Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March challenge

Hello Everyone!
We have a brand new challenge for you today!
It's MARCH...the beginning of spring and the month of the Holi festival here in India!

We at Paru's Card making Challenges would like to challenge you to use COLOURS this month.We would also like you to use some sort of MASKING!
Masking is a technique by which you cover an area that you want to protect and colour around it.
You will find ideas and tutorials in the resources page above.

March challenge


Make a card or tag using the theme given. Take a photo of your card or tag along with the masking process. 
If you have a blog, write a post about our challenge, including photos of your card or tag and your process.
Please display this storyboard prominently in your blog post.

ALSO, please display this logo prominently on your blog.


If you don't have a blog, post your photos on social media and TAG them with #PCMCHALLENGES
If you don't tag them, we will not see them on social media.

Link your blogpost/social media post to the linky below.

Now for some inspiration...

To make this tag, I used post it tape to mask strips on the tag and coloured them with Black soot distress ink from Tim Holtz.


I then stamped the succulent image onto a scrap piece of card stock as well as a piece of Inkadinkado masking paper.

I then cut out the mask and adhered it to the cardstock and stamped the remaining succulent images over the mask.

Here you can see the image with the mask removed.

I then added some red flowers and fussy cut the entire image. I added the image to the tag with some 3D tape to add dimension. I finished the tag by adding a sentiment from the Winnie and Walter 'Big Bold and Happy' stamp set.

For the card below, I used a masking technique that I learnt when I took the 
Online Card Classes 'Mask-erade' class which was taught by Laura Bassen.

To start, I created a mask by die cutting a piece of acetate (OHP sheet) with my spellbinders nestabilities heart die. I also die cut the love you die from die-versions.

I then placed the word die where I wanted it on the card panel and marked a centre point. 

This is where I place the tip of the heart.

I taped the mask in place with post it tape

I used Hero Arts neon colours to colour the hearts.

For the second heart, I overlapped the mask over half of the previous heart...

...and added colour.

I continued in the same way....

...till I addded all the colours that I wanted.

I finished the card by adding the word die cut and placing the panel on a white card base.

I loved the way my projects turned out...I hope that I have inspired you to play along!

We have some more inspiration for you from our 


This month we have the talented Juhi Khanna, of Juhishandmadecards 
as our Guest Designer.
She has such a fun style!
I love her work and I am sure that you will too!

Here is what she has to say about herself...

I'm Juhi, an Electronics Engineer from Bangalore originally, but, now live in Singapore.

I started making cards with locally available Indian handmade paper and die-cuts/stickers in 2009.
though I have continued making cards over the years, I got hooked onto stamping towards the end of 2014.
I love to learn and explore stamping techniques with watercolouring being my current favourite.
I am just begginning to explore making CAS cards and often find them more challenging to create than, well,...CAS cards. I love the process though.
You can view my work on my blog , facebook and instagram.

About my card...

I am so happy to be the March Guest Designer for our very own Indian challenge blog and I would like to thank Paru for giving me this opportunity!

This month's theme is Colours and Masking

I created a one layered card with loads of masking and stamping.
I started off with taking my card base and masking a border on all four sides as well a a strip towards the bottom of the card with Washi tape.
Please forgive the messy washi tape...it is a leftover from a previous project.

I then stamped flowers from Jane's Doodles 'Doodle flowers' stamp set onto a large sticky back post it sheet. I then cut them to create masks.

I then stamped onto my masked panel, one flower at a time, masking out the stamped flowers to create a layered effect.

One I was satisfied with the stamping, I completely masked the stamped portions with the masking paper and some masking fluid.
I used the fluid for the tiny stamped areas.
Once the masking fluid dried, I randomly stamped the dotted background.
I finally coloured the flowers in bright colours, after removing the mask and stamped the sentiment.
I also added a black border around the stamped area to finish my card.

I hope my card inspires you to create your own masked project. I would love to see what you come up with!


We have some fabulous sponsors lined up for this month.

We have a Rs.500/- voucher from The Craft Shop

a $25 gift certificate from CAS-ual friday Stamps

We also have a bumper prize this month....CAS-ual Friday stamps is offering a 15% discount on all stamps and dies to all the participants of our March Challenge!! 
Isn't that fantastic!!!

Just use the code PCMCMARCH at checkout!

We hope that we have inspired you to bring out your craft stash!

This challenge will run from the 1st of March till the 25th of March
We will announce the winner on the 28th of March.

You can link up your creations below.

To be eligible to win a prize, please follow all the instructions carefully...
you will find them in under 'how to play' in the right sidebar.

Thanks so much for stopping by...
Have a great day!

Paru Mahtani


  1. What a challenge and wonderful inspirations!!

  2. Wonderful card and tag with masking Technique .
    Linked my card here and tagged on Fb:) Hope it Qualifies !

  3. Hi Paru, I've submitted 2 entries and tagged one of them on FB. Can you please check if the tag is visible for you this time? I'm not sure what went wrong in the last contest.

    1. Both your cards are beautiful Karthika. Thank you for playing alng!..I can't see them when I use the tag though dear.
      Please use #PCMCHALLENGES in the description of your post.

  4. Thank you so much for this challenge & beautiful inspiration projects. I was totally inspired to try some masking. Hope you are enjoying the festivities. Best, CG

  5. Thank u so much for this challenge- I enjoyed playing along! I have tagged on FB, pinterest and insta. Hope it qualifies! :)
    Suchi xx

  6. what a fun challenge!I'm new to your blog and also im a new crafter!i'll link up my enteries soon!thanks for the lovely challenge!i'm a new follower and also ive added the pic in my sidebar!cheers

  7. hi... can you see my entry? i hv tag u in FB too..

  8. hi paru, i have send my entry... is it visible to you?

    1. Hi. i just saw ur messages. What is your name? I can then check for your entry.

  9. Thank you for the wonderful challenge... Linked up three projects here!!!!

  10. It fun playing along your challenges.... Lovely projects ....

  11. I have updated the project as per comments to be in line with the rules. Please do check back and consider!!!http://krafttime.blogspot.com/2016/03/warm-birthday-wishes-masking-technique.html

  12. Looks like lots of entries this time round. Unfortunately I won't be participating this time :(


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