Maybe I am a bit behind the curve on this trend, but before Stampin’ Up! offered Washi Tape (a couple of months ago in the Epic Day This & That Kit), I’d not heard of this crafting accessory. “What’s the big deal?” I thought. Why is everyone so excited about a roll of tape that has designs on it. I ordered the Epic Day This & That Washi Tape as a part of the bundle, and when we could order the Gingham Garden washi tape, I added it to my list. It was a “must have” that I wasn’t sure I’d use. Well, I finally popped open the tape. Now I get it! Now I know what all the fuss was about. Here’s a card I made with Gingham Garden Washi Tape:
More about the washi tape. If you have never used washi tape before, then you are curious like I was. The tape has a very different texture from gift wrapping tape. It’s almost like the thinner, prettier version of floral tape (in my novice estimation). It’s repositionable and easily torn from the roll – no need to fiddle around with scissors. I wonder what the origin of “fiddle around” is…sure seems disrespectful to bluegrass musicians who spend their lives mastering their instrument.
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- The design. I knew I wanted to lay down layers of washi tape. and then crop them from one of the shapes in my Floral Frames Collection Framelits. So that I could avoid wasting washi tape (I don’t always have a good frame of reference for these things, I laid down the framelit and made four little dots on the paper outside of the frame area. Just gave me a good guideline.
- Pop of color. Don’t forget that these washi tapes are paired with Stampin’ Up!’s colors, so you can match the tape to your paper and ink just like you can with DSP. When I was done with my flower and card base, I was left with a lot of pink and yellow. I decided to add a little green (Pear Pizzazz) with the Betsy’s Blossoms leaves. They added a third color and grounded the flower a bit.
- I don’t always take my own advice. I generally think it’s a good idea to have the darkest color on a card as the base of the card. I think it grounds the image on top of it. As I finished my flower for the center of this card, though, I felt that it was heavy. I decided to not take my advice and made my card base Daffodil Delight. I think it lightens the card a bit. What do you think?
Stamp Sets: Happy Day, Betsy’s Blossoms Inks: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz Papers: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White Accessories: Gigngham Garden Washi Tape, Floral Frames Colletion Framelits, Basic Jewel Pearls
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