Go ahead and find the cutest stamp you own and stack them up!  Betsy will show you how to use some easy masking to create a whole pile of cuteness!


  • STAMPS:  The Cat’s Meow, Blue Skies
  • INK:  Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Memento Tuxedo
  • PAPER:  Stamper’s Select White cardstock, scraps of colored cardstock for bows
  • DIES:  Cat’s Meow, Dress Up Dolls: Basics
  • OTHER:  Copic markers, ink blending sponge, sticky notes

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 ET.
  • Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and masking & stamping.
  • 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 ET, Monday, March 5th, 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, March 5th, 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!


Congratulations, Nancy Penir! Please send an email to customer service and provide them with your full name and the email address you would like your gift certificate sent to. Thanks so much to everyone for playing along!

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Join the discussion 11 Comments

  • 1
    Diana K says:

    Help, this method doesn’t work for me! Whenever I use a die cut to mask, it always leaves a white halo. I seem to need to trim my die cuts to a smaller size, which is very tricky.

    • 1.1
      Heather Nichols says:

      If you look at the images on Betsy’s card, there is white space around the images. You can always use a pen/marker to fill in the gaps. A stamp positioner can be helpful in adding pressure to the stamped image to push the stamping right up to the edge of the mask although Betsy didn’t use one for this project. I hope these few ideas from the team are helpful!

  • 2
    Dawn Y. says:

    Just adorable, Betsy! I can’t wait to try Masking & Stacking on a card this week! Although I don’t have any critter stamps, I think I will try it with a favorite snowman stamp. Huge thanks for all of the helpful tips! ?

  • 3
    Sue says:

    That turned out great! Diana’s comment will make me choose my image and die carefully. Plan to try it out today.

  • 4

    Thanks so much for the cute inspiration and for the fun challenge!

  • 5
    Nancy Penir says:

    Yay, Betsy! Love this technique. Cuteness times 10!

  • 6
    Michele W says:

    Thanks for all the masking and stacking tips! I especially like the tip about doing the blended background while the masks are still in place. I always wondered how designers made such beautiful backgrounds around stamped images. This technique makes it look so easy. Thanks! I’ll definitely be giving this technique a try.

  • 7

    […] week’s Papertrey Make It Monday Challenge is to use masks and stack images to make a card.  It was tough to come up with something I wanted to stack until I looked through […]

  • 8
    Pat Gasko says:

    I loved the kitties mask and stack tutorial. I made your Penguin card and the person who got it for her birthday loved it as much as I loved making it. I can’t wait until I do another card with one of my cute critters. I have to comment on your work surface it is very loud when you’re tapping your image on your ink pad, and when you put something down on it’s surface. It sounds like you’re work area is on a Drum or a Hollow object. It is a distraction especially if you’re talking while hitting your work surface.
    Your cards are so beautiful and I’ll remember to do my background before I pick up my masks. LOL Great idea.

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