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A Flip Card the Easy Way

Masking Tape Background Technique

I've been stamping for more than 20 years and I've always loved techniques. Sometimes with art the messier the better -- but sometimes I also like to take an idea that could be messy and clean it up a little to make it easier to use in a class (and to increase the chances you'll use it more often!)

I've been seeing lots of backgrounds lately made by pressing masking tape or preferably less-sticky painter's tape onto an ink pad, then onto card stock -- and when it's pulled back, a neat, artsy deposit of ink is left behind.

But can you say messy? You get ink on your fingers so I thought of a different way to get the same look.

Let's start with the finished card, which features images from Stampin' Up's! Wetlands and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets.


That pretty sunset-look background of So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake ink "stripes" is made using painter's tape. Here's my secret to make it cleaner -- I taped the strips of tape to a clear block (and read on to see how brush markers take the place of ink pads).


They are easy to tape down -- I just used double-stick "SNAIL" tape from SU on the back, so the sticky side of the painter's tape is facing out. Instead of an ink pad, I used brush markers to add ink color to each strip -- you can spritz on a little water to give it a little more "juice" if you like, press to vanilla card stock and voila! Cool, trendy, torn tape background with no mess.


Here's what it looks like before you overstamp with the Early Espresso bird image and greeting from Wetlands and the Crumb Cake ink splatter and lines from Gorgeous Grunge.


So get out the painter's tape and "get artsy" -- and you won't even need to get inky fingers! Click any photo to view it larger.