How to Mask Stamped Images

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

A simple sticky note is all you need to add layers of rich color to your stamped images.

Masking stamped images has been around for quite a while. There are several ways to mask out stamps, from paper to different liquid masking tools. In this post, I am going to go back to basics and use a simple form of masking - using sticky notes!

Supplies You Will Need:

Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Succulents Stamp Set
Sticky Notes
Paper Smooches Chit Chat Stamp Set (for the sentiment)
VersaFine Watermark Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Watercolor Paper
Multicup Craft Medley Sequins (Go Green)
Kuretake Gansai Tambi 24 Watercolor Set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (Crystal Clear)
Round Number 2 Acrylic Paintbrush
White Cardstock
Light Green Cardstock
Clear Glue
Tape Runner
Paper Trimmer (Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer used)
Cutter Bee Scissors

First, stamp your succulent image onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, cut to 3.75 x 5 in Onyx Black. Heat emboss with clear powder. Also stamp the image a second time onto a sticky note.

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Carefully trim out the image from the sticky note. Place it directly over the stamped image on the watercolor paper. Then go ahead and stamp the bowl on top of the sticky note, aligning it properly with the previously stamped image that is underneath. The sticky note will cover the first stamped image. Peel off the sticky note and also heat emboss the bowl.

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Now, also stamp the bowl image onto a sticky note, trim it out and place it over the stamped image again. This will cover everything else you've stamped, so you can go ahead and stamp more succulents onto the card panel.

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Each time you stamp more succulents/flowers/images, remember to heat emboss them with clear powder again. We will be watercoloring, so the clear powder will protect the ink when the water is added and it won't bleed at all. Stamp the sentiment (and heat emboss) the sentiment in the upper right of the panel once you have your images done.

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Once all of the images have been stamped and embossed, start to watercolor! Start with the light green and then add a darker green for the shadows. You can adjust the color of the paint by adding more or less water to your brush. You can use your heat gun to speed up the drying process, if needed. Continue to paint in all of the succulents.

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Paint in the bowl (I added some stripes by hand, but any color or design will work!). Add some shadows under the image and add some background color. To get the soft background color look, add small amounts of color close to the image and then add more water and pull the color away. Repeat this step until you get the desired look.

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Use the Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen to add some shimmer to the bowl.

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Adhere the watercolor panel to light green cardstock (cut to 4 x 5.25) and then attach to your card base. To finish everything off, add some sequins.

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Masking is an easy way to not only combine stamps into one image, but to change how they look!

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For more ideas, check out our FREE Video Section on our website!

Happy Crafting!