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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ways With Washi: PLEATS + a Giveaway

Hello, hello, DeNami friends! Thanks for stopping by for another edition of Ways With Washi that I've created for the DeNami Design blog! Looking for more ways to use washi tape in your papercrafting and cardmaking? Today I'm sharing ways to add subtle dimension with pleated washi tape. I have four samples to illustrate how to incorporate pleats, so let's get started, shall we?

My first card is a rather simple and straightforward one. I used a single strip of pleated DeNami Black/White Dots washi tape as a design element right down the center of my card. Pleating washi tape is SO much easier than pleating ribbon! Plus, there's no need to consider how to adhere or attach it to your project as there would be with pleated ribbon. And while it adds more dimension to a card than flat washi tape, pleated washi tape is far flatter (and certainly more compressible!) than pleated ribbon.

DeNami Supplies: Small Happy Birthday, flower from Whimsical Flowers stamp set, Elegant Square Frame, Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance ink, Onyx Black Versafine ink, Iridescent Strawberry Freeze cardstock, and Black Rhinestones


Close-up of pleats

On my second card, I got a little more creative with the "single pleated strip" approach! After pleating a strip of DeNami Orange Stripes washi tape, I trimmed it into three long sections to create a wonderfully dimensional flame-tinged exhaust plume for the super fun DeNami Rocketship.

DeNami Supplies: Space Chickie, Rocketship, planet and moon from Outer Space stamp set, sentiment from Thoughtful Greetings stamp set, Teeny Star Background, Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Opaque Cotton White StazOn ink, Leaf Green Cardstock 

Now how about a girly card? Pleats are perfect for frilly, feminine designs, too. For my third card, I layered five different strips of narrowly pleated washi tape (DeNami Pink Stripes and Green Stripes washi tapes) as a base for my trio of DeNami Flower Blooms on this bright and happy Mother's Day card.

DeNami Supplies: Flower Bloom, Happy Mother's Day (cling), Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Leaf Green Cardstock, White Cardstock, Pink Rhinestones, Confetti Twine 3-pack 

Close-up of pleats

Pleating washi tape makes it oh-so-easy to adhere it along curves. So for my final card today, I'm showcasing pleated washi as a ruffled circular frame on my blue-ribbon card! For this card I used DeNami Blue/White Dots washi tape.

DeNami Supplies: You're the Best, Medium Thank You Circle, Sky Blue Cardstock, White Cardstock, Majestic Blue Versafine ink

Here's a hint for pleating washi tape: do your pleating while working on wax paper and then transfer it to your project. The tape will stick lightly to the wax paper while you work with it but will release easily (like removing a sticker's backing sheet) when you are ready to move it. If you'd like to trim a strip of pleated washi tape into long sections like I did on my rocket card, leave it adhered to the wax paper while you do your trimming with scissors.

I do believe that wraps up my April Ways With Washi!

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning a roll of washi tape for yourself? And how about some baker's twine, too? I have a brand-new roll of Blue/White Dots washi tape from DeNami Design (the same tape that I used on my blue ribbon card) AND a Confetti Twine 3-pack (which I used on my Mother's Day card in this post) 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 using the word "APRIL." 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, April 24, 2013, and will draw one commenter at random. The winner will be announced right here on my blog on Thursday, April 25, and if I'm able to find an email address, I'll be sure to contact the winner as well.

I'm so glad you dropped by for a little slice of bliss today!

Thanks for visiting!
Emily

60 comments:

Pam said...

I love your pleated washi! Thanks for sharing how you put it on the wax paper, that's helpful!! Hope your having a great April, it's flying by!!

Pam said...

I follow through blogger!!

Barb Penn said...

It's hard to believe that April is almost over and Mother's Day will be upon us before you know it. I liked the pleats. It shows how versatile the Washi tape is.

Sandi said...

I still have several April birthdays to make cards for....thanks for the wonderful idea to pleat my washi tape.

Sandi
ampressley@cfl.rr.com

Sandi said...

I just adore your work....especially the card with the stamped flowers.I am now your 207th follower and I signed up to follow by email as well. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies.

Sandi
ampressley@cfl.rr.com

Colleen Dietrich said...

WOW! One great project after another, Emily. I am very impressed. YOu've had a busy *April* crafting and pleating, haven't you?

Colleen Dietrich said...

PS - I am a Follower!

rommelsmom4 said...

Beautiful cards and very creative uses of washi tape. April is almost over, hoping the winter weather is too. Thanks for the chance to win.

rommelsmom4 said...

You are also added to my feedly account.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Cute cards. I've never used that tape but it looks fun!

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful and so creative Emily!

Ange said...

April
These are very creative! Love the ideas!!

Ange said...

I'm a new follower!

Anita said...

Gorgeous cards and fabulous ideas on how to use my washi :)

Marisa said...

Fun twist on using washi :) Loving the polka dotted ones and and the rocket one is too fun :) Soo happy April is finally warming up!! Been so cold here but apparently sunshine and warm temps are coming. Out with the April showers and into the May flowers I hope!

Wendy said...

Emily you never disappoint! I loved the cards on the denami blog, but I was even more impressed with the collection on your blog. So many great projects! I love the rocket ship flame - genius!

