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Home > Tutorials > Introduction to Masking for Scenic Stamping

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Introduction to Masking for Scenic Stamping By: Beverly Shupp - View Beverly Shupp's Art Gallery
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Stamps Used:
102-858 59-016 20-036 62-133 62-134 55-021

Tutorial Image Supplies Used:
White paper and WackyTac or Post naltrexone and alcohol It Notes.

Tutorial Image Introduction:
To start a scenic stamped project, there are a few things to decide mentally.

1. Decide on a theme
2. Decide on a main focal point
3. Decide what environment you want. Indoors/Outdoors
4. Decide on the mood. Serious/Humorous/Cute

I will take you through the steps on Scenic Stamping. I will keep it simple but as you become more comfortable with it, you can embellish and add more and more detail to your scenes.

Masking is most important to make a flowing, presentable scene. A mask is made by stamping your image on a thin paper ( I use white computer paper) and cutting it out on the inside line of the image. If you cut on the outside and leave the line, you will have a "halo" effect ( a white space around your image. As I acquire my rubber stamps, I automatically stamp a "mask", cut it out, label the back in pencil, as to what it is, and store it with my stamp. This makes life easier in the future whenever I need it. I use WackyTac a restickable glue on the back of my masks, but you can use Post-It's. It is important that the mask will not "shift" as you stamp o top of it.

I suggest you use a well inked permanent black pad for the stamping and I will be using white glossy cardstock.

Now, I decided a "Missing You" , "See You Soon", type card, I decided on humor, I want it outdoors, so my plans are beginning to take form.

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Step by Step
Step 1:
I'm starting with the "Rat Team-Left" 102-858 stamped then masked.

Stamped image is on the left. Lovingly used mask is on the right.

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Step 2:
Now with the mask still on the Rats, I stamped the bush 62-134 behind them, the ship 55-021 and the waves 59-016 twice in a row, to make the shore line longer. Now I will mask them all.

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Step 3:
Cloud 20-036 was then stamped in blue, masked and the sky is sponged in a blue dye ink. The water was sponged with blue dye ink also but then green dye ink was sponged over that. The sand on the beach was sponged with a camel dye ink, then a butterscotch/darker, was sponged here and there for shadowing.

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Step 4:
Now all the masks can be removed:

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Step 5:
Finished coloring with the medium of your choice.

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Step 6:
Now that you have some confidence, add more detail. I stamped the floral corner 62-133 in different color green dye inks over what I had already colored.

Experiment yourself. Have fun. The more you do it the more confident you will become and the more creative.

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