Masking is a powerful stamping technique. However, sometimes images are just too difficult to create fussy-cut masks for. Today’s video shows a peek at THREE masking alternatives that you may like.
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In this video, I show three masking alternatives – – ways to mask when using a fussy-cut paper-mask just doesn’t make sense. Here they are:
Masking Alternative #1: Glossy Accents
I have a very strong love affair with Glossy Accents. And another great use for this product? Masking. Just stamp and color your stamped image and cover it with Glossy Accents. Once it is dry, you can apply dye inks, pigment inks and mists for a fun background… all while your stamped images are protected.
For my example, I colored the adorable Mama Elephant panda images with Copic Markers. After adding the Glossy Accents, I used an Ink Blending Tool to apply the colorful background with Distress Ink. Oh – and on all of these cards, I layered those awesome rectangle die cuts from Avery Elle. I love the finished edge these dies offer!
A nice perk of using Glossy Accents? You end up with a fun, dimensional clear coat on your stamping.
Masking Alternative #2: Clear Embossing Powder
If you are looking to mask a very intricate stamped image with elaborate outlines, I would recommend my second method – using clear embossing powder. After stamping and coloring my images, I use a VersaMark Pen to draw over it and then clear heat embossed. The embossing will resist any dye ink, pigment ink or mist you put on top.
For this example, I again started with the deco-edge Avery Elle rectangle die cuts. After masking the edge, I stamped and colored the Celebrating You Clearly Besotted flower images. I traced over the flowers with my VersaMark Pen and then added clear embossing powder. After heating it, I applied Distress Ink with my Ink Blending Tool. The embossing resists the added ink… successfully masking my images. Oh – and the sentiment is a favorite of mine from Hero Arts.
This technique also results in images with a shiny finish, but with less dimension. If you wanted to, you could remove the embossing powder with the iron-off embossing techniques I show HERE.
Again, I think this second technique is best for images with lots of details like these flowers.
Masking Alternative #3: Rubber Cement
Of the three masking techniques I share today, this third one is definitely my favorite. Why? Because you end up with a smooth, non-shiny image when you are done. And it uses rubber cement… a product I remember using as a kid!
After stamping and coloring the adorable My Favorite Things You’re Super girl, I used an old paint brush to “paint” rubber cement over the entire image. After it dried, I applied Distress Ink, mists and water for a dark, inky background. Once that dried also, I used a cloth to rub away the rubber cement… revealing the perfectly clean image below. LOVE IT.
Rubber cement is inexpensive and works great. One big tip: Don’t leave the bottle open as you work. It dries up quickly.
Fun, huh? I promise I will use these techniques more in the future.
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