If you’ve been following me on Facebook (and if you’re not, you really should – do it here), you know that I’ve been competing in One Artsy Mama’s One Crafty Contest.
And incredibly enough, I’ve made it into the Top Ten! Our latest round was “Washi Tape”. I can tell you that I was a bit daunted when I learned that washi tape was our selected material. I’d never used it before.
After a few phone calls around town, I managed to find a scrapbooking store who carried heaps of washi tape. I told the woman on the phone, “I’m throwing my kids in the car and I’ll be there in fifteen minutes. “
When I walked through the door of the scrapbooking store, being the only person there who was schlepping two preschoolers with her, the lady behind the counter immediately recognized me. She called out, “My washi-tape lady! Come here! Come here!”
She showed me colours and patterns and bins upon bins of washi tape. And my children set on breaking the World Record of “Most Things Touched In A Store In A 10 Minute Period”.
We came home, unloaded, and I started on my project:
I started by digging out this frame. I found this it at a garage sale for a quarter!
You might think I overpaid, but I knew there was potential there.
I gathered my tapes and started sticking them to cardstock, making sure to keep the patterns lined up exactly.
I cut the butterfly shapes out of the washi-covered cardstock with my Cameo. I held my breath as the machine sang its poorly-tuned “cutting song” (it really does make a weird musical-type noise as it cuts). I didn’ t know if it would work, but it did! Happy dances for everyone!
I placed the butterflies on a piece of scrapbook paper (plucked in the last-minute craziness that is shopping in a brightly-coloured store with children), and when I liked the arrangment, I hot-glued them down.
The frame got a coat of spray-paint (quel surprise – what DON’T I spray-paint these days?) and then I gussied it up with some washi tape. I love the lace-printed washi tape. It’s my favourite of the bunch.
The yellow chevron was a bit tricky in the corners. The lines were surprisingly unforgiving, and any waver in the line or overlap was painfully obvious.
I brought out this scary friend to slice the washi tape along the 45 degree angle. This is an Olfa (yes, like the rotary cutters and mats for quilting) cutter. It is so sharp that it makes me nervous (even though it’s far more likely that I would do more damage to myself with the glue gun than the knife). But for people who aren’t nervous wrecks when handed properly sharpened tools, this is a pretty awesome little knife.
And after I slipped the paper into the frame (glass removed, of course), I was left with this adorable wall art!
I can see this hanging in a little girl’s room or in a playroom.
Though right now it’s hanging in our hallway. I’m actually pretty proud of it! And now I’ve got a new crafting obsession: washi tape!
I’ve got a couple of things hanging about that could use some washi love.
Have you used washi tape yet? What do YOU think could use a bit of patterned goodness?
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Clydia @ THREE MANGO SEEDS
I ♥ it! You totally ROCKED this!
Oh thank you, Clydia! I’m so happy that you liked it!
Kenz @ Interiors By Kenz
Um hi. You are amazing. This project is amazing. I lovvvvvvvve it. YAY!
Thank you, Kenzie! (I’ve missed you, lady – you’re so busy!) I really loved the way this turned out. Now I have to focus on next week’s material: glitter!
ACK! What am I going to do?
Sam @ Thrive 360 Living
LOVE this project Tara. You are so crafty. I’m hoping you win the contest. Can’t wait to see what you create next. Pinned!
Thank you, Sam! You’re so sweet! We’ll see if I get through the next round. It’s glitter. Oh my… I’m having a minor panic attack just thinking about it!
Congratulations! I am so proud of you for making it to the top 10. AND…I am not surprised at all. You totally deserve it. What an adorable project. Definitely not what I expected…so much better. I can’t wait to see what you do next round.
Thank you, Amy! You always bolster my confidence. You’re such a good friend! The next round makes me quake in my boots: mainly because it’s glitter. Like, disco-glam-possibly-sprinkled-on-a-unicorn glitter. Gah!
So glad you made a come back during the round 2 because this washi specimen art is amazing, Tara! One of my favorites!
Thank you so much, Onel! Your piece was one of my favourites, too! It was such a clever use of the washi tape – loved it! 🙂
Fantastic, there were some beautiful projects too and I managed to vote for my two fave contestants you and Sheila without knowing. Congrats on top 10, I’m exited to see what you do I love me some glitter 🙂
Oh, thank you for the vote, Mel! The glitter round is making me a teensy bit nervous. I’m curious to see what everyone comes up with!
I love it Tara! I think you did a great job on those Chevron corners too! Tricky stuff!
Thank you, Danni! I really liked the way this turned out in the end. Honestly, the knife did all of the dirty work on the corner seams. I was just a bit of a wus while I was handling it… envisioning large gashes and severed fingertips. You can imagine how much of a treat I am around power tools! 😉
Oh my goodness, Tara… this is so gorgeous!! I really need to hook myself up with some Washi tape… my nearest Michaels is an hour away…. ahhh
Thank you, Krista! You would love washi tape. You’re a colorful girl, and washi tape is all about colour. Honestly, I didn’t get my tape from Michaels. I got it from a scrapbooking store (WAY more selection). You should call around to your closer scrapbooking haunts and see what they have.
Kirsten @ One Tough Mother
I love this project! It’s so cheery and colorful! Great use of washi tape! I have tons and have used it on everything from a hall table to a bulletin board to simply closing envelopes before I mail them. 🙂 It’s fabulous!
Oh, I love the idea of using it as a simple envelope closure! What a great way to gussy it up! I think I need to start doing a bit more washi-tape research on Pinterest! 🙂
Love this, it’s awesome, you’re awesome! I’ve never used washi tape, I have to find some!
Laurie – you should try to find some! I wasn’t interested in washi tape at all before the contest, and now that I’ve used it, I love it!
(p.s. You’re pretty awesome yourself, lady!)
Gorgeous! I especially love the washi tape you added to the frame. 🙂
Oh thank you, Bethany! I think I’m going to be jazzing up a few other frames with washi tape. I loved the way it turned out THAT much! 🙂
I never thought to die cut washi tape. Genius!
Honestly, I was throwing ideas around when it suddenly hit me: I could use it as the “pattern” on the paper! I think that this has opened up a whole new world of washi tape to me! 🙂
excellent ian looking for something to hany nrcklaesnanyone have ??? ideas ty
There are some cool ideas for jewelry storage in this post I wrote a while back: http://www.suburble.com/2013/12/20-awesome-upcycled-organizing-projects.html
Let me know if you like any of them!
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You can buy Washi tape at most crafty places – Michaels, scrapbooking stores have tons! – and I’m pretty sure that Target has some too. Your solid bet is Michaels and scrapbooking stores – they’ll have the biggest variety.