Sunday, February 19, 2012
DIY Washi Tape
Hope you are all having a terrific weekend. I recently discovered Washi Tape, and fell in love with its translucence and pretty patterns. It doesn't come cheap, and so I decided to figure out how to make it myself. With a bit of research, and a look-see at my available supplies, I came up with the following method:
Cut one layer each of freezer paper and tissue paper to 8.5 x 11 inches. Adhere them together using a warm iron. Use your favorite software (I used MTC) to import the graphics that you want. I used Lettering Delights digital papers and sized them at 1x8 inches. I was limited to five of these strips by MTC's propensity to crash when loaded with graphics. To overcome this and make the best use of my paper, I ran it through my printer twice, so that both ends of the paper were printed. I used an Color laser printer and printed on the shiny side of the tissue paper which gave my strips a high shine.
After printing, I carefully removed the tissue from the freezer paper. I found that it was easiest to do this immediately after printing, while it was still warm. Using double sided adhesive sheets purchased from Tyler at http://www.allthatjazzsupplies.com/, I removed one of the backing layers and adhered the printed tissue paper to the adhesive sheet. (I cut my sheets in half to make them easier to use.) Using a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler, I cut between the strips and trimmed away all of the excess adhesive. Voila!
Soon, I will post a couple of card that I made using my DIY Washi Tape. I sure had fun playing around in my craft room this weekend.
Happy Presidents' Day!