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Q: What is “masking” and how is it achieved with a stamp?
Masking is a technique used to put objects in front of, behind, inside or around one another. To create the effect of an image behind or with one another, follow these instructions:
  1. First stamp the image that will appear closest to you. Then, stamp the same image on a sticky note and cut it out. (Be sure to stamp partially on the sticky part of the note).
  2. Place the sticky note cut-out on top of the first stamped image, and stamp the second (background) image on top. When the paper mask is removed, the second image will appear to be behind the first. In the example shown, if you’d like the cat to drive, first stamp the car onto the card, then stamp a second car onto a sticky note.
Cover the car with the sticky note and then stamp the cat into the driver’s seat. Remove the paper “mask” and the cat’s ready to drive!
You can also put one image inside another by “reverse masking”:
  1. First stamp the outside image and make a mask from a sticky note by cutting out the inside area. Place the mask over the stamped image.
  2. Stamp the second (inside) image over the mask and it will appear to be inside the first image. For example, stamp a crystal ball. Stamp it again on a sticky note, leaving space around the image, and carefully cut away the center of the crystal ball.
Place your reverse mask on top of your original image and stamp another image “inside” the crystal ball. This is great for putting eggs or flowers in a basket, fish in a fishbowl, candy in a container - use your imagination!
Although it is possible to mask nearly any stamp, some images may be impractical to mask due to their size or configuration. Medium to large size stamps with a limited amount of detail around the edges will be easier to cut around when making the mask. For reverse masking, choose images with open inner areas, such as jars, bowls, baskets and frames.


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