One of the reasons why rubber stamps are so highly treasured by both professionals and also artists is that rubber stamps were designed to fulfill more than one purpose. Highly versatile, they can be used in almost every occasion and are compatible with a wide range of materials. However, not just materials attribute to the whole aspect of design- techniques do too. If you are looking for more to achieve with your rubber stamps, why not try out masking? Here’s how you can do so in just 5 steps:
1. Prepare Materials
Masking is a technique that is simple to achieve and only requires a few materials to prepare. You simply need- your rubber stamps, scrap paper, scissors, two or more coloured ink pads of your choice and other embellishments if applicable. If you plan to use multiple colours, you will also need cloth, water and soap to clean and dry the rubber stamps before you stamp with other colours.
2. First layer
Create the first layer of your rubber stamped design as you would usually stamp with your rubber stamps. Make sure to stamp evenly and form a complete dark rubber stamp image on the parchment you want to use. This will be your base layer of what your masking will be applied later so make sure to keep the base layer simple. Once you are done, you will need to create the mask.
3. Mask Creation
The mask is a layer that is used to overlay when stamping with rubber stamps to create the illusion of depth. To create your mask, you will need the rubber stamps you used to create the base area. Stamp (without re-inking) on your scrap paper. Cut and trim along the stamped edges until you have a cut out- this is the masking layer you will be needing.
Before you begin applying the masking technique, it is advised that you plan the layout you want to achieve at the very end. Experiment with different layouts and patterns until you are familiar and satisfied with the final product. Using the mask layer, place it over your base layer and line it over the base completely, or over the sections you don’t want your second stamped layer to affect.
Once you know the layout you want, ink your rubber stamps again. At this section, you can switch to different rubber stamps or switch up the ink you are using. Stamp your second rubber image as desired and peel off the masked layer to look at your final design.
And there you have it- masking with rubber stamps! While it is not a commonly explored technique, masking can be used to the user’s advantage. When done well, the end results are always worth the effort and time invested into the final design. Are there any other areas or activities you can think to use masking with rubber stamps on? Let us know!