Tutorial – Reverse Masking
Today’s tutorial comes to us from recently featured cardmaker, Bev T. In her feature, Bev mentioned she uses a reverse masking technique to color her images, and she was kind enough to do double-duty and give us a tutorial to demonstrate this technique! Thanks, Bev!
This is a card that I made using the reverse technique to color the bear.
1. To color this image, I first stamp the image on cardstock and then stamp it again several times on scrap paper to make the masks. I use a water resistant dye ink like Memento Tuxedo Black.
2. To color the bear, I cut out the ears, head, paws, and legs on the first mask so that you have the following:
3. Line up the mask over the stamped image (left). I use Elmer’s Repositionable stick glue to keep the mask in place. Apply brown pigment ink to the open areas with a sponge, kind of like stenciling. This gives you the image on the right.
4. Using a second mask, cut out the raincoat and rain hat to give the following:
5. Line the second mask over the stamped image (left), sponge yellow pigment ink to the open areas. After doing this, you have the image on the right.
6. On the third mask, cut out the umbrella and the bird and line it up on the stamped image (left). Sponge red pigment ink on the umbrella and blue ink on the bird, gives you the image on the right.
7. To finish off the image, I used gel pens or coloring pencils to color in the details
This method may be a little more work initially, but I like the results. With the masks, making multiples is easy and quick.