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Make Your Own Washi Tape

Make Your Own Washi Tape

Its fun, easy and satisfying to make or decorate your own washi tape for scrapbooking, journaling, cardmaking, mixed media artwork or any other project.

The main treasure you'll need is either paper and adhesive tape (or glue), self adhesive paper, white paper tape, adhesive labels or my new favourite tape, Dylusions Journal Tape.

Dyan Reaveley's own paper tape is beautifully fine and super sticky. It stays put really well without lifting plus once its on, you can hardly feel it.

You can use anything you like to decorate this journal tape including paints, inks, pencils and markers. Stamping flowers or markings over a watercolour background wash always looks beautiful :)

Today I used the Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks and my Zig waterbrush.

First I drew circles in various sizes, starting large then filling the spaces with smaller and smaller circles. They don't have to be even :) I started with just 3 strips (half a sheet) of tape in the smallest size, 20mm wide.

Scribble Sticks with Dylusions journal tape

I used 4 colours... night, blackberry, magenta and turquoise. I drew the circles in pink then added the others afterwards. The dark blue (night) I added last.

The next part is easy... using the waterbrush I washed over each circle and activated the pigments. The colours blended beautifully.

making washi tape using book tape

Stencils and stamps are great to use for making your own tape too. Use whatever colours you like and have fun!

Sing out if you have questions or need help :)

Happy Creative Day!

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How to Trim Darkroom Door Stamp Sets

I love Darkroom Door stamps! There are so many ways to use them - as backgrounds of cards, featured in journals, added to a mixed media canvas, used on a scrapbook page - anything at all.

The quality of these stamps is superb. Every image is easy to ink up and prints beautifully every time, just as designed - not squashed or missing fine details like some clear stamps do (for me).

I may appear a bit biased as I sell them, but I do love them (which is WHY I choose to sell them).

Gorgeous handmade greeting card by Godelieve for Darkroom Door

The gorgeous green card above is by Godelieve Tijskens of Stamping Mathilda, talented artist and designer for Darkroom Door. Big thank yous go to Godelieve and Rachel Grieg for the use of this image :)

The only thing I've heard is tricky is trimming around each image or word. While the quotes, background and eclectic stamps by Darkroom Door are ready to use straight out of the packet (apart from taking off the paper backing), the stamp sets require a little preparation before use.

Click this link for my FREE Stamp Trimming Service!

How to Trim Your Darkroom Door Stamps...

Step 1
I prefer to use my Tim Scissors (Tim Holtz Tonic Serrated Scissors). They are sharp and strong, great for the stretchy rubber - plus the serrated blades grip the rubber as you cut, allowing you to cut closely with precision.

Step 2
Leave the paper backing on and with the image or stamp facing you, cut carefully around all the elements or just the element you require.

Step 3
The excess I find quite useful as it can be cut into shapes like squares, triangles, circles, polygons and anything else - shapes are great to use either featured (with doodling) or in backgrounds. Let your imagination be your guide!

Step 4
Next, peel off white backing paper and place stamp onto a clear acrylic block of a similar size.

Step 5
Colour the image with Distress markers, ink, stains, paints or press into texture paste or gesso. Be sure to wash straight away so the pastes don't dry onto the stamp.

Step 6
Store your stamp set in the handy storage case provided with each set.

Click here to see all stamps by Darkroom Door
Click here to see the Tim Scissors aka Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors

Example of trimmed stamps

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Chameleon Pens - How to Refill Your Marvellous Markers

Discover how simple it is to refill your Chameleon Pens and Mixing Chamber. Its really easy once you know how!

Contact me if you need help or have questions :) 

Video content © Chameleon Art Products 2015

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