The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ways With Washi: STRIPES + a Giveaway


Good Monday morning to you, friends! I'm so excited to be sharing my very first monthly feature for the DeNami blog: Ways With Washi! My goal for this feature is to inspire you to use washi tape in lots of fun and unique ways. Each month I will highlight a particular way to use washi tape and give you some project-based examples to show you what I mean.

This month we are starting with a pretty obvious use for washi tape: making stripes. We have to start somewhere, right? Washi tape is perfect as a replacement for ribbon on cards. It is much thinner, which is great for mailing, and so much easier to adhere. Plus, washi tape is removable, so it's easy to gently peel up and adjust the placement if it isn't straight.

Shall we take a peek at a few examples? I was in the mood to make Valentine's Day cards ;).

On my first card I used this sweet red stripes washi tape (available in the DeNami Design store) much the same way as I would have used ribbon in this card design. The advantage is that it is less bulky-- so easy to slide into an envelope--keeping this card nice and flat for mailing. No extra postage required here!

Squirrel, Nuts About You stamp set, Teeny Heart Background, Double Circle,
white cardstock, red cardstock, Satin Red Versafine ink, embossed bracket border punch

Now, how about a bit of a twist? On my second card, I've used the DeNami white/red hearts washi tape and set my washi stripes on a diagonal. I'm still taking a page from the ribbon playbook here, but the process of finishing off the ends is so much easier! Simply wrap the ends of the tape around the edges of the card. Done. If you've ever tried a similar maneuver with ribbon, you know what a pain it can be to secure ribbon ends that have been wrapped around to the inside of a card on a diagonal. And over the card fold? Forget about it!

Cupid Chickie, Elegant Square Frame, Love Sentiments stamp set, white cardstock, red cardstock, Satin Red Versafine ink, Onyx Black Versafine ink, Wildflower Boutique Buttons, clear rhinestones

Finally, here on my third card I've let my washi tape stripes take center stage. Don't these pink stripes washi and pink chevron washi tape stripes look awesome as the base for that stamped Valentine's Day sentiment? Together they create a unique focal point.

Happy Valentine's Day, Hearts stamp set, Small Scallop Heart, Decorative Flourish, white cardstock, petal pink cardstock, magenta cardstock

Well, that wraps up this month's Ways With Washi! But, how about a little giveaway before you go?

GIVEAWAY

I have a brand-new roll of Pink Chevron Washi Tape from DeNami Design--the same tape that I used on my third project--that I'd love to give away to a reader of this post. Want to be in the running? Just leave me a comment on this post telling me whether you've ever used washi tape. There's no need to be a follower of my blog to enter, but if you are a follower (or become a new follower!), you can have a second entry in the drawing--just leave me a second comment telling me that you are a follower and how you follow. :)

I'll leave commenting open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, and will draw a winner at random from the entries. The winner will be announced right here on my blog on Thursday, Jan. 31, and if I'm able to find an email address, I'll be sure to contact the winner as well.

Thanks so much for dropping by to visit today--it's always such a treat!!
Emily

67 comments:

Larisa said...

very nice cards!!

Pam said...

Oh Emily! These cards are just the sweetest!! And the first one really does look like ribbon! I've still not used store bought washi!! :)

Pam said...

And of course I follow your blog ;) through blogger!!

Auntie Em said...

Your cards are gorgeous! I love the hearts on the diagonal...and you are so right about ribbon not working so well on that one. The heart washi tape is so cute for Valentine's day.
I have never bought washi tape, although I did make some faux tape with double sided tape and stamped tissue paper. Not quite the same...but fun to try.
Hope you have a great week! :)

Auntie Em said...

Yes I am a follower! I don't want to miss any of your great designs.
Thank you for sharing your creativity! :)

Benzi said...

Your trio of cards are just adorable. You're right about getting ribbon on the diagonal to the inside...a chore. I do love Washi tape.

Benzi said...

My first comment popped up 3 times..hope I got two of them deleted. I do follow you on Blogger...faithfully. :-)

Diana Fernandez said...

