Contact Paper Masking

by Deb Valder

Die cut adhesive shelf liner to create a reverse mask.


  • Repositionable adhesive shelf paper (Con-Tact® brand used here)
  • Open shape die (Fun Stampers Journey Uplift die set used here)
  • Coloring medium (FSJ Liquid Color used here – Catalina Splash, Watermelon Fusion, Lemon Drop) and applicator (FSJ Small Dauber Dowels used here)
  • Background stamps (optional – FSJ Create-a-Dot used here)
  • Ink for stamping (optional)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: FSJ Card Carrier die, Let’s Eat Cake stamp set, Lemongrass Thread, Amazing Stripes Ribbon, Whip Cream, Lemon Drop, Watermelon Fusion and Catalina Splash cardstock, die cutting machine, trimmer, skewer, hairspray, crease tool, adhesive)


  1. Step 1

    Cut a piece of repositionable adhesive shelf paper slightly larger than your cardstock panel. Die cut the shape you will be using for your reverse mask, taking care to position it where you will want that shape on the card.

  2. Step 2

    Remove the paper backing and lay the adhesive sheet over the cardstock panel.

  3. Step 3

    Apply a coloring medium to the open area created by the die cut (FSJ Liquid Color used here).

  4. Sponged inks or pastels can also be used. Take care with wet media as it may seep under the edge of the mask.

  5. Step 4

    With the mask still in place, ink up a background stamp and stamp in the open area.


    Be careful not to touch the adhesive paper, as the ink will remain wet.

  6. Step 5

    Carefully remove the adhesive paper. You can clean it off and reuse it a couple of times.

  7. Step 6

    Embellish the panel as desired.

  8. Step 7

    Complete the project.


For Deb's full project video click HERE.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Contact Paper Masking. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

What is re-positional contact shelf paper? And, where can I get some in the UK?
Tillergirl  |  Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 4:11 AM
Hey, Deb! Loved your video using the removable contact paper! I've been using lots and lots and lots of sticky notes at stamp camps . . . going out to buy the removable contact paper today and try out your technique! Also loved the great tip about the hairspray to hold the little curly-cue string! Awesome ideas! Thanks!
colocrafter  |  Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 7:12 AM
Wow! What fun! Thank you so much. Can't wait to do this AND the box too! TODAY!
Prissequito  |  Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 7:40 AM
PS----Please Tell us about the box you slipped the card into too..
Prissequito  |  Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 7:42 AM
Loved the technique. Thank you. However, I simply adore the box you slipped the card into. Please do a tutorial on making that.
Cathy DiBlasi  |  Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 7:56 AM
Great tutorial! Love the tip with the twine and the hairspray. Thank you.
Miss Kitty  |  Wed Feb 21, 2018 at 11:23 AM

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