How to mask stamps for card making

Make more of the stamps you already own by building up scenes using the stamp masking card making technique

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Give your character stamps a new lease of life by discovering the art of stamp masking! It’s a relatively easy technique to master, but one that is sure to give your cards real wow-factor! To create a mask you simply stamp your character where you want it to be positioned, then stamp it again onto a Post-it note. Cut out the second version carefully and position it over the first. Now you can add whatever background you like! When you remove the Post-it, you’ll have a wonderful seamless scene for your stamped character. Designer, Julie Gibbs has used some adorable kitten and puppy stamps for her cards, but try it with your favourite characters, instead!

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You Will Need

  • Animal stamps
  • Foliage stamps
  • Patterned papers
  • Post-it notes

Step 1

Cut a 10.5x21cm piece of card. Score at 3cm and 6cm and fold into mountain and valley folds. Stick to a 10.5x15cm card base.

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Step 2

Stamp the bird and dog onto a 9.5x14cm piece of white card. Stamp again onto Post-it notes and cut out to create masks.

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Step 3

Position the masks and cut out two cloud shapes from Post-it notes. Stick the clouds over the stamp masks and add an inked sky.

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Step 4

Remove the cloud masks. Stamp trees. Remove the animal masks and colour the images. Layer onto paper and add to the card front.

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Step 5

Cut a 10.5x5cm piece of kraft card. Add a scalloped edge, top with patterned paper and ribbon, then add to the base card.  

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It can be time consuming to create masks, but they are reusable, so keep them safe!  A good idea is to stick them onto a sheet of acetate.

 

 

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