How To Use Masking Paper For Card Making & Sample Projects

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Welcome stampers! Occasionally I like to highlight how to use a particular product on your projects, and today I’ll be focusing on masking paper. This is a small, inexpensive item that can add so much to your projects! It allows you to try many new techniques with beautiful results. Let’s talk about how to use masking paper for card making!

What Is Masking Paper?

Masking paper is a thin paper that is tacky on the back, and it comes with removable paper backing.

What in the world do we use this for? Let’s talk about that in the next section.

Why Use Masking Paper On Cards?

By applying masking paper to your paper projects, you can cover a certain area before applying ink. After applying ink by stamping, blending, spritzing or another method, the paper can be removed, leaving a specific area without ink coverage. This can be for the purpose of having a blank space to stamp a greeting, to make it look like one image is stamped in front of another image, or simply for creative purposes.

How To Use Masking Paper

To use masking paper, you’ll first want to cut or punch the shape you desire to use on your project. This may be a strip, a basic shape like a circle or square, a punched shape or a die cut. Next, remove the paper backing to reveal the tacky back side. Apply it to your project, then apply ink in the desired manner. Then remove the masking paper to reveal the un-inked area.

Below I’ll share seven ways to use masking paper, but first I’ll share the stamp and die bundle I used for today’s projects.

Featured Bundle – Stampin Up Ginkgo Branch

Here you can see the stamp and die set used on today’s cards. Isn’t it pretty? I just love the branch stamp and dies.

Now let’s get creative and look at some ways to use masking paper on your projects!

Stampin Up Ginkgo Branch bundle

How To Use Masking Paper – Sample Projects

Let’s take a look at seven ways to use masking paper for card techniques.


Apply a strip, do your stamping, then remove the strip and use this area to stamp a greeting.


Adhere a circle, stamp around it, then remove the circle.

Reverse Circle

Apply the negative piece from cutting the circle. Stamp inside of it, and use blending brushes to add a bit of color all around the inside.

Sentiment Tag

Place the die cut tag onto the card and do your stamping. Remove the tag and add a sentiment.

Detailed Die Cut

Apply the die cut and blend ink over the top using blending brushes

Shadow Die Cut

First stamp the branch, then cover it with the shadow die cut piece. Stamp more branches, then remove the masking paper.

*When using a die cut to cover a stamped image, it will leave a white gap around the image. To achieve the most realistic results and no white gap around the image, you may want to stamp the same image directly onto your masking paper and cut it out by hand. For some stamps, cutting it out by hand isn’t difficult. For this stamp it would be a challenge!

Creating Depth

For the envelope below, I stamped grass, covered the grass with a die cut from masking paper, then stamped the rhino. See more about this pop up fun fold rhino card here.

Click here to learn how to make a pop up card. It's easier than you think! See a fun pop up card using the Stampin Up Rhino Ready stamp set!

More Masking Projects

Here are some other past masking projects I’ve created.

Christmas Magic

Tuesday Tip: Masking Technique and Tips with the Christmas Magic train stamp set

Santa’s Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh Christmas card using masking technique

Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet Card Using Masking And Stampin Blends Alcohol Markers With The Stampin Up Tasteful Touches Stamp Set

Maui Swap

Take a look at this beautiful card project, full of techniques including masking, blending, and applying gilded leafing!

Forest Friends

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

Blending and Masking

Masking is a neat card making technique that can be used in unlimited ways to create beautiful effects on your projects. Take a look at this introduction to masking.

How To Store And Reuse Masks

Are you wondering if you can reuse masks once they’re created? Absolutely! To store and reuse masks, just place them on a piece of wax paper and store them for later.

Masking Paper For Card Making Video

Watch along here for details on using masking paper!

This is a fun technique that has unlimited possibilities! Want to try it? Take a look at the supplies you’ll need below.

Supply List

Would you like to add some masking paper to your collection? Or pick up the Ginkgo branch set? Take a look at the supplies I used here!

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