Washi Tape And Your Die Cuts

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Welcome back to another post in my Washi Tape Series.  Today I'm focusing on die cuts and your Washi Tape.  Most of us have die cuts, right?  Maybe even several die cuts? So, I wanted to show you a few ideas using those die cuts, but first I have a tip or two to share with you.

As you can see by the photo below, I started off with white cardstock for my base, but because of the translucency of the tape you may want to use another color cardstock.

For this die cut project, I chose three different Washi Tapes in varying widths, and placed them on the diagonal. I think the varying widths are important when planning this project. They (varying widths) are not always easy to find, but well worth the effort. 

Another option is to use chipboard or a cereal box for thicker die cuts.  If you plan to use one of these, you will probably want to put a coat of acrylic paint on first before applying the Washi Tape.  Again, because of the translucency.


Here are a few close ups:

I hope you will explore your die cuts and Washi Tape collection. 


Washi Tape: Queen & Co, Little B (both purchased at Archivers), and Michaels
Die Cuts: Papertrey Ink


Spice Girls...

Monday, June 24, 2013

This week's One-Layer Wednesday host is Ardyth.  Her theme "Spice Girls".  Make a one-layer feminine card inspired by a spice, condiment or flavoring. You can use your spice as color inspiration, as part of a sentiment or as a theme.

I think this was my third attempt at the challenge this week. You should see what my work table looks like, not to mention the trash can. 

So this is what I came up with.  The "Spice" is my color inspiration,  paprika and saffron.  The "Girls" are the ever-so-cute Elzybells.  I can't tell you the last time they were out of the box.  I added a bit of Washi Tape which is all over my desk right now, a burlap flower, and a bit of lace. 

I hope the OLW police won't notice it's a tag instead of a card!


Stamps: Elzybells Art Stamps
Paper: Premade Tag
Ink: Memento Potter's Clay and Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Washi Tape, Lace, Felt, Burlap, and a button.

More Washi Tape Fun and a Mini Tutorial

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Before I get to today's post, please note this week's One-Layer Wednesday host is Ardyth.  She has a great challenge for us! I hope you'll check it out.

Okay, now for more Washi Tape Fun.  This month the focuses of my posts are "all things Washi Tape". Today I have some envelopes to share with you.  We decorate the inside of our cards.  Why not decorate our envelopes?   It's fun and easy, and a great way to justify that stash (of Washi Tape, I mean).  Also, it's another way to carry out the theme of your card.

  Here is a mini tutorial for mitering the corners of your Washi Tape (see the green stripe tape above). 

First, cut two pieces of Washi Tape and lay them on your work table creating an "L" shape. 

Next, lift up the connected corner and cut at a diagonal (starting at the bottom right corner and cutting up to the top left corner).

Then, pull the two pieces of tape apart and place.

Here is the end result. 

I hope you'll find this helpful.  Please, feel free to email me with any questions.  Also, look for more Washi Tape posts later this week.  I have more ideas to use your Washi Tape collection.


Stamps: (Sentiments) Papertrey Ink, A Muse (Retired), and My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug
Paper: A4 Envelopes - Stampin' Up  White
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-Jig

"Show Your Colors" Post #2

Monday, June 17, 2013

Here's another card for this weeks One-Layer Wednesday Challenge, (Show Your Colors...Red, White, and Blue, of Course).

This 4th of July card defiantly falls into the non-traditional category, wouldn't you say?  In fact, I think I've thrown tradition to the wind and jumped right on the "trendy" train!  

If you would like to play along this week, please refer to this post to link up your creations.


Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Background Basics Chevron Stripes & Close to my Heart - (Sentiment) American Celebration
Ink: Memento - Nautical Blue, and Lady Bug
Paper: Stampin' Up Whisper White
Accessories: Bling, Sequins, and a Glue Pen.

One-Layer Wednesday 144 ~ Show Us Your Colors... Red, White & Blue of Course!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Welcome to another One-Layer Wednesday! 

With the 4th of July right around the corner (just two weeks), what better time to show your colors?  Of course, I'm talking about Red, White & Blue!

So this week's One-Layer Wednesday challenge (OLW144) is to create a card using red, white & blue. Choose any theme you wish, however, extra points for patriotic themes.

Here's my card:

As a military wife (of 22 years), when I think of red, white & blue, I automatically think  patriotism. I think of truth and honor, our country's flag, the heroic men and women in uniform, courage, freedom, and the 4th of July.  What do you think of when you hear "red, white, & blue"?

I hope you'll stop back by later in the week for more Washi Tape Fun and another One-Layer red, white & blue card.

OLW 144 Guidelines:
1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of card stock folded in half. No other layers of card stock allowed!

2. Make a card, any theme, using the colors red, white, & blue!  Please  remember to keep embellishments to a minimum.

3. Upload your card somewhere online and link it using the InLinkz button on the bottom of this post. If you link to your blog, please make sure the link goes to the individual post, not to your blog's home page.

4.HAVE FUN! That's really what it's all about.


Stamps: Close to my Heart
Ink: Papertrey Ink - Memento - Nautical Blue, and Lady Bug
Paper: Stampin' Up Whisper White
Accessories: Twine, Bling, Sequins, Glitter, and a Glue Pen.


Trending... with Washi Tape, Sequins, and the Color Gray

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Edited: June 5 - This weeks One-Layer Wednesday is on Susan's blog.  It's a cute one!

Welcome to another post in my Washi Tape Series!  Today I wanted to share with you a card I put together with many of the supplies I've had on my work table for the past week, however this card has key elements that are "trending now" (washi tape, sequins, twine, and the color gray).

I think we can all agree, some trends aren't worth the bother (mustaches), but then there are others that just seem fun and sparkly (sequins); Trends that you want to try. You can see where I'm going with this, right?  After seeing sequins all over blogland for several weeks, I decided I had to give them a try.  Love them!  They add that touch of bling and sparkle to any project, and come in a rainbow of colors.  Even better, they're inexpensive.  Yeah!

Washi Tape still seems to be a growing trend . Whether you shop for your supplies at Archives, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, online, or at your locally owned, brick and mortar store, you can find Washi Tape in so many colors, patterns, and widths.  It's really hard to resist picking up a few (several) rolls.

Twine, on the other hand has become a staple in our embellishment stash.  It has far surpassed the "trend status" in my mind.  I just love all the luscious colors that Twine comes in.  You can find mandarin, lemon drop, pink sorbet, orchid, honeydew, butter cream, strawberry, and so many other colors  on Etsy.  Of course, the basic Twine colors can be found at all of your craft/hobby, and scrapbook stores too.

Gray, my last trending feature is an intermediate color between black and white.  Some say "gray is the new black".  I find I'm using gray more and more.  At times, black is too bold or strong for a project, whereas gray can be that soft, subtle color that blends so well. Have you tried gray lately?

Finally, I feel trends are fun to incorporate into your projects as long as they fit your style and flair.  Oh, and your budget too. I so dislike that word "budget".  It's too restrictive!

I would love to hear your thoughts on these "trending" elements, and hope you'll stop back by for  more on my Washi Tape Series.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Sentiment  Paper: Stampin' Up- Whisper White  Ink: Memento-Gray Flannel  Accessories: Washi Tape, Twine, Sequins, Bling, Brad, and a Paper Flower.

Washi Tape and a Lesson

Saturday, June 1, 2013

How many of you have Washi Tape?  Maybe even a stash of Washi Tape?  How could anyone resist all of those pretty patterns and colors, right?  Don't worry, your secret is safe with me!  I sure hope my DH doesn't read this post.  Does your DH read your posts?  We really need to explore this in another post.

 A few days ago I posted a birthday card for my blog buddy, ArdythHere's the card.  As I was cleaning up my work table (after finishing Ardath's card), it occurred to me that I had planned to post a Washi Tape Series.  So, what better time than now when my table is littered with just about every roll of Washi Tape I own?

With this card, I had envisioned a "one-layer-ish" card.  Clean and simple.  As you can see, the ink did not adhere to the pink stripped  Washi Tape.  Yes, (the stamp was conditioned first).  So, I tried it again, thinking "operator error".  Same results!  Really?  So, I did more experimenting, and found that some tapes you can stamp on/over and achieve a clean imprint and others you can't.  Unfortunately, because I took most of my Washi Tape out of the original packaging, I can't tell you which brand works better with ink and which doesn't.  My suggestion, test first.

Here is plan B.  Clean, simple, a bit of bling and still one-layer-ish.

I hope you stop back by for more in my Washi Tape Series.


Stamps: Papertrey, Ink
Ink: Memento - Tuexedo Black
Paper: Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Washi Tape, Stamp-A-MA-Jig, and Bling
Card Size: 4.25 square

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