Ink Blending Grass Around Image with Masking Technique

Hello!  My post for today is on how to perfectly ink blending grass around an image with Masking technique.  For my card, I am using the Penny Black's So Loved Kind Words clear stamp sets with the Hero Arts' Bold ink.  But you can apply this technique to digital images as well with any types of ink pads.  Also in this post, I will share how I slightly alter this image's design by hand sketching in extra hearts.

This post is also part of the current Heart-Themed collection for the Cards for Little Hearts card drive.  The deadline to send in cards is February 1st.  I hope you'll be able to join me in this Heart-Themed collection for the Cards for Little Hearts card drive.  Even if with just one card.  That is ONE child's life you'll be making a big impact to this February's Heart Month.  For the complete details and card's guidelines, please visit Cards for Little Hearts' official website.




  1. Create an A2 or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" size folded card base on Peppermint cardstock.
  2. Die cut a rectangle card frame on Neenah cardstock.  Stamp on the dog image.
  3. Create the grass mask stencil by die-cutting one of the Grassy Hills onto the masking paper.  
  4. Place the mask grassy hill over the bottom half of the dog.  This prevent the ink from getting on that area of the image.  Apply additional masking paper over any other part of the image that you don't want to get ink on.  Like the little flower below the dog.
  5. Ink blending in the grass, working downward around and away from the dog, in gentle circular motions.  Lighten your pressure as you go. 
  6. Stamp on the "Just want to say hi there" sentiment over the grass.
  7. Add more hearts to the image by hand drawing in:
    1. a heart string down the bottom-left butterfly and
    2. three heart-shaped flowers.  
  8. Color the image and adhere to the card base.Finish card.
Thanks for stopping by to view my project.  I'm sharing this project over at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes theme.  Wishing you a lovely and blessed day ahead.


Becky said...

Very cute card. Thanks for sharing your tips on masking the grass and adding the hearts.

Verna Angerhofer said...

An awesome and adorable card and even more so with the added grass and the heart flowers.

Cara Malmrose said...

I love masking Christina and this card is too cute! Love the way your grass looks. Really pulls inall the imagine elements together!
Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Thank you for the clear tutorial on using masking paper. That is on my list of crafty things to try. I love the sketched hearts...what a perfect idea!

Edwina said...

So cute! That is such a cheerful card. It just makes you smile. Edwina Brown

Megan J said...

Hi Christina, Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, love the stamped image and the additional little hearts you added look like they belong, thanks for the tutorial, will add it to my list of crafty lessons! Have a wonderful week... Megan

Lillian A said...

What a sweet card to begin with, and you've just added to it with the grass -- can't help but smile at this adorable design! Will certainly cheer up a child, Christina! Thanks so much for your inspiration and sharing.

Donna Ellis said...

Your masking technique really gives a clean, crisp "layer" to your creation, Christina! I love the white frame on both sides of the grass. Thanks, again, for the great tutorial, and your lovely design ideas! This sweet card will definitely cheer any little heart who sees it. hugs, de

Rannah Romps said...

Very Cute! It's awesome that you put hand made hearts on it too! Great Idea!

Gibmiss said...

Stunning card... so cute... thanks for the masking tut...
Thanks for joining us at PBSC
Hugs Sylvie xx

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