Play with Masking and Ghosting in Crafting

One Layer, Two Techniques

by Martha Lucia Gomez


These techniques are not complicated, they are fun! In today’s card I want to share with you two easy techniques that you can do in a few steps to get an amazing look. The best part is that if you combine pigment and dye inks, you get the most beautiful colors.

Skill: Beginner

Time: 30 min + drying time


Step 1

Cut the base of your card using a piece of Crumb Cake or Kraft card stock. The size will be 4-1/4″x 11″. Make a score line at 5-1/2″ and fold.


Step 2

Stamp your main image, in this case the flower, over a post it or masking paper and cut it exactly on the border with scissors. I cut several because the pigment ink softens the paper.


Step 3

Stamp your fist flower over the card base using VersaColor White. Cover this flower with the masking flower, ink your stamp again and stamp your second flower using the same ink. Repeat this process until you have completed your design.

If you consider it necessary, replace the post it flower to avoid imperfections on the masking technique.

VersaColor is a water-based pigment ink that you can use to emboss or for stamping, stenciling or paper art techniques. Make sure this layer is dry before continuing to the next step.


Step 4

Now using Memento Ink, stamp over the first flower a little off center from the original position to develop the ghosting look. In my sample I am using the Dandelion and Tangelo colors for the flowers and Morocco for the inside details. For the leaves I used Bamboo Leaves. Note that in this step you need to use the masking flower again to have the three different colors and keep the masking concept.


Step 5

Stamp your sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to create a big contrast of colors.


Step 6

If you want to add a shimmer touch, take a brush paint and Champagne Mist All-Purpose Ink and add a few details on the center of the flowers. To finalize the decoration, add some rhinestones on the center of the flowers and voila, your one layer card is totally finished.


  • Stampin’ Up – Flower Patch Stamp Set.
  • Crumb Cake or Kraft cardstock
  • Masking papers
  • Rhinestones
  • Tools – scissors, paint brush

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