Stamps – How to Mask Stamp

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert stamp artist Christina Crawford demonstrates how to mask stamp.

    Christina Crawford

    With over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!

    Christina Crawford: I am Christina Crawford and I am Stampin Up demonstrator. In this segment I am going to teach you, how to do masking.

    Masking lets you stamp an image right behind another image without it overlapping at all, its like a magic trick, but its very easy. Some of the tools that you will need to get started are maybe a pack of posted noted, if your image is larger and you need some paper and you dont have posted notes around, a little bit of removable adhesive will help and this one is called, Dotto and this is a great removable adhesive. The first step is to take the stamp and go ahead and stamp it with a color, it could be any color, this one is a light purple just so you can see the difference and stamp that image. The next step is to create a mask and you can stamp that right on to a posted note and peel that posted note off, there is a little bit of sticky stuff on the other side and that is going to help you lay that right down on top of your stamped image.

    When you make a mask, you need some sharp scissors and you will need to cut that image out, right on the inside of the outline. When you pull the mask off, you should be able to see some of the ink and that is going to help you avoid an empty space around your image. If you are not using a posted note and you do need to use the Dotto, go ahead and take that tape and again this is repositionable, find your image and move it around, I picked a flower here and it looks like it can probably move around a few different ways, but you really need to find the way that it belongs and go head and stick it right on there. You should be able to see some of that purple image, right on the outside. The next step would be to clean your stamp, I am going to change colors and use a dark purple, and next time you are going to ink your stamp, stamp it directly on top of the mask, push down on that nice and even pressure, you dont want to rock your stamp, lift that up and peel off the mask. You can use that again and they look like that one dark flower is right behind the other. You can save these so you dont have to keep on cutting them out and using them over and over.

    Let me show you another sample where I went ahead and I stuck a circle and I sponged and did my artwork around it and when I peeled off that circle, you are able to see a moon. Another way of masking is to stamp the scarecrow first and then the fence around it and masking the scarecrow, so it looks like the fence is not going on top of the scarecrow. Its the same method that you would use with two flowers on top of each other, using the masking technique. Make sure you save these scraps, put them in your stamps set, so you dont have to repeat them and do them over.

    That is the masking technique. Next, I will show you how to do heat embossing.