Kids' Birthday Cards & Invitations Sets + Masking Technique With Clear Stamping Tutorial

Good Saturday everyone!  I hope this week has been kind to you and the weather is beautiful in your part of town.  Here in Columbus we've been experiencing a spring-like weather all week long until today.  We're back to the chilly 30s degree temperature.

Today I would like to share the birthday cards with matching invitations that I made for Catherine's and Matthew's birthday parties last month.  I hesitate sharing the project with you at first because of the poor photos quality.  But it has been awhile since I last share the masking technique using clear stamps and since Catherine's card was created using this technique, I figure now probably would be a great time to reintroduce it.


A quick photo of their birthday cakes - Finding Dory and The Angry Birds.  We ordered the cakes from the bakery department of our local Kroger grocery store.  I was very amazed by the artistic talent of the lady who did the kiddos' cakes!  I wish the photos show better.  Especially on the Finding Dory cake.  Her icing skill of the water was beyond anything I have ever seen!

How quickly time passes by!  Catherine is now 9 and Matthew, our little rascal, turned 7.  Since their birthday only ten days apart, each year we tried to celebrate their birthday together.  But this year they asked if they could have separate party.  Luckily for us, the places they wanted to have at were just 2 minutes drive from each other.  So we have the parties back to back, with a 30 minutes break between the two.  Kan and I were exhausted by end of day. But it was so worth it.  Seeing the smiles on their faces and of how much fun the kiddos have celebrating with their friends and fellow classmates was priceless!

"cute Chicks" Birthday Marching Band

This first birthday card and invitation set was for Matthew featuring the oh so cute Simon Says Stamp Cute Chicks Neat and Tangled Exlusive clear stamps set.  The moment Matthew saw this stamp set, he asked if I could create a "Cute Chicks" birthday marching band for him.  The fun upbeat of the design was really fitting for his party as it was held at The Bounce Club.

I started with the birthday card first, which is a 5"x7" finished size. I stamped the chicks, clouds and musical notes onto Neenah cardstock and colored them with Prismacolored premium color pencils.  I then colored on grass and then scanned the finished design into my laptop and saved as a JPEG format.  You'll see why I did that in a minute.

I then went back to finish up the card by mounting the finished design over a piece of Bazzill Licorice cardstock and then onto the Bazzill Robin Blue cardstock card base.  Then, I stamped out two balloons from the Reverse Confetti Boxes 'N Balloons clear stamp set with Hero Arts ink pads in Soft Pool and Soft Lilac Purple.  Fussy cut them out and mount onto the card with foam tape and finished the card by freehand draw in the balloon strings.

For the invitations, which is a 5"x7" finished, I created them in picmonkey.  Remember how I scanned the finished colored scene design into my laptop and saved as a JPEG image?  Here's where I use it.  After I layout the party's information, I insert the image in using the masking with digi technique I show in a previous post here.  Then print, trim and adhere onto the Bazzill Robin Blue cardstock.  If you have to make LOTS of invitations, I recommend you create them on your computer and print.  It will cut down time and stress.

"Game On" Soccer Theme Birthday

For Catherine's birthday card and invitations, I follow the exact process on her as I did with Matthew's by working on the card first.  Then the invitations.

Catherine wanted a soccer party at Locker Soccer, an indoor soccer academy where the kiddos brush up on their soccer skills during winter season.  So I got this very cute Cleary Besotted Game On clear stamp set just for her.   And she was head over heel in love with these very adorable sport dogs!  How about you?

Below I will share how I combined the masking technique with my own freehand drawing of the goal post to create this very adorable soccer game scene on Catherine's card.




  • Copic multiliner pens
  • Copic markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser


1. Set the scene by first stamp the two dogs and soccer ball with the Lawn Fawn Black Licorice ink onto Neenah 80# cardstock (or any white cardstock).

2. Lightly sketch out the goal post around the images in pencil first.  Then go over it with Copic multiliner pen, using the ruler as guide.  Erase the pencil marks.  Now add on grass by doing a upward flicking strokes with the multiliner pen.

