The Magic of Masking

Hi, DT EK here, showcasing a few Craftin Desert Divas stamps.  Today, I wanted to show you the power of masking within your projects.  Now I realize that masking isn’t a new thing, and there are certainly crafters out there who do it far better than I, but I know so many who are still afraid of it, or just don’t use it to its full potential.  But if you are a crafter who lives to color like me, then scene building is a must.  And learning to mask your stamps makes those scenes all the more powerful.

I decided the perfect stamp set to showcase the magic of masking is CDD’s Peek-a-Boo Animals.  The cute little furry friends in this set are all peaking out from behind something to say hello.  I pulled out CDD’s Build a Scene stamp set to be the objects the furry friends are peaking out from behind.

Now when I mask, I use post it tape because it is reusable, but there are all kinds of products on the market that can make a great mask, including washi tape (which we all have lying around, be honest), or even painter’s tape.  You don’t even have to fussy cut EK Gorman CDD 4:5-1out the full image as I’ve done, you only need to have the sections that will overlap with the original stamp.

Knowing I would want the scene to be smaller than an A2 card frame, I trimmed down some card stock to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  Now, when building a scene it is important to build from the front to the back.  In this case, I was able to stamp the sloth, the fox and the kitty at the same time.  Then masking off those three images, I was able to stamp the tree branch and the log.  I knew the log would be in front of the fence, so I cut out the log mask and stamped the fence.  I will be honest and tell you that the fence would have been too long for the scene the way I laid things out, so using just a post it note, I masked off the bottom of the fence to shorten the image. EK Gorman CDD 4:5-2 Finally, I added the tree leaves, a sentiment from the Peek-a Boo Animals stamp pack, and another sentiment from the Be Inspired sentiment stamp pack.

When I finally pulled up all the masks, the magic was revealed.  I ended up stamping the kitty a little to high (or the fence to low), so I built a little wood box behind the fence that the kitty was peeking over.  I also snagged a ruler and finished off the bottom of the fence with a copic safe pen.

Finally, the fun part, the part where you get to color the scene you worked so hard on.

EK Gorman CDD 4:5

Thank you for stopping by today, and I can’t wait to see how masking creates new magic in your designs.

CDD Products:

Peek A Boo AnimalsPeek-a-Boo Animals Stamp Set

Build_A_Scene_final__06557.1456937165.1280.1280Build A Scene Stamp Set

Be InspiredBe Inspired Sentiment Stamp Set

EK CDD blk watermark 2

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