Marisa said...

Google Reader/Blogger follower here :)

Greta said...

April Ways with Washi has me jumping on the bandwagon, Emily! I absolutely love the pleated Washi look & will give it a try. Fingers crossed for the give-away as I don't have much & none from DeNami.

Greta said...

Second April with Washi comment--I follow your blog through blogger.

Heidi said...

I'm wishing we could get some April showers here because it already feels like summer! Love the pleats idea- that's a new one for me, and there are a lot of washi ideas out there!

Heidi said...

I follow you as Heidi on GFC!

Laraine R said...

Love the idea of pleating the washi tape! Love your April washi cards!

Laraine R said...

I am also a new follower thru email!

Lisa said...

Another creative installment of Ways With Washi!!! Out of this world Emily, love everything!!

NanW said...

April ways with Washi had some great tips, thanks

NanW said...

I follow through Feedly

Denise Bryant said...

Fun cards! I love the washi tapes.... great dimension with your pleated technique! Happy April 22nd to you!

Denise Bryant said...

I follow through Google Reader.

Jessi Fogan said...

Shut the front door! This is AWESOME! I have to pick up some wax paper. I love them all - that Mother's Day card is too pretty! - but the ROCKET? Blew my mind!
Last week I panicked when I realized it was the middle of April & I hadn't made a single Mother's Day card. Holy moly where'd the time go??

Jessi Fogan said...

AND of course I follow you - through Blogger, and then with Google Reader (RIP) and now also with bloglovin. (Which is no G.R., but you make do, lol)

Sue Lelli said...

Wow, Emily! The pleats just add SO MUCH to your cards! LOVE. How you showed this technique on all different styles of pretty cards! FAB post!

Mary-Anne V said...

Wonderful examples of cards with washi...some really made me open my eyes to some different ways of using it. Thanks. I hope that I can start using my small stash of washi now that this busy April is coming to an end.

Mary-Anne V said...

I am already a follower through Google Friend connect.

Carla said...

I just love washi tape! It
can be used so many different
ways. Thanks for sharing your
ideas.
Carla from Utah

Karenladd said...

What a great way to use the washi tape! Thanks for your fun giveaway and I hope you are having a wonderful April!

Karenladd said...

I am already a follower of your blog and always love your posts and creative ideas!

Darcy said...

Awesome people are born in April!! for sure! lol I'd love to win this drawing...Thanks for the chance.

Darcy said...

And, of course, I follow you! Great ideas! Thanks!

Gayle said...

Awesome April Ideas...maybe it will warm up in Pennsylvania before April ends.

Carol Ann Ater said...

In card mags and on so many wonderful blog this month of April the use of washi tape is popular. i have only a few rolls and would love more. It's so interesting and eye catching on cards and scrapbook pages.

SHartl said...

What cute card for April!! I have only one lonely washi tape roll so I would love to win this fun dotted washi giveaway!

SHartl said...

I am already a blog follower! Forgot to say that I love how you pleated the tape! Cute look!

Amy McCue said...

April showers bring may flowers. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Barb Murphy said...

so creative Emily! each one of these cards is fabulous...i love them all!

nwilliams6 said...

Emzi, you are soooo creative! I love them all - so fun, so imaginative, so cool. I always feel inspired by my visits with you. Hugz!

Amy Smidebush said...

Washi tape is the best, and I LOVE all your pleating!

Sue D said...

I like the creative ways you used washi tape and thanks for all the tips in this APRIL post.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Sue D said...

I am a GFC follower as Sue D
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Holly Hughes said...

What great ideas for using Washi tape. I can't believe APRIL is almost over, but these will be some new ideas to try for my Mother's Day cards. THANKS so much for sharing!

Holly Hughes said...

I become a follower so that I can see what else you come up with.
THANKS!

Barb Penn said...

I started following your blog. Thanks,

Benzi said...

Great cards, Emily. With those pretty flowers coming up so nicely on your last card, you must have had plenty of APRIL showers.
I have to say I love that rocket ship card...too cute..and great how you used the Washi tape.
Thanks for the wax paper tip.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Emily, I'm swooning over these brilliant cards! I have never seen Washi tape pleated before and it's genius! I especially love that blue ribbon card!!

(No, thank you, on the give-away coz I have too much stuff, but you are very generous to do it!)

Faith H said...

Love the pleats with the Washi tape! I can't wait to try this. Maybe I will get to try it before APRIL is over! Thanks!

~Tammy~ said...

You blew me away in to outer space with this Emily! Talking about amazing! Wow girl! There is no stopping your innovative talent!

Stacy said...

The pleated washi is so creative but the exhaust plume is so so cool! Thank you for always having the best ideas to share with everyone!

Stacy said...

And I am also a follower of your fab blog :)

Ruza Rebel said...

WOW! These cards look so cool! Love what you did with the Washi Tape, and thanks for the tip about the wax paper. :D

Ruza Rebel said...

Long time follower! :D

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Now that is some pleat work. Holy smokers Emily... Wow... Fabulous, the flames for the rocket is my favorite. ALthough I am partial to boy cards. ha!