DIY Clean and Simple Handmade Card Inspiration

Hi, crafty friends! Today I’m excited to share three one layer cards focusing on the Way Too Sweet stamp set I designed for Altenew.


This set has all things cute, sweet and edible! You will love the little ice cream bars, cupcakes and candies packed in this set, and the sentiments are simply adorable! It is perfect for children, parties, but really you can use it anytime to send someone a sweet message.

Icecream and cupcake cards sample ideas

Altenew Design Team Samples using the Way Too Sweet Stamp Set  

If you want more details of any of these projects, just click the links above to go to the original post.

DIY Clean and Simple Handmade Card Inspiration

It’s been a month since I made a clean and simple one layer card last December. I used both masking and Copic coloring technique to achieve a colorful look on my ice cream card. Here is a video showing you how I created my card. You can watch the video tutorial here or in HD on YouTube :


How to Make a CAS One Layer Card using Masking Technique 

  1. Draw stamping guide lines using a pencil and ruler.
  2. Stamp the ice cream images with Memento Tuxedo black ink and color them with Copic markers.
  3. Mask off the images and grid lines with some sticky notes and ink the colors using following ink pads: Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Dark Chocolate.
  4. Stamp the sentiment in black and adhere the heart die cut from Mini Hearts.
  5. Add sparkle to the images with Wink of Stella glitter clear brush.

DIY Clean and Simple Handmade Card Inspiration

3 Tips for the Successful Ink Masking Technique

  1. Choose a right paper for your mask! Use some Post-it Note(sticky note), stamping mask paper, or printer paper. You can even use masking tape or washi tape depending on your project and what coloring medium you use.
  2. Cut the mask precisely! After stamping the image on your mask paper, cut out the image precisely closed to the stamped lines. That way it won’t leave any uninked area near the stamped image on your project after you remove the mask.
  3. Work fast! You don’t want to go over too many times inking on your mask. Otherwise you will the ink smudged under the mask paper. Thick paper can be used to prevent smudging, but you may see some white area uninked after removing the mask.

DIY Clean and Simple Handmade Card Inspiration

I went crazy with masking and Copic coloring to create my next card. Don’t you love the colorful cupcake display under the sweet store sign? Sweetness overload!!! 🙂

DIY Clean and Simple Handmade Card Inspiration

For my last card, my inspiration came from this photo I captured in our house. When I turn on the pendent light at the corner of our dining room, it creates a beautiful shadow heart on the wall. Does the upside down heart look like a shadow from two popsicles?

DIY Clean and Simple Handmade Card Inspiration


To celebrate the release of my Way Too Sweet stamp set, I’m giving away one stamp set. Winner will receive one of my handmade cards as well.

  • To be eligible to win, please leave a comment by Feb 3rd at 11:59pm EST, telling me to whom would you send a card using this stamp set.
  • For an extra entry, please subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me on Instagram/Facebook and leave a comment. I will announce the lucky winner in this post on Friday, February 5th.

Well, that’s all I have today. Tomorrow I am leaving for a 8-day long business trip to Germany, so I won’t be here for a while. Can’t wait to share what I see at the show after I’m back from the trip. Until then, happy crafting!

Giveaway Winner (Edited) 

Congratulations! Please email me at to claim your prize with a subject line : May’s stamp set winner.

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129 thoughts on “Video+Giveaway: Cute & Colorful Handmade Cards using Masking Technique

  1. What adorably sweet cards May! I would send this card to my daughter or my granddaughter. It would also be the perfect set for the Caring Hearts Card Drive that benefits the kids for St. Jude’s. So super cute! I am also a YouTube subscriber, a follower on Instagram, and on Facebook!

  2. Aww! Your cards are so cute and you always come up with some awesome designs!! Keep rocking, May. Well.. I would like to send a card to my sister and to my friends. Thank you 💕

  3. Love your card and this stamp set is so much fun. I would send my nieces and nephews each a card with this set. They alwasy used to take a popsicle picture every summer together when they where growing up….

  4. Wonderful masking video and love the design of the first card. If I had this set I would make a card for my husband who totally loves frozen treats.

  5. This is such a happy and versatile set! Well done on the design! I am so inspired to make something for my two nieces who I miss dearly (they live in a different country)! Thanks for the chance to win and have a safe and fruitful trip!

