Rubber Stamping - Masking

Angelnorth from the forum has written this step by step on how to 'mask' with rubber stamps. This technique will enable you to use more than one stamp on your project.  This can mean you can create a scene using several stamps, a herd of animals from one stamp, a background stamped behind your stamp - the ideas are endless. 

A selection of cards using this technique can be seen...on this page
Basic rule for masking
Stamp from front to back
This is the basic rule for masking - so you need to plan your project and start with the stamp the will appear at the front.

Step 1
Stamp your focal image on your project and stamp it again on a Post-it note or copier paper (Post-its are ideal as they're thin and you can use the sticky bit to keep the mask in place). There's no need to re-ink your stamp before you stamp the mask. Tip: Don't stamp your mask onto card or heavy paper - you'll end up with a halo round your image as it's hard to make proper contact with the second stamp if there's a thick mask in the way.


Step 2
Cut out the mask, keeping just inside the line of the object (you can see here that there's a tiny bit of the line visible on the waste part of the Post-It).


Step 3
Line up your mask and stick it in place over the stamped image on your project.  If you used plain paper for your mask, you might find it helpful to put a little temporary adhesive on the back so that it stays firmly in place.

Step 4
Stamp your second image so that it overlaps the mask.

Optional Use steps 1-3 to mask your second image if you want to stamp further objects and have them appear to be behind that one as well as the focal image. I masked the clock as well as the lady on this example


Step 5  
Stamp 'filler' images to finish your project (swirls, background textures, single words, small objects such as keys or flowers all make good fillers).

Step 6
Peel away the masks to reveal your layered images and add any finishing touches.


Finished Project   
I added a little colour with pencils, chalk and a white gel pen and sponged the edges of the tag with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Supplies:
stamps (Retro Lady (Tanda Stamps), Time to Stamp (Cornish Heritage Farms), Whisper stamps (Basic Grey),
shipping tag, Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), Lyra Skintone pencils, pink chalk, Inkssentials white gel pen


  Crafts by Carolyn January 2009