3.  To create the masks, stamp the images again onto the masking paper and fussy cut them out very close to the line if you do not want to leave any white spaces between the ink and the images.  NOTES:  This method apply to rubber stamping too.

TIP: substitute the masking paper with Post-It note and apply temporary (removal)l adhesive to the backing to hold it in place over the stamped images.

4.  Apply the mask pieces over the images.  With the blending tool and applying gentle pressure, blend in blue sky with the Tsukineko VersaMagic Ink Pad Sea Breeze.

5.  Tear a piece of paper towel to create the hill template.  Working off the paper towel, brush the Hero Art Mid-tone Green Hills ink onto the cardstock in an upward stroke with the blending tool.

6.  Remove the masking pieces to reveal the white images underneath.  Draw a flower clip on the head of the dog doing the kicking.  Now color the images with your favorite mediums and mount onto your card base.  I used Copic markers.  

And here are the kids' invitations.  We invited their entire class plus a few other friends.  We end up with exactly 25 kids at each party.

Did you enjoy this little masking technique using clear stamps tutorial?  Please share with me in the comment below what other stamping techniques or card style tutorials you would like to learn.

Thanks so much for taking time to visit me today. May you have a lovely rest of your day!


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.

SSS Cute Chicks Clear Stamps Set

Clearly Besotted Game On Clear Stamp Set

Reverse Confetti Boxes 'N Balloons Clear Stamp Set

Copic Markers

Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Sizzix Big Shot Express

Be Creative Tape

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White

Bazzill Cardstock Robin Egg

Bazzill Cardstock Licorice

Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools

Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Tsukineko VersaMagic Ink Pad

Copic multiliner pens

Prismacolor Premier COlored Pencils

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Soft Pool Aqua

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Soft Lilac Purple

Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad Green Hills Mid-Tone

Lawn Fawn Ink Pad Black Licorice

Scotch Foam Tape


KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Christina, these all look amazing! It sounds like such a fun day with the parties but also a lot of work to prepare ahead, making cards and invitations! They turned out so cute! Awesome job with the masking, and I love your hand-drawn goal post - I thought it was a stamp until I read that you had drawn it yourself. You are so talented and also a whiz at PicMonkey! The cakes are beautiful too! So fun!

Lori Kobular said...

Oh Christina, your Birthday cards and invitations are absolutely precious! I love them both! The cakes look amazing! I am sure your children will remember their birthdays forever! Thanks for the tutorial on masking!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What cute invitations you made for your kiddos! You are a fantastic artist! And, I agree, those cakes are gorgeous too! It might have been a lot of work but I bet they all had a great time.

Fiki said...

that is amazing!
love cards and cakes!

Bunny said...

My goodness, Christina. These are fantastic. I love these invitations and cards. I'll bet your children's friends think you are the most creative and cool Mom. I really liked the rainbow colors in their names. What a fun day for them. Y'all made it so special.

Do your children like to color and make cards with you? I wish I had known about paper crafting back then. That would have been fun to do with them.

Donna said...

What fabulous invitations and the cakes look wonderful too, sounds like a fantastic and well organized day!

Migdalia said...

The birthday cards are so super cute!!The invitations are precious!! I love the darling images.Ia m a little intimidated with the masking technique. I purchased rubber cement glue for masking but it's messy and I think I am like the masking paper better. I am beginning on picmonkey. I only use it for adjustment on my photos. Fun idea! TFS. The cakes are so Yummy!! I am a huge fan of cake..LOL!
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting with Creative M

*Vicki* said...

Oh my you've been very busy creating all of these cards and invitations! I just love the designs with the scenes and how you've incorporated them with your theme! Beautifully colored and so fun!! The cakes look so fun too and I'm sure the kids loved all of this! :) They grow up soooo fast! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*

Megan J said...

Hi Christina, how cute are your kiddo's cards and invites for their friends and class mates! Love the bright colours and personalisation's you have done for each of them, the hand drawn soccer goal is amazing, I thought it was included with the stamp set. The cakes look delicious and I'm sure that everyone had a ball (no pun intended) at the parties... Have a wonderful week... Megan

Lois Wyche said...

Your projects are amazing and so are you with your designs. tfs

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