In today’s Make It Monday video, Betsy is going to demonstrate a technique she’s used on a few cards recently that combines masking and ink sponging to create gorgeous layered backgrounds!


  • STAMPS:  Fab Flakes, Floral Fantasy: Christmas
  • INK:  Spring Rain, Tropical Teal, Royal Velvet, Blueberry Sky
  • PAPER:  Stamper’s Select White Cardstock
  • DIES:  Fab Flakes, Snowfall Style 1, Snowfall Style 2, Floral Fantasy: Christmas
  • OTHER:  Removable vinyl, ink blending sponge, sequins, vellum

CLICK HERE to visit Betsy’s blog to see more!

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 on Monday mornings at 9am ET.
  • Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and include masking and ink sponging like Betsy shared in the video.
  • 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, November 26th, 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, <November 26th, 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!


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  • 1
    Kathy Mc says:

    Gorgeous, Betsy! What a fun technique! Glad I have time to think about what dies to use…besides snowflakes.

  • 2
    Luanne Ford says:

    This is amazing! Thanks for the vinyl tip too!!

  • 3
    Roxanne says:

    So cool – I was admiring that technique this week. I don’t have an Instagram account so couldn’t look at the post you did there on the technique. So glad it became a Make it Monday!

  • 4
    Adele Holcomb says:

    This was a very fun technique. I made one card front yesterday which I will turn into a finished card in the next day or so and if I get a chance, I have more ideas I want to play with! The tip about using vinyl was awesome. In fact I have some Cricut stencil material that worked perfectly. The best part is that I was able to place the used cuts on a sheet of wax paper so I can use them again.

    Thanks for a tutorial I enjoyed very much.

  • 5
    christal mclean says:

    I had a few chuckles because at the beginning of the video, I noticed Betsy inadvertently had formed hand shadow puppets that were talking! Now, I do have an overactive imagination that sees shapes in clouds and so forth, but I got a kick out of this! Aside from that, the video and card creation was stunning! What a fabulous technique and I can hardly wait to make one. Thanks Betsy, for brightening my day!

  • 6
    Stephanie Clapper says:

    Beautiful and artsy! Thank you Betsy for sharing your tutorial. You always keep us inspired & your techniques are always fresh and fun! Seriously! 🙂

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