Project 1401-5

Close To My Heart - Masking Technique
By: Sherri Tozzi
Sponsor: Close To My Heart

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Materials Needed:
  • Close To My Heart Products Used:
  • Z2110 Buttercup Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2101 Autumn Terracotta Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2104 Barn Red Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2135 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • 1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
  • Z1037 Mini Medley
  • Z1051 Bitty Brads
  • Z1040 Antiqued Copper Brads
  • Z299 Bigger Brads Basic Collection
  • B1306 Cottage Floral Stamp Set
  • 1388 Colonial White Cardstock


"Masking" is a fun and easy technique to help you use more than one stamp together in a design. It simply involves stamping an image, covering or 'masking' it temporarily, then stamping over it with another stamp. Masking can be used to create images that seem to be in the 'foreground' and in the 'background'. In this segment we show you how to create the flower bunch on this layout.

 1.  To begin stamp a small flower in Buttercup ink on larger piece of paper two times about two inches apart and one time on smaller piece of paper.
2.  Cut out the flower on the smaller piece of paper leaving a very thin white edge and put temporary adhesive (Dotto Dots HERMA) on the back.
3.  Overlap the cut flower with the Buttercup flower on the right and stamp Hollyhock flower over the top.  Also stamp Hollyhock flower onto another small piece of paper.
4.  Cut Hollyhock flower and set aside.
5.  Move temporary adhered small flower to cover the other stamped Buttercup flower on the left, and stamp Autumn Terracotta flower over the top as well as on another small piece of paper.

TIP: You can also use Post-It notes for the image that will be used as a cover so you can skip the adhesive step.  This works especially well for small images that are difficult to apply temporary adhesive to.

6.  Cover both Hollyhock and Autumn Terracotta flowers (Autumn Terracotta flower provided already cut out) with their masks using temporary adhesive (Dotto Dots HERMA) so the images don't slide.  Stamp Barn Red flower, then Buttercup inside, followed by smallest Autumn Terracotta flower inside the Buttercup.  Also stamp the leaf in New England Ivy while mask is still on.
TIP: You can mask more than just two layers.  You can create as many as you prefer to create a lot of depth and dimension.
7.  Remove the masks.  Cut out flower cluster (already provided cut) and embellish with brads and Just Blooms flowers with Bigger Brads inside the very center of the Barn Red flower and a Chocolate Mini Medley flower pinned to the center of the Hollyhock flower with a Bitty Brad.  Autumn Terracotta flower will still mostly be covered.
8.  Adhere flower clusters to the page base followed by the picket fence.
TIP: You can make your own picket fence by cutting white paper into strips and pointing the tips.  You can use Bitty Brads to look like nails.
9.  Adhere photo and title.


Sherri Tozzi and Julie McGuffee



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