Well, it’s me, Susan (susiestampalot)! Can ya’ll believe it’s March 1st already!? I’ve got a super easy tip/tutorial today. Raise your hand if you’re in love with WASHI TAPE as much as me, but don’t have a clue what to do with it. Ope! You, and you, and you!?! Ok, well today I’m going to share a fun way to use it along with some of your favorite dies from Your Next Stamp! This is seriously one of my favorite things!!
Let’s get taping….
I had some sort of “star” card idea in my head, so I found this sweet little sentiment from the Welcome Baby Sentiment stamp set. However, I wasn’t thinking babies, but of my Show Choir Diva daughter, Lindsie and their 2ND PLACE WIN from this past weekend’s choir competition and how proud I am of her. I thought this would be fun to give her for that! Therefore, I definitely needed a sparkly Polaroid frame from the Insta-Love Polaroid Die set, and a little patterned paper for a good foundation.
Then for the stars, some matching washi tape and my Whimsy Layered Star Die set (which is really all you need to just try out the technique by itself).
Let’s back up and start with a little “edjumacation”:
Raise your hand if you don’t know what WASHI TAPE even is?! It’s ok, we don’t judge…
WASHI TAPE is a sticky backed tape that originated in Japan and is made with natural fibers, barks of different native trees of Japan and feels much like delicate paper but is quite strong. I don’t know if some of it nowadays is actually a thin strictly paper tape (that would be my guess) or not, but it comes on little rolls and in a variety of tempting patterns and colors. Surely you weren’t thinking it was a spicy Japanese condiment for your sushi and getting it confused with WASABI! Welcome to your new addiction…
What we need to do first is make some “washi cardstock”. Simply create whatever patterns you want by pressing strips of the tape onto some white cardstock. I choose white since the tape is a little bit see-through and I want the colors to be vivid, but you can play with using different cardstock colors which will change the hues of your washi tapes.