Masking - Reverse Masking

by Beate Johns

A piece of copy paper or a Post-It® helps "fill" images.


  • Outline Image Stamp (e.g. frame, bottles, jars, etc.)
  • Stamps for the inside of your image
  • Ink
  • Paper
  • Copy Paper or Post-It® Note for mask
  • Hobby knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler


  1. Step 1

    Stamp outline image on copy paper or Post-It™ note.

  2. Step 2

    Cut out the image inside using a hobby blade, cutting mat and ruler. This is the mask.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp outline image again on cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Add temporary adhesive to the back of your mask (not necessary if Post-It™ was used).

  5. Step 5

    Adhere mask over outline image on the cardstock to cover up everything outside the image.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp image or pattern over the mask.

  7. Step 7

    Add more images if desired.

  8. Step 8

    Remove mask and any temporary adhesive residue from cardstock.

  9. Step 9

    Finish your card.



  1. Try Faux Framing
    You don't need an outline image to use this technique. Make a mask, then sponge and stamp inside. This is called Faux Framing.

    Shape dies
    Use frames cut with shape dies instead of cutting the inside out of outline images.

Your Turn

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

I am so thankful for all you share. I appreciate your talent and your hard work!
Jane Harrah  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 2:53 PM
fantastic .Thanks to share ...................
Haven  |  Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 10:56 PM
HELP! I cut the thing out when I tried to
just emphasize the frame. please provide more details.
dawn - 2manycookbooks  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 11:19 PM
This is terrific! Very helpful. Thanks, Beate!
Michele  |  Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM
really cool.
TISA HATS  |  Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 1:23 AM
Another beautiful card, Beate! I love the two-border look and the wallpaper background looks wonderful. smile TFS the video.
Gabby  |  Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 2:06 AM

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