May 15 2013

Painter’s Tape Background Technique

Painter's Tape Technique with Summer Silhouettes

Have you tried the Painter’s Tape Technique yet? Chances are you may already have Painter’s Tape at home and this is a quick, simple, no mess way to create a colourful background. If you need to purchase some, you can find Painter’s Tape at any hardware store. It may be green or blue in color and has a light adhesive that makes it easily removable whether on painted walls or on card  stock.

See the step by step instructions below.



I wanted to play with the new 2013-2015 In Colors some more so it was easy to decide what colors to use for this card. From left to right are Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar


I decided to leave a gap between each strip and at the edge but you could layer them closer together. It is actually easy to see the ink on the Painter’s Tape and decide where to place each piece.


The stamp set I used for this card is Summer Silhouettes. I know I am guilty of overlooking this stamp set often. A set of 9 it includes various leaf and flower silhouettes as well as a very functional border image to add finesse to cards stamped with this set.




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Painter's Tape Background Technique Step 1

 Place a torn strip of Painter’s Tape across the ink pad sticky side down.

Lightly press on the tape to pick up the ink. 


Painter's Tape Background Technique Step 2

Place the Painter’s Tape onto the card stock and press on it again to transfer the ink to the paper. 


Painter's Tape Background Technique Step 3



 Gently peel the tape from the card stock.

You can remove the tape as you add each colour or place all of them and remove them together.

The tape can be used again.


Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set

Design unique cards with this nine-piece stamp set featuring beautifully rendered flower and leaf silhouettes. Great for spring, summer, or even fall. Perfect for embellishing scrapbook pages–or for creating one-of-a-kind tags!

Summer Silhouettes Stamp Set, Set of 9

Clear $21.95 #126447

Wood $30.95 #126445

Now Available … Two New Project Kits 

Blooming Bouquet Project kit


Bloomin’ Bouquet Project Kits $15.95 134542  

Create 13 beautiful flowers with pre-cut flowers in Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry plus Vintage Faceted Buttons and green floral wire stems. Glue gun recommended. Watch the video here.

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 Dolled Up Birthday Kit $17.95 133913

As shown, kit includes Photopolymer Stamp, Crumb Cake Cardstock (6), Very Vanilla Cardstock (6), Very Vanilla Envelopes (6), Tea Lace Paper Doilies (6), Dress Up die-cuts (6), Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Spot. Flower Trim (6), Sponge Dauber. Get everything you need to make six cards!

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9 comments so far

9 Responses to “Painter’s Tape Background Technique”

  1. Terrion 18 May 2013 at 10:53 am

    What a great technique! I love all the new incolours.

    Ter 😉

  2. Anneon 09 Aug 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you for your tutorial. I’m going to try this technique.

  3. Gerrion 08 Sep 2013 at 8:25 am

    Simple but impressive!

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  5. […] I decided to re-visit a couple of popular background techniques with these cards – Ombre and Painter’s Tape. […]

  6. Judith Sigleron 23 Mar 2016 at 2:14 pm

    What a cool idea! I loved it—and immediately thought of a “rainbow” effect on a card! Lots of great uses for this technique and the tape is reusable to boot! WIN, WIN! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    Happy stampin’! :-))

  7. Bethon 29 Aug 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Wow! What a genius idea! I can’t wait to try it.
    Thank you!!

  8. Joanne Hinsperger-Scotton 05 Nov 2017 at 10:30 am

    I like it! This I will have to try. Thanks for sharing your technique.

  9. darleenon 10 Feb 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I work with seniors who have dexterity issues. This will be perfect for them. Thanks

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