October 2013: Masking

Now, for the new month’s Technique Challenge.  So far we’ve done the following Techniques:

Sponging in April
Watercolor Washes in May
Huffing in June
Rollers (Brayers) in July
Stamping with Acrylic Blocks and Objects in August
Framing in September

Now with the Framing Technique, we played with masking the center of your card and sponging around it as well as using a piece of card stock that you cut the center out of and sponged through the hole, masking the rest.

So this month we are going to mask images.  When you paint (or so I hear, not being a painter myself), you start with the background and work your way forward to the central image.  But when you are card-making, you have to do it in reverse with the central image done first, masking it, and then stamping behind it to get that depth.

For my card, I used a new large stamp I received from Rubber Stamp Avenue of a tiger:

Tiger from Rubber Stamp Avenue

Tiger from Rubber Stamp Avenue

I stamped it a second time on a piece of typing paper to use as my mask.  I cut out the image on the typing paper:

Tiger and cut out image

Tiger and cut out image

And placed it over my stamped image on my card stock:

Image masked

Image masked

 

I then re-inked my stamp and stamped it where you see that second image on my mask to get this effect once I remove the mask:

Second image stamped

Second image stamped

You can see the line where my card stock stops and my typing paper “desk” starts  I then put the mask back on, re-inked my stamp again, and stamped to the left of the center tiger:

All three stamped after re-inking

All three stamped after re-inking

There are the 3 images, all done with the same level of dark ink.  I then thought it would look interesting if I only stamped the main image with a fully inked stamp and stamped off for the two background tigers so this is the result of that:

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See how the center image really stands out from the other two?  I then stippled the water and above the heads of the tiger in blue and made my cards.  Here are those two cards.  Here’s the first one:

Background tigers stamped-off

Background tigers stamped-off

 

and here’s the second one:

Background tigers re-inked

Background tigers re-inked

See how you get a totally different look by doing it each way?

Now please give this month’s Technique Challenge – Masking a try with one of your stamps.  Remember it must have something Asian on it (my little word in the corner).  I purposely didn’t color them but add all the color you want to yours.  I almost added yellow to the eyes but the black part is so small…..  A pink nose maybe?  The possibilities are endless!

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