Washi Tape Inspiration: Pin For A Chance To Win

June 19th, 2014

Washi Tape Collection

If you’re a seasoned crafter, then chances are you’ve worked with washi tape before. If you’ve just started your creative journey, then believe me, it’s only a matter of time before you’re hooked on these small, sticky crafting essentials. Due to its popularity, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, we decided to investigate and learn more about what makes this particular type of tape so appealing. Plus, we want to offer our beloved readers a chance to win their very own bundle of beautifully patterned washi tapes. Just pin your favorite washi tape design, share the link with us, and you could win! Details to enter the contest will be at the bottom of the post.

 

A Quick Washi Tape Lesson

Available in a wide range of patterns, colors, and designs, washi tape is easy to apply to most projects. Placing a few pieces of bright tape will make a mixed-media project instantly pop, while utilizing tape with a more dramatic design can add a whole new layer of depth to a collage. Best of all, this tape is surprisingly resilient. Washi tape is pretty strong (it’s very similar to masking tape) and depending on its use, it can be very long-lasting.

Washi tape originated in Japan, but because it has become so popular, it is now made all over the world. Washi comes from two Japanese words: wa, which means Japanese, and shi, which means paper — so the literal translation is “Japanese Paper.” It was originally made from the bark of native Japanese trees, such as the gampi tree, the mulberry tree, and the mitsumata shrub, but now is more commonly made from natural fibers like hemp, bamboo, wheat, or rice. As a biodegradable material, it’s a great, eco-friendly alternative to plastic tapes.

 

Colorful and Creative Washi Tape Project Ideas

Washi Tape Art Journal Books Project

The beauty of washi tapes is how easy to use they are. You can add layers and depth to nearly any project with just a strip of washi tape, and with so many colors and pattern options, it’s very easy to personalize something based on your own unique tastes. For those interested in art journaling, you know that the cover is a very important aspect of the project. In this Art Journal Books Project, a few well-placed strips of graffiti washi tape create a textured, color-blocking effect in a matter of seconds. Paired with a layers of white acrylic paint, various shaped pieces of chipboard, and a few stamps, the end result is a creative journal cover that’s sure to keep you inspired.

 

Vintage Washi Tape Box Project

Another inventive way to use washi tape is with this Vintage Washi Tape Box Project. Perfect for holding small treasures, tiny treats, or little crafting essentials, these altered paper mache boxes can be just about anything you want them to be. Depending on the occasion or event, you can select the washi tape of your choice and create stunning party favors that everyone will love.

 Create Your Own Business Cards with Washi Tape

Do you own a business? Are you a freelance crafter — a party planner, a writer, a part-time florist? The business world doesn’t always have to be black and white! Especially if you’re using patterned washi tape. This fun little DIY Business Cards Project will show you how to make beautiful personalized cards that will keep you fresh in the minds of all your current and potential clients. All you need is some card-stock, a few kraft-colored index cards, and a few strips of artfully placed washi tape.

 

Mixed-Media Love Canvases Project

Washi tape is a great accent for a home décor piece; it can be the small element that ties a whole room together. This Mixed-Media Love Canvases Project will give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to create unique and personalized wall art using a bright colors, stamps, and a few strips of patterned washi tape. The best part about this project is that it can easily be altered. Rather than using small canvases you could go with something larger or 3-dimensional and you could create your own color palette to better complement any space in your home, office, or workshop.

 

Pin Your Favorite Washi Tape:

The results are in, these are the Top-Ten most popular washi tapes that we carry. Now we want to know which tape will reign supreme!

We’re giving away a three washi tape bundle to one random winner! For your chance to win simply follow the instructions:

  1. From the images featured below “Pin” your favorite.
  2. Share a link to your newly created pin on the blog comment section below (get your link by opening your pin and copying the URL).
  3. Tell us why that particular washi tape is your favorite.

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires June 30th, 2014.

Watch Face Washi Tape



  Washi Tape Pearl Rose Pattern

 

Pink Star Washi Tape



  Scrabble Washi Tape

 

Make and Bake Washi Tape



  Foreign Newspaper Washi Tape

 

Bird on a Wire Washi Tape



  Red and White Gingham Washi Tape

 

White and Gold Stripe Washi Tape



  Vintage Alphabet Washi Tape

 

Want to See Even More Washi Tape Options?

Washi Tape CollectionWe hope you’re brimming with new project ideas after reading our post! If you want to jump-start all your creative endeavors, visit us at The Shoppe. We have over 200 beautiful, colorful, and absolutely stunning patterned washi tapes — some available at deeply discounted prices. Explore our collection and find everything you could ever need and want to supplement your mixed-media projects, art journals, and whatever else your imagination can come up with.

 

Click here to visit our washi tape collection.

Congratulations to Our Washi Tape Winner!

