Stuck on washi

Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and (gasp) crafty you has been too pressed for time, in a creativity slump or (yipe) you forgot to make a card.

I was pressed for time this year, but washi tape came to my rescue. In half an hour, at most, I had a card.

I also tried stamping for the first time on washi. I used multi-surface inks just in case the tapes’ surfaces were too slick to absorb regular ink, and they worked well.

Tape, stamp, bling, stick … done. Fabulous!

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Here’s how to make it:

Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of textured light-aqua cardstock. Adhere several strips of washi tape in different patterns in teal, citrine, gray and hot pink (I used Hambly Studios Screen Prints blue woodgrain from set No. 2, gray and citrine tapes from Bluebell “Smile” from The Sweetest Thing collection by Jen Allyson for My Mind’s Eye and a hot-pink, trellis-patterned tape) in different lengths, each one slightly overlapping, horizontally to the card’s front. Start each piece on the card’s left side; trim any excess tape from the edge.

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Stamp a flower image (such as one by Angela Nickeas for Pink Light Design for Studio G by Hampton Art) in multi-surface silver ink (I used Brilliance ink in starlite silver) in the lower-left portion of the card, partially over the tape.

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Cut a 5-by-1-inch piece of citrine textured cardstock (such as Coredinations canvas texture cardstock in high noon). Adhere a blue-and-citrine patterned washi tape (Bluebell “Smile”) across this piece and trim any excess from the edges.

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Stamp “fabulous” (mine’s from the Portfolio collection by Pink Paislee) in multi-surface black ink (I used StazOn in jet black) over the tape, closer to the left end.

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Attach a large silver staple at an angle close to this piece’s upper left corner. Affix a large, jewel-like teal brad (mine’s from the On the Edge collection by Teresa Collins) next to the staple, in the corner. Adhere a large, light-aqua rhinestone featuring a heart (mine’s from the Happy Travels collection by Glitz Design) to this piece’s lower-right area, slightly over the bottom edge. Using dimensional adhesive, affix the cardstock horizontally to the card’s front, over the flower image.

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