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!!!