  6. There’s no question about it. I would use this set for my grandkids. They would love it because they all love sweets! Thanks for the chance to win. I’m already following you on Instagram. I love your crafty work. Very professional Now I’ll make sure I follow your blog. Thank you, May.

  7. Oh such a fun sweet stamp set!! I would send it to my best friend!! We love to craft together and of course it always includes some eating of something sweet!!

  8. I would definitely use these for sending cards to my grandchildren and my friends’ kids. In fact, I think my sisters might enjoy them as well!

  9. Such fabulous cards, so
    colorful and bright! I love
    your stamp set and I would
    use it on a card to my
    Carla from Utah

  10. These are such awesome fun cards May, love them all. Such a perfect stamp set that you could use ovef and over.
    I would love to give a card to my dad who turns 85 in a weeks time as he has such a sweet tooth. He always has a freezer full of ice creams not just for himself but also for all the grandkids when they visit.

  11. I love love love these cards, so bright, cheerful and fun. Now I want this stamp set and I want to copy your style. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I’ve heard! Thanks for the cheerful inspiration.

  12. What happy cards! So colorful and bright! I would send one of these to a sweet best friend who has had a lot of sadness in her life over the past year. Surely such a card would bring a smile to her face.

  13. Your stamp set is adorable. I would send the card to my best friend and she could send it to her grandaughter.

  14. I love how you played with this stamp set, May! Beautiful Copic coloring, too! Thanks again for the video 🙂
    I would definitely send my card to my 9 year old granddaughter…she would love it! Please leave my name out for the drawing…I just won a prize from Altenew on Nicole’s blog…thanks!

  15. Your cards are so cute! I love how you decorated the sweets. With this set, I would make a card for my daughter or perhaps lunchbox notes to brighten her middle-school day.

  16. Wow.. thats a great stamp set.. I love ice creams a lot.. Seeing ur cards, I got cravings for ice cream.. I will love to win this stamp set and will send a card with these ice creams to my sister, who happens to love ice creams too.. Its like -“I scream, You Scream, We all scream for Ice cream”, at our place.. (hahahaha)
    Well, liked, subscribed and all following…

  17. These cards are amazing and this set rocks!!! I would love to use this set for birthday cards and for a summer ice cream party invite!

  18. Wow!!! How cute is it!!! The first card I would do with this set would be for my little niece. She will turn 3 next month and loves pink. And she lives in Switzerland so I think she would love to receive a birthday card with icecreams and pink and glitter. I think she would love it 🙂

  19. Cute cards! Love them all. I would send my card to my daughter which get school far away from home

  20. Love this stamp set! I would send a card to my daughter in college using it. I love your videos, thank you so much for sharing them!!

  21. Subscribed to your youtube (I already was) and following on instagram and liked on Facebook. Love your style!

  22. Oh my goodness, you have so much inspiration for this adorable away Too Sweet stamp set! It’s so awesome! I would send your handmade card to my daughter in Portland OR to brighten her day! Thanks for all the links and video for this awesome set!

  23. Gorgeous cards! I would use this set to make a card for my mum who is recovering from 2 broken hips! Seeing as it’s summer in Australia atm, she’d appreciate that! Thanks for the chance to win. 😃

  24. I would make a card using this set and send it to my friend half way across the country in Arizona, where ice cream is important to help cool down!

  25. I would choose my brother-in-law to send a card to. We love ice cream, but we are both Diabetic, so we do not get to eat it real often.. We are allowed to look though!!

  26. I love all your cards made with this very cute set! I would send a sweet card to my cousin in London – she loves real mail and handmade craftiness!

  27. I would send a card to my granddaughter for her birthday. I just subscribed to your YouTube channel. I heard about you from Jennifer McGuire’s blog.

  28. Love this set! So super yummy! Would be perfect for cards to my mom and one of my aunts. Love all the inspirational cards too ♥

  29. Stopping by to visit from Jennifer McQuire’s blog… HI!… I have so many sweet friends but it is the little in my life I like to send cards like this to. My grandkids and their friends probably get more cards than they need…or want! Haha…

  30. Hi. I have to say I would send a card to Jennifer McGuire. I am new to card making after stumbling around with papercrafting using what I could afford for a few years led me to it recently. In trying to learn more I found Jennifer’s YouTube channel which opened my eyes to the overwhelming, enormous world of DIY card making and amazing crafter like you! Your work is amazing! Thank you for sharing your talent and knowledge with all of us!

