Happy Valentines Day. I wanted to use the Balloon Builders stamp set for todays technique. If everything works out the way I want it to today, then I should have a little something for each of my 4 daughters made, my husband, and my 3 grandchildren. But first I wanted to make sure I showed you todays technique. The technique is called Masking. It’s when you want to stamp more than one object in the same area, but you don’t want the full image all overlapping. In this case the masking was used on the 3 balloons. You can see how the heart balloon appears in the foreground, and the 2 other balloons appear to be in the background. This is accomplished as only part of the image of the 2 balloons is stamped. It’s very easy to do this, and can be used for absolutely any image at all. Step #1: Stamp the first image you want in the foreground onto your cardstock. Step #2: Stamp that same image on a scrap piece of cardstock, and cut that image out. (I used a different colour [purple] so that you could follow easier) Step #3: Place the cut out image over top of the stamped image. Step #4: Stamp your second image in the location you want it. Part of that image will be stamped on top of that cut out piece. Because it gets stamped on the cut out piece, it won’t transfer to your cardstock. Step #5: Reposition your cut out piece if it moved, and stamp your third image where you want it to go. Again, part of your image is stamped on that cut out piece, which is exactly what you want to happen. When you remove the cut out piece, you now have the overlapping image you wanted. In addition, if I had wanted to stamp a larger number of balloons, I would simply have stamped and cut out another balloon, and used that to place overtop of the balloons that were already stamped. For this card, because I wanted a distinct difference in the balloons, the heart balloon was done using Read Red, and the other 2 balloons were done using Cherry Cobbler. The stamp set I used for these balloons was Balloon Builders. It is a 2 step stamp set, but it also can be used to give the effect of watercolor. Very versatile stamp set. I have seen many cards done with this stamp set, but the images created were animals, and even little ballerinas. Watch for another post using this stamp set. In the spirit of making sure I use all my current stamp sets, I will show you what I mean. This is a technique we can teach at your own workshop. If you want to do this, email me and book your date today. If there is another technique you have always wanted to learn, email me , and I can do on an upcoming blog post.