Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tutorials: Adding Dimension with Masking Tape

Being the tape addict that I am, I knew it would only be a matter of time before my paths crossed with masking tape in some crafty way or another.  Sure enough, it did!  And if I would've known how fun and easy it is to add masking tape to collage backgrounds for a little added dimension, I would've tried it much earlier!

So here's what I did:

I started with a sturdy piece of patterned paper from My Mind's Eye.  I had a page from a trashed vintage book that I attached to my patterned paper with Gesso.  I also added some Gesso over the top.

Next I added the magical ingredient: two strips of plain old masking tape.  I just sort of wadded it up and wrinkled it as I stuck it onto the page.

Step number three was to add some random splotches of light teal acrylic paint, which I applied with a foam brush.

While I was at it, I thought I might as well add a layer of green acrylic paint, too.

Once all of that dried, I trimmed the paper to a postcard-size and inked around the edges with Tim Holtz's Walnut Stain Distress ink.  I dabbed on some Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers Distress ink, also from Tim Holtz. I then added this lovely honeycomb image with a stamp from 100 Proof Press.

Perhaps my favorite part came next: the addition of this hilarious postage stamp sticker from K&Company.  How cute is that??  Using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink and Tim Holtz's Peacock Feathers Distress ink, I threw on some postmark stamps from Ma Vinci's Reliquary and some text from a Tim Holtz stamp.

For the finished product, I stamped out the "Miss You" sentiment using Recollections brand alphabet letter stamps (purchased at Michael's) and attached a Prima flower.

I thoroughly enjoyed this project and couldn't believe how easy it was to work with masking tape!  Who knew it would be so fun?  I must say that I will definitely consider masking tape a valuable addition to my crafting supply arsenal from now on!


  1. Thanks for leaving love at my blog! Saw your tea bags project over at SSS and that's amazing. & Love this piece of beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing the tut!

  2. Wow! I love the color scheme and the richness of this piece with all those layers. I need to try that masking tape technique sometime. Thanks for the tutorial. Blessings!

  3. This project is so amazing!!! I love the masking tape technique and all your wonderful layers! And that postage stamp is so very cute! xo, Evie

  4. I am totally in love with that, it's so beautiful!! the colors you chose and stamps, just stunning!
    i'm following your blog and will be stepping by, because i am very very impressed!

  5. Welcome, welcome! I'm honored to have you stop by and thanks so much for the compliments! They made me happy inside. :)

  6. Thanks for the idea and how to. I have wanted to do something like this but had no clue. Now I can get started.

  7. awesome creativity!!
    great use of masking tape will definately try this!!