Masking Fluid Resist

by Heather Telford

Create a layered resist look with masking fluid.


  • Masking fluid

  • Paintbrush

  • Toothbrush

  • Ink (Dandelion, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves and Cottage Ivy Memento Inks used here)

  • Cardstock

  • Stamps (Penny Black Slapstick Cling stamp Breezy used here)

  • Sponges or blending tools


  1. Step 1

    Using a paintbrush and masking fluid, paint word on white cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Using a toothbrush and masking fluid, spray randomly over cardstock. Let it dry completely.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp first image in lightest color dye ink.

  4. Step 4

    Sponge randomly in lightest color dye ink.

  5. Step 5

    Flick more masking fluid on cardstock. Let it dry completely.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp image in the slightly darker colour dye ink, sponge randomly in the same color. Flick more masking fluid on cardstock. Let dry completely.

  7. Step 7

    Stamp image in the next darker ink, sponge randomly in same color.

  8. Step 8

    Flick more masking fluid on cardstock. Let dry completely.

  9. Step 9

    Stamp image in darkest ink, sponge edges in same color.

  10. Step 10

    When ink is completely dry remove masking fluid by gently rubbing it off.

  11. Step 11

    Finish your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Masking Fluid Resist. 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 just watched the masking fluid video and I was wondering if you could use the masking fluid to cover a whole stamp with masking like an ink or does that not work like painting it on or flicking it on would.

Chrissy  |  Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM
great tutorial and can't wait to try it. I was wondering the same as Chrissy. Could you use the masking fluid to cover a whole stamp and use it like an ink.

Thanks Catherine xx
Catherine  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 3:03 AM
Where does one find masking fluid???
Curt O'Brien  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 5:14 AM
I bought some masking fluid in the art section of Michaels and had planned to try it. Thanks for the tutorial.
Lois Bak  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 5:27 AM
Our local craft stores have it usually with their watercolor painting supplies but I have also seen it in Walmart's crafting supplies area as well just this week. Like others, that was my first thought - couldn't you use it on a stamp. The problem is I think it may be too thin. Funny, I almost bought some twice earlier this week. Now I NEED too! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!
MeFlick  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 5:57 AM
Great tutorial Heather, your card is awesome!!! It's a must try on my to do list. Thanks for sharing!
Kris  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 6:07 AM
So glad I got to see this on video - I'm a big fan of your style and have often wondered how you achieve this. Will be off in search of masking fluid tomrrow to give this a try. Thank you for sharing.
Tracey Wilson  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 6:47 AM
I would guess you could put some drops of masking fluid on a smooth plastic surface, roll a brayer in in until the brayer was coated, and then roll the brayer over the stamp to ink it up. Similar to using the thicker pigment inks or thin paint. Would it clean up easily? Cool technique!
Naomi  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 6:51 AM
Love this card; going to buy some masking fluid today. Thanks for great instructions.
CrafteeGal  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 7:42 AM
Masking fluid contains chemicals which over time will harden the may take years or months..just know its hard on rubber. But ther brayer should work to apply.A solid image is probably better then detail image. Most important there is a small square called a GUM RUBBER PICK up often near either the masking fluid or near rubber's meant to remove masking fluid and it will keep your paper cleaner by not using your finger. As it gets dirty just trim off the worn place..enjoy
Kathy Harney  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 7:44 AM
Heather, luv. You've mastered THE PERFECT WAY TO TEACH--soothing voice, moderate pacing, gentle background music. Wow! I can understand every word. I can visualize what you are saying. And I can hardly wait to try this. If you've done any other Tutorials, I'd love to watch them too. Bless You. xoxo TexasJane
TexasJane  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM
fabulous tutorial!! Tfs
Ellen Taylor  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM
The masking fluid should not be used on the stamp. It is latex rubber, and will both harden the stamp, but also be impossible to remove from the recesses.
Nancy Mullins  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM
I was wondering if I could use it on a stamp too because my penmanship is not great. What I think I will do instead is stamp the word "enjoy" (for example" with Versamark and then emboss with clear ink.
katielady  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Would rubber cement work like the masking fluid for the splattered spots using regular card stock? I have used the rubber cement on glossy card stock to cover a stamped image, then brayered over after it had dried and then removed the cement.
Catherine of Michigan  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM
You can stamp with matte clear embossing ink and heat set it. It won't be exactly like the masking fluid, but it will retain the color of your base paper.
Linda  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Thank-you so much for explaining this technique so well. I am anxious to try it out on a snow scene now.
Sharon NZ
Sharon  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM
PERFECT Tutorial Heather! Thanks so much!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan Castle  |  Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM
hi,what a great tutorial,love the card,thank you
Elizabeth f Jennings  |  Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 8:41 PM
This is beautiful. I would like to know if there is another product like masking fluid available?
Thrifty Stamper  |  Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

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