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Masked Waves Scene

With the masking paper, some die-cut or hand-made templates, stamps and blending brushes you can make a lovely and unique scene. No two cards will be identical.

For this one I chose one of my favourite stamp sets "Waves of the Ocean" - I used the bundle and had the die to cut the mask for the pelican on a post. If you only have the stamp set, you can stamp the pelican on a post image directly on the masking paper and cut it out. If you choose not to use the masking paper, you could use copy paper and tape it down where desired.


Stamps and Dies

158841 Waves of Inspiration Bundle (English)

155480 Stampin' Up! Masking Paper


Cardstock and measurements:

159276 Basic White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock 5.5”x4.25”

111350 Pacific Point 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock 5.5” x 4.25” scored at 4.25”



132708 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

147098 Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad

147107 Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad

147087 Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad

147093 Mango Melody Classic Stampin' Pad



153611 Blending Brushes

155480 Stampin' Up! Masking Paper

159967 Fine Sparkle Adhesive Backed Gems


You will also need adhesive – I used Stampin’ Seal and Dimensionals



Besides the blending brushes, I find these tools very handy:



Paper Snips




Step 1. Prepare your cardstock for the base and the basic white piece. I found leaving it 5.5”x4.25” was useful to be sure to have enough room to die cut with the larger diorama die once finished the scene.

Step 2: Using the third largest diorama die, cut the frame for the card from the masking paper (don’t remove the backing yet) making sure the outside piece is 5.5”x4.25” so that no part of the sides will show through.

Step 3: Lay the mask over the basic white cardstock to determine where you want to position the pelican on a post. When you know where you want to stamp it, remove the mask and with Memento Ink stamp the image. I like to use a Stamparatus to line up the paper and where the image will be. Then I can also use the Stamparatus to ensure I get a nice crisp image even if I need a couple of tries.

Step 4: N.B. If you do not have the dies, stamp the pelican and post image on another piece of the masking paper before cleaning the stamp.

Die-cut a piece of masking paper with the pelican and post die trim to fit the stamped piece exactly. You will notice on my card, I did not have the top of the post trimmed well enough and there is a white part above it.   

Step 5: Remove the backing from the masking tape for the pelican and post image (some people recommend using the embossing buddy to remove some of the stickiness before taping it down) and stick over the stamped image. You will later have to peel off carefully to avoid lifting your ink. You may prefer to use sticky note instead of the masking tape for this part.

Step 6. Remove the backing from the framed diorama die-cut piece of masking paper and place it over the basic white cardstock where you want the scene to be contained. You may wish to centre or put it a bit further over to the left so the pelican image is at the far edge.

Step 7: Using Pacific Point ink stamp the waves at the left of the opening. I use the Stamparatus for this as well since it is easier to line it up and to stamp more than once if you don’t get the impression you want. I always say I failed to make a good impression before I had a Stamparatus!

Step 8: Taking a blending brush and the Pool Party Ink, brush inside the wave and around to the right.

Step 9: To create the sky, I brushed Crushed Curry ink and then above that I brushed Mango Melody. All these colours are optional and you may substitute what you wish.

Step 10. Stamp the flying birds where you wish in the opening.

Step 11. Carefully remove the masking paper on the outside frame and then the masking paper over the pelican and post.

Step 12: Use the next size larger diorama die (second largest) to die cut your image and glue to the front of your card bases.

Step 13. Stamp your greeting on a .5”x4.25” strip of basic white cardstock (I usually have a longer piece so I can hold it down on the Stamparatus with the magnet when stamping. Then trim the end off. I also used the blending brushes and ink to give the greeting strip a bit of colour. Pop the greeting up with dimensionals along the bottom of the card front.

Step 14: Decorate as desired. I used the Fine Sparkle Adhesive backed gems.


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My grandmother always said Waste Not, Want Not, so below I have a card I did using the centre of the diorama masked paper die cut to create a card where the masking paper covers the stamped image so you can do a collage type effect around the edges.


  1. I love your card! Love how you framed your blended background.

  2. Oh!! I love how you used the diorama dies as the mask -- and that you used the inside to make a 2nd card. Gorgeous!

  3. Beautiful cards and great use of the layering dioramas as a mask! They frame the images nicely!

  4. Such a pretty card Xenia and I love how you have used the diorama dies x

  5. Beautiful card..loved that you used the diorama dies.
    thank you for sharing and hopping with us.

  6. Lovely card! I love that it really does have a layered look to it! And, I mean, who doesn't love beach scenes?!


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