Last week I shared my first Visiting Artist post for Gingersnap Creations. I was so happy to do so… but this week they gave us masking tape as a challenge.  Hmmm. Not so happy!

I thought.  Thought some more.  Flipped through mags.  Googled.  Nothing was calling to me.  Not even remotely.

I decided to just apply some masking tape to old patterned paper and see how it would take color applications.  The answer was Notsomuch… until I put those taped papers into embossing folders and ran them through my Vagabond and then colorized them.  Then…. holy smokes!   Here's a little book I made for my honey:

ATC Mini Album with Sizzix dies (Marjie Kemper)

The masking tape sheen sort of comes through the color wash.  It almost looks like I hit it with Perfect Pearls Mists.  Here are the individual pages (double click to enlarge):

Mini Album with ATC sized pages - Marjie Kemper

I used Butterscotch and Lettuce Color Wash by Ranger plus 8-10 different embossing folders (Sizzix and Cuttlebug) plus black archival ink (Ranger).  I kind of like that you can see the seam on the cover page from where two strips of masking tape meet…. looks like a crack in leather to me.

The page shape is Sizzix's parchment die from forever ago. Some stuff doesn't go out of style. The metal is Tim Holtz Ideaology.  I also used Tim's hearts dies and some older Sizzix circles and letter/number dies.

So in the end, I'm glad I was pushed by the Gingersnaps challenge.

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  10. Janique from Switzerland on March 5, 2012 at 2:23 am

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  11. Electra on February 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    This takes my breath away!!

  12. Cath on February 25, 2012 at 7:02 am

    This is stunning, Marjie and the embossed texture adds so much. I remember when the masking tape technique first came out on Stamptalk and we all had to try it – I enjoyed it, too. Must have another go. Lovely work x

  13. margaret on February 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    very amazing! I would love to see a tutorial!

  14. Jude Armstrong on February 16, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Absolutely stunning!

  15. Hetty on February 16, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Marjie, this is STUNNIN. Love the details, love the colors:
    a whole lot of LOVE on every page.

  16. Jen on February 16, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Hi Marjie – thanks for stopping by my blog :) Glad you did – I was able to stop by here and see this masterpiece. Masking tape… wow, that’s a challenge! Just LOVE all the embossing and the colors here, and the whole concept of thanking someone with a gift like this.

  17. Marjie Kemper on February 15, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Hi, Neet. Thanks so much for the visit! Believe it or not there is no stamping on that – just sprays, embossing, and diecut letters and shapes. It’s a crime!

  18. Neet on February 15, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I love these – the colours are so vibrant and look kind of shiny as if they have had a varnish finish on top. You must be proud of this book of samples.
    Did you stamp on them before you put them through the embossing folders or afterwards.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  19. lynn stevens on February 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    WOW, so cool, its so fun to try new things!

  20. Marjie Kemper on February 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Hi, Kat. The grunge may be your problem. I’m sure you won’t get the bright finish on it. I used plain old scrapbook paper covered with masking tape, diecut the shapes, then embossed them with embossing folders, then sprayed with Color Washes and let dry. Hope that helps! ~ Marjie

  21. Nancy Lynn on February 12, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I love what you did with the Color Wash and masking tape. It is beautiful. I have used Color Wash sprays for years and it is my favorite spray to color paper but I have never used Masking Tape with it. Great idea and beautiful book.

  22. kathleen schriber on February 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

    i would really love to know how you got these colors…im not understanding this technique. can y0u help me? thanks.
    ive cut my grunge out using this die, but i don’t know how to get those vibrant colors. are these reinkers, sprays, alchohol inks?

  23. kathleen schriber on February 11, 2012 at 7:26 am

    wow! i have that parchment die too, and i cut these out using grunge paper. now off to find a video on how to color them. love your book.

  24. gerri herbst on February 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    A True Stunner! You must send this to some magazine, maybe Somerset Studios, it is utterly amazing. take care, gerri

  25. Candy on February 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Marjie…your little book is fantastic! I love all the color and texture! I love the misshapen pages, too. Really a cool project! <3 Candy

  26. kat on February 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

    this is really beautiful – love all the texture and colors – this really caught my eye!

  27. Wanda H on February 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Marjie, these are way, WAY cool!!!!

  28. Cathy on February 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

    this one is jaw-dropping.

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  30. Alison on February 9, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Simply awesome!!! I love this technique Marjie, & your little book is stunning! x

  31. Shar B on February 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Your book came out amazing! A wonderful idea and fabulous result!

  32. Deb Neerman on February 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    WoWzA, this is stunning!

  33. Robyn Josephs on February 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    love the colors and experimentation,
    hope you will join us for the Queen of Hearts Challenge

  34. Claudine on February 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Love these!!! I have some color wash and I”m going to try this, they came out amazing!!!

  35. Silvia on February 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Wow, how fantastic is this ?! I’m missing words, really wonderful. Love the colors and all the details.

  36. Kathy Eddy on February 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Wow, those are amazing pages Marjie! Did you just put strips of masking tape randomly or apply it everywhere? I love the colors and texture you created.

  37. trisha too on February 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This is a wonderful little book, what a great technique–it looks leathery, love the textures!

  38. SusanK on February 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Very interesting and how fun!

  39. Barbara Albrecht on February 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Very cool technique…a new one for me. Thank you for sharing how you did it.

  40. Chelle on February 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Gorgeous!!!!! Love all the details and colors are amazing!!! Thank you for playing along with the Emporium!!!

  41. Anita Houston on February 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

    EUREKA!!! Your gonna be famous!!! This is fantastical! The colors are vibrant and your design is over the mixed media moon! WOW!!! You have outdone yourself! Grand prize winner! So how did the masking tape finally accept the color after the embossing? Maybe the fibers were broken down some?!?

  42. Anesha on February 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Wow what a stunning project and a great way to use the masking tape.

  43. Cindy Rescorl on February 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Marjie – These are lovely!! Thanks for sharing.

  44. Lori on February 8, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Wow, that is a really cool technique, Marjie! And I LOVE the colors of wash you used. The texture and tape combined are awesome!

  45. Jingle on February 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

    These pages are amazing! What a great idea!

  46. Terry on February 8, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Ha! The first thing I thought of was inking and embossing! I figured the slick coating would make for some nice inking! This is gorgeous and I am sure your honey will think so! Love the colors and embossing!

  47. Amy Jo on February 8, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Really beautiful, colors and all that texture!

  48. Marja on February 8, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Marjie these creations are gorgeous. Beautiful texture and colors. And beautiful details. I thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comment. I will come back to your blog again.
    Lovely greet Marja

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    This is stunning, the textures the colours the details, love love love it!!!!!amazing hugs trace x

  50. Annette G on February 8, 2012 at 4:22 am

    A totally gorgeous creation, every page is beautiful. Great use of the tape Marjie. x

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    Absolutely stunning, love the texture and colours. Tracy x

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    Truly wonderful textures and such vivid colours – especially over here in the morn! Love that parchment die too! Really fabulous pages and amazing details!!!
    I also can’t believe your CCC DT spot has passed – 6 months gone just like that…unbelievable. Onto the next leg of your creative journey…and thanks for not fainting from the birds….