I am obsessed with Japanese stationery: pens, markers, notebooks, bookmarks, erasers ... and of course washi tape! They never cease to amaze me that how much detail can be put into the little things. I am nothing close to being an artist, I struggle with colors all the time, but it dose not stop me from enjoying the cute tapes! Here goes my list of 10 fun things to do with them:
1. Tear them; enjoy the torn edges. The uneven edges look quite artistic, don't you think? And who said that tearing is therapeutic? ;) The Colorful Dots Set is one of my all time favorites! :)
2. Use them to attach stuff to your notes. The book in the background is the Book of MT (kamoi masking tape book). My first choice is always MT Masking Tape. They are the best! Sticky enough to hold things in place but leaves no residue and can be used over and over again! Not all the brands can do the same.
3. Write on them; use them as highlights. The Solids are great for this purpose! I use Sharpies (or any kind of alcohol-based ink) for this. I have heard people using water-based markers on them but I don't have the patience to wait for them to dry.
4. Use them to hold your dies in place:) If you are a card maker or scrapbooker, you probably have seen this use many times. Washi tapes can be used over and over again for this purpose. A quick tip: use them to pull out some detailed cuts that are hard to remove from the dies! And enjoy no residue nor torn paper. The regular tapes I have always seemed too strong for this.
5. Use them as pen holders:) I shared this idea before and the holder is still sitting on the shelf above my craft table, looking cute! This wide set of dots and strips is my favorite too! On the left, some of my latest rolls, still in the package:)
6. Use them on cards when you just need some suttle pattern/color/texture. My Original Post Here
( with a free digi paper pack) Dots tape from the wide set of dots and strips. I have seen many fun uses of them on cards, like the geometric pattern here
and a chevron background here
7. Use them to cover wooden clothes pins! Photo found in this post
via ahappyadventure.com. The linked blog post has some great uses of tapes for Party Decor.
8. Give them as gifts! The Origami Gift Box for Washi Tape
is one my most popular posts:) The dotted tape showing here on the left came with a Studio Calico kit. It is one of those ones with a sweet pattern but more paper-like and less sticky.
9. Use them for a collage! Photo from Hello Sandwich
. The designer is an Australian artist living in Tokyo. Check out this MT Installation
that you probably would not see elsewhere!.
10. Use them for gift wrapping:) This is a little preview of the project I am working on right now:) Yes, PDF printable template and Silhouette .studio cut file will be provided:) I designed the box the height of most washi tapes:) (UPDATE: The post is up now! Click Here
I cannot believe I have spent almost 4 hours on this post! Well, I had a blast! The things listed here are all simple, basic uses of washi tapes. There are a lot more creative and fun uses out there waiting for you to explore!
UPDATE: 2/18/2012 - Many people asked me where do I get my washi tapes. Most of them I get at Two Peas
. (Cassie from Paper Issues
starts to carry them as well, and she is generously giving a 20% discount for my readers, just use code WAFFLE at checkout!)
I was doing my daily checkout on Two Peas, and guess what I found! Yay! You can check out the whole collection here
or click on the linked ones below (yes, these are the ones I ordered! I had to do it before I post them here;) Don't forget to check out the daily deal and up to 75% off sale
! Don't forget to use your free shipping code for orders over $50:)