I’ve made a couple of fun projects with washi tape, but I wouldn’t say I am “gaga for washi.” I like it, but I don’t love it like some people love it. One of my most loyal and wonderful customers, Grace, is also not gaga for washi. Grace, who lives in Maine, is celebrating her birthday today! When I sat down this past weekend to make a birthday card for Grace (and to simultaneously complete this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch), I just couldn’t stay away from Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape. I couldn’t love these colors more, and I created my own pattern with several layers of the tape. Here’s my card:
And here’s Margaret Moody’s sketch that inspired my birthday card for Grace:Tips, Tricks and Reminders
Honoring a sketch without following it to a “t”. I love a good sketch. They really give a great foundation for a card – a good start when you don’t really know where else to start. While the sketch above has five bold, diagonal stripes, my card has seven. It’s not the exact same as the sketch, but it’s certainly a healthy nod. The off-center card panel was really hard for me – I so wanted to center the panel on the card front. Following the sketch here, though, really adds a level of interest to my card that would have, otherwise, not been there.
Layering the washi tape. I really had a lot of fun playing around with this washi tape. While the washi tape pattern (which consists of beautiful, simple stripes) is beautiful by itself, I poked around with it to create a different look that I also like. Here’s what I did: I taped down one strip of tape and then layered another strip about half way across (width-wise) nad then another.
Popping the color in all the right places. The colors in this tape (and card) are Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and So Saffron. While most of the card is in the darker tones (that have such a retro look to them), I made sure to border “YOU!” with Tangerine Tango (to be consistent with the other borders) and then pop it out with a scallop circle of the bright and cheery Coastal Cabana. Bonus tip: I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to color “You!” from Remembering Your Birthday. The tip: make sure your stamp is very, very clean before markering and huffing your stamp. In the first version of this, the entire rest of the image shown in a light brown. No good!
Stamp sets: Remembering Your Birthday Papers: Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla Inks: Tangerine Tango, Stampin’ Write Marker (Tangerine Tango) Accessories: RetroFresh Designer Washi Tape, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I can already hear you all clambering to your keyboard to tell me how much you love this card. 🙂 How sweet of you! I hope you’ll also take the opportunity to wish Grace a happy birthday!
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