Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Technique Tuesday - Masking
Likes wise, the cute cupcakes from the December Stamp of the Month - "Cutie Pie" were just a little big for the frames that I wanted to use. I stamped the frames and cut them out. I stamped another frame on a piece of scrap paper, and used a craft knife to cut out the middle. I placed the cut out frame over the stamped frame and stamped the cupcakes slightly off the frame on the bottom so they looked cute in the frame.
For example, if you have a fence stamp and want things it to look like they are "behind the fence", you will stamp the fence twice - once for your project and once to cut out. When you mask you need a good craft knife and self healing cutting mat. You need to cut out as much detail as you can so that the stamp you stamp over the mask can show through. The more detail, the thinner the mask paper needs to be. You take your cut out mask and put it directly over the same stamped image.
When you mask, you need your image not to move when you are stamping on it. You can use CTMH's Bonding Memories Glue. When you use this glue directly it has a permanent hold. If you put it on something and let it dry, it has a temporary hold - like a 3-M sticky note. Once the image is place over the other image and is secure, then you stamp the other things over the mask and they appear as if they are behind the fence. There are sometimes that 3-M sticky notes are great for masking as well. If you need great detail behind the mask, you need to stamp using thin paper - either copy paper or something like a sticky notes. Post-It makes a full adhesive note so that you have adhesive all over the back. You need to have something to stamp on and cut out that covers the image you are using. I often use the Bonding Memories glue for large images for ease of use.
Don't forget that in being creative, you can use stamps from different sets to make something new all together.