Wednesday’s Card: Masking!

Masking with Butterflies
Masking with Butterflies (zoom)
Masking with Butterflies (side)

Happy Wednesday!

This week I have 3 cards to show!!! The one above was my starting point. I happened to come across THIS CARD on SplitCoastStampers. I just loved how simple it was! She said she got the idea from the Craft Stamper ezine… it’s a free pdf and the card is right on the cover. I downloaded this ezine, but I haven’t had time to look at it yet. Anyhoo…

This card is sprayed with Perfect Pearls mixed with water. It’s very shimmery in person. I used a butterfly technique I saw Jennifer McGuire use awhile back with linen thread – just wrap it around and tie a knot at the top! Very handy.

UPDATE: I am getting a lot of questions about the masking tape. It’s craft tape – not the real masking tape you use around the house. 🙂 You can buy it HERE.

UPDATE 2: Sorry for those of you who cannot access the ezine. Apparently it expired. 🙁 However, you should still be able to see the card on the cover that gave me my inspiration.

Here is the video on how to make the card above. Scroll down for some holiday versions!

I thought it would be fun to create some quick holiday cards with this technique. Now, if you’re doing maybe 25-30 cards, this masking technique is a good idea. If you’re going for closer to 100, then not a good idea. It’s not quite as simple as it looks!!

Here is my first holiday version (see supplies at the end of this post). I used my favorite Christmas stamp set, Snow Swirled. I applied glitter stickles to the snowflake centers. I also flicked water on the blue part after I inked it, before removing the masking tape. Be careful with how much water you flick – if a puddle lands right at the edge, you won’t have a clean line of color when you remove the tape:

Masking with Snowflakes
Masking with Snowflakes (zoom)

Here is my second holiday version (see supplies at the end of this post). I inked the background before stamping the tree. I stamped a star on a separate sheet of paper, applied yellow stickles, then cut it out and glued it to the top:

Masking with Christmas Tree
Masking with Christmas Tree (zoom)

Hope you enjoyed today’s cards – see you next week!

Butterfly Card Supply List

Other Supplies:

  • Ranger Perfect Pearls, Silver (mixed with water)
  • Eclipse 33-foot Masking Tape Roll

Snowflake Card Supply List

Other Supplies:

  • Ranger Ice Stickles
  • Eclipse 33-foot Masking Tape Roll

Christmas Tree Card Supply List

Other Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Owl Christmas Stamp Set
  • Ranger Ice Stickles, Yellow
  • Eclipse 33-foot Masking Tape Roll


  1. I “just” found your site and am in love with your ideas. Very classy and elegant work. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Great technique….I especially like the one with the Christmas tree….and that halo of “light” around the star. How smart and how pretty!

  3. Dee in N.H. says:

    Gorgeous cards! Love the sponging!


  5. Delightful Darlene! I used the technique to make some halloween cards for my nieces – – and found that large (generic) post-it-like notes also hold a firm line. Looking forward to your next creation!!!

  6. Great cards! I love how simple they are yet very stunning. TFS.

  7. Darlene – somehow I came across your owl card (I can’t remember how … some days it’s just scary being me! 🙂 and couldn’t “refind” it. Fortunately, I DID (finally) find it again and then came to your blog. I’m SO glad I did. I love your projects and your videos are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. I’m excited to take some time and go through some of your past videos.

  8. I just came across your blog. I love your cards…thanks for sharing. I would love to see more of your scrapbook pages too!!!

  9. These cards are beautiful! They give me a lot of inspiration. Just a quick question, I notice in your videos the sponge you use seems to have already been used for that specific ink. I was wondering how you store them so they don’t get mixed up? Thanks for all your hard work that you put into your cards and videos for us!

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      @Michele – I store my foam applicators on this storage rack. I use a single foam applicator for each color family, and I used a sharpie on the top of the wood block to label it (you can probably see this in my videos). So, for example, the one I label red is used for reds and pinks, the one labeled blue is used for all shades of blue, etc.

  10. Gorgeous cards!
    I’m curious what you’re using to pick up the little pearls. Tweezers? One of those things (I’m sure it has a name, but my brain’s let me down here) that is sticky on the end?

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      @Shauna – The tool I am using is actually a paper piercer!! HERE is an example of one. I have two piercers – one for sticky stuff and one that I use for real paper piercing. I use the sticky one for various glue-related projects, for poking a hole in liquid glues, and for removing extra adhesive from my Xyron when trying to adhere letters to a scrapbook page. With all these activities, the piercer is permanently sticky at the end! It makes it very, very convenient for picking up little tiny pieces. I use it with my owl punch to put the owl pieces together!

  11. Very pretty Darlene. I love the mix of inks in the background and the shimmer with the Perfect Pearls. There is just so much scope to make cards using this technique. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Just found your site and love it!! Your videos are great–they are just the right speed and your card designs are beautiful. I’m having so much fun going back through all the videos I missed! Thank you for this site and helping those of us who need a little inspiration.

  13. These are beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial and I will definitely be pinning these for future cards!

  14. Gorgeous cards Darlene!!! I too love the black against the blue background. Stunning.

  15. I love love love these cards and have to admit the blue one is my favorite. I’m a big fan of the black on bright colors. Thanks for sharing – again! I wish you lived closer so I could hire you for private tutorials!!

  16. These are lovely cards! Thank you for the tutorial and all the wonderful examples.

  17. Love this idea – so simple yet elegant. You could use some post-it notes instead of the tape for your masking process. This would be a great technique to teach the kids for making Chrissy cards without too much mess. Thanks so much for sharing.

  18. Oh what beautiful cards and your tutorial is great. Now I just need to convert it to step by step so I can have a hard copy. Love all three. TFS

  19. G’day Darlene – goodness me is it xmas card making time already!!!! Beautiful cards (mojo definitely in place!! :-)), thanks for sharing and it revs me up for this Friday night….Stampin Up gathering at my house to celebrate the new catalogue. Haven’t stamped in awhile and now really looking forward to getting back into it all. Take care, Jacqui.

  20. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the video showing how you created these cards. I’ll try this out soon! Thanks again for sharing!

  21. What a wonderful cards. What a great way to get great results. I love the black butterflies with the 3 colors you used. They really pop!

  22. Darlene,
    I love the way you do everything! I love this card as well as the others. They are so pretty! You make everything look so easy. Great job!

  23. These are so elegant and they look like they’d be great for mass production.

  24. Darlene, The cards are Beautiful. Can’t wait to try this technique. Look forward to Wednesdays and your website. Thank you so much!!

  25. Love the vivid colors off set by darker butterflies…
    Now have to catch up on videos…. LOVE!!!!!

  26. I am addicted to your site now and feel like a stalker!!! I love how you do your videos – its awesome! And you are an inspiration to all crafters — thank you for sharing your wonderful talent and eye for detail with all of us!

  27. So inspiring! Definitely gonna make some christmas cards with this technique. Thanks for sharing! Really like the peace on earth card, cause you stamped outside de masking area.

  28. These cards are great. Thanks for the video! I was wondering about the tape. Is it a special kind of masking tape or just normal wide masking tape? Thank you.

  29. Hi Darlene,
    My daughters are now looking at your videos, and I am getting suggestions from the oldest one to do it like Darlene did!!
    These are wonderful, nice one layer cards for quick christmas cards….I like!

  30. These are so beautiful Darlene! I love this masking technique, so versatile, you could whip up quite a number of cards in a fairly short time. I’ve often seen Jeenifer McGuire use that technique on her butterflies but have never tried it, I think I need to give it a go as it looks so great. Beautiful work!

  31. Wow, they are beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial. I may have to try it!

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