I use, abuse, and love washi!! it's in a LOT of my projects!

Diana Fernandez said...

I'm a follower of course!

Jessi Fogan said...

I'm a washi collector, it turns out - I've used it, but I apparently prefer to hoard it & pet it! lol
I love the layouts you've used - and which ink did you use to stamp on the washi? I haven't had any luck so far not smearing it when I've tried.

Jingle said...

I LOVE washi tape! Your cards are absolutely fabulous! They are all so fun!

Lisa said...

I love love love your new feature Emily! Super cute cards to share, I'm quite smitten with your cupid card and the brilliant Washi on the diagonal. Great job girl, can't wait to see what you bring us each month ;)

Houses Built of Cards said...

These are darling! And, I find myself collecting Washi Tape, using it, and loving it already too!!!

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Annette said...

wow your cards are so fun and loving the washi tape.. thanks for the giveaway... I have used washi tape and love it..

Yes, I am a blog follower.. :)

Lisa Arana said...

love your washi ideas!!!

Tina M said...

What wonderful creations and a wonderful feature, Emily!

As you know, I've used Washi and have become a HUGE fan :) I happened to do a "all about Washi" post today to and linked to your blog. Thanks for the inspiration and hosting a give away!

Sue D said...

I like how you used the washi tape on your cute cards.
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Sue D said...

I am a follower with GFC as Sue D
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Princess Judy Palmer said...

I have used washi tape before. I usually make stripes that don't make it all the way across the page so you can see the ripped end.

I really like the look of stamping greetings on the washi tape but I absolutely don't understand Staz On ink at all. I have a pad it never worked. I got a reinker and reinked it. It still didn't work.

Linda said...

I still have not used Washi tape. But seeing more of these cute ideas I'm thinking it is time to try it!

PBrown9624 said...

Cute cards! I love Washi tape and would love to win some!

Marisa said...

way to rock the washi, Emily!! Love the edge on the squirrel card and that heart washi is sooooo fun!!! Lovely mix of the two patterns on the last one. Well done times three :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Emily love how you used washi. I am so new to using it and your samples and a great kick start for me.

Karen said...

Your cards are just adorable! I have been aquiring quite a collection of washi tape and I love it! So easy to use!

Glenda J said...

Great cards! I have a slight addiction to washi tape as you may have noticed. Thanks for the chance to win. I believe I am a follower too. ;)

Amy McCue said...

I can't wait to see what else you do with washi tape!

Darnell J Knauss said...

You are just what I need to keep trying with the washi tape! Thank you for such beautiful works of inspiration!!

Anita said...

Beautiful cards - I love all 3! Nope, haven't used washi ... yet :)

Stacy said...

Emily!!!! Your cards are fantastic! I have the red and white striped washi used in the first card and I can't wait to try it out now! I think this new feature is so exciting!

Stacy said...

I follow your blog as well, because your cards and yourself are just simply delightful! Thank you for the chance to win some washi :)

Bonnie said...

I've never used Washi tape! I've looked at it in the craft stores but always "needed" something else worse. Like adhesive. I love how you've used it in these sweet cards and especially like how flat it is. Mailing is a big priority for me.

Bonnie said...

I am a follower.

Moira said...

Lovely cards! I have not used Washi tape yet but just ordered some from craftysteals.com and can't wait to try it out. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win this great chevron washi tape!

SHartl said...

Oh do I love that first card with the adorable squirrels on it!! I have only used washi tape once but I love it! Thanks so much for the fun giveaway...I'm already a follower!

Denise Bryant said...

I have used washi tape! Love it!
DeniseB

Denise Bryant said...

I am already a follower through Google reader!
DeniseB

Paulina said...

I adore every single one of your cards today, Emily. My favorite is that Cupid Chickie one though- I love everything about it! You totally ROCK at using washi tape and I'm so excited for this monthly feature. :)

Ruza Rebel said...

