How-To Work With Digital Images In Picmonkey + Catherine's Monkey Jo-Jo

Hello everyone!  And a warm welcome to all my newest followers and first time readers to my blog.  I'm so glad you are here.  Today I am excited to be sharing a set of 10 clean and simple kid's cards with you, featuring a very cute monkey drawing done by my daughter Catherine, who just turned 9 last month.

The set also include my own heart drawing and the beautiful sentiment by the lovely Donna Ellis for the Hug a Heart Card Drive.  The card drive is over now and I wish to thanks everyone that helped send in a card for this heartwarming cause.  On February 28th I will be announcing the winners for the prize giveaways along with the final card count update.  I hope you will be able to join me then.

How cute is this little monkey!   Doesn't that sweet smile just melt your heart away?  When Catherine first show me this little monkey back in November (which I shared in my blog post here), I immediately drawn to its sweet smiling face and knew I have to make a card with it.  But first I have to successfully convert the original 8.50"x11" size drawing in color pencils to a black and white digital image.  It turned out quite easy as Catherine has done a beautiful job keeping her lines very clean.

tutorial: How-To Mask Digital Images In Picmonkey

Did you know you can "mask" digital stamp images?  Yes you can and it is SO much easier than masking with clear or cling stamps.  There are many different ways you can do that.  But for today, I am going to show you how I "mask" Catherine's monkey, the heart and sentiment together and saving them as a single flat image file using picmonkey, a free online photo editor.  So let's get started!

First, I go to picmonkey.  Then I click on Edit to open up the monkey file (the main file I want to work with).

Next, I click on the Overlays button (the butterfly icon) from the toolbar on the left side of the screen, then click on Add Your Own button to insert in my heart drawing.  Then I resize the heart and position it over the hands.

Next, from the Blend Modes drop down menu option (#3 arrow above), I select "Darken" to "mask" the heart inside the hands.  Finally, I click on the Add Your Own button again to insert in the sentiment and position it to the right of the heart.  Then saved the "masked" images as a single, flat JPEG file.

My original plan was to create a set of 14 cards with this sweet monkey layout.  So after picmonkey, I opened up the "masked" image file in Microsoft Word (Window 10), resize it to 3.3x4.62 and print out 2 images per page onto Neenah cardstock. Then, I die cut them out with the MFT DIE-namics STAX Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle.

Next I create the A2 card base by trimming the Bazzill Easter Grass cardstock in half at 5.50" mark and then score each half at the 4.25" mark. I did this 14 times.

I colored the images with Copic and add a spark of glitter to the heart and vine with the clear Zig Wink of Stella. Then adhered them to the card base with double sided adhesive. 

Unfortunately I messed up on a couple images along the way coloring late in the night, leaving with just 10 good one at the end.  

Here's the ten finished cards.  I always stored my finished cards (with envelope) in a clear bag with a flap seal to keep them safely protected until time to send (deliver) them out.

And here are all the cards that I made for the Hug a Heart Card Drive.  I did not share a post on all of them.  But you can find the post for the Jar of Daisy Shaker card HERE, A Daisy Garden card HERE, the Pilot Panda Plane cards HERE, Rainbow cards HERE, the Heart Panda card HERE and the Rainbow Balloon card HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to share your comment with me. May you have a lovely rest of your day.


I would like to share my cute monkey cards in the following challenges: Artistic Inspiration - Challenge #172 ATG; Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #146 ATG; Crafty Sentiments Design - Your Favorite Combo (mine is combining own artwork with dies cut and color in Copic); Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge - #226 Love Is In The Air; Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Use Your Favorite Tool (mine is definitely the Sizzix Big Shot Express); Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Cute (mine is Catherine's cute monkey drawing); The Cutie Pie Challenge - #108 Simply Love ; Word Art Wednesday- ATG #270-271


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in the project are listed below. Just click on the thumbnail or wording and it will redirect you to the product's page. If the link not function properly, please let me know as each item is individually hand coded.

All items were personally purchased. I do not belong to any affiliate programs and only share of products that I absolutely love.

MFT DIE-namics STAX Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle

Clear Flap Seal Bag

Bazzill Easter Grass Cardstock

Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock

Tonix Maxi 12-Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Be Creative Tape

Zig Wink of Stella - Clear

Copic Markers

Sizzix Big Shot Express


I would love if you pin this Cute Monkey Kid's Card summary photo and be my pinterest buddy :)


Bunny said...

This monkey is so cute. Your daughter did a great job in creating this.

Lori Kobular said...

Your daughter did an awesome job with that adorable monkey! How sweet that you were able to turn her drawing into a card! The cards look amazing and will be loved by the children how receive them. Your set of cards for the Hug a Heart Card Drive are all wonderful! Thank you for organizing this card drive for the children!

Migdalia said...

Super cute monkey!!Such an adorable drawing! I am sure the kids will love it! I do!
She did an awesome job!
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting with Creative M

Becky said...

Great job by your daughter. I love that cute monkey. And thanks for sharing how you used Pic Monkey program to mask your cards. Great cards. Glad your card drive was a success. :-)

Fiki said...

this is super cute!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Thse are all so sweet, Christina! Great tutorial which I will be referring back to for sure! Your daughter did a beautiful job designing the adorable monkey! She is very talented! I enjoyed seeing all of your cards together! Beautiful work, my friend! So happy your card drive was such a big success!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christina, what an adorable monkey...and your daughter Catherine is so talented already! She is just like her mom! I love how you've shown the steps for masking in PicMonkey, and what truly darling cards with your wonderful coloring! Thanks for sharing, and what a joy these will bring to many of precious child! Hugs, sweet friend!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Cute fun card with the monkey image your daughter made and the sentiment Donna wrote is awesome with it. This is sure to be a hit with any age group.

Lisa xx said...

Wowzers...what a cute Monkey...and what a super talented daughter! Gorgeous card, really lovely cas design and what an interesting tutorial too. I tend to use pic monkey for my watermarks...will definitely try masking now too

Thank you for joining in with the Cuties xx

stampfoldandrepeat said...

Your daughter is very talented! And the monkey is super super cute. I thought it was a professional rubber stamp at first. Well done!

Linda W. said...

Oh this is so darling you two! Like mom, like daughter! I love the crispness and professionalism of all the cards, but this monkey and tut are out of this world! Thank you! (Plz check your email also. :)

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