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Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 13 comments

Tutorial: Holiday Masking

Is everybody ready for a Tutorial Throwback? Here is one from the archives (Dec. 2010) by Julie that was posted by Kate! This seems like the perfect time of year to revisit this beautiful wintery card that can be made for the season or for Christmas! Please don’t ever worry about having the very same supplies as the tutorial… part of the fun is using what you have on hand. I don’t have that cute reindeer or tree stamp, but I have a moose!  Don’t have the exact colors shown? Improvise. Check out the little detail about the clear acrylic snowflake embellishments… won’t this be fun for lots of holiday cards??  Take what you like from this tutorial and give it a try… I can’t wait to see what you have to share!

There are quite a few steps but the end result is totally worth it. Throughout the tutorial you can click on any picture to view it larger.

The supplies: White cardstock cut to 3.75″ x 5″, Early Espresso cardstock cut to 4″ x 5.25″, white A2 cardbase, clear acrylic craft sheet (or old transparency!), Archival Ink in Jet Black, Stampin’ Up inks in Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, and Night of Navy, a large circle punch (2.5″ diameter), a snowflake punch, a clear gel glitter pen, sponges for each ink color, a paper piercer, small red adhesive rhinestones, small silver brads, sheer white ribbon, post-it notes, and stamps from the sets Peaceful Wishes, Lovely as a Tree, and the single stamp Dasher. Not pictured: Versamark and silver embossing powder.

First, punch a large circle out of a post-it note and stick it in the middle of your white cardstock. Then tear a post-it note (along the sticky edge) and place that across the bottom of the circle. This masks your moon and snow. Sponge Bashful Blue ink on the exposed white area.

Sponge Brocade Blue ink over two-thirds of the Bashful Blue, then sponge Night of Navy ink over one-third, creating a fade effect.

Remove the masks and stamp Dasher in the center of the moon with Early Espresso ink. Stamp the trees twice, hanging off each side, with Archival Ink Jet Black. In the picture above, mine is faded because my ink pad needs to be refilled, but I left it because I liked the weathered effect, which you can achieve intentionally by stamping off onto scrap paper once before stamping your cardstock.

Grab your torn post it note and place it upside down over the bottom of the moon, making it even with the horizon. Tear another post it note in a swoop shape and stick it on the bottom section of the card. Sponge lightly with Archival Ink Jet Black.

Move your post-its and sponge again to create a shadow underneath Dasher and another snowdrift.

Stamp Peaceful Wishes across the top in Versamark and heat emboss with silver embossing powder.

Using the glitter gel pen, carefully trace over Dasher’s antlers to give them some bling. (See that smudge? Don’t do that)
(Also – check your giltter gel pens to ensure that they pass the “sweater test” – some glitter gels are great and stay put – others may need a little sealing. Worried? Skip this step! It would be just as beautiful without!)

Punch two snowflakes out of an old transparency or a clear acrylic craft sheet. Use a paper piercer to poke holes through the middle of the snowflakes.

Add your Early Espresso mat, then tie on the sheer ribbon and affix your snowflakes with silver brads. Add the red adhesive rhinestone to Dasher’s Rudolph’s nose for your final touch, then adhere to your white cardbase.Thanks, Julie, for this great tutorial!

Hey, leave some love for Julie for sharing with us again today! Don’t forget that you can find all of our past tutorials on the Tutorial Page. Here’s another great resource: a whole wall full of Stars & Stamps Pinterest ideas! Submissions for tutorials are open wide… I know that you guys have loads of wintery, Christmas or even Valentine ideas to share. Send in your ideas to nancy @ operationwritehome . org!



  1. This is absolutely beautiful. And I appreciate that it doesn’t take a ton of specialty products!

  2. I think I have all of these supplies! I am off to try to make my own!

  3. Beautiful card and a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Great idea for the background! There are endless stamps this would work with.

  5. Wonderful card! Love that you shared the “how to”. Thank you.

  6. Thanks for the tutorial. The card is beautiful!

  7. Thanks for the tutorial, I can hardly wait do this technique! This is a beautiful card!

  8. Love this! Learning to love sponging as well…off to the stamp table as I have all these supplies! Thanks for this awesome idea as well as tutorial!

  9. Gorgeous! Thanks so much.

  10. Thanks so much for the great card and the wonderful tutorial. I learned a lot.

  11. Gorgeous card! TFS!

  12. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! And now, I know how to duplicate it, thanks to the tutorial. Thank you so very much for sharing this again (for those of us who missed it the first time).

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