Saturday, February 15, 2014

CTMH Technique Blog Hop - Washi Tape

Welcome to Flaunt Your Creativity!  I am participating in my first ever blog hop.  If you are unfamiliar with how these hops work, we are given a theme, and have to create something using that theme.  Everyone who participates is linked up so that you can hop from one to the next and see all the different creations people have come up with for the theme. 
There are 12 participants in this Technique Blog Hop highlighting Washi Tape.  This blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you are coming from Terry Morrow at Tomorrow's Treasure, you are on the right track. 
Ever since I started this adventure in crafting back in November, I have wanted to create a set of signs to hang above my crafting space.  I could envision "Flaunt Your Creativity" above my desk, but hadn't gotten around to making the signs yet.  As soon as I pulled out my 3 favorite washi tapes, Smoothie Striped, Lagoon Houndstooth and Slate Polka-Dot, I decided these colors would be the focus of my new sign!  Here is one of the three signs I have created for my work area (the other two are still works in progress). 
The technique I am highlighting is how to use Washi Tape to make decorative medallions.  First, cut out your basic medallion shape.  This can be accomplished via Cricut (I used CTMH's Cricut Artiste Cartridge for the one with Lagoon Houndstooth shown in the first picture below) or you can just cut a strip of plain paper if you prefer the flat edge medallion (see the Smoothie Stripe Medallion farther below) and score it yourself. 
This one is from page 55 of the Artiste Book, and was cut at 1 1/2" on white daisy cardstock.  I then adhered a strip of Lagoon Houndstooth washi tape close to the outer edge.  The Cricut cuts fold lines in the paper so you know where to make the accordion folds.  Make sure to cut 2 of each design to make a complete circular medallion.
Once both pieces were folded, I used my Tombow adhesive to connect the two strips to make a complete circle.  I covered a 1" circle with Liquid Glass, then slowly pushed down the top of the medallion so that the center rested on the 1" circle.   
I added a little more Liquid Glass to the center to make sure it was nice and sturdy!  The hole in the center of this was just a little too big for the large gem from the Clear Sparkles Assortment, so I added a 1/2" circle cut from Smoothie cardstock first, then topped it with a gem.
I repeated the steps above for my remaining medallions, using different patterns from the Artiste Cartridge. The white medallion with Smoothie Stripe Washi tape is just two 12" x 2 1/2" pieces of daisy white cardstock.  I used my Score Pal to score it at 1/4" increments.
For my title, I used CTMH's Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to cut out "Creativity" using Smoothie cardstock.  I used my Cricut Gypsy to weld the letters together as much as possible. 
I also used the Washi Tape to make the strips underneath the title. Smoothie Striped Washi Tape was adhered onto a 1 1/2" strip of Daisy White Cardstock.  Two pieces of Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape were adhered onto a 1" strip of Daisy White Cardstock.  The medium gems from the Clear Assorted Sparkle pack were added on the end of the Lagoon strip.
The frame holds an 11" x 17" picture, so was too big for one piece of 12" x 12" cardstock. I trimmed two pieces of Slate cardstock to 11" x 8 1/2" so they would meet in the middle of the frame.  Using my Slate Exculsive Ink,  I stamped the flourish from the Love Life stamp set into the two left corners of the sign, and also across the middle to appear as it was coming out of the medallions.  I used the adhesive-backed sparkle flourishes to add a little bling to the sign.  One I placed along the "C" and the other coming out of the medallions.
The slate polka-dot medallion and the solid Lagoon medallion are both popped up with 3-D Foam Tape.
Close-ups of the completed medallions:

Now I have a beautiful sign to hang in my Creative Space!  Once I finish the "Flaunt" and "Your" signs, I will share the whole creation.  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation!

Close To My Heart Materials Used:
Z1812 - Sparkles Clear Flourishes - Small
Z1752 - Sparkles Clear Assortment
Z1923 - Smoothie Striped Washi Tape
Z1850 - Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Z1817 - Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape
Z1151 - 3-D Foam Tape
D1482 - Love Life - My Acrylix Stamp Set
Z2173 - Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z1790 - Cricut Artiste Collection
Z1906 - Cricut Artbooking Collection
CTMH Cardstock in Daisy White, Lagoon, Slate and Smoothie

***CTMH offers washi tape in 8 different patterns.  Two are 1" wide and the other six are 1/2" wide.  Visit my Close To My Heart website to purchase your own washi tape!

If you have been following the whole tour, you have reached the end!  Thanks for taking the time to check out all of our Washi Tape projects!  If you are just starting with my blog, click on Debi's blog below to start over at the beginning.  Here is the complete list of participants in case you get lost along the way:

1.  Debi Barber 

2. Shirley Ross

3. Sheila Bennett

4. Joy McHargue

5. Wendy Kessler

6. Michelle Loncar

7. Haley Dyer

8. Michelle Battitori

9. Judy Faye Garner

10. Terry Morrow



  1. These are fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial too. I will have to try this technique.

    1. Thanks Haley - I really love the way it turned out. The bright colors really pop when the tape is on a white background. I hope it works for you too!

  2. Really great, Lisa! Love how you've been able to tap into your creativity and take your scrapbooking skills to a new level :)

    1. Thanks Jennifer - it was fun to try and think outside the box!

  3. Lisa, you need to do a workshop for this. I am so bad at following printed instructions, but would love to make a sign like this!

    1. I'd love to help you make a sign Sara! We can chat about it at the crop Thursday so I can get an idea of what you'd like to make.

  4. this project is fantastic for a first timer you did a wonderful job I love all your photo details

    1. Thanks Terry! Photography is another love of mine :o)

  5. Absolutely love everything about it!!! Welcome to the world of hopping :)

  6. I love this idea. I definitely need to give it a try.

  7. Wow such a pretty sign, and I love the way you used the washi tape. Will definitely give this a try :)

  8. I love this!! Great use of washi tape!