Do a masking technique

Make your stamps looked layered by masking the designs, all you need is a sticky note! Contributing Editor Polly Maly shows you how.

This segment is brought to you by Gel-a-tins and Ranger. Hi, my name's Polly Maly, and I'm a contributing editor with Scrapbooks Etc. Magazine. Welcome to my scrap room. Today, I'm gonna show how to use a mask to create a layered effect in your stamping. Masking allows you to use stamps together without them running all over each other. It makes 1 stamp appear as though it's in the foreground and one or more stamps look as though it's in the background. Let's take a look at what I'm gonna be using today. First of all, you'll need some stamps. I'm gonna use clear stamps today. I really like them because they're easy to see through, and you can also see through the mount that you use. I also need some ink. I have dye inks today. They're fast drying and their color's beautiful. I'll need a scissors, some paper to make a mask with. Since the size of my stamp is small enough to use as post-it note, I'm gonna use a post-it note because it has a tacky strip at the top, and that will help hold my mask on my project. And then I'll just need paper for my project. I'm gonna start with a star. I'm gonna place that on my acrylic mount. And I love these clear stamps because I can put any star in the middle here. I'm just gonna use this outline of a star, but I could actually combine any of these little stars right in the middle. And I think I'm gonna use a vibrant purple for the star that will be in the foreground. So I'll just press that clear stamp right in, and make sure that you press it enough so that your ink is well distributed. It's another great thing of using the clear stamps. Okay now, first, I'm gonna stamp my post-it. Now, the tip of my star is actually gonna hit the top of that strip, so that when I cut it out, -- my star and cut it out. Now, I'm actually gonna cut it out right on the outside of the stamp. I'll show you what that looks like as soon as I stamp my background stamps. If you cut a little wider than the outside, that's gonna give you what they call a halo effect. It's just a little gap between your foreground stamps and your background stamps. Okay, now I'm just gonna place that directly over the original stamp, and I'm gonna choose some background stamps. I think I'll use this polka dot stamp for fun. And I love to combine purple and green, so I'm gonna stamp this in green, and again, just make sure that your stamp is well covered with the ink. Now if you need to, you can also use some re-positionable tape to hold your mask in place. I'm just gonna also place my finger down just to make sure that it's holding well. I'm gonna stamp that down, and I've actually made sure that the arms of the background star is covering the mask. Okay. Okay, now for the big reveal, pick up your mask, and now the stamps look as though one's in the foreground and the other two are backin' it up. Here's another example of a tag that was done using these stamps in different colors. It was embellished with a little bit of sparkly glue and ribbon and an embellishment. It makes a very fun tag. I hope you had fun learning how to mask, whether you stamp sets or you mix and match individual stamps. It's a fun technique for adding dimension to your stamping. I'm Polly, thanks for watching.