CIC 475 | Simple Masked Scene | Deserts | Crafty Scrappers

We have a new sponsor joining us at the Cupcake Inspiration ChallengeCrafty Scrappers are a craft company based in India. They are offering two digital stamps to our randomly chosen winner. The theme of the challenge this time around is deserts, and you are open to interpret that however you like so long as we can see the theme in your design! For my project I created a CAS one layer card with some simple masking.

I started by stamping the cactus image from Simon Says Stamp’s One Cool Pineapple onto a cream card base with MFT Black Licorice hybrid ink. I then stamped it again onto a piece of scrap paper. I made sure to leave the stamp in place in my MISTI for later. I used my scissors to fussy cut out the scrap paper version of the cactus to create my mask. When creating a mask it is important to keep the cutting within the lines to ensure there won’t be any dead space around the masked image. I added a thin coating of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue to the back of the mask and left it to dry, as it dries repositionable.

Once the mask was ready I placed it over my stamped image. I then took the Funky Fossil Geo Spheres stencil and positioned the open circle around the cactus, using repositionable tape to hold it in place. I used the negative circle portion of the stencil, that comes with it, to mask off a small portion of ground at the bottom. I then started my ink blending. Using the Stencil Brushes I started to create a simple scene. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide for my initial inking. I then removed the grounding mask and blended in some Tea Dye Distress ink to create the ground.

Having finished the background I removed the stencil and mask, then began colouring the cactus. I used watercolour pencils to do the colouring, working in layers and building up the depth and dimension as if they were regular colouring pencils. Once I was happy with how it looked I used a clear Wink of Stella to blend the watercolour. I then let the card dry before placing it back in my MISTI and restamping the cactus, this time with Versafine Onyx Black ink, for really crisp and dark lines. I also added my sentiment with the same ink. As a final touch I added some prickle marks to the sentiment.

I enjoyed making this card. It is nice to be able to make scenes that don’t require a lot of masking to create. I did consider using a cloud stencil for the background too, but decided against it as I wanted to keep the scene very simple. I had also planned to leave the colouring of the stamp just as pencil colouring. The decision to blend the colour out came later, but I am glad that I did so as I think I prefer the way it looks. I hope my card has inspired you to join in with our desert themed challenge. Head over to the challenge page to join in with us and to see the inspiration from the rest of the team. You can also find their projects on their blogs at the links below.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

AAA Cards – One Image

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Deserts

HLS Watercolor Challenge – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge – Anything CAS

STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge – Anything Stamping


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)






8 thoughts on “CIC 475 | Simple Masked Scene | Deserts | Crafty Scrappers

  1. Gorgeous! I love how you watercoloured with Wink of Stella. I appreciate your step-by-step instructions as to how you created this masterpiece. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers – Watercolour Challenge.

    sue n.

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