Magical Masking Tape

by Beate Johns

Use masking tape to transfer ink for a unique background.


  • Masking Tape, or blue painters tape

  • Glossy White Cardstock

  • Water-Based Ink

  • Stamps


  1. Step 1

    Tear off a strip of masking tape.

  2. Step 2

    Ink up your strip with ink.

  3. Step 3

    Place tape over glossy cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat with same ink or different ink if you want to add more strips and colors.

  5. Step 5

    Place a piece of scrap paper over the strips and burnish them.

  6. Start peeling your tape strips off your cardstock.

  7. Step 6

    Peel off all tape strips.

  8. Let ink dry.

  9. Step 7

    Use you background for your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Magical Masking Tape. 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.

Thank you for the tutorial. You are one inspiring crafter!!
Pam Shield  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 2:48 AM
Wow, it looks amazing!! Such a soft array of colors are left behind. It is so totally doable by anyone too. So cool!!
Cynthia Tuttle  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 3:12 AM
Simple but elegant. Have to go get some glossy card stock so I can try this technique. Thanks Beata for another super card.
Karen Ribustello  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 4:04 AM
Wow, how fast and easy! It reminds me a bit of a watercolor wash. This is definitely something to try. Thanks for sharing!
Karen Summey  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 4:19 AM
Duh! You're amazing. Saw your card in the gallery and couldn't figure it out, and then AHA! :D Thanks for the tute!
Bev Rousch  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 5:38 AM
so pretty! thanks for the tutorial, Beate!
Lisa Henke  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 5:53 AM
Beautiful effect - thanks Beatte! As always, you come up with the most amazing ideas!!
Vee  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 6:10 AM
Gotta give this a simple but so effective. Thanks
Linda Armstrong  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 6:17 AM
Thank you so much Beata for sharing your inspiring techniques.
This is so effective.
Yve  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 6:31 AM
I'm assuming you need to use the blue tape? Regular masking tape would probably stick to the paper? Also, is "glossy" CS a key also? Thanks.
Wanda Gebhardt  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 6:31 AM
GREAT idea! Definitely will give this a try! I am making the birthday cards this year for a change that I send to our church members, so I see this technique coming in very handy!
Vicky Day  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 6:57 AM
Could you use the lo-tack tape on regular card stock? I think SU has discontinued their glossy so will have to find another source :(
Brenda  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM
What a neat technique! Thanks for sharing!
Amanda Rushlander  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 7:02 AM
This is brilliant and I am definitely trying this technique out. Thanks Beate!
Cindy Coutts  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 8:02 AM
Could you also die cut the tape and use it the same way? Perhaps using waxed paper under it?
Cindy Close  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM
Very pretty! Thanks for Sharing.
Judy Cantrell  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 8:13 AM
I love this - once I'm unpacked (having just moved) and find my painters tape, I'm trying this. Then again, I may not wait, and may have to buy more tape. After all, we know I'll use it!
Cindy  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM
Lovely effect!

What kind of ink do you need to stamp the image afterward, so that it doesn't smear?
Carla Eskelsen  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM
I have used my clear block stamp plain. Ink it up and it gives it a like image as well. Great for that perfect blocked background. Thanks for another great option.
Dina Swindler  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 9:01 AM
Found that using light colors and a light touch worked best...also if using Stampin' Up ink pads the old "classic" ones are better as the new ones lay down too much ink.
VictoriaStewart  |  Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

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