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Masking the Large Russian Stacking Doll


masked-stacking-doll-finished(click on any photo to enlarge!)

Last week, I posted a Stacking Dolls Card, and lamented within the post that the big doll had lines on her apron. And how I wanted to cut the lines out of the stamp, because how could I ever mask the lines off of that apron?

Yes, I bailed out. I assumed that I would not be successful masking the lines of the largest Russian Doll stamp, so I never even tried.

Encouraged by Cobs from The Cobweborium Emporium and Gillian from PaperPuff, I set out to mask the lines.

Step one – stamp on a Post It note:


I stamped both ways, not sure if it would be better to have the sticky part under the top of the apron or the bottom. (sticky under bottom of apron worked better)

Step 2 – cut the masks


Step 3 – place the mask on the stamp


Step 4 – ink the stamp


Step 5 – remove the mask before stamping.

Alternately, I tried using washi tape as well.

Step 3 – Mask with washi tape


Step 4 – ink the stamp


Step 5 – remove the washi tape before stamping.

If you look closely at the stamped dolls at the top, you can see I went 1 for 3 for “perfect” image. The one on the left, I must have inked the post it note too heavily, and the ink bled through the paper and the lines stamped anyway. The red one has a tiny little blank spot around the apron from a tiny piece of trimmed washi tape hiding on the stamp surface.

Thanks to Cobs & Gillian for the push to JUST DO IT!

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, washi – Recollections.


14 thoughts on “Masking the Large Russian Stacking Doll

  1. I believe the correct expression here is ‘Way to go, Kathy!’ With perhaps a little ‘yee-ha’ thrown in! She is so cute it would be a shame not to use her. Thanks for the shout out too!

  2. You did a great job! I find masking quite tricky but when you get it right it’s awesome. 😊

  3. I missed this post, but so glad that I found it now. HURRAY! for a great result. I’m absolutely thrilled to pieces for you, and am so glad that you proved to yourself that you could do it. I had 100% belief that you could do it.
    Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x