Double Masking

by Dina Kowal

Use two masking techniques on this CAS card.


  • White cardstock (110# Neenah Classic Crest cover stock used here)
  • Outline stamp image (Whimsy Stamps Bunny Balloons clear set used here)
  • Paper for masking
  • Scissors
  • Removable contact paper (Con-Tact® Self-Adhesive Shelf Liner, Clear Matte used here)
  • Shaped die (Quickutz circle die used here)
  • Masking tape
  • Ink (Impression Obsession hybrid inks used here)
  • Stencil (optional, istencils BAMS 2036 cloud stencil used here)
  • Stencil brush or sponges (Clarity stencil brush used here)
  • Coloring medium (optional, Caran d’Ache Pablo colored pencils used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (MISTI stamp positioner)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp an outline image on a white cardstock panel.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp a mask for the image (sticky note used here).

  3. Step 3

    Cut out the mask and layer it over the stamped image.

  4. TIP:
    For a detailed image, instead of cutting a mask, use masking fluid after placing the reverse/mortise mask in step 4 or 5. Follow product instructions and be sure to let the fluid dry completely before proceeding.

  5. Step 4

    For a die cut reverse or mortise mask, cut a piece of removable contact paper slightly larger than the card panel. Lay it over the card and position the die, securing it in place with a piece of tape.

    Die cut.

    Be sure the contact paper is sticky side down.

  6. Remove the liner from the contact paper and position it over the card panel.


    Remove just a portion of the liner to start – determine placement and begin to adhere it, then remove the remaining liner.

  7. Step 5

    If using removable tape to mask off the background, use a grid mat to help with straight placement.

  8. Step 6

    Fill in the background using sponged or brushed ink.

    Stamp or stencil if desired, or use a pen to trace the edge of the second mask.

  9. Step 7

    Remove the masks. Color the stamped image, if desired.

  10. Step 8

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Ooh this looks super cool smile
Stacy Sheldon  |  Tue Jul 10, 2018 at 7:51 AM
Very cute sweet card Dina, love your little image and that cloud stencil looks great.
Margaret (Marg) Mortimer  |  Wed Jul 25, 2018 at 1:48 AM
Super to-the-point hints and video - thank you!
Beth Burns  |  Sat Aug 4, 2018 at 7:25 AM
This is a one-layer card which looks like hours of work but is not. Thanks for sharing such a usable technique!
Hope  |  Wed Sep 5, 2018 at 5:51 AM
Dina, what a wonderful tutorial and very sweet cards. I really love the technique and how easy you have made it! Excited to try this one for myself! Thanks and hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Sep 5, 2018 at 9:49 AM
Such a nice and informative tutorial. Thank you !
Andrea  |  Wed Sep 5, 2018 at 11:57 AM
I never heard of removable contact paper. Where do you get it?
Jane Harrah  |  Wed Sep 5, 2018 at 1:57 PM
Jane, mine came from Walmart - Con-Tact® Self-Adhesive Shelf Liner, Clear Matte.
dina  |  Wed Sep 5, 2018 at 2:18 PM
Love this! Where did you get the cloud stencil?
Julie Kennedy  |  Wed Sep 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
Julie, it's from - the item number is BAMS 2036.
dina  |  Wed Sep 5, 2018 at 3:09 PM
Shelf liner for masking - why didn’t I think of that?! I have a whole roll in my linen closet! Thanks for that tip!
Adriana Benitez  |  Wed Sep 5, 2018 at 4:41 PM
Great tutorial. Makes a mini scene so much more doable.
Rebecca Ednie  |  Wed Sep 5, 2018 at 9:57 PM
Loved this tutorial. Specially on how to make the clouds.
Anamari Garcia  |  Wed Sep 19, 2018 at 6:50 AM

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