Negative Space Masking

Oh great, masking again! LOL, But it’s different this time, I promise! For today’s project I created a mask with the negative space of my stamping so I could mask an image and color it in with Distress Inks. I really wanted a very soft coloring look, but with really bold and strong colors. You can get bold colors from alcohol markers, but I wanted that soft finish that Distress Inks gives. I wouldn’t recommend this technique for really small detailed images, but for larger images (especially with alot of straight lines) it opens up a new coloring technique! Watch the video tutorial below to see exactly how I used a negative space mask to  color in some retro refrigerators for a really fun non-traditional birthday card!


First, I randomly stamped the large refrigerator stamp from the “Just Poppin’ By” stamp set with black dye ink making sure to fill up the majority of the space on my 4″ x 5.25″ white card stock panel. I also stamped one refrigerator on a large square of scrap card stock  with the same ink and then I cut out the image very carefully with my craft knife. You want to be careful with this step because the area around the image will be your mask so make sure you use a pretty large square so you have plenty of masked off area and also take your time in trimming out the image and don’t make any large cuts outside the image or ink will bleed through the mask.

Finished Card 2.jpg

Using my newly created mask and my mini ink blending tool I sponged on Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers, and Festive Berries. I started with my lightest color and worked to my darkest, most saturated color. As I kept blending I made sure not to rub over and blend any previous color of Distress Inks onto the new colors. Remember, Distress Inks are meant to stay wet for awhile and move around on your paper for great blending, but in this case you want to avoid those features. You can cut several masks, but I was just careful and made one work!


To finish this card off I stamped the sentiment “I hope you can find some time to chill…” in Versmark ink onto a banner I made from black card stock. I heat embossed the sentiment in white and also made a few other banners from a green, vellum, and black glitter card stocks. I layered up my banners on the bottom left of the panel, using double sided adhesive to adhere them and my long blade scissors to cut everything flush. Finally, I popped up the colored panel onto an A2 top folding white card base with double sided adhesive and white fun foam! I also quickly stamped the “Enjoy Your Day” sentiment from the “Banners #3” stamp set on the inside of the card with black dye ink.


This is a really fun and bright card, that I made into a birthday card by stamping “Enjoy Your Day” on the inside, however you could easily change this into a “Hello”, “Get Well”, etc. just by choosing a different sentiment to go inside. Also, I went for a really bright, vibrant, retro feel for my card, but this could be customized to your own style just by changing up the colors you use to color in the images and then layer up different papers for your sentiment, and add different embellishments! I love versatile designs that work for a number of styles!

If you’re interested in any of the supplies I used on today’s card, you can find them all linked below! (Affiliate Links Used) Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Crafting!!

Just Poppin’ By – Two Paper Divas

Banners #3 – Two Paper Divas

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