Stampin’ With Sami Workshop: Masking & Coloring!

Sorry this is so late. I had this whole thing written up for Saturday, but it disappeared from my blogger so I don’t know what is up.


Today’s Stampin’ With Sami Workshop creates a lovely little card using some cool and easy stamping techniques: masking and coloring with an aqua painter. I hope you will take these skills and use them to make some neat stamping projects.

My whole lesson today revolves around the cute little polar bear image. The stamps used are all from the Stampin’ Cold & Cuddly stamp set, that will be available for purchase starting September 1st when the Holiday Mini comes out.

Supplies needed:

  • Classic Stampin’ Pads (Baja Breeze ink used here)
  • Waterproof Stampin’ Pad (Basic Black, Basic Brown, and Basic Gray are all waterproof options)
  • Aqua painter
  • Cardstock (Very Vanilla used here)
  • Scrap paper or post-it note
  • stamps! (Cold & Cuddly stamp set used here)

MASKING: The idea of masking is just like using masking tape (like painter’s tape). Block off a part of your image so that you don’t stamp over the same place with another stamp. This technique comes in handy when you want to make a scene like I did. Notice the bear is sitting on the iceberg. Well I didn’t want the iceberg image to show through the polar bear image so I used the masking technique.

1. Stamp the first image. This is the image that you want to be the part of your scene that is the forward most part or the top most part. Here I stamped the bear first because he is going to be sitting on top of the iceberg.

2. Stamp this same image onto a scrap paper (or a post-it note if you have one handy).

3. Cut around the stamped image on the scrap paper. Notice in the photo above, I cut only around the bottom of the image on the post-it note so that the sticky part is still intact.

4. Place your scrap paper image right over the original stamped image. If you didn’t use a post-it note, you may have to use a little tape to keep your scrap from slipping.

5. Stamp your second image on your scene. Shown above, I stamped the iceberg image in Basic Brown (waterproof ink so that we can color it later!!) to look like the polar bear is sitting on it. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the image how I wanted it.

6. Peel away your scrap image and reveal the scene!!

7. Stamp any additional images as needed. Shown above, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the coffee cup in the polar bears hand :O)

Next, we will work on coloring!
I am coloring in the iceberg using an aqua painter.

The aqua painter is a neat little tool. You fill it with water and then use it like a paintbrush. You can do a lot of cool coloring techniques with this tool. Here I am using my aqua painter with a Classic Stampin’ Pad as the ink!

For full size Classic Stampin’ Pads, while the pad is closed, squeeze in the middle of the pad. When you open the pad, there will be some extra ink in the top of the pad. Rub your aqua painter around in the excess ink.

If you have never colored with an aqua painter before, test it out on some scrap paper before you go to color your image. The aqua painter is like watercoloring so it will look lighter than the ink pad. The more ink you put on the brush, the darker your color will be.

Now color your stamped image. Notice the top of the iceberg is actually darker than the sides of the iceberg. I achieved that look by going over the sides a second time. The more times you go over an area, the darker the color will be.

And here is my finished card:

To finish off my card, I used the following supplies:

  • Baja Breeze cardstock
  • Texturz plate (for the background)
  • Cool Caribbean cardstock
  • Flower Fusion Too flowers
  • blue brad
  • Chocolate Chip 1/4 grosgrain ribbon
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock
  • Stampin’ UP Corner rounder punch

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2 thoughts on “Stampin’ With Sami Workshop: Masking & Coloring!

  1. I need to stop reading your blog. You make me WANT so many cool stamps! That polar bear is so adorable. I want to make a card just like yours. Great tutorial, too.

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