Make It Monday #248: Ink Blending Through Die Cut Masks

This week, join Lizzie as she shows her tips for ink blending with your own die cut masks!


MIM 248 You Make Me Happy Card

MIM 248 You Make Me Happy Close Up

If you are joining along this week, here are the details concerning the Make It Monday Challenge.

–A new Make It Monday Challenge will go up every Monday morning at 9am EST.

–Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and ink blending with a die cut mask.

–Please enter new projects only.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to our InLinkz list below.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE.  

–You will have until 6am, Monday, May 16, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 

–One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday,  May 16, after 6am. The winner will be posted here on this blog post, on Twitter and Facebook. The randomly selected winner will get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!

Good luck to everyone and we look forward to seeing your projects!


Mim winner

Congrats to Gracie G! Please send a note to Customer Service and provide them with your full name and the email address you would like your gift certificate sent to! Thanks to everyone for playing along and sharing your talents with us!

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Join the discussion 28 Comments

  • 1
    Greta H says:

    Love your card, Lizzie! I’ve only tried a vellum mask once, but you’ve inspired me to give it another go. Probably I needed the heavy weight as you didn’t have any trouble with the point at the top of the heart. Thank you for a great video!

  • 2
    Donna Phelan says:

    Love your card and this technique! Pretty!

  • 3
    Marybeth says:

    Love your card and video! Can’t wait to play!

  • 4
    Vicki A says:

    I love your card Lizzie. Do you know if there is a tutorial on how to cut striped paper diagonally? I did try and used up a whole sheet, which seems wasteful. Thank you.

  • 5

    One of my favorite techniques! Will play for sure!

  • 6
    Joan VanCourt says:

    Love this. I love the make it Mondays !

  • 7
    maria f. says:

    Love your card design, Lizzie!

  • 8
    Janet L. Castle says:

    Lovely card Lizzie….thanks for sharing!
    Paper Hugs,

  • 9
    Holly Saveur says:

    Gorgeous card and great idea!

  • 10
    Roberta says:

    I have no clue why you sponge the ink all over the vellum outside of the cutout image. The resulting card is pretty, but can’t you just work within the cutout part as well as a tiny bit outside of it to ensure smooth edges? Why sponge such a large area? ?

  • 11

    Great technique!

  • 12

    So pretty, Lizzie! What a great idea to die cut your masks on vellum. I’m sure that will really be helpful for smooth ink blending. Can’t wait to try it! I have vellum cardstock, so I think the masks will be strong enough to reuse again and again. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful technique, Lizzie! ♡

  • 13
    Michele W says:

    Sweet card. Thanks for the great video and for sharing this technique. I never thought of using vellum to create masks but will definitely be giving it a try.

  • 14
    Lizzie Jones says:

    It’s a personal preference, I suppose. I’ve tried blending a few different ways with varying sizes of scrap paper and this is just the way that has worked best for me. You’re free to use however much scrap space you need to get the results that you’re happy with though. I hope you’ll play along!

  • 15
    Lizzie Jones says:

    Vicki, I don’t think there’s a video specifically regarding cutting the striped paper on a diagonal. I tend to just eyeball the angle, trim off one corner, and do the other three edges from there. If I’m careful I can typically get two card fronts from one sheet of paper. You do use up more paper, but I love how it looks so much that I’m willing to deal with the waste. I also keep the excess bits and use them for die cuts and small accents, so less is wasted that way.

  • 16
    Florence Pangelinan says:

    Lovely card, and great technique. TY for sharing.

  • 17
    Trina P. says:

    Beautiful card. Love the soft muted colors.

  • 18
    Sharon H. says:

    Great idea using vellum as a masking element. Very sweet card! Thanks for the great video.

  • 19
    ShirleyD says:

    Love your colorful card. Great technique using vellum as a mask…thank you for the inspiration.

  • 20
    Pam D. says:

    Beautiful card… I’ll have to try this lovely technique.

  • 21
    Renee Lewis says:

    I think using the colored card stock for the card base is very pretty. I have always used the neutrals but I like this better. Thanks again for all the information on how each card is made.

  • 22
    Andrea says:

    Thanks for some great ideas. And remember, you can buy great vellum from me at

  • 23
    LauraJane:) says:

    Such a great idea to use vellum..I have never thought of that very helpful detail! Thanks Lizzie:)

  • 24
    Madonna Roberts says:

    Love all the new items. Waiting for release.

  • 25
    Manuela says:

    super technique and beautiful card

  • 26
    Marlena M says:

    Such a great card! Thank you for improving my stenciling skills with your tutorial~

  • 27
    Maye M.L. says:

    Very creative technique and enjoyable video. Thanks for the inspiration. Cheers!

  • 28
    Martha says:

    Thanks, Lizzie, for the fun MIM and the lovely inspiration.

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