Friday, August 14, 2015

Masking Butterflies Tutorial

Time for a little mid-challenge inspiration and reminder for the Happy Little Stampers CAS masking challenge.  Come on over and join the fun!

Now, Linda had commented on my previous masked butterfly card and asked for clarification on my masking technique with Copics and the MISTI. So, last night I made another butterfly card and documented the process as I went along.  I hope this helps you!
  1. Set up your MISTI and place scrap paper between the card stock panel and black foam pad.  This avoids ink being absorbed by the foam. I also find it easier to see what I'm doing.
  2. Stamp your first image and leave the stamp in place on the lid of the MISTI.  Do NOT remove the cardstock panel.  
  3. Notice the image is rather splotchy at this point. 

  4. Color the image carefully to avoid accidentally moving the cardstock panel.
  5. Re-stamp the image to cover up any stray marks and to deepen the color.  It really pops now, right?
  6. Now lay down a mask over your image and position the next image.
  7. With the MISTI I place the stamp where I want on the card stock panel and then lower the lid to pick up the stamp.  When I ink up and stamp the image, it is exactly where I had it.
  8. Color up this image as above, leaving the mask in place.
  9. The first stamping was really light but look how it pops after re-stamping.
  10. You can also see where I nudged the card stock just the tiniest bit so the second stamping isn't quite in alignment with the first.
  11.  Continue in this manner until your work of art is ready to go!

The Details:  Hammermill 80lb color cardstock, PTI 140lb white card stock base, Recollections black cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black, MFT Inspired by Butterflies, 7 Gypsies sentiment, Wink of Stella, Versamark, Stampendous black detail fine embossing powder, Copic BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, Y11, Y13

I'm entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More #157 Make Your Mark, Fab 'n' Funky #270 Anything with Wings   


  1. Thanks for the tutorial Toni! Great job with this masking technique ... love my Misti but have not tried using for this. Gorgeous colours on your butterflies! xx

  2. Wonderful tutorial, Toni. LOVE your masking with these pretty butterflies. LOVE the colours!! xx

  3. okay okay okay...can you bring that MISTI over next time....I wanna see it live and in action. I always correlated it to mass production rather than single cards....BTW, your butterfly card is WOW.

  4. This is beautiful and love the bright colours!

  5. This is just stunning Toni and thank you for a great tutorial! Have a lovely day my friend! Hazel xx

  6. Beautiful masked butterflies, Toni! Love these colors!

  7. Beautiful butterfly card the colours look amazing a great tutorial, thank you for joining us at the FAB 'N' FUNKY challenge
    lorraine x

  8. Gorgeous! I love the butterflies, great movement!! Thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

  9. Beautiful masking and colouring, Toni! Your card is gorgeous and I love the colours.


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