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Watch This Mind Blowing Stamp Masking Trick + Easy Floral Borders

Watch this mind-blowing stamp masking trick. Plus get ideas for floral borders, frame, and centerpiece cards. Welcome to the Tonic Studios Happy Hibiscus Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Tonic Studios Stamp Club Happy Hibiscus Blog Hop

If you made your way here from my friend Seeka‘s blog you have arrived at the start of the hop. Hang with us for loads of inspiration! For more information head over to the Tonic Studios site (UK and US).

Check out this mind-blowing masking trick for easy stamping. In addition, I share how to design a watercolor floral border card, CAS floral centerpiece, and no-color floral border card. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share with your crafty friends.

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Stamp Club Happy Hibiscus

Happy Hibiscus has joined the Tonic Studios Stamp Club with an innovative Stamp and Die Bundle. The large stamp can be used as a background stamp or cut apart to create a floral frame and bouquet, resulting in three uses for one stamp. It’s not a twofer, it’s a threefer!

Tonic Studios Stamp Club Happy Hibiscus

Did you know Tonic Studios releases a monthly stamp on the last Friday of every month? The Stamp Club is not a subscription-based program. Happy Hibiscus is sold as a stamp and die bundle and quantity is limited. So get yours before it’s gone!

Easy Stamp Masking Trick

This easy masking trick is something I frequently do with sentiment stamps. However, it never occurred to me to use it on a background stamp. The Tonic Studios Happy Hibiscus stamp and die set are perfect for this technique.

Floral Borders, Frames & Centerpieces + Mind-Blowing Stamp Masking Trick

The Happy Hibiscus Die set is unique in that it perfectly die cuts a floral arrangement from the center of the A2 sized floral background stamp. I don’t think I’ve seen this design before. Have you?

In the card below, I was able to use that to my advantage to easily mask off the center of the floral background stamp. Watch the video to see the trick. I masked the stamp instead of the cardstock.

Watercolor Floral Frame

While this stamp and die are unique, this masking trick can be used with any background stamp. Simply, use a rectangle, square, circle, or any shape die to cut a mask.

Now I know what you’re thinking, what’s the advantage of masking the stamp vs. the cardstock? Well for one, it’s easier to pinpoint the exact area of the stamp you want to mask.

And two, you reduce the chance of smearing ink on the card panel because you remove the mask from the stamp, not the cardstock.

Watercolor Floral Border Card

Hang with me in the video for this watercolor floral border card. But, don’t worry if coloring isn’t your thing I also share a card design without any coloring.

Watercolor Floral Border

My favorite watercolor paper is Saunders Waterford High White Cold Press paper. Pigments move beautifully and it’s the whitest 100% artist grade watercolor paper I’ve found.

For the leaves, I used Daniel Smith watercolor mixtures with a base color of Phthalo Turquoise. For the flowers, I used mixtures with Quinacridone Rose base color. The specific mixtures are discussed in the video.

I’m in the midst of doing watercolor mixing studies and will share videos on those soon. Here’s a sneak peak of my Phthalo Turquoise swatches.

Zentangle Watercolor Swatches

Finally, I die-cut black cardstock with one of the sentiment dies and added Nuvo Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer Pen for amazing sparkle.

Copic Floral Centerpiece

Create the perfect floral centerpiece for a clean and simple card with this little hibiscus stamp. I love it when small stamps steal the show. Don’t you?

Copic Floral Centerpiece CAS Card

First, I created the background with Nuvo Russian White Crackle Mousse and CZ Design Stencils Simple Pattern Trio. This was my first time using Crackle Mousse and I love the effect. I didn’t take the mousse all the way down to the bottom of the stencil to leave room for the sentiment.

No Coloring Floral Border Card

If coloring isn’t your jam, then this floral border card design is for you! First, I stamped the full background stamp with Obsidian Pigment Ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb cardstock.

No Coloring Floral Border Card

Later, I messed up a single flower on the panel. So, I trimmed off a strip for this card. Next, I tore a scrap of green cardstock and a piece of Altenew Many Dots Washi Tape and adhered them to the card. Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from the set and called this clean and simple no coloring card done.

I’d love to know which card is your favorite and whether or not you’ve masked your stamp in the comments.

・・・ Thank You ・・・


One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 gift card to Tonic Studios and the Happy Hibiscus bundle.

Tonic Studios Stamp Club Happy Hibiscus Giveaway

To enter, comment on every blog in the hop by 11:59 pm PST on November 25th. The winner will be announced on November 27th on Instagram and Facebook so make sure you’re following all Tonic accounts!

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Plus, just look at those adorable gnomies! Learn more in the post/video.

Next Stop

Channin Pelletier is the next artist to delight you with floral inspiration. Don’t miss any crafty goodness, the full list is below.

