Masking Technique by Stampin’ Up!

Masking Technique by Stampin’ Up!


Hi Everyone, I’m Carrie from the home office.
Sometimes when you’re stamping, especially if you’re building a picture or a scene, you’re
going to want to overlap your stamped images to create some depth. And this can be tricky
because as you overlap those images, you don’t want the lines from the original image to
show through the layering. Let me show you what I mean. On this charming card from the
Sitting Here Stamp Set, you can see how this puppy is asleep in his bed. And, this picture
was actually made of two different stamps. You have the puppy and the basket that he
is asleep in. So we’re going to layer these together to create one seamless image. Now,
if I was to stamp them separately. . .I have my basket stamped here and I stamp the puppy
on top, you can see how the lines from the basket show through and kind of create a messy
image. The way to correct this, is with a technique called masking. Here’s how you do
it. Now typically if you’re creating a picture you work from the background forward. But
with masking you work from the foreground backwards. So the stamp in the foreground
is the puppy. It’s what’s on top. So that is actually the stamp I want to stamp first.
We’ll ink that puppy, and now I’m going to create a mask. And to do this, you want to
stamp on a separate piece of paper. I like to use a just an ordinary sticky note that
you probably have around the house. You could also use just a piece of copy paper and a
little bit of temporary adhesive behind it. But the sticky note is handy because it already
has a little bit of adhesive. So I actually have stamped the puppy towards the top where
the adhesive is. And, it doesn’t have to be a perfect image because I’m going to stamp
on top of it. But before I do that, I want to cut it out. Our Paper Snips work perfectly
for this because they are sharp and small so you can get into all the little corners
because you do want to stay right on the outline. And, I wont cut the whole thing out because
I’ve actually done it ahead of time. I just wanted to give you an idea of how it works.
So, there’s my mask that’s all cut out. I’m just going to stick it right on top of the
card stock. And now I’ll stamp the basket which will look like it’s in the background.
Photopolymer is great because you can see through it and line up right where you want
your images to overlap. Then you peel the mask off, and we have that seamless image
of the puppy sleeping in the basket. Here’s the finished card, one more time. You can
see how cute it looks once it’s all colored in. We used the same technique on this scene
in the background. We’ve stamped the pillows first then masked those and stamped the swing
in the background. You are going to have so much fun creating images and pictures and
scenes with the masking technique. And if you have any questions, contact your demonstrator.
They are experts in not only masking, but a variety of stamping techniques and they
would love to teach you more! So happy stamping!

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