Tuesday Tip – masking stamps

img_4059How is it Tuesday again? I’m not quite sure what happened to the last seven days; they’ve passed in a blur. It only seems like five minutes since I was preparing the previous #TuesdayTip blog post and yet here we are again.

Not that I’m complaining. It’s almost my favourite time of the week, coming a close third to Friday evenings and Sunday mornings!

Plus, I’ve included a hint of romance into this week’s #TuesdayTip on this day of love.

I have to admit that the over-commercialism and forced displays of affection that the feast of St Valentine presents us with means it’s not a date I celebrate in a big way (although it’s not as horrific as Hallowe’en but that’s for another time!).

I am however proud to say that both my husband and I made our own cards this year so that’s one to us and nil to the high street giants that try to add 500% to the price of their cards and flowers just for one week!

Anyhoo, rant over, I know that some people do enjoy celebrating ‘heart day’ and Dovecraft clear sentiment stamps are a fantastic way to show someone you care and are quite literally a bargain at just £1!!!!

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#TuesdayTip – Stamp masking – My finished card

I used one on my husband’s card (top image above) but during my recent demo I wanted to make a card using a lovely Dovecraft frame die. I chose some wood effect paper from the First Edition Love Story paper pad and wanted to stamp the sentiment on top to provide a focus for the card. However, of all the stamps that would fit into the space, I didn’t have one with the type of sentiment I was looking for.

Undeterred, I customised my Dovecraft stamp! By masking part of the stamp I was able to isolate the words I wanted and use the stamp in a different way.

You can do this on stamps with shapes too, not just sentiments. Maybe you have a stamp with a bunch of flowers and you only want to use one of the stems, you can mask the others and create a completely new design. Or maybe you have a Christmas themed character stamp and you want to remove the festive elements so that you can use the character stamp all year round.

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#TuesdayTip – Stamp masking – what you need

Go on, grab your stamp stash and take a closer look at them. I bet you’ll find new ways of using your existing collection and see them in a different light.

Don’t forget to share your creations using the masked stamp method with me on social media by searching for Kathy Crafts TV or clicking through these links to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

 

How to Mask Stamps

You will need:

  • Stamp – I used the Dovecraft I love you to the moon and back again Clear Stamp
  • Clear acrylic block
  • Washi tape or low tack tape (I even used a valentine’s themed tape!!)
  • Ink pad
  • Paper
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3 thoughts on “Tuesday Tip – masking stamps

  1. Tracy Welham says:

    Hi Kathy, Thanks for the great tip. Fabulous creations. It’s a shame that it has become so commercialised and, along with Halloween, the true meaning and celebration has almost been forgotten. We don’t celebrate Valentines at all, preferring the spontaneity of romantic gestures but if hubby happens to return home tonight with chocolates I won’t say no! lol. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

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  2. Isn't She Crafty says:

    I quite often mask stamps, but I’d not thought of using Washi tape, I search for ages for the masking tape (we really should buy a second roll, he uses it for something guitar-y and I use it loads in crafting) and occasionally argue with the little bits of sticky which it leaves

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