(This was originally posted at Lines Across as a guest post I did for her Craft Stash Bash series.)
Doesn't it seem like with every new trend comes a new stash? Such is the case with washi tape.
I like the texture and look of washi tape and decided to turn it into stickers. I came up with a few ways to turn your growing tape collection into fun embellishments.
What you'll need:
-stuff to decorate
The first idea involves using a larger punch to make stickers.
Cut a small piece of wax paper and stick your tape to the shiny side. You'll want the pieces of tape to slightly overlap to form a large surface area to punch from. Punch out your shapes, peel, and stick. Like I said, this method works best for larger punches. The wax paper can be a little challenging to peel away from the back, but it is less of a problem with bigger punches. I used my pennant punch-outs to decorate a plain notebook.
Say you really like the idea of using a punch to make stickers, but you don't have a big punch. Well, I figured that out too.
Cut two small pieces of wax paper and lay them so that they are overlapping by about 1/4".
Stick your tape down over the overlapped area of wax paper.
About 1/2" down from the overlapped wax paper line, cut off the excess. You don't have to waste as much tape as I did - I just did that for the sake of pictures. The things we do for blogging!
Now you are ready to put that small punch to work. You are going to punch directly over the overlapped wax paper.
See what we've done here? By punching over the overlapped wax paper a sort of tab is created so that peeling the wax paper off is easy. Think about unpeeling a band-aid. It sort of opens up and you peel away the paper so you can stick it. It's like that.
I just stuck the teeny little hearts on another notebook. I can't vouch for the permanence of these sweet little stickers. I plan on using this as a scratch pad next to my computer, so it won't be moving in and out of a bag or scraping against other books. Sort of a bummer if you are wanting to carry your washi stickers around.
So, we've used big punches, solved the problem of using small punches, and now there is the issue of our washi stickers possibly being damaged as they get shuffled around. Solution? Put them under something.
Like a clear phone case.
I didn't even use a punch for these. I just traced the circles using a dime, cut them out, and stuck them on my phone. The clear case I have holds them down and keeps them from being damaged in the hustle and bustle. (Please put stickers on your phone at your own risk. I figure if my phone has survived my toddler, it can survive a few stickers. Like I said. At your own risk.)
There you have it.