Saturday, August 7, 2010

Masking: A Drunken Stampers Challenge

Hello everyone! We had a great time last week, enjoying frosty drinks with our fellow crafters at Drunken Stampers!

Now we're ready to put away the hurricane glasses and get out the masking tools! Masking can be alternately covering and uncovering your project with a "mask" while stamping and inking. This term also can refer to "masking" a particular part of one stamped image and overlaying a new stamp to create a final, brand new image!

I generally go with the first technique. This avenue of masking is awesome and you can make it as easy or hard as you like. Apparently I prefer horribly over complicated.

For instance, there are tons of "masks" available for sale, with designs ranging from hip to sweet. I cut my own. And I don't recommend it.

Cutting your own plastic masks is daunting, at best, and creating homemade vinyl masks ... ahm ... vinyl sticks. One assumes that this usually is among the most positive attributes of vinyl.

However, when you're trying to stick, remove, move, stick, stamp, remove, stick, ink and remove ... you're going to hear the sound of tearing paper long before your project is finished.

This DOES result in one bonus: An opportunity to shout all of your favorite four-letter words.

Also, while many masking projects can be done with one or two stamps and roughly the same number of inks, We at My House prefer to use eight inks, four stamps, two masks, an edge punch and chipboard embellishments.


Honestly! Whee! Despite my own ineptness at masking I often use this technique to create projects with soft, but bright, colors and images.

So? What are you waiting for? Let's see what you create with masks for this week's Drunken Stampers challenge!


  1. Oh but the results of all your efforts this card is stunning. xx Zoe

  2. beautiful card!Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  3. LOL, didn't understand a word of that..... but will have a go....... Love yours, Annette x

  4. PS it will amuse you to know the security word when I added this was FLEAS.........

  5. Hey my relative, you have exhaused me before I even start! Would you just make one for me and add my name to it! You already have the masks and experience! All your efforts are well worth it from my point of view! Absolutely wonderful! Think I would just cut out my mask using a die!!

  6. I'm SO not seeing anything in the realm of "ineptness" going on here. In fact, it's quite fabulous, CB! I admire your hard work (cutting your own mask?? DAY-um, girl!), and as someone who totally took the easy road on this challenge, I'm more than a little in awe of the gorgeousness you created. The dragonfly looks magnificent! In fact, the entire card does!