First off, you will need two items to start with (boy, I’m seeing a pattern here) – a Xyron or similar sticker maker that leaves a backing and whatever tissue paper floats your boat. I used white here but I heard there are lots of nice patterned tissue papers available. I haven’t seen any but that just makes this project more interesting. The rest of the supplies I use are optional.
Since I have the 2.5″ Xyron, I cut my tissue paper into strips of 2.5″ wide. Then you just take your paper and proceed to crank it through. Believe it or not, it goes in pretty smooth without a lot of fuss. Out of 10 strips, only one crinkled and I wanted it to.
See, so nice and smooth. Now, you could stop there but I am experimenting so its no holds barred! I got out lots of inky goods to slap on my new tape. With the backing on there it makes it sturdy enough to not worry about getting it soaked.
Here it is with some chalk ink and a present stamp. It was kind of hard to know what kinds of designs I wanted. I have no idea what I will use the tape for yet.
Another chalk ink in two different blues with a flower stamp. Nice effect.
I cut them down into strips of about 1″. I am thinking that would look better on a project and easier to manage. Who knows. The brown tape was made with my homemade Glimmer Mist, the next was a background stamp with black pigment ink then on the lower right corner is done with Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Inks.
Here are a few all dried, rolled and ready to go. I forgot to take a picture of the purple one. It is two Distress Inks daubed on and then spritzed with a little water to blend them. I think I like that one the best.
I just want to say, I know they are not the prettiest tapes I could have made but this was more about the method then showing my juvenile looking tapes. I had lots of fun making these so practice makes perfect. I am definitely going to try other methods and colors as soon as I go buy more adhesive. ^__^ Any ideas?
Hope this tutorial inspired you to create your own and save a little bit of money! Let me know if you try your hand at making Washi tape. Have a great day and happy crafting!