Ive always used masking tape in my stamping art; its such an underated stamping tool! Normally I use it for creating masks and borders in my artwork or for the shattered glass technique or using with block it stamps…In general I would detack the tape place it on my card stock; stipple or sponge or stamp over the top of it – then remove the tape…it never occurred to me I could actually LEAVE THE TAPE ON!

Thats exactly what I did to create the card on this page:) Its a fun background technique which can be adapted to suit all tastes and styles..

Read on for more details

Supplies Used

* White Card Stock
* Black Card Stock
* Brown Card Blank
* Permanent Memories Inkpad: Art Print Brown (Stewart Superior)
* Sienna Brown And Saffron Ancient Page Permanent Inkpads (Clearsnap)
* Sponges For Direct To Papering
* Masking Tape
* Double Sided Tape
* Paper Trimmer

Rubber Stamps Used

* Come Fly With Me, Butterfly Wishes and Flutterby Image ( Time To Stamp )


1. Take your sheet of white card and your roll of masking tape. Tear off sections from the masking tape to create small rough edged pieces and position them over the surface of the white card. The smaller the pieces the better.

2. Using Saffron inkpad and sponges apply colour over the top of the masking tape – pay particular attention to the edges of the masking tape – the more ink you add to them – the darker the edges which enhances the backgrounds.

3. Using Sienna Brown and Artprint Brown inkpads; repeat stamp the flutterby image over a sheet of white card to create a ‘wings Background’. Apply colour using sponges and Sienna Brown ink. Let dry.

4. Apply colour to another strip of white card using Sienna Brown and sponge. Once dry repeat stamp the ‘Come Fly With Me’ image 3 times using Artprint Brown Memories inkpad to create a border.

5.Stamp Flutterby image on the masking tape background using Artprint Brown inkpad. Stamp the Butterfly Wishes quote underneath it.

6. Trim all the stamped sheets of card. Layer the masking tape background onto the wings background. Postion it onto a sheet of black card stock – trim off excess and layer onto the front of the card blank.

7. Position ‘Come Fly With Me’ border onto a strip of black card and trim off excess. Affix to the right of the main image on the front of the card.

Your card is complete.