Growing up I had a slight sticker obsession. I loved walking through the sticker aisle in Michael’s and collecting cute ones to keep in my desk for emergency decorative needs, and I stuck my favorites to my notebooks, folders and journal. Now that I’m in my mid-20’s, my love for stickers is still going strong (I have quite the collection that I use to embellish greetings cards and envelopes, etc.) but I’ve also discovered a more grown-up way to decorate items that is just as fun… washi tape!! It’s basically colorful, decorative tape that is made out of paper and usually covered in beautiful prints and patterns. I’ve had a few rolls of washi tape on my crafting table for a while now that I use to add a little flair to certain projects, but I wanted to learn more.
So, when I saw that my local Paper Source store was hosting a Washi Tape Card Making workshop on a recent Saturday, I signed myself up. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that Paper Source is one of my favorite places to visit for inspiration. If you don’t have a physical store near you, you have to check out their website. They sell the cutest gifts, cards, and paper craft materials ever!
Anyways, I’m going off topic…. so, the workshop only cost me about $30 and it included all of the supplies I needed for the class, plus a 15% off coupon to the store. It was on a Saturday morning from 11:00am to 1:00pm, which was the perfect time – not so early that I couldn’t sleep in and not so late that it ate up my whole day. I was a little apprehensive about attending the class by myself at first (shy girl problems), but it turned out to be a small group of about seven women and everyone was so kind and supportive and fun to craft with! The teacher was amazing as well and let us work creatively on our own, but stepped in for guidance when we needed it.
Check out some of the things I made with washi tape below:
To make this card, I first taped a paper circle to the top of the card, not quite in the center. Then I covered a large square of green paper with different washi tapes. I put them on a diagonal, but you could really do it any way you want. Then I used a punch shaped like a leaf to cut the paper square, creating a patterned leaf. I attached the leaf on top of the circle using 3D glue dots, to give it a raised effect. Then I added a small banner to the bottom (paper layered over strips of washi tape) to add a place where I can write a message. To finish, I used two alternating washi tapes to line the envelope.
This card was probably the simplest to make, but it ended up being my favorite! I just cut a square out of a pretty scrapbooking paper, glued it to the card, and gave it a washi tape border. You could put the border on all four sides of the paper square, but I liked the way it looked with just the top and bottom. Then I stamped a message at the bottom and embossed it with gold embossing powder. The envelope is just lined with paper! So simple and sweet!
This card didn't turn out perfectly, but I still love it! I just think that lemon washi tape is so cute!! So basically for this I just attached a bunch of strips of tape to the card and cut them at an angle, leaving half of the card blank. Then I added a stamp to the blank side and embossed with gold powder.
This card was tricky to make but it turned out super fun! I cut two pieces of twine to fit across the front of the card. Then I selected a bunch of different washi tapes to use as flags. For each flag, I wrapped a piece of washi tape around the twine, stuck the backs together, then cut and trimmed to look like a little flag. Once all the flags were attached, I stuck each end of the twine to the card with glue dots. To finish, I stamped a message at the bottom and embossed with pink powder.
The last item we made was a little envelope to store our handmade cards in. I used a large piece of cardstock (I think the cardstock was specifically made for this purpose) and added a bunch of washi tapes to the front flap. So simple! Once you fill it with your cards, you can tie it shut with a piece of twine. Voila!
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 26 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.