Dear Fellow Crafters,
A relatively new product hit the crafting “streets’ awhile back, called Washi Tape. I kept thinking it was a type of ribbon – how wrong I was!
Washi tape originated in Japan. In fact, “wa” means Japanese and “shi” means paper! It feels like masking tape,and comes in a variety of designs, patterns and colors. It is made out of natural fibers like bamboo or mulberry or hemp and most are as strong as duct tape.
So what can you do with it?
I used it as ribbon for my Mason Jar Luminaries
I also used it to decorate the lids for The Holiday Book in a Jar Contest
Most tapes are transparent, so you can use it in a journal, calendar or address book or on a card.
Can you make your own?
You certainly can and it is relatively easy. All you need are: a paper trimmer, scissors, tissue paper (colored is fine). The tissue paper works best if it is relatively new. Double-sided adhesive (tape or sheet), dye ink (any color that coordinates with the paper), background stamp and finally a sizzix folder.
The directions follow:
1. Cut a single layer of tissue paper slightly larger than the adhesive sheet.
2. Peel the backing off one of the adhesive sheets.
3. Take the tissue paper and carefully layer it on top of the adhesive sheet.
4. Use your finger to smooth out the sheet.
5. Trim the edges.
6. At this point, you can either cut the sheets into strips or leave as is.
7. Ink up the stamp. I used a simple retired SU background stamp and colored dye ink. Stamp the tissue paper and let dry.
8. After drying, run your new washi paper through a sizzix folder and glue onto your project.
A nifty way to store it is to put it in a used aluminum foil box. You can use the “teeth” to cut the tape.
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