Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tissue Tape

At Let’s Scrap the DT girls have been asked to do tutorials and Today was my turn to share something so I am going to show you a very easy and quick alternative to Tissue Tape or Washi Tape :) as these have become so popular I thought it would be the perfect time to show you how you can get a similar effect and a whole lot cheaper! You will need some common scrapbooking supplies and I am certain we all have inks and stamps among our stash.

So now for the step-by-step

Go to your pharmacy or chemist (drug store) and purchase 3M Tape or Micropore tape from the first aid section.   It is very similar to Tim Holtz Tissue Tape or for an even cheaper alternative masking tape. I prefer the softness of Micro tape but both work well.

Take a large ziplock bag (this protects your surface) and tear a length of tape and stick it.
Now using one of your favourite stamps and Stazon Ink (or archival ink), randomly stamp the image on the tape, continue repeating until you have stamped the required length.

When done use some distress ink and tool, ink it up and rub/distress over the tape. You can even do quite a lot of tape and then just roll it back up to use at a later time! Takes very little time and you can choose the correct colour for your project.

Looks great on layouts, cards or tags, concertinaed around edges etc, cover chipboard shapes or make the Tim Holtz popular tissue flower!

Strip of tape used to accent a card, Let’s Scrap sketch 2-16-11.

Tissue Tape Flower added to a layout.

Tissue Tape Flower

First start with a base – punched circle.

Start on the outer edge and fold and gather a little bit, pinching and sticking, noting they don’t have to be perfect, turning the circle and continue around completing a full circle. Then you need to slightly move into the middle and complete another circle, pinching, sticking as you go, when you are happy and into the middle just tear off your tape.

Add some distress ink to the outer edges. Place a small button or gem as your flower centre. Fluff up the edges and you are done! There you go, one Tissue Tape flower top put on a layout or card!

Handmade flowers are still all the rage at the moment and the thing I like about these flowers, is the fact you can make them as big as you want LOL, they virtually cost nothing, which in today’s economy is a really good thing, this means more money to spend on other craft essentials.

I really hope that you've found this helpful and will give it a go!!  I would love to see what variations you can come up with!!  

Have fun creating!!!



  1. I know where you go that silver centre from LOL..LOVE these Sue xx

  2. fantastic tutorial! I am such a Timmy fan so am definitely going to give this one a go! Good job on the photos, nice to see an easy to follow tut! Well done!

  3. fantastic tutorial, set out nicely!

  4. Sue, this tutorial makes me so happy. I love the creativity and the thought of customizing each flower with the tape...... i am thrilled to try this out....thanks lady!!!!!!

  5. Love your tutorial. What a great idea! Now following your blog :)

  6. how awesome is this.. sooo cool.. thanks heaps.. off to the chemist to get my supplies.. lol

  7. Awesome tut! I am so going to try this!

  8. Fabulous tutorial Sue, can't wait until I get a chance to try it out.

  9. Well, I actually *did* try this and added the flower I made to a layout in which I am well pleased. Had you not provided this tutorial, both here and on Let's Scrap as a DT member, I would never have created the layout I did! Thanks, Sue! Come see my layout at

  10. This is a great tutorial, and I love that card :)

  11. Oh my goodness, that is just so neat! Now you can customize it to fit your layouts and projects. Thanks for sharing this.

  12. Thank you for all your wonderful comments, emails and questions. I am so happy with the way this tutorial went and am looking forward to doing my next one :)

  13. Thanks for the great tutorial, enjoyed it and will definitely give it a try!