Hi there everyone! It's Jenny here, back with more Stylish Cardmaking Techniques. Today, I'm sharing three ways to have fun with slim washi tape! These little tapes come up in gorgeous ombre color sets of four, and while you can use them individually (or sticking dies down for die cutting…) they work so beautifully together, to whip up some modern and bold backgrounds.
For my first background I'm using the Cherry Blossoms Slim Washi Tape Set. I simply layered each color over a white card panel approximately a third of the way down, going in shade order, then repeated. You could create an entire background in this way, but to keep things clean, simple, and stylish, I left a lot white space, which also makes it easier on the eyes. I also added a few splatters of Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray for subtle sparkle.
My main image is the largest bloom from the Whimsical Garden Layering Die. I die cut the outline from glossy black cardstock. The base is white cardstock, overlaid with my very favorite, most fun Altenew tape, the Foiled Marble Washi Tape. Washi is super thin so easily die cuts! I adhered the outline to the washi piece, and then popped them on foam squares onto my panel. The sentiment is from the Dotted Blooms stamp set, stamped in Obsidian Pigment ink (easily lined up against that washi!) I finished with some coordinating enamel dots.
OK so now we'll change things up a little – two sets of slim washi tape, overlaid to create an off center cross. I used the Sea Shore and Green Valley Slim Washi Tape sets. I adhered them at an angle, starting with all four Sea Shore colors, then overlapping with Green Valley. Where they criss-cross, it makes a fun diamond pattern, perfect for acting as the placement for your main image. Rather than trimming the ends of the washi tape, I fold them over, and then use adhesive to add the panel to a white notecard. Once again I splattered with Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray.
My main image is the flower from the Dotted Blooms stamp set, stamped in Obsidian Pigment ink, and die cut out, then. popped onto the intersection of the washi. I didn't add any color to allow the washi tape to stand out and be the star! The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and I like to stamp it along the washi tape once again, even if it's at an angle – for extra fun!
My final card dispenses with the ombre look, and is more randomized. I used Red Sunset Slim Washi Tape, and added strips all over a panel of white cardstock at random angles, intersecting around the panel. I used the classic Geometric Menagerie stamp set, stamped the lion and the giraffe in Obsidian Pigment Ink, die cut and popped onto the panel. They look a little like they're walking on the washi tape. This method also leaves some fun placement options for sentiments!
Bonus Card – Masking With Slim Washi Tape
As a bonus card, I wanted to show you how you can also use Slim Washi Tape for masking fun patterns. I applied washi tape over a panel of cardstock, and then using a scrap piece of cardstock, covered up some of the shapes created by the washi tape, in order to blend inks into each area separately.
I repeated this step over and over again, with lots of my Crisp Dye Ink colors (you can choose any you like!). I then spritzed a couple of times with Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray, dried with my heat tool, then slowly removed the slim washi tape. Be careful to peel back the washi on itself, to ensure you don't rip the cardstock after all your hard work!
Once the washi tape is peeled back, you have a fun masked one layer panel. If you choose pale inks, you can stamp directly over top. I added a Happy Birthday die cut from Jet Black and glossy black cardstock, layered together and glued directly to then panel. After mounting on a notecard, I added a few Satin White Sequins to finish.
You can see the full process to create these cards step by step in my latest video here, and over on the Altenew YouTube channel: