Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Product Spotlight: Washi Tapes


Hi Pretty ladies,Louella here for another Tutorial.

Today, I would like to share with you some tips on how you can use that amazing Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and washi tapes that you have bought or want to buy, but are unsure of how to make it work for you...... 

Isn't that what it's all about- making your product work for you?!!!

THE SECRET OF THIS CRAFT SUPPLY SOLVED!
You've probably seen it on Pinterest a million times or read about it on your favorite DIY or crafting blog, but what is washi tape anyway... and why is everyone so in love with it? Well, be prepared, because your washi tape obsession is about to begin!

 
Often called wasabi tape by mistake, washi tape does originate from Japan, so we can see how the two terms are easily confused! But, washi tape has nothing to do with the spicy condiment that you eat with your sushi. The best way we can describe washi tape is that it feels like masking tape — very, very pretty masking tape. It's made of paper, but is not as delicate as you would expect. Plus, it comes in patterns and designs that will make even the most dedicated crafters swoon and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate washi tape designs.
Washi tape is typically made from natural fibers, such as bamboo or hemp, but most commonly from the bark of trees that are native to Japan — the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree. Most washi tapes are strong (as strong as duct tape in some cases!) and functional as well as pretty, making them wonderful for both everyday and decorative use.

OK, so you have your washi tape in hand... but now, what are you suppose to do with it? 

To get you started, here are some of our favorite ideas:





Then I will share with you my Layout using my favorite washi tapes from Pretty Paper Studio.

Ready?

First you will want to place down your tape in small strips down the page.... making it look haphazard and overlapping some here and there.


Once that is done you can begin to drip your mists and paints down. You will want to build with each now color having it look as if it is dripping down the page. These steps help the tape look as if it was a part of the patterned paper and was meant to be together the whole time!


 Then I went back over it with MORE misting. You know me- I can't have enough art mediums!!
Below is how it looks once my background treatment is complete. I also do some subtle stamping in the background here and there. I add my favorite where I think I would like it to be.

 Then I added some strips of tape on the sides and in the background.
 
Then I cut some doilies with washi tapes on the side.


Add some of your favorite embellishments and your are DONE!
What a fun look that Tim Holtz Tape gives! WOW!

Close ups of the final product.




I hope you will give your Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and Washi tapes a try and come up with some fun and exciting new ways to blend and work with this awesome versatile product!
If you're a scrapbooker, washi tape is going to be your new obsession, and we hardly have to tell you how you can put it to work when making books to hold memories. Most washi tapes are acid-free, making them scrapbook-safe!

XOXO,
Lou

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