I've been making my own "washi" tape for some time now (doesn't mean I don't still grab up the real deal occasionally). The thing is, I'm cheap. I don't buy washi for more than $1 per roll which means I don't actually buy a lot. But I can make a TON of my own for about $1 and it's different every time. So how do I do it? Keep reading for step by step instructions.
My "washi" is actually (usually) just masking tape. It costs $.97 for a roll at WalMart. Sometimes I use paper tape that can be purchased in the medical section, I usually get mine at the dollar store. I tear off strips of tape and adhere it to a non porous surface. I used to use my craft mat but I didn't always make all of my tape in one sitting and then my craft mat was occupied indefinitely. Today I used a cutting mat I got from the dollar store. These mats come in a 2 pack and can be found in the kitchen section. A couple nice things about this method is that you can put strips of tape on BOTH sides of the mat AND it's portable. Here's what my cutting mat looks like with all my strips of tape on it:
So how do I go about decorating my tape? Well, being the cheap-o I am, I don't just start slathering paint on, that would be a waste! Here are a few ideas to get left over paint/ink/sprays onto your tape:
|put your mat behind whatever you're spraying so the over spray will go onto your tape AND it protects your work surface|
|put your mat under your project so the paint that goes over the edges goes on your tape|
|when you're done stamping stamp the extra ink off on your tape|
|got paint you don't like? This is the only time I just smear paint on my tape|
|did you squirt out too much paint? Grab a stencil and a make up sponge and dab that extra paint through the stencil|
|did you get some new stamps you'd like to try out? stamp them on your tape, be generous and don't worry about it looking busy, remember you'll be taking the strips of tape off and they'll look amazing!|
|this is my finished mat|
|and here's my roll of "washi" all ready to be used|
I hope you found this tutorial useful. Let me know if you have any questions.