Reverse Masking with Chrissie

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Hi everyone! Chrissie here and I’m super excited to be able to share this card on Catherine’s Blog today! We are going to do what I call a reverse masking technique. It’s very easy to do, with fantastic results.

Chrissie Tobas_BLOG POST First, trim a piece of pink cardstock to 4.25 x 11 and score/fold at 5.5 inches. Also, trim another piece of pink cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches.

Then, trim a piece of white cardstock to 3.75 x 5 inches. We are going to have a card base, a front panel and a frame around that panel, which is why it seems like we are cutting so much cardstock!

Next, fold a plain piece of paper (printer paper or really thin paper, not cardstock) in half and cut out a heart from the center (think back to elementary school when you trimmed out half of a heart and then unfolded the paper to have a full heart – that is what we are doing).

Put the heart aside and use the negative space for this project. This becomes our reverse mask!!! Place this mask over the white piece of 3.75 x 5 cardstock panel. Hold in place with hand or removable tape (you don’t want this moving, so make sure it is secured!).

Begin stamping. Use multiple flowers and leaves from the Love Grows Stamp Set, stamping inside the heart. Try to fill in the heart area as much as possible using different sized flowers, leaves, circles, etc.

Once the stamping is done, gently go over the area of the heart with Polished Ink using an ink blending tool or a dauber. Keep the ink heavier on the outer edges, lighter towards the center.

Make sure you can see still all of the stamping through the ink; keep the images visible. We are just adding this extra layer of ink to make sure the heart shape really stands out. Stamp the sentiment in Midnight in the lower right corner.

Finally, assemble the card using foam adhesive. Add the pink frame to the base, with the white panel on top using foam adhesive squares. This will give the card dimension.

Easy peasy, right? And if you don’t want to cut a heart mask, use a die! This is a great way to use that negative piece left over from die cutting. Get creative and use whatever shapes work for you!

Thank you so much, Catherine, for having me today!


  • Susan White February 23, 2018, 8:55 pm

    I love this technique!! Your card is beautiful!!

  • Sharon Perehudoff February 25, 2018, 2:28 pm

    Beautiful card do love the technique sure will have to give it a try, thank you for sharing.

  • Theresa February 27, 2018, 10:06 am

    Sooo awesome Chrissie. Beautiful card. I can’t wait to try this technique.

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