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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Keep Calm -- and make your own washi tape???

This week, the challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges is to incorporate stripes into your project. This worked nicely with an idea that was already percolating in my brain, and when I discovered the new challenge blog Retro Sketches, it all came together into this:




I'll be needing one of those significant-number birthday cards soon, and this stamp has lately become my go-to image for that purpose. I've been seeing lots of blog posts around the interwebs about making your own washi tape, and decided I wanted some Union Jack tape to go on the card. I found the perfect image to use on a teacher website (you really can't ever get rid of the teacher gene), printed it on tissue paper, and applied it to some ordinary double-sided tape. Here's a pearl of wisdom based on my experience... when I first made it a couple of weeks ago, the tape easily lifted off the wax paper I put it on. When I went to use it, not so much. I peeled it off the best I could then added some new adhesive. 
Here's a little close-up of the shiny embossing on the image:




I'm always amazed at the crispness of the lettering on this stamp! The (real) stamp peeking out from behind was a little goody sent to me by my friend Angela. It makes me think I might have to investigate my dad's and grandfather's stamp collections!  
Remember to link up your card or other project with stripes at Crafty Creations Challenges this week! While you're at it, check out the new Retro Sketches challenge blog, too! 




Supplies: white & blue cardstock, Market Street Stamps Sip On stamp, Memories passion red ink, Ranger rich red embossing powder, homemade Union Jack washi tape, postage stamp, Icicle Stickles, pop-dot tape Pin It Now!

18 comments:

onecraftymama said...

That's brilliant tape! Thanks for the tip about the adhesive too - dontcha hate that? And that reminds me to dip into my own stamp stash...I haven't used any in forever!

Jen W. said...

Dude, that flag tape is amazing!! I am definitely going to have to try this. And that embossing is perfect...

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of the tape, Lindsey! It's perfect! Thank you so much for playing with us at retrosketches for our first sketch challenge!

Emily Leiphart said...

Wowzers, that tape is amazing! It looks pre-printed. Way to go on making your own, Linds! And of course your embossing is crazy fantastic.

Jackie Rockwell said...

Look at that shiny embossing, it's fantastic! Thanks for the washi tape tip! So glad you played along with us in our first ever Retrosketches challenge!

Tracey McNeely said...

Fantastic card and i love your Washi Tape.

Meg said...

Ok, Linds, this card is AWESOME! Love:
1) The fabulously shiny and crisp stamp!!!
2) Your DIY washi tape!!
3) Ang's stamp!

LOVE!!!!!!!! :)

Anna Orsmond said...

Great card and certainly a sentiment I can get behind ~ lol Love the home made washi tape. Anna x

kasia c. said...

Hey Lindsey!!
Apparently it's been a while since I visited, I love the new look!!

This card is AWESOME! I love that red embossed focal image, and that "washi" tape is amazing. I love that you made that with tissue paper.

Angela said...

Dang it, why does Meg always say exactly what I was gonna say? ;)

Seriously, though, I love the homemade tape -- what a great idea! (I wonder if it would be easier to use if stored on parchment paper? That's what I use for those washi labels)
The embossing: so perfect!

And I'm super-chuffed that you found a home for the queen so quickly! How perfect she is here. Nifty!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Cool! That washi tape is amazing!!! And I looove the large panel there as well!! Very, very nice!!
Hugs, Wendy

Janna Werner said...

oh lol this is so sweet!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUPER fun! LOVE that you made your own Washi Tape! Totally need to try this:) FUN!

Lisa Arana said...

too cool, love how you made your own tape!!!

craftyb said...

FAB creation....bang on trend...Love your sentiment card and washi tape is FAB! Bx

Jocelyn Olson said...

LOVE the card! That is so cool how you made the washi tape...that could save a lot of money. The embossing (as always) is so fab. Awesome card, Lindsey!

Sandy said...

I am back for another little visit - keep calm and sip on - that is my motto. I pop in and out and enjoy seeing what you are up to. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!
Sandy

Kary said...

This is so cool, Lindsey!! Love that washi tape, I must try that sometime. It looks awesome, and your card is gorgeous. I love the real stamp too. Have a great day! {hugs}