Stencil Sun Ray Behind Image with Masking Technique

Hello!  For today's post, I am sharing how to add sun ray behind an image using stencil with Masking technique.  For my card, I am using this sweet cat from the same Penny Black's So Loved clear stamp set that I have used on the previous card with the MFT's Radiating Rays stencil.  This technique also apply to digital images as well work with any ink pads.

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.  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 Baby Blue cardstock.
  2. Die cut out a rectangle frame on Neenah cardstock.  Stamp on the cat.  Then stamp another cat onto the Sticky notes-full adhesive and fuzzy cut it out to create the mask.  Place the mask over the cat.  This will prevent the inks from getting onto the image.
  3. Place the stencil, with the sun right on top of the mask cat.  Secure the stencil and paper to the table with masking tape.
  4. Starting right from the top of the sun and working outward toward the rays, ink blend the entire stencil in Tangerine.  Then, go over with Dandelion to lighten the outer rays.
  5. Remove stencil and mask cat to reveal a beautiful sun ray behind the cat.  Color the cat and adhere to the card base.
  6. Die cut out the Grassy Hills and ink blend them in Green Apple & Moss.  Adhere two darker hills flat right below the cat's feet.  Then mount two lighter one on top with foam tape.
    Finish card.


Here is another card on Ink blending with Masking technique tutorial from yesterday that you might be interested in.  On this card, I focus on ink blending grass around an image.  This technique works for both hand stamped as well digital stamp images.

Thanks for stopping by.  I am sharing this project over at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge - January ATG.  May you have a lovely and blessed day.


Verna Angerhofer said...

Thanks for all the masking tips for doing cards. I love all the dimension you get by doing that. These cards are adorable and so fun!

Donna said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards!

Lillian A said...

This sunbeam is a terrific idea, and it puts so much focus on your main image. What an inspiring card, and what child doesn't love animals!

Megan J said...

Hi Christina, a super cute card, love the sun rays behind the cat, the card looks stunning! I have not heard of the sticky full post-its will have to have a look around in office supply stores... have a wonderful week... Megan

Edwina said...

Fabulous card! I love that kitty so much! Great background you created. Edwina Brown

Lori Kobular said...

This is an awesome card Christina!! I love the sun rays behind the kitty cat! It looks gorgeous!!

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Christina! You always provide the greatest tips and detailed tutorials to your creative process. Thank you for taking time to do that for crafters like myself. The shaded sunshine rays are beautiful, especially with this darling PB kitty! Beautiful card, with such a happiness, and hope in it! Hoping you are staying warm and healthy this winter! hugs, de

Rannah Romps said...

I sure love that sun ray!!

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