Masking - Basic

by Beate Johns

Something as simple as a little Post-It® Note adds lots of depth to your stamping.


  • Post-It Note™
  • Scissors
  • Stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Ink


  1. Step 1

    Stamp the image you would like to have in the foreground (very front) of the scene on your cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp the same image on a Post-It Note™, making sure that part of the image is on the sticky part of the paper.

    I stamped two images, since I have several mushrooms on my cardstock.

  3. Step 3

    Carefully cut the images on the Post-It Note™ out with your scissors.

    Cut right on the line or even slightly inside of it.

  4. Step 4

    Layer your Post-It Note™ images over those on your cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Stamp your second image over your mask. This image will appear to be in the background.

  6. Step 6 (Optional)

    Once you have finished stamping over one image, remove the mask, place it over the next foreground image and continue to stamp.

  7. Step 7

    Color your image if necessary.

  8. Step 8

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

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

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Questions and Comments

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

Hi! I'm so excited. I'm such a visual person that seeing this demo really helped me! I can't wait to use this technique. Do you think I could us this technique with the unfroggetable set, so the frog can be on top of the lilly pad!?
Kari  |  Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 8:11 PM
Can you tell me why I get a white line around the masked image?
Kathy S  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 7:34 AM

the white line happens if you cut on the outside or even on the line of the image. Try cutting slightly on the inside of the stamped image to make your mask. How much inside of the image depends on how thick the paper is you are using for your mask.
beate  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM
where can I find the mushroom stamp?
pat Winn  |  Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 6:52 PM
Gracias, no se me habrĂ­a ocurrido nunca, me encanta.
Monika  |  Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 12:57 AM
I have been masking with post-it notes but would like to try the slightly transparent (reusable) tape you used in the video. Did you say it was "clips tape?"
Where can I find it? A web search came up with
Barbara  |  Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 7:52 AM
Hi Barbara - Beate was using Eclipse tape - it comes in various widths - here's a link where you can see an example.
lydia  |  Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 8:15 AM
Where can I find the eclipse talpe you talked about on your tutitorial
Lori Glenn  |  Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM
Hi Lori,
You can find Eclipse tape in a lot of online stores. Just type in Eclipse tape into your google search engine and they will pop up. I know Ellen Hutson sells the wide roll that I used, but I think she is sold out right now.
Beate  |  Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 4:27 AM
I understand basic masking, but at times the stamps are much more complex, e.g., SU Thoughts and Prayers, with a branch and many little leaves. How do you easily stamp the branches in one color and leaves in a second color?
Lynn Leaman  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Hi Lynn - for that type of image, I would color directly on the stamp with waterbased markers - the SU markers work find for this - color the leaves one color and the tree another, "huff" or breathe on the stamp to remoisten it, and stamp.
lydia  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Check our Misting with Marker tutorial for that technique.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Feb 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM
My problem has always been that after I've been stamping for a bit, I realize that what I wanted in front, I've already stamped... dang! Too late!
Betty Dallas  |  Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 8:43 PM
Thank you for this tutorial - I have to do this and it will be my very first time - now to select the stamps to use - have a wonderful day!
Gail Scott  |  Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM
That is so amazing - I am going to try it this weekend!
Rubina Pantoja  |  Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 10:51 PM
LOVE this technique! I had forgotten how to do it over the years. Thank you for this tutorial. vs
HappyPlace  |  Mon Sep 23, 2019 at 5:08 AM

Page 1 of 1 pages

You need to be logged in to comment


Splitcoaststampers's privacy policy