Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wild About Washi!

What is all this talk about washi tape?

Apparently scrapbookers have known about this little gem for some time. Now, this year, SU! has jumped on the washi bandwagon and stampers like me are LOVING it!

Washi tape is decorated tape, kind of like a masking tape but even easier to reposition and remove if you have to!

We now sell several sets of washi, with new sets being introduced all the time in the mini catalogs. Shown above are the two we feature in the main Catalog & Idea Book. On the left is the Epic Day set and on the right is the Gingham Garden set.

We have used washi tape in this way at a couple of 2/5/10 classes and clubs -simply adding it to the card either with a torn or straight edge. But don't limit yourself to this use of washi! You can use washi to cover a button, add a strip to hold an envelope closed, fold it over baker's twine to make banners,decorate a votive holder... the list goes on and on! Use you imagination and enjoy these pretty tapes, especially when we have seasonal sets!

The card I've featured today uses both of these sets for a bright pop of color. It is a card that I cased from Patty Bennett, another Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. It uses strips of washi tape with coordinating punched hearts. I placed a rhinestone on one heart for some extra bling.The stamped sentiment is from the Sweet Essentials set and used Bermuda Bay ink.

The matching envelope liner was made with the Gingham Garden DSP. I used the largest envelope liner framelit on the magnetic platform for the Big Shot. The platform is soooo worth it if you use a lot of framelits.

As you can see in this picture, the framelit just fits in my 6x6" DSP. The magnetic platform keeps it in place while it's cranked though the machine. Without the magnetic platform, there is a good chance of it shifting during the pass and I would have wasted the paper!

If you don't have the magnetic platform yet you can still use framelits! Use the platform that originally came with your Big Shot, with all tabs closed. You will make a "sandwich" with the clear cutting pads as usual. Just remember: when using framelits, always have the cutting side (the side with the ridge) down towards your paper; facing up and it will get stuck in your clear cutting pad, and, well... good luck prying that out!

The pictures below show you the finished card with matching envelope, as well as the envelope liner framelits (sold in a set of three sizes).

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