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Masking-General Directions


by Cathy Peper, Editor

stamp credits:  Posh Impressions and Prickly Pear

The concept behind masking is really a very simple one, but the results can be amazing.  Masking is done by creating a mask from special masking material, such as Eclipse tape, or from a post it note to protect the area you don’t want to be inked or stamped.

Masking can be used to place one object behind another.  The foreground object is stamped first, then a mask is made of the object by stamping onto the masking material and cutting it out.  Place the mask over the stamped image and stamp another image.  The second stamped image will appear to be behind the first.  On this eagle ATC, I stamped the eagle first, masked it and then stamped the trees.  Then I masked the trees and stamped the mountains.

Masking can also be used to apply color to specific areas.  You can apply strips of masking material and use a stippling or blending tool to apply color to the unmasked areas.  Remove the masks and that area is left uncolored.  Or stamp an image, mask it and blend color behind and around the image.  That's what I did on this castle ATC.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Complex scenes can be made using masking, but masking is also useful for one layer and clean and simple cards.  I hope you’ll join us this month and have fun with the magic of masking.


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