Two-step masking, an easy stamping technique!

On Friday I shared with you one of the projects completed at last month's Stamp Club meeting. The card, based on one designed by Deena Boos, uses a two-step masking technique that was a hit with the girls. Here's how it is done:

First, you'll need to create the mask. Begin with a piece of thin paper cut to your card/project size. (Printer paper and school paper work great; you want something thinner than card stock.) Cut out a shape. I die-cut a large circle and set it so that it ran off the right side of the page. Keep both pieces.

Remove the shape that you cut, laying the outer portion of your paper mask over your card front. Stamp a design into the area you have uncovered. (Images shown here are from our Summer Silhouettes stamp set. Clear Mount item #126447)

Once you have your image the way you want it, put the mask piece (in this case the circle) back over your stamped images. Now remove the outer mask.

Using a Stampin' Sponge or Brayer, add color to the area surrounding your stamp work. In my sample, I sponged on Pool Party and Soft Sky Classic Ink. Tip: When you press the sponge to the paper, start on the mask and swirl your way onto the card stock. This will help keep the mask in place and give you a nice crisp edge. Removable adhesive can also help keep the mask in place.

Remove the mask and reveal your creativity! All that's left is to trim your card stock and finish your project. Wasn't that easy?

I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial! If you missed my recent posts regarding easy one-step masking, you can check out the video tutorial here. Thanks for stopping by!


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