Stamped Masking

by Lori Craig

Stamp with masking fluid for a unique resist technique.


  • Masking fluid
  • Brayer
  • Background stamp (Hero Arts stamp used here)
  • Nonstick craft mat
  • Smooth cardstock (glossy used here; matte cardstock can be used as well as hot press watercolor)
  • Coloring medium (Copic Markers and Airbrush used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: button, twine, vellum, Lawn Fawn Plaid cardstock, Strawberry Blush ink from Stampin' Up!, sequins, sentiment stamp, and Flourished Pennant Die from Verve


  1. Step 1

    Pour a small amount of masking fluid on to your craft mat.

  2. Step 2

    Roll the masking fluid with a brayer to a smooth, thin layer.

  3. Step 3

    Place a rubber stamp into the masking fluid and quickly tap to coat the surface of the stamped image.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp the masking fluid 'image' onto white cardstock. Being careful to get an even coverage to your paper, lift the stamp quickly. Set the panel aside to dry.

    Do not try to speed the drying process with a heat tool. Heat will encourage a more permanent bond with the paper and the masking fluid, making it hard to lift after step 6.

    For ease of cleanup, allow the masking fluid to dry completely on the stamp and mat as well, then simply rub it away.

  5. Step 5

    Touch the paper with the back of your hand to ensure that the masking fluid is dry. It will be the same temperature as the paper and not cool to touch if it is dry and ready to work over.

  6. Step 6

    Apply color over the stamped masking fluid with your favorite color medium. Make sure the medium is appropriate for the paper you've chosen to work with.

  7. Step 7

    After your color has dried, gently rub the masking fluid away from the cardstock.

    A soft eraser will help if you are having trouble lifting the masking fluid.

  8. Step 8

    Brush away any flakes with clean fingers or a soft cloth. The panel is ready to embellish a card or other project.

  9. Step 9

    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 Stamped 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.

Great idea - I wouldn't have thought of it myself but now I'm itching to try it! Thank you.
Stephanie Fischer  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 5:12 AM
Lori--thanks for sharing...this was very informative!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 5:39 AM
Thanks for sharing. I've never used masking fluid, did not have a clue what to do with it! I may go buy some and try it now that I've seen your tutorial.
Diana  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 7:51 AM
Thanks for the neat idea. I would be worried about getting my stamp cleaned though. How difficult was that?
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 8:22 AM
Once it dries, it rubs off so easily! No problems at all.
dina  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 8:56 AM
Does the masking fluid work as well with acrylic stamps as it does with rubber stamps?
LorettaL  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 9:16 AM
It seems to, Loretta - I did have trouble with a larger, solid design, but my sample in the gallery with the sunflowers was done with a clear stamp.
dina  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 9:40 AM
Lori, thank you for this great tutorial! I love the results and see using it for a lot of things. So glad we can use different papers and (I assume) use it with acrylic stamps (as long as you clean them quickly). Beautiful card...thanks so much for the time to do the step-outs and the video! Loved the tip about taking off both ends of the Copic marker when airbrushing! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 9:53 AM
You don't even need to clean them quickly - they clean up easiest when you leave them to dry!
dina  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Can you makers instead of airbrushing? I don't have an airbrush system.
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 10:32 AM
You could - you just would have to be gentle over the masking fluid so you didn't brush it loose.
dina  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 3:27 PM
This video "switched up" the tag- misleading Tsk! Tsk!
Carol Garske Jones  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 5:53 PM
Not sure what your question is Carol - can you be more specific?
lydia  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 6:06 PM
Thanks Lori. This is a great idea. I have just ordered some masking fluid as part of an online watercolour class I am doing. I can't wait to try it with stamps too.
Annette  |  Wed May 18, 2016 at 9:49 PM
I love the video. I didn't know about this medium but it's goi g on my crafting wish list. Thanks for sharing it.
Carol Milliman  |  Thu May 19, 2016 at 6:47 AM
I don't know if it is because I used a different brand of mask, but I used a rubber stamp with masking fluid and it took literally hours to clean off the stamp. I rubbed, then scrubbed, then used stamp cleaners, then detergent, then scrubbing powder. Finally I picked tiny piece by tiny piece with tweezers. If it hadn't been a discontinued stamp that I really like, I would have thrown it away. I vowed I would NEVER try that again. It was a massive mess and the masking stuff seemed to almost become part of the stamp it was stuck on so firmly. Just my experience. Love the idea, just not the results with cleaning the stamp.
Debra Stewart  |  Fri May 20, 2016 at 9:53 AM
Debra, how does the masking fluid perform on paper? Does it rub off of paper easily?
dina  |  Fri May 20, 2016 at 12:24 PM
followup...the mask was great on the paper. I also "painted" with the same masking fluid, it worked well. Rubbed off the paper easily.
Debra Stewart  |  Fri May 20, 2016 at 8:37 PM
Hmm. I'm sorry! :( It rubbed off so easily for me, on both rubber and clear stamps. I'm using Daler Rowney brand.
dina  |  Fri May 20, 2016 at 9:47 PM
This is super cute! Love the colors and it is s fun technique! TFS
Nancy Williams  |  Sat May 21, 2016 at 4:05 AM

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