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Easy Masking Technique featuring the Sweet As Candy Stamps

Hey there! Julie here, with a new tutorial for you. Today I am using the Sweet as Candy stamp set and this easy masking technique to make this fun masked candy jars image. Watch the video, or read through my tutorial below!

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I’m going to start with ink, sticky notes, scissors, paper cut to 5.5 x 4.25 inches, and my stamps. I’m using the jar from the Sweet as Candy set, along with the candy and cookie stacks.

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To make the mask, I took my jar stamp, and inked it up, and, making sure to line it up over the sticky part of the note, I stamped my image. Once that was done, I cut it out as close to the line as possible – even if that meant that sometimes I cut down the middle of the line. That helped me avoid leaving white spaces between my masked images.

I could have used the matching dies to get closer to the edges, but it’s not necessary, especially for an image that’s fairly simple like this one.

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Masking-images-for-blog03 I set the finished mask aside while I figured out how to arrange the jars. I used a piece of printer paper, folded into quarters, to decide where things should go, and a little bit about what should happen when. I wanted one in front, and then a few more behind it and to the sides. As you can see, when I did my original, I added another jar in the back just to make it look a little better – having an uneven number of a particular item or shape in a composition helps with that. I also made sure that I was arranging the jars so that they were on different levels to give it some depth and not in a row, just ‘cause it makes it look kinda weird… I know, because I tried that first.

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Masking-images-for-blog04a My first step was to ink up, and stamp my first jar a little off center.

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I placed my mask on top of that first jar, and then inked up again. The next jar was over to the left and up a bit. I re-placed my mask on the new jar, inked up, and stamped another a bit further up. I went back to the first jar now, and put the mask back down before inking up and stamping the fourth jar on the right side.

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Masking-images-for-blog08a For the jar in back, the first jar needed to be masked off, as well as the two on either side of it. I made a couple more masks to stick over them. I inked up again, and stamped my fifth jar!

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Masking-images-for-blog11a For the next part I only needed one mask. I started with the pile of chocolate stamp, making sure that pile of cookies was stamped as close to the bottom of the jar as possible. I replaced my mask over that first jar, and moved on to the pile of candies in the first jar to the left. Once again, I tried to get the pile as close to the bottom of the jar as I could, making sure to keep it just inside the jar on the left side. The mask went back on, and lollipops went into the jar on the right. I put them in handles-up, just because I would rather grab one of these by the handle, personally.

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Masking-images-for-blog12a I moved the mask to the left, and the last sweet to go in were the cookies on the far left.

Voila! A bunch of jars of candy. The one in back is covered up enough that I’m not worried about putting anything in it.

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Masking-images-for-blog12b For the finished piece here I stamped using a waterproof ink, and used my Zig Clean color brush pens and a water brush to color the images.  A while ago, I made a video showing you how to use this method to color some strawberries. For this image, I'm looking forward to using another medium - maybe colored pencils... or alcohol markers!

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Easy, right? I really enjoyed working on this project, particularly because I got to work with the Sweet As Candy set, which is just fun. Sweets without the calories, win-win! The Sweet as Candy set was the Memory Keepers Studio set from January 2020, so auto-ship members got them in their January shipment. Not a member? You can still order your own set!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you saw something you can use on your next project!

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Comments

Thank you for showing the tutorial through a video as a written tutorial. I'm not always able to watch i the video but can read a written version any time but it isn't always offered that way. thank you!!

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