5 steps to masking a rubber stamp image

Sometimes we have a stamp we want to use, but it includes an image or sentiment we want to leave off. Here is a simple way to use masking tape to help you exclude parts of an image.


  1. Turn your stamp rubber side up.
  2. Place a piece of scotch tape over the section you do not want. Here, I'm covering up the words "heard it's your birthday" under the megaphone.
  3. Ink your stamp with either an ink pad (as shown), or with Stampin' Write Markers.
  4. The next step (see below) is crucial: remove the tape. Yes, a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised....
  5. Now, stamp!

This technique may be simple, but do not underestimate it! For example, there are wonderful Christmas stamps with beautiful borders. By using tape as a mask, you can cover the holiday part and use the frame/border year-round.  Another idea would be to separate a longer sentiment - stamp the first line on the front of your card, the rest on the inside of the card.

I hope you find that this technique helps you to see and use your stamps in ways you had not considered. It's always nice when we get more bang for the buck, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by today! To see this image on a card, be sure to stop by this weekend. He'll be colored in and ready to go - along with the next Utah Divas sketch challenge. See you here!


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Paper: Whisper White
Tools: scotch tape
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