Saturday, April 17, 2010

Masking this something you like to do?

Masking is the opposite of a stencil-- instead of being a negative image, it is the positive image or a solid image. A mask is a shape placed onto your project then using a colour apply it to the outside area and the edges (and inside area's if the mask has some) . Once you remove the mask, the colour or pattern underneath the mask remains in the shape of the mask while the outer edges are coloured.

A number of manufactures produce masks in cool designs, but you can make your own as well. If you have a die cut machine you could punch out a shape and then mask it onto your projects. Once you've used the mask, it'll be covered in cool colours that you could then in turn use on a different project.

You could spray over the mask with something like Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist or use a small sponge and sponge paint over the mask. Other mediums you could use are inks, watercolours, spray paint, acrylic paint, walnut ink, bleach mist or even VersaMark to ink the eges then heat emboss.

I have to admit, I have only ever masked I think once since I started scrappin and until I read an article, I never once thought about using punches as masks. I have quite a few punches and most of the time they stay in the drawer under I'm going to give this a shot and see what I come up with!

Why not give it a try too :)


  1. I have used my punches for masking, but haven't done it for a long time! Might just be about time to do this again though! Thanks for the tips!

  2. This is some great info T. The April card kit includes a bottle of Smooch Spritz Spray that would work well for masking. :)

  3. Love masking T! I made a card with the April kit with masking. it gives some plain paper just a little sparkle and interest!

    maybe I should do a challenge to get you to do some masking???

  4. I love masking... and Smooch works really well with it.. I love the effect you are given by using it.. thanks for the tips.. you are awsome..