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What Is Masking?

Sometimes you may want to stamp a composite image (that's an image that is made up of more than one stamp). Let's say you'd like to stamp a flock of geese flying across the face of a mountain. How could you do that without having the images overlap? MASKING, that's how!

Because this can be a little tricky, we suggest that you stamp the images on a Post-it note because the glue on the back of the note will help anchor the paper in place when you use it as a mask later on. Then, cut them out so that only the image is left and then place them on a piece of paper that is the same size as the paper that you will use for your final project. Move the images around until you get an arrangement that is pleasing to you. Once you've figured that out, you'll be ready to start the masking on your final piece.

Now on to the final piece. First you have to decide which image is going to be in the foreground of the finished picture. In this case, it will be the geese because they will be flying across the face of the mountain. So, using your sample as a guide, stamp the geese on the paper for your final project in the same spot as they were on the sample. When the image is dry, place the Post-it note geese mask over theimage that you just stamped. Make sure that you cover the final stamped image completely with the mask. Now, take the mountain stamp and stamp it over the mask of the geese.

That's all there is to it! When you remove the stamp and the geese mask you will have an image of geese flying over the face of a mountain without any overlapping-it will look like one stamp made your image.

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