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Make Your Own Tape Stencils

Recently I had the chance to play with Scotch® Blue Tape by 3M.  This type of tape has traditionally been used by house painters for taping off an area on a wall that is not to be painted – it makes for clean, crisp lines. I used to use this type of tape back in my previous life as a mural painter! This time, I decided to try Scotch Blue Tape for some scrapbooking and mixed media projects.

Using scrapbooking paper, canvas or another substrate you can tape off areas (mask them off) that you don't want to be covered in paint and other media.  The tape is tacky, but didn't appear to leave any marks behind on my scrapbooking paper, nor did it lift off the paper as I've experienced with other tapes.

Another idea that worked well, was to make my own stencils by punching shapes in the tape and then using it as a sticky-backed stencil to apply paint, spray inks or even modelling paste through.  See images below using modelling paste.  The benefit of using the Scotch Blue Tape to make a stencil is that the sticky backing makes it easier to apply the medium with less likelihood of it leaking underneath. Just smooth out the tape and press it down to the surface.  

Below you will see that the drying time on the modelling paste is sped up with the use of a heat dryer.  When the tape is peeled up, the image of the dots is remaining with both the modelling paste example in #5 and the spray ink example in #6.

Here is the outcome on a layout.  You can see the modelling paste effect in the bottom right.

Another similar idea was to use a shaped edge cutter (Fiskars) to make a patterned edged stencil.  The only difficulty with this was the sticky backing on the tape made it a little hard to remove it from the punch.  You just have to be careful so as not to tear your tape stencil, but it gives a great result. See below steps showing the outcome with spray ink on this tape stencil.

In the layout below,  you can see this patterned edge tape stencil  result using spray ink – just below the photo mounting.

Also, in the upper left area, you can see the hole punched tape stencil result using spray ink.

Another neat thing about using the Scotch Blue Tape to make stencils is that I've found they are reusable for several applications and still retain their tackiness.  Maybe you'd like to give it a try too!

Material Sources: Scotch Blue Tape – 3MPatterned Edge Punch – FiskarsVintage Photos – Crafty Secrets


7 Comments

  1. Kim Otto
    Posted 2 years, 6 months ago | Permalink

    Just love the effect of this. Definitely going to have to try this!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. Posted 2 years, 6 months ago | Permalink

    Wow, this is great! For the part where you want to use your punches, what if you attached the tape to wax paper first, punched the design, then removed the wax paper? I wonder if that would work? Or would it be too thick to fit in the punch? The scotch blue is so fun to work with, great idea to use for stencils.

  3. Posted 2 years, 6 months ago | Permalink

    Ooooh….I love this idea!! I can’t wait to give it a try!! I already have some ideas bouncing around my brain. Thanks!

  4. Wanda Thacker
    Posted 2 years, 6 months ago | Permalink

    I wonder if you could stick it to card stock and run it through a cricut? I’m chicken to try it. You can put adhesive vinyl through one.

  5. karen keiper
    Posted 2 years, 6 months ago | Permalink

    I was on the same line of thought as Darcy Slide a sheet of paper under the fancy edge will be and hopefull it would be easier to punch. Will try this out. I have heaps of punches!!! Just need to by me some painters tape

  6. Posted 2 years, 5 months ago | Permalink

    This is a great idea! I tried it and found that if I put the tape on a very thin sheet of paper, it punched easier and of course, the paper removed quite easily after without effecting the tape. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Posted 2 years, 5 months ago | Permalink

    That’s a great idea, Darcy. So glad it worked, Sandy!

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