  31. Hello! This is my first time visiting your blog and I am so excited to “meet” you. These cards are incredible. So colorful and fun! I know I will learn a lot from you and your videos.
    If I had your card, I would give it to my husband. 2015 was a really tough year for me as I had a lot of health-related problems. Not only was I weak & miserable and not much fun to be around but my illness has left us with a lot of bills. But my husband has never once complained. He also encourages me and loves me through it all.

  32. Adorable stamp set! I think I would send a card to my mother-in-law and some to friends! Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Love this fun set! I will probably make my dad and daughters cards using this set. It will be a great set for birthday cards too! I look forward to future blog posts, IG photos, and YT videos. Hope you had a great trip to Germany!

  34. I would sen a card to my 16 year old daughter, Who just have moved to USA (Denever, Colorado )
    I miss her sooo much and I would love to send her some love with a handmade card 🙂
    That would be awesome!

  35. Oh my, these are all fabulous! Thanks for the step by step instructions too! I definitely want to try them! I would send any of these fun cards to my nieces or nephews and my kids. These cards would bring a smile and brighten anyone’s day!!

  36. These are incredible cards, and I especially love the 2nd one! All the cards have amazing, vibrant colors, and such unique themes to them. I really love this stamp set that you designed. Looking forward to many more in the future 😉 You are my 1-layer card muse!

  37. Awesome designs, May! I’d love to send cards to my nieces and nephew using this set. And of course my friends 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win this set. Stay healthy and safe trip to Germany. I told you that the weather’s now warmer. No more snow! Love you 💗

  38. What a beautiful use of colour and technique! Your talent is inspiring! My son’s teacher would love this card!

  39. Being a great-grandmother to 4 little girls would be wonderful to have such a set to be able to send them more beautiful cards. Your card are beautiful Thanks so much for the inspiraton.

  40. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chance to WIN!! =) I’d send CARDS to my Nieces!! I think they’d LOVE the SWEET Images as one their FAVORITE things I make when we are together is HOMEMADE Ice Cream!! =) THANKS and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!! =)

  41. Love your one layer cards and the stamp set. I would send the card to my BFF back home in Macedonia. Whenever I go back we always sit down for an ice cream, no mater what the weather is like.

  42. Love the simple one layer cards, you’ve got talent coming out the wazoo! I’d love to make a card using these for my daughter, she’s five and would just squeel with delight!

  43. Oh my gosh I love your one layer cards so beautiful and the coloring amazing, those cupcakes look so real good to eat 🙂

  44. Oh I would use this stamp set to send cards to members of my little card group that have moved away. We miss each other dearly and this stamp set is so fun and refreshing it will surely bring smiles to theirs faces.

  45. Thanks for this giveaway! I would send a card to my crafty friends, they are so sweet!!

    I’m follow for anywhere! Instagram, youtube and facebook
    Your work is amazing!

  46. I would send a sweet card to my grandma! We live so far, I live in Tuscany and she lives in Sicily. She is for me as a second mum and I love her so much. Two weeks ago she was hospitalised and I was so much worried about her! Now, she feels better and She’s at home and I would love to send her a funny card to say her how I love her! Your cards as always beautiful!

  47. Thank you for this amazing chance to win this beautiful stamp set ans one of your card! ❤
    Followed already your YT channel , your IG account as raggiodiluc3 and your FB page as Arianna Barbara. Thank you again and having fingers crossed!

  48. I would send this sweet card to my youngest sons Kindergarten teacher. My youngest can be “challenging” at times and his teacher definitely deserves something sweet for her perseverance in getting him to learn!

  49. I love your cards! I would send the card go my Mother. She is dealing with some health issues and a handmade card would definitely lift her spirits. Congrats on the new stamp set! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent and beautiful cards with us!

  50. Beautiful cards, I will love to send to my family in México, because I live faraway from them and I love this colorfull cards.

  51. I LOVE this stamp set and your adorable cards! This set is so much fun so I would use it to make a cards for family/friends with upcoming birthdays.

  52. I am also following you in YouTube. By the way, I love the fact that you also do your videos in Korean. No, I am not Korean but I like the fact that you want to share your passion in your native Korean too.

  53. I would sent thid card to a very good friend who moved to another state 4 years ago. Yhat is just a start to how an d who I would send this card too.

  54. I would send this to my son and daughter. I would leave it by their pillow for when they wake up. They would absolutely just love this stamp set. My son makes cards for me every day and we craft together. I love the bonding time. I will Cherish it forever.

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