Hey crafty friends, it’s Elsie here! For this week’s ‘new technique’ theme I decided to focus on some new ways to use washi tape.
Washi tapes are one of those supplies in my stash that are a bit neglected, so whilst the techniques I’m sharing with you today aren’t especially groundbreaking and “new”, it was a good challenge for me to experiment and come up with lots of new ways I can use it!
So I hope you’re inspired to grab some washi and experiment along with me; I mixed and matched the gorgeous washi tapes from the Turn The Page, Confetti Wishes, Auburn Lane and Pick-Me-Up collections for all of these cards.
First-up is the 2-for-1 method! I used the negative and positive pieces from this sausage dog cut file to create two cards. For both cards I used strips of washi, but for the negative piece I adhered the washi to a seperate piece of cardstock and placed the cut file over it, and for the other card I used the positive piece to wrap washi around the dog.
You don’t have to have a die-cutting machine to do this technique, you could easily do this with any shape!
For the next card I created lots of candles for a birthday-themed card. To create the candles I simply placing varying lengths of washi down onto some white cardstock. And for the flames I adhered lots of strips of the copper foiled washi tape (from Auburn Lane) onto a piece of paper and cut small teardrop shapes to adhere above each washi strip.
To help define the washi candles a little more, I outlined each strip with a black pen, and drew a small wick to connect the candles to the flames.
I love this card because it’s so simple, quick to make, and really colourful!
Similar to the first two cards, I used the washi tape to back this shop ’til you drop cut file. I just love how quick creating with washi tape is, because you can use lots of different patterns and colours really easily.
I used the Auburn Lane washi for the two thank you cards, pictured below. To create the cupcake card I used the black and white stripe to create the case, and to make the frosting I cut the washi into a semi-circle shape. I love the contrast between the floral washi and bold black and white stripe.
For the other card I created a patchwork look by arranging the washi into strips and stitching across the centre of each line. I simply finished the card with a ‘thank you’ die-cut and tucked some tangled gold thread underneath to add more shine and texture.
Another way to use washi is to create some DIY embellishments. For this card I created a small flag by using a toothpick and wrapping a couple of small pieces of washi around it, then cutting a fishtail into the ends of each tape. These flag embellishments add some really lovely texture and dimension, and would be a really nice thing to mass produce and use on any kind of project.
Similarly to the Auburn Lane cupcake card, I created a tiered cake using the Pick-Me-Up washi. Some of the Pink Paislee washi is cut into different shapes and designs which you can use to your advantage. For example, I used the navy scalloped washi to create a really pretty cake stand.
Shaker cards are some of my favourite cards to make, and I used washi from the Confetti Wishes collection to take the card (pictured below) to the next level! I cut a rectangle into my card front, adhered some acetate to create the window, and I used the black washi with gold dots to frame it.
To create the shaker background I fussy-cut some of the washi balloons and adhered them to white cardstock. Because washi is translucent, they seamlessly blend into the background and create a very whimsical look with the iridescent sequins I used for the shaker window.
And finally, my washi experiments weren’t limited to just creating cards… I also used washi to personalise some plain white envelopes by placing strips of the washi along the envelope flaps. This was such an easy way to personalise the envelopes and inject lots more colour!