Make It Monday #250: Masked Backgrounds

Join Laurie Willison today as she shows you step by step instructions to create amazing masked backgrounds!




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 a masked background.

–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 30, 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 30, 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!



Congratulations, Bev W! Please email customer service and provide them with your full name and the email address you would like them to send your gift certificate to. And a big thank you to everyone who played along!

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  • 1
    jan metcalf says:

    I am an inky finger stamper and love your idea about post it notes! Your Make it Monday techniques will be fun to use with stencils!

  • 2

    Great simple but beautiful card. Love the tip about inky fingers and the clear work area.

  • 3
    super stick chick says:

    LOVED your video!!!!! You had so many great tips and tricks. One of the best videos I’ve seen.

  • 4
    Charlene says:

    Thank you for your video – so many great tips – post it finger print proofing, clear sheets to move project, spray glue, fun foam die placement (the bomb!) – great video – thanks for your time to produce it!

  • 5
    Sandy S. says:

    Great! The little tips actually upstaged the theme this week. 🙂

  • 6
    Janet L. Castle says:

    Very pretty cards….love the tips and techniques! Thanks for sharing.

    QUESTION…..where did you get your black1/2″ grid board and how big is it?????????????????????

    Paper Hugs,
    Jan Castle
    castle 77 at comcast dot net

  • 7
    Becky Green says:

    SUPER VIDEO Laurie! 😉 I LOVE the black on the warm colors. It makes it quite striking! Think I’ll have to look for the Hugs set too! LOL

  • 8
    Marianne says:

    Love your bright yet clean looking card. Thanks also for some great tips in your video.

  • 9
    Linda says:

    Just proves that simple can be dramatic. Love the card and all the video tips.

  • 10
    Sue says:

    Thanks for sharing your masking technique. I really like the tips you have shared.

    What is the item called that you used to pick up the sequins so easily? Thanks

  • 11
    Gabby says:

    Nice card! Such pretty colors. Great video, thanks for sharing all the how-tos. 🙂

  • 12
    Jean says:

    Loved your card! Great tips too! Thank you for sharing.

  • 13
    CherylQuilts says:

    Great video Laurie, and I loved a lot of your tips! Definitely loved the idea of using Post-It notes for when I have inky fingers (a lot…hehe!). And I love your card and enjoyed seeing how the Papertrey ink responds to the water. Beautifully done, and I love the “hugs” die and how you used the 3M spray. LOVED that idea! My DH uses it for other things, so I’ll have to “borrow” it from time to time…haha! Hugs!

  • 14
    Nancy Woolever says:

    Great video! Love the bright colors too!

  • 15
    marygunnFUNN says:

    ALL of the FUNN points for the small post-it note inky finger guard! Thanks – beautiful card.

  • 16
    Megan N says:

    I ALWAYS end up with a stray, fat inky fingerprint somewhere after ink blending. I’ll have to try the post-it note trick!

  • 17
    maura says:

    Thanks for the great video – I love this technique!

  • 18
    Angela Pearcy says:

    Thanks for the awesome tips! I’ve got to get some spray glue and using the die cut template from foam is excellent!

  • 19

    Can’t add the project – it writes “This InLinkz account has expired.”

  • 20
    Loretta says:

    Great video. Thank you so much. I love this card.

  • 21

    Love this easy way to mask. Thanks for the reminder!
    Oh no, the link has a glich? Today is the 24th and it’s closed already. Help, I can’t link my creation!

  • 22
    Vikki H says:

    what happened to the link? It says the account has expired and to look at another spot.

  • 23

    Everything with the InLinkz list is fixed now so you should have no further issues. I apologize for the delay and look forward to seeing all of your beautiful projects using Laurie’s fun technique. 🙂

  • 24
    Wanda Cullen says:

    Super helpful video, Laurie, with so many awesome tips! Love the background you created!

  • 25
    Greta H says:

    One of my favorite designs, but I’ve never used it to create a background like you did for the rainbow card. Thanks for the inspiration, Laurie! Now I need to find that Marvy tool.

  • 26
    Marcie says:

    Love all of your little tips through out the video. I was curious as to where you purchased your sequins and also did they all come in that great little storage box?

  • 27
    Martha says:

    Thanks, Laurie, for the wonderful tutorial & lovely inspiration.

  • 28

    Great background, love the stamping of the sentiment too

  • 29
    vicki says:

    Awesome video! LOVE the tip about using a post it note to avoid getting inky fingerprints on your card. Why did I never think of that?? Also – gotta get me some spray adhesive. Do you spray over a trash can or something?

  • 30
    Angie G. says:

    Laurie….this was, surprisingly, one of the best card tutorials I have ever watched. You included so many tricks with inking and adhesive that I was never aware of. Thank you so much!

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