What is Washi Tape?
Have you seen those rolls of coloured and patterned tape on sale from scrapbook and papercraft retailers? It’s Japanese washi tape; a kind of lightweight masking tape. Of course being unable to resist sweet little crafty supplies of any kind, I had to buy several rolls in various colours, but – confession time, I didn’t quite know what to do with them. So they’ve sat on the shelf looking pretty… until now. By Judy Newman
|So, what’s so special about washi tape, anyway? It’s a Japanese tape made from paper – not plastic, so it feels nice. It comes in pretty colours and patterns. It is a little bit translucent so the background surface colour shows through.If you want to punch up the colour, stick on a double layer. You can write on it.It tears easily so you don’t need scissors to cut it.It’s low-tack and won’t damage surfaces, unless you’re pulling it off a delicate paper.It’s re-position-able if you don’t get it quite right the first time.|
And in the interests of actually using my supply (so I can buy more in different colours and patterns!) here are some quick crafty ways with washi tape:
- Decorate tags with strips of tape
- Stick it around a recycled can to create a spiffy pen or brush holder
- Add strips of tape around a plain glass vase for a designer look
- Seal brown paper bags with it – so crafty looking!
- Stick a piece on an envelope and stamp your message on it
- Use it to seal envelopes – it adds colour-appeal
- Stamp a pattern on a plain card and add a border of tape around the edges
- Wrap soap/small gifts in translucent paper and seal with washi tape
- Decorate plain boxes with bands of tape
- Use it to decorate notebook covers
- Use washi tape as jar labels in the pantry
- Use it to stick photos in albums or on cards
- Decorate your noticeboard, i-phone cover
- Use it on your scrapbook pages or cards
- Use it in place of ribbon around gifts. Stick two strips together to make the bow.
- And, yes, you can even use it to stick bills to the fridge!!
TIP: Consider the colour of the paper or material you are taping onto –it will show through and affect the colour of the tape.
- Light coloured backgrounds will make your colours show up well
- Background colours the same as the tape will make the tape colour stronger
- Brown or natural backgrounds may make the tape colours muddy