I store it on the stamp itself.  When I need it, I simply peel it off. 

First, I stamped my image onto an index card. 

Masking a stamp 2 (Marjie Kemper)

Next, I peeled the mask off the stamp and covered my stamped image with it.

Masking a stamp 3 (Marjie Kemper)

Now that the boy is protected, I used post-its to cover the rest of the white index card.  Applying Distress Inks with an ink blending tool gave me nice all-around cover.

Using masks while stamping (Marjie Kemper)

After I’d covered the rest of the stamped image with inks, I peeled off the mask.  I’ve used a marker to color in the boy.

Using masks while stamping 2 (Marjie Kemper)

Now that my image is stamped and colored, I want to do something different with the white background.

Masking tutorial (Marjie Kemper).

I covered the stamped/colored image with post-its.  Using the ink blending tool, I applied color all around the stamped image.  Next I spritzed with water, creating nice droplet marks in my background. Notice the main stamped image is without marks due to the masks.

Masking and adding water

I hope you enjoyed this and that you’ll come check out see my other cards on Instagram.  We’re up to Day 50 already of this 100 day project!

Artsy Index Card Tutorial (Marjie Kemper)

Online Mixed Media Art Class

If you’d like to learn more about the techniques I use working with Distress Inks, Dylusions Ink Sprays, Distress Stains and more…. check out my online class with Craftsy.  It comes with lifetime access and a money-back guarantee!   It’s called Inventive Ink: Colorful Mixed Media Effects. Here’s a 2-minute preview video:


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  1. Gayle Hodgins says:

    Holy cow! This is positively brilliant! Thank you so much – a class in a blog post – I am so grateful! You really need to do a second class at Craftsy!!! I’ve watched the first one several times 🙂

  2. Girlie, what a great technique!!! Definitely need to remember to use that!

  3. Love that stamp! I thought it was Alfapha!

  4. Absolutely AMAZING! I loveeeeeeeeeee this!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jackie P Neal says:

    this is fab Marjie!!

  6. Wonderful use of the masking technique Marjie and I really like how you framed the boy with the word stickers. xx