Hi everyone,
This tutorial explores the use of the reverse masking technique.

Are you ready to have a go at making this?  Here we go …

It is recommended that you use stamping platform for this step. 
Ink and stamp out the largest leaf from Big Maple (from Rubber Dance)
with some brown and green oxides until you are happy with the colours. 
Leave the middle un-inked so that you can pop an image in there.
You can either add ink around the outside of the image,
or clean the center with a baby-wipe.

I advise to use a stamping platform because with larger images you
may lose some of the stamping.
the stamping platform lets you get the stamped image that you are after.

Next, a couple of masks are needed.
The first mask that you need is where you cut the leaf in one piece, about 2 mm larger than the stamped image itself.
Refer to the above pic above.
This gives you a negative mask.
Then cut out a separate, normal mask.  Simply stamp the image and fussy cut the image about 2 mm in from the outer edge.

You now have two masks.

  Place the negative mask over the stamped leaf. 
You’ll be able to see the whole leaf inside the mask.
Stamp Da Vinci Woman 1 inside the mask.


While the mask is still in place, stamp the eagle, or any small bird that you might have in your collection.
Now it is okay to remove the mask.


Place the leaf mask, the normal one, over the leaf and then begin stamping some smaller leaves. 
These can all be found on Twiggy Leaves.
You may have another set of leaves in your collection that will suit this project.
You can stamp another bird to the top right corner.
Again, use any little bird from your stash of stamps.
I have a nice one available in the B For Bird set.


It’s a little difficult to see in this pic, but I think you’ll like the finish when you add some ink around the edges.
Nothing too heavy though as your eye needs to go to the main leaf. 
To finish, all you need to do is mat and layer this onto cardstock that matches the colours that you use.

Here are a couple of close up pics for you showing the detail.

The stamps used on this card are:

Twiggy Leaves
*currently out of stock

I hope you enjoyed seeing how we can combine masking techniques.
If you decide to give this a go, please don’t forget to credit me for the lesson
and please share with me what you come up with.
I would love to see what you have made.

This free tutorial is for your own private use and is not
for you to teach to others.
However, please feel free to direct other interested crafter’s to this page.

Extra Ideas!
In the past I’ve used a large butterfly and stamped inside the wings.
You could also use large flowers, houses, mushrooms or
probably any of the larger stamps that you have available.

Experiment with different colours and products from your stash.

Happy Stamping!
Dot x