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Eclipse Strips – Art Masking Tape

Reported by Sara McKenzie

Eclipse Strips are a low-tack masking tape made by Judikins especially for use in rubber stamping. Darlene Domel of Stampland is a huge fan, and has practically made their use her signature technique. I’ve seen Darlene’s demonstrations at rubber stamp festivals, and she also has tutorials on her website. I decided to follow her approach and see how Eclipse Strips worked for me.
Using the 24 mm wide strip, I tore off a piece large enough to cross over a quarter sheet of cardstock. Then, I dusted color onto the corner of the cardstock with a Stampin’ Up! stipple brush and Really Rust dye ink.

I inked up an oakleaf stamp from Stampland and Basic Black dye ink from Stampin’ Up!, and stamped a portion of the oak leaf onto the colored corner.

When the black ink was dry, I moved the first piece of Eclipse onto the top of the image that I stamped. As long as everything is dry, it won’t hurt your stamped image.

I tore a second piece of eclipse strip, and created another section of cardstock, which I stippled with Kiwi Kiss ink from Stampin’ Up!.

Again, I inked up the oak leaf with Basic Black, stamped it onto the green section, and when the ink was dry moved the piece of Eclipse over the green section.

I continued in this manner, creating different sized sections at different angles, stippling and stamping, until the whole card was covered with Eclipse Strips, with the exception of one square. In this square I stamped the image of a woman’s face. (I don’t recall where I got this stamp- but I do know that I’ve seen it in multiple catalogs, so it’s not that hard to find. It might even be one of Stampland’s stamp images.)

Next, I created a mask for the woman’s face by stamping the image on a piece of the 6″ wide Eclipse, and cutting it out around the image. I lined this mask up over the existing stamped image of the face, and then stamped the edges of the oak leaf around her face to frame it.

And when all of the Eclipse masking strips are pulled off, here is the final result!

(The word stamp is also from Stampland.)

Eclipse Strips come in rolls in various widths from 6 mm to 6 inches, in sheets, and in various packaging configurations. You can purchase a set of three rolls (33 feet long) that includes 6 mm, 12 mm, and 24 mm wide Eclipse Strips, or a set of two rolls of 24 mm wide, or the 6 inch wide roll (also 33 feet long). It is also available in packages of 24 sheets, 8-1/2″ X 11″, if you have a lot of really BIG masks that you want to make! The smaller packages run from $5.25-$5.95, the 6 inch wide roll is $15.00, and the sheets are $13.75. I’ve found them online at Stampland, Blockhead Stamps, Frantic Stamper, and StampStampStamp (which is Judikins own online store).

PROS:

  • The low tack adhesive is just right: sticky enough, but not so sticky that it pulls up an image that you have covered with it.
  • Price is quite reasonable, considering you can use the same strips over, and over, and over again. Basically, until the adhesive has lost its ooomph. Just store them adhered to a piece of paper until you need them again. (I keep my paper in one of those plastic page protectors.).
  • I like the variety of offerings. The skinny strips can be used to create a grid pattern, the larger strips can be used as I did, and the big roll (or sheets) can be used to create masks for large images.

CONS

  • Honestly, this is a stretch, because I do like the product…. BUT, the Eclipse paper does have some “memory”, so it tends to have a bit of a curl to it when you take if off the large roll. I had to sometimes smooth down the larger mask multiple times to make it stick once and for all. It did not seem to be as much of an issue with the strips.
  • You do have to remember to trim your mask slightly SMALLER than the image itself. Because the Eclipse paper has a small amount of thickness to it, a small (1/8″) gap is left in the image, as the rubber stamp transitions from the Eclipse Strip to your cardstock. You can see this in the first photo of the oak leaf on the Really Rust, above. It’s not a huge deal- just something you have to get used to.

I really like this product and look forward to playing with it again! I’d give it an 8 out of 10 stars.

So, are you ready to play? Buy some Eclipse strips, get out your stipple brushes, and let us see what you create!

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4 Responses to Eclipse Strips – Art Masking Tape

  1. Fandangogirl September 9, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    Just a question, why not simply use artists’ tape or even painter’s tape? They do the same thing, come in different widths and it’s a lot cheaper. Two dollars or more cheaper per roll? Did you find there is a difference in performance between the tapes to justify buying the Eclipse strips? Just curious!

  2. Sara September 9, 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    I’ve never tried either artists’ tape or painter’s tape- never did a side-by-side comparison. There are two things I would wonder about: 1) does the surface of the tape itself absorb the ink, so you don’t have to worry about smearing; and 2) can you re-use the tape again and again, like you can the Eclipse? It could be that this product is exactly the same as the two you mentioned. But then again, it might not be….

  3. Fandangogirl September 9, 2008 at 6:02 pm #

    Hi Sara!

    Yes, I’ve used artist’s and painters tape (the blue kind that you use when you paint a room). As long as the ink is dry it doesn’t smear at all. And both are re positionable-reusable. Perhaps, not as reusable as the Eclipse strips though. I’d like to pick up a roll of the Eclipse just to compare though!

    Thanks!

  4. Nevis September 10, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    This looks fantastic. I’d love to try this.