Masking + Stenciling With Dies

November 20, 2017

Hi there! Every once in a while I come across dies that would work great as a stencil or mask to get unique results on cards. However, sometimes paper masks don’t hold up over time. So, today’s video shares how to create your own stencils and masks that are very durable and easy to clean over and over again.

(Looking for anything that I used in the video? All of the supplies are linked with images to multiple stores at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Watch the full video HERE in HD!)

To make sure that the stencils and masks that I create hold up over time, I use Yupo Translucent paper which is made of Polypropylene. This is a very durable, plastic-like paper material that does not rip and can handle lots of use. I like to invest in a large pad of Yupo because it can be used for many cardmaking techniques. However, you can also purchase a small pack of Yupo for a more affordable price.

On the first example, I used the Four Seasons Tree die to cut a mask from the Yupo. This allowed me to create a colorful inked background that resisted the tree from any color.

I finished off the tree by adding some Nuvo Drops to look like ornaments and add some colored texture.

For the second card, I cut a deer stencil using the Winter Canopy dies. This allowed me to get a solid inked image and a mirrored image on its side.

I also used snowflakes from the die set to stamp a background with the cutting edge. This creates a beautiful subtle background with very faint lines.

The stencils and masks are also very easy to clean off and store along with the dies for more use! 🙂


This post is part of a fun blog hop to celebrate the November release of products from Spellbinders. I had lots of fun playing with some of the new dies! Be sure to continue hopping along and get inspired by all of the beautiful projects. Your next stop on the hop is Erum Tasneem!


Would you like to win a $25 gift certificate for Spellbinders? Be sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel and leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday, November 26th 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my blog the following day. Winners will be announced on my Winners Page after the giveaway is closed!

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is also giving away a $50 gift certificate to five lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Spellbinders blog by Sunday, November 26th 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced in the blog hop post on Spellbinders blog the following day.


Below are all of the supplies used in today’s video linked to multiple stores for convenience. Compensated affiliate links used when possible… Thank you!

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  • Reply Vicki Davis November 22, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing the idea of making masks from Dies. I’ve never heard about the special paper you mentioned. Thanks!

  • Reply FD91354 November 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    This is a great release from Spellbinders. I love the Set Make Match.. I will be stopping by to pick that up.

  • Reply Kristine Boydstun November 22, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Great cards!

  • Reply Holly Graham November 23, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Awesome cards and wonderful ideas for stretching your dies.

  • Reply Pam Mck November 23, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Using yupo paper to create reusable stencils and masks – genius! Easy to do mirror images, and I will create stencils by mixing dies for art journal backgrounds. Thanks so much for this!!

  • Reply Amanda Hays November 23, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Both cards are beautiful. I love the deer.

  • Reply Carla Hundley November 23, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Fabulous way to use
    dies and stencils.
    Carla from Utah

  • Reply Jean Marmo November 23, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Simply gorgeous!!

  • Reply D.Ann C November 23, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Fab cards! I wouldn’t’ve thought to use Yupo for masking… Terrific idea as it’ll hold up WAY better than paper. Thanks!

  • Reply Cheryle November 23, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the Yupo paper. Your card is beautiful

  • Reply Marjorie Dumontier November 24, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    These are wonderful cards !

  • Reply christi November 24, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    it’s so nice to see a young person into the hobby I love. great job with your work.

  • Reply karenladd November 25, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for the tips on using masks to make card making even more fun and versatile! Love these cute designs.

  • Reply Riddhi November 25, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Something new to learn. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply shartl November 25, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial on masking! This is something I haven’t done before so it’s great to learn a new technique!

  • Reply Tracy A November 26, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Great card. Thanks for sharing that technique in your video.

  • Reply Carol K November 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    love the deer …. it is a wonderful time of the year

  • Reply Teresa Doyle November 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    These are awesome Simon, lots of great tips I your video. TFS!

  • Reply Christine Pilgrim December 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I am a card maker. I am 72 and never too old to learn new things. I am inspired with some of your techniques. Keep up the good work. I have so many ideas that swirl inside my head. I don’t think I will live long enough to create them all and keep up with my customers. LOL! Hopefully the Lord will allow me to make cards in His world.

  • Reply AndreaH January 1, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for sharing your hints and tips they’re really good and interesting. Is there a way you can change the colour of your highlightes though as I really find the neon blue so hard to read….even with my glasses on lol. Xx

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