A Short History of Washi Tape
The whole washi tape phenomenon started in 2006. A group of artists approached a Japanese masking tape manufacturer - Kamoi Kakoshi - and presented them with a book of art they had created using the company's industrial masking tapes. The artists requested that Kamoi Kakoshi manufacture colourful masking tapes for artists.
This was the start of mt masking tape. In the beginning, there were 20 colours, colours designed to bring out the beauty of the rice paper (or washi) used to make the tape. The tapes were a hit - with artists, crafters, and design lovers - both in Japan and, gradually, internationally. With success came new colours, patterns and sizes.
But What Is Washi Tape?
To put it simply, washi tape is a high quality masking tape made of rice paper.
But more than that, washi tape is a material which is beautiful yet useful at the same time. You can tear it, stick it, reposition it, write on it... The low tack adhesive makes it extremely easy to use (and reuse). I think it is so popular because it is so easy to use - and looks good while doing it!
What's The Difference Between Washi Tape and Japanese Masking Tape?
Nothing. They're the same thing! Originally marketed as Japanese Masking Tape, at some point the accepted international term for the tape became "washi tape". In Japan, it's known as masking tape (マスキングテープ) and the most renowned brand of washi tape is simply called mt - which stands for "masking tape". The term "washi tape" refers to the fact that the tapes are made from Japanese rice paper and differentiates it from typical masking tape you might find in the hardware store.
Having said that, last week I was browsing Pinterest for ideas on my upcoming card class. I was crunched for time and needed ideas FAST!! LOL Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find a SUPER CUTE card created by Gina Brandstetter using the Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape. You can find her card HERE! I knew right then that I needed to recreate her card, not only for card class, but just for fun using ALL of CTMH's washi tapes!!
I won't bore you with ALL of the cards that I created over the past couple of days...but I will highlight a few here for ya! Keep in mind that the Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape 3 pack and the Party Washi Tape 3 Pack are both only available till December 31st. SO if you like these...you need to contact your favorite CTMH consultant and order yours TODAY!!
This one is similar to the one that Gina posted, just using the Party Washi Tape combo.
And LAST but NOT least..I combined the Lagoon Washi Tape with the Honey and Cotton Candy Washi Tape from the 3 pack.
As you can tell, I had EMENSE fun playing with the different colors of Washi Tape that CTMH has available. I even added some dry embossing folders in there for a bit more dimension. Some of the cards, I embossed AFTER adding the washi tape, some I embossed before. Either way they turned out pretty cute!
Thanks SO much for stopping by!! I hope this has inspired you to get your washi tape out and PLAY with it!! I GUARANTEE that you will have SO much fun, you won't want to stop!!
Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!