Super cute cards!
I've used washi tape, but most of what I have is just plain colors ... added a couple with designs on them to my stash, and struggle w/add the design ones on my projects. Thanks for the inspiration! ;)

Audrey Ann said...

This is so Awesome Emily!! I love what you're doing with Washi Tape - haven't taken the leap yet but sure do enjoy seeing all the wonderful options.
Hugs,
Audrey

~Tammy~ said...

Emily, your cards are so fun and I love the Wash you have used on your cards! I can't wait to see what you feature in the coming months! You always inspire!

Lisa Petrella said...

Hi, Emily! I left you a comment over on the DeNami Blog but just HAD to pop over here and tell you again what an OUTSTANDING job you did on your feature!!! Your write-up is superb and your samples are TOTALLY ADORABLE!!! Fantastic work, my friend!

Kathy W said...

Your cards are all so cute! Great use of the washi tape. :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

Emily, I left you some love at DeNami for your wonderful washi post! These creations are CUTE. Love that first one best, as I am a woodland creature fan. ;)

So excited for your new feature at DeNami!! Yes, I used washi once. :/ I'll have to use it more often!

Colleen Dietrich said...

I follow you both via Google Reader and through email. ;)

Karen B. said...

Wow, these cards are phenomenal! I love your various use of washi, especially at a diagonal, what an impact! I'm not commenting to enter, however I do use washi more and more now. I like it some days and I don't like it other days...sigh.

Melissa Shea said...

yay washi! Love and hoard that stuff! Gorgeous cards!

yyam said...

Those are some fun ways to use washi tape! Love that they add that punch without the bulk! :)

I have washi tape but don't use them very often...lol

Kathy Mc said...

Thanks to your post of these awesome cards, Emily, I will now attempt to use washi tape. The more ways I see it used, the more eager I am to take the plunge. Thanks for the chance to win some…and pink chevron is my fav!

Kathy Mc said...

Also follow you (bdlakebum)!

Staying Crafty said...

These are all super fun! I especially love the design of the 3rd card. It just has so much FUN going on. I still haven't used Washi tape. I don't know why. I think I need to get with the times and try it out :)

Mary Marsh said...

love all 3 of these cards Emily-my fave is the 3rd one-I have never used Washi tape although I did buy some at the craft store a couple of months ago-thanks for the inspiration

Mary Marsh said...

and yes I do follow your blog through Google Friend Connect

Mary-Anne V said...

Very sweet cards...love how you used the washi to anchor the images and create interest. I love using washi on my cards and I have been using them more often.

Mary-Anne V said...

I am a follower through Google friend connect.

Linda R said...

All your cards look wonderful. I need to start using my washi tape a bit more.

Hugs~

Amy Smidebush said...

Oh, Emily, you are so talented! Love how you used the washi tape!

Ru said...

Very clever and the tape is so cheerful. I like the idea of adding less bulk on cards to be mailed; also no sticky glue or tape mess.

nwilliams6 said...

This is one supply I have never tried Emzi - and I never wanted to until I read your blog post and saw the advantages. After a $4 bill to mail one card a few weeks ago, I have been trying to flatten out my cards a lot more. Love the chevrons especially. These are some great cards - super cute. Love the squirrels! Can't wait to see what you have in store next month! Hugz!

Barb said...

Washi tape is a new addiction for me. You've given me some great ideas for actually USING it now ;) lol

Barb said...

Of course I follow ya! :) Google reader :)

Marlena M. said...

Lovely cards and tutorial Emily!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

These are gorgeous Emily. Your style is just perfect for this tape. Your layouts are perfect.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

Greta said...

Great cards, Emily! I may learn to use my Washi yet! I have to say, DeNami's designs are the best I've seen--love the pink Chevron & the hearts.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

These are darling! Great cards all using this tape... Clever girl!

Kary said...

Wow!! These cards are Amazing!! Love, love them all!! I must try and get out the washi... ;)

Sandy Ang said...

love all your washi tape card ideas !

Wendy said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your washi taped cards. I'm finally getting the hang of it and have been using it more and more lately. Excited to see what else you create with it.