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Channin Pelletier
Daniel West
Emily Midgett
Jen Kray
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kelly Taylor
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis


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  1. Cyndi+Morris says:

    What a genius masking technique! The Happy Hibiscus set is beautiful and your cards are absolutely gorgeous.

  2. Susan McRae says:

    Fabulous mix of card designs!

  3. Anne Furth Snelgrove says:

    Great masking technique. I’ve never seen this before but I will certainly try it in the future. Your beautiful cards and this kit are a real inspiration. Can’t wait till I get my kit.

  4. Thanks for sharing this great masking technique! It is pure genius! Love the unique stamp & die set! Very versatile & I love all the ways you used it. My fave is the beautifully colored border card!

  5. Anita Sorensen says:

    Wow, Thank You for sharing the masking technique. I too have used post-it notes to mask sentiments but never thought to use die cut masking paper to mask an image. It was good to share your moment of brilliance. I have to say I have been on the fence about crackle mousse, but you may have won me over. It looks great on your background.

  6. Kelsey Thomas says:

    This stamp set is so pretty! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this technique.

  7. Denise Bryant says:

    Gorgeous cards with these beautiful stamps! I love the way you created the border design! Your coloring is fabulous!

  8. Wow! This is a great stamp set and your cards and video are great as well!

  9. Gorgeous cards, as always, Amber! I love this wonderful new tropical set! You have certainly brought it to life!Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Take care! 🙂

  10. Beautiful cards, informative video and thanks for that masking tip. I didn’t know Tonic had a monthly kit either. Thank you!

  11. Angela Reed says:

    I love this stamp set and the colors you have used. Great video, thank you.

  12. I am so happy to have found this blog and your videos! I appreciate this masking tip and will try it soon.

  13. Teri Wilson says:

    Gorgeous cards Amber. Love the masking techniques.

  14. Linda Flens says:

    Forgot to say that I appreciate you sharing the masking technique. What a great idea!

  15. Dee Earnshaw says:

    love the CAS card – great design
    Great tips – thank you

  16. Linda Flens says:

    Beautiful cards!! Thanks for sharing the no color card.

  17. I just loved your mashed stamp tip! That looks really beautiful and adds a great new dimension to a pretty design!

  18. Ashley Cortez says:

    These card’s are absolutely beautiful you did amazing on them thanks for sharing

  19. Dana Parker says:

    Such a wonderful group of cards’ such talented artists each and every one!

  20. Dana Parker says:

    Beautiful cards.

  21. Gorgeous cards! These tropical flowers really make me feel like I’ve escaped to paradise! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  22. Marisela Delgado says:

    Beautiful cards! 💜

  23. Beautiful vibrant cards. Thanks for sharing the tips!!

  24. Rochelle Schiffbauer says:

    Love the no color card. I’m always drawn to black and white!

  25. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I LOVE the way you did the border and then the center! Gorgeous coloring!!!

  26. Brenda Aplin says:

    Amber these are so pretty!! I just love your work, and all of your tips! Thank you

  27. Judith Valerio says:

    Amber, love watching you color, whether it’s copic, water color….or….zentangling….beautiful cards …

  28. Essie Swartz says:

    How fantastic! I really love your ideas–and that black and white card is a GREAT idea (love to color, but this would be a new trick!).

  29. Sara Sauve says:

    Gorgeous cards! L

  30. Lisa+Byers says:

    Such beautiful cards!! I love the gorgeous colors you used. Great designs!!

  31. Mary Holshouser says:

    Beautiful cards. Love the border for
    the shaker. The other card is simple
    but elegant with the heart of flowers.
    thanks for sharing

  32. Amber I adore your coloring techniques, thank you for sharing! Beautiful cards.

  33. You are the master of colouring .. I love your cards ❤️❤️

  34. Boryana Y says:

    So beautiful cards, Amber! This stamp set looks amazing!

  35. Christine Kiehl says:

    Very cool cards and technique which; NO i have never seen before!

    1. Thanks, Christine! I’m so glad you hadn’t seen it before. I thought to myself, maybe everyone’s already doing this and I’ve been in the dark. LOL! Thanks again! Here’s the video link if it wasn’t working when you visited earlier. https://youtu.be/8Oc4p9Z_VTY

  36. Sheri Kempke says:

    Gorgeous card and great stamp set! Unfortunately I couldn’t get your video to work, not on youtube or here. But I understand the stamp masking technique.

      1. Dana Parker says:

        The cards are beautiful. A wonderful technique.

  37. Lisa Angel says:

    Beautiful cards!!!!!

  38. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I am always AMAZED by your cards. The one with all of the flowers on the borders is PERFECT. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! I so wish that I could do this sort of work. But I enjoy doing it, and people enjoy my cards, so it’s ok. But I would LOVE to be able to produce gorgeous things like you do. I think that you are my favorite crafter (artist).

    1. Sharon, thanks so much! I enjoy the process of making them too. Keep making pretty things! Hugs