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July Challenge: Masking!

July Challenge

Hi All!

It’s time for another challenge. I LOVE this one because I use this technique all the time: Masking. There are many, many ways to mask… post-its, masking tape, rubber cement, masking fluid, clear embossing, and in my video for today, a pico embellisher. Sounds fun, right?

If you are new to the community, I encourage you to check out the Challenges Page for detailed information about how the challenges work.

The last day to submit your entry is Friday, July 31st, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Saturday, August 1st.

SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Even though a random winner is selected at the end of the month, the challenge is open indefinitely. Please continue to post to the challenges. Continuously seeing everyone’s new work is a win for everyone’s inspiration!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must include masking in some way.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

For today’s card, I used my Tsukineko Pico Embellisher to mask off this beautiful girl from Clare Lloyd/Paper Artsy after watercoloring her with Inktense Pencils. She reminds me of my older daughter, Alaina:


The masking on this card was challenging. In my first version, I used rubber cement. It worked okay, but it didn’t protect/mask with 100% accuracy. And, it faded my colored pencils. The next time I tried the card, I used masking fluid. I have used masking fluid many times before with success, but it didn’t work on this card. It actually pulled up the paper when I attempted to rub it off. Perhaps it was because the masking fluid doesn’t like colored pencils underneath, or maybe it didn’t work well because it was such a large area. In any event, I needed something else.

I then decided to try clear embossing with my Versamarker. With inks, the Versamarker works great (see THIS CARD). Unfortunately, with the Inktense pencils, the color was contaminating my Versamarker. Another idea thwarted. Next I tried the Pico Embellisher. Wow, this stuff works like a charm!! Not one little ounce of background paint or ink got on my image. The liquid goes on thin and smooth, and it dried quickly. It’s not as glossy as clear embossing or glossy accents (which can be another great masking tool). Perfect! Here is a close-up of the finished girl:


My Pico Embellisher is labeled shimmer but it goes on clear. I think all my shimmer has settled to the bottom. You can purchase a clear embellisher, which is what I would recommend if you want to use it for masking.

Need more inspiration? There is a whole section of the Technique Gallery for masking.

This challenge is going to be awesome! Enjoy the video and have fun. 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense Colors used: Sepia Ink, Dark Chocolate, Oak, Mid Vermillion, Willow, Chili Red, Ionian Green, Deep Violet

Paper Artsy CL 04
Paper Artsy CL 04
Avery Elle Good Fortune Stamp Set
Good Fortune Stamp Set
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Pico Embell, Shimmer
Pico Embell, Shimmer
Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray
White Ink Spray
Strathmore 140lb Paper
Strathmore 140lb Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Broken China Distress Paint
Broken China Distress Paint
Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
Chipped Sapphire
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Black Embossing Powder
Black Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


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  1. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 8:41 am


    Hi Darlene! I’ve been waiting to see what you’d do with the Paper Artsy stamp set and I’m not disappointed. I really love it! Now I’m inspired to try something similar but not exactly the same. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 10:16 am


    When you mentioned “the next time I tried the card,” it made me wonder… What do you do with the first version or any other “not-so-perfect” versions of your cards?

    • wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Donna. If I am making failed attempts, I usually trash what didn’t work. However, I generally work on the card in pieces so that only the ruined piece will be tossed. So, I won’t get a completed card until all the pieces are correct. Does that make sense?

  3. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 1:42 pm



  4. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 1:53 pm


    This is beautiful! You did such a lovely job!

  5. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 1:58 pm


    Beautiful card. I tried rubber cement for the first time a week or two ago because Jennifer McGuire seems to swear by it. It was okay. I wonder, tho’, if masking an image to do the background might work better BEFORE it’s colored in? I was concerned about inktense or other moveable inks getting mussed with the fluid as well. I think I’m going to try masking and doing the background first and then coloring. I’ve uploaded a card to the challenge I did this weekend with masking paper. Woo-hoo!

    • wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Irene. If my pico didn’t work, that’s what I was going to try next. I also wonder if it has something to do with the watercolor paper. The rubber cement was pulling up a tiny bit of the paper because the pencil was faded. And, the masking fluid was actually pulling enough to take the whole image with it. If it still doesn’t work perfectly, you could always restamp the image if you used the misti.

      • wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 11:43 am


        I didn’t think about it, but perhaps it is the paper. I’ve found that even washi or micropore tape pulls my watercolor paper up much more than my whisper white or spectrum noir papers. Perhaps it’s that loose-ish weave?

        • wrote on July 9th, 2015 at 5:00 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Could be. I’ll have to try it on regular paper and compare.

  6. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 2:22 pm


    What a lovely card for a young girl, I love the sweet expression on this pretty face.
    Now, I have not done masking in a looooong while Darlene so this will be a perfect time to give this technique another try.
    Thank you for sharing this beauty.

  7. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful card!

  8. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 3:36 pm


    Your card turned out, as always, very pretty. Thank you for the info on the different masking products. I am going to have to try some of that Pico embellisher.

  9. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 6:47 pm


    Very pretty card! And, I need a masking challenge because I really haven’t done very much of it. I heard about Friskit to use as a mask for watercoloring… it’s really expensive though… have you ever tried it and, if so, what was your experience with it.

    • wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Debi. Yes, it was the product I used prior to the pico embellisher. I called it “masking fluid” in my post.

  10. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 8:17 pm


    What a pretty and unique card! Thanks for the great info! Julie L

  11. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 9:34 pm


    Your background turned out awesome! Love the colors!

  12. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 9:52 pm


    Great card and techniques that are new to me! I am not sure how everyone else thinks, but I was wondering if you would consider running the challenges for a full 30 days? This month ends up being only 3 weeks to order products and enter the challenge. This way there would be no checking on when a challenge ended or when it began. Last month I did not enter because of the vellum product used. I am forced to take advantage of larger craft sales and there was not enough time to order vellum card stock.
    What if you actually named the challenges for 6 or even 12 months in advance? This would give all of us the opportunity to take advantage of monthly sales and be able to plan ahead. This way would allow us to decide which ones we could afford, etc. You probably know well in advance in order to have products on hand.
    How about a poll that asks several questions to include the 30 day idea, what challenges topics might be and maybe whether or not even weekly challenges/sketches might appeal to the group?
    (Comment in forums as well)

    • wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 11:31 pm


      I think this is a GREAT idea about Darlene setting out a 6 month Challenge schedule for us to plan ahead even though we cannot enter until that month’s Challenge begins. That way I imagine more people would be able to take advantage of the Challenges For example, I have only just discovered that the Pico embellisher that Darlene used in this lovely card is not sold in Australia and so I will have to order it from overseas. By the time it arrives, which can take up to 3 weeks, this Challenge will be finished.

  13. wrote on July 6th, 2015 at 11:34 pm


    Hi Darlene, I have the Incredible White Mask Liquid Frisket and was wondering if it could be used instead of the Pico embellisher for masking the girl’s face. As you have used it before in your other cards, I thought there may have been a reason why you did not try it for this one. I’ve ordered the Pico Embellisher in clear from Amazon but it could be 3 weeks before it arrives in Australia.

    • wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I did try the masking fluid. See paragraph just below the full card photo.

      • wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 9:12 am


        Thanks Darlene. I missed that! Will wait for the Pico embellisher to arrive!

  14. wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 4:06 am


    Oh Darlene, I am so in love with that stamp. It is just gorgeous. Your video was fantastic . I have watched it 3 times and as an Aussie I now have fo embark on searching for all that is required to use this technique. Thank you very much for all of the work you put into your videos.

    • wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 9:10 am


      Hi Glenismaree! If you want to get that stamp, go to the website Time to Create . It is an Australian website and the owner has lovely unusual stamps. I pre-ordered the Paper Artsy stamp like Darlene’s stamp some time ago. She has a limited supply from the UK so you may be lucky if you are quick!

  15. wrote on July 7th, 2015 at 3:12 pm


    Wow! That is a piece of art. I really love it.

  16. wrote on July 8th, 2015 at 8:58 pm


    Darlene I couldn’t believe when you put that paint over your image! I thought for sure that it was going to be permanent lol. So you didn’t have any problems with that? I was under the impression that the distress paint becomes permanent after drying. Love the card

    • wrote on July 9th, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Beau. The distress paint removed easily from the Pico embellisher. I was actually worried it wouldn’t, but it came off beautifully, even after it dried.

  17. wrote on July 9th, 2015 at 5:31 pm


    Darlene, I’m sorry you had so much trouble with masking your figure, but you still made me feel better with your tales of woe. I had a similar experience in the most recent Online Card Classes’ class, especially with the Versamarker over an image colored with Inktense pencils. Even though they are supposed to be permanent when dry, I guess there’s something in the Versamarker ink formula that reactivates the color. 🙁 I did end up being successful finally, but I think it took me 4 or 5 tries to get a card out of it! So I can definitely feel your pain! Your finished card ended up looking great, though. Did you have any trouble getting the rest of the Distress paint off the image? I assume you let the rest of the paint dry and then wiped it off. Anyway, just curious. Tfs! ~ Andrea

    • wrote on July 9th, 2015 at 5:36 pm


      Never mind about my question. I just read Beau’s question & your answer, so that answers it! (I’m typing over my cat on my lap right now, btw, so I hope he doesn’t type anything before I get this comment posted! LOL)

  18. wrote on July 10th, 2015 at 2:00 pm


    love your method for hair!

  19. wrote on July 16th, 2015 at 1:55 am


    Waoo ! Beautiful ! A bunch of techniques in this card, thanks !

  20. wrote on July 27th, 2015 at 1:13 pm


    I tried to leave a comment for the adorable card before mine (the cute little critter being carried away by a bunch of balloons), but I was unable to do so. I’m not a member of the split coast stampers, and it wouldn’t let me leave a comment workout signing in. But I figured I would leave one here. So, to whomever made that card, it’s really darling. I love scene cards and I love putting little critters on cards, too. I think it’s cute and CAS. Good luck!

  21. wrote on July 29th, 2015 at 11:09 am


    I finally entered a card in one of the challenges. I use masking quite a bit. I make my mask on Inkadinkado Masking Paper, but couldn’t get the page off to make it stick. So, I used Zig glue and let it dry to make it repositionable. It worked great and I saved the mask to my SU binder.

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