I bet you have seen many varieties of this delicate, transparent tape - decorated in just everything you can imagine. You can find washi tape in varying widths + decorated with glitter, butterflies, mustaches (ha haa), text, numbers, faces, inspirational words, scriptures (my fave!)...the list goes on.
I finally decided to try my hand at making my very own - you know - so I don't spend a fortune on buying them. This girl likes to buy in bulk! So, my experiment begins...
Creating Washi Tape with Masking Tape
I already had two rolls of semi-transparent masking tape on hand, so I used them. (You can purchase them from the Dollar Store, too!)
Next, I had to find a surface where I could lay the tape down + reposition, if needed, without tearing it.
I create hand-made stencils and templates with transparencies so I had a lot of them in stock. I decided to use a clean transparency as my base to keep the tape stationery while I stamped.
...worked like a charm!
STEP 1 // Cover the entire surface of the transparency with strips of masking tape.
|RubberMoon Alphabet stamp + my own, hand-carved numbers stamp|
STEP 3 // Ink the stampsI really like the coverage of VersaFine inks (by Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko). They are archival, instant dry pigment inks and the colors stay bold and vibrant - perfect!
For this project, I used Onyx Black and simply applied the ink by dabbing a generous amount on top of the stamp I was working on.
|Oh, look at these cute pandas! I LOVE me some pandas!|
STEP 4 // Drying time + Varnishing
Now, the only complaint I have about working on masking tape is that it takes forever for the ink to dry. I did use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process but once the ink was dry, it still smeared just a bit.
I'd recommend letting them dry overnight and spraying them with a matte finish varnish to protect them.
|Other stamps used: Script and border flourish stamps from Stampendous Stack Art Kit; Butterfly (A Stamp in the Hand Co.)|
Overall, I'm super happy with the results!
Have you ever made your own washi tape? If so, add a link in the comment section...I'd love to see!
Happy creating, xoxo