C. C. McQuain

 



Sarah Contests and GiveawaysHow-To Project Tutorials ,,,,,,,

If you’re a seasoned crafter, then chances are you’ve worked with washi tape before. If you’ve just started your creative journey, then believe me, it’s only a matter of time before you’re hooked on these small, sticky crafting essentials. Due to its popularity, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, we decided to investigate and learn more about […]

You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project Tutorial

June 16th, 2014

You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project



Ever since I was a child, I’ve kept a journal. They were one of my first creative spaces, totally private and devoid of criticism. Although I wrote down all my hopes and dreams, I also added stickers, drawings, and stamps. When I found a flower I liked, I’d press it between the pages of my journal. I saved movie tickets, flight itineraries, and every other little thing that held special meaning to me. Now I have boxes and boxes of old journals, and I can’t bring myself to let them go because each one shows not only my thoughts, but also my creative ability.

Imagine my delight, years later, when I discovered the world of art journals. It’s made me revisit my old journals and start planning future projects as well. Now that I’ve seen how layering, lettering, and sewing can be incorporated into the pages of journals, there is so much I want to try.

One project that showcases some of these interesting techniques is the You Are a Miracle Art Journal project. The methods used to create this project are easy to replicate and they will add depth and interest to any journal. One particularly interesting aspect of this project is the repurposing of old calendars, which is a great way to upcycle something that would otherwise be thrown out! We used an old Papaya Art Calendar, but if you don’t have one you can get something similar, along with other crafting essentials, at a great discounted price in our warehouse sale. With bright colors, stunning pieces of ephemera, and handwritten affirmations, this project is one you’re going to want to replicate many times over.

 

You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project Close up

Materials for the You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project:

PanPastels

Papaya Art Calendar Pages

Journal

-Sponge

Patterned Paper

Kraft Tissue Paper

Adhesive

Washi Tape

Gel Pen

 

Instructions for the You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project:

Step 1 — Start by using various colors from the panpastels set and rubbing them onto the pages of a Moleskine journal using a large sponge. For this project, we used the red and blue panpastels from the Donna Downey No.1 Set.

 

Step 2 — Dig up some old calendar pages (we used a 2012 Papaya Art Calendar) and tear out some of your favorite images. To give your journal a distinct look, tear some of the edges off the images.

You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project Full Page Right

Step 3 — Find some coordinating patterned paper and kraft tissue paper and glue down layers onto the pages of the journal. If you’re using a liquid adhesive, allow ample time for the glue to dry before moving on.

 

Step 4 — Add random strips of various washi tapes as accents. They’ll also add depth to your art journal.

 

Step 5 — Write various words or quotes using a black gel pen, or a gel pen of your choice. To keep with the “miracle” theme, we pasted a cut-out of the word in the journal.

 

You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project Full Page

 

Want to Recreate the You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project?

inventorysale-200x200Many of the items we used to make this wonderful art journal project can be found in our warehouse sale. We add new items monthly so be sure to come back often to get some of your favorite crafting essentials at greatly reduced prices!

 

 

 

 

 



Sarah How-To Project TutorialsMixed-Media Art ,,,,,,,

Ever since I was a child, I’ve kept a journal. They were one of my first creative spaces, totally private and devoid of criticism. Although I wrote down all my hopes and dreams, I also added stickers, drawings, and stamps. When I found a flower I liked, I’d press it between the pages of my […]

Step-By-Step Grain Sack Hearts Tutorial with Guest Artist Susan Frick

June 12th, 2014

Artful Blogging Summer 2014 - Grain Sack Hearts



Today on the blog, we are joined by the extraordinary Susan Frick, who has very graciously accepted our invitation to recreate one of her lovely Grain Sack Hearts for Somerset Place. Susan, who has been published in our Summer 2014 issue of Artful Blogging, as well as our Autumn 2013, and Spring 2013 issues of Somerset Life, provides detailed instructions and pictures for this project so that you too can try your hand at recreating these darling little hearts.

I remember the first time I saw Susan’s hearts. I was flipping through our last issue of Artful Blogging, and when I came across Susan’s stunning photographs, I immediately fell in love with the grain sack hearts. There’s something charmingly simple about these little hearts. Maybe it’s the kraft color of the fabric, which makes them look weathered and rustic, or maybe it’s the vintage-inspired stamps that Susan used. Whatever it is, one thing I know for sure is that everything about this project is simply delightful.

I could image stuffing these little hearts with dried lavender or other sweet smelling herbs and hanging them from my bed posts, or even using different stamps to create one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornaments. My sister in law is about to have her first child and I am already planning to create a unique little baby mobile with hanging grain sack hearts.

What will Susan’s project inspire you to create?

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Finished Grain Sack Heart

These simple grain sack hearts are all about vintage texture. They’re made from worn, soft European grain sacks of days gone by, along with vintage hand towels. The towels have a unique texture as well, with pretty trims and faint patterns. Topping each heart with a loop of twine just adds to the nubby, raw, textured look.

 

Materials for Susan Frick’s Grain Sack Hearts:

Materials for Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

– Fabric cuttings from old grain sacks (This is a great way to use up the plain back of a grain sack, or otherwise stained piece. The fabric piece I used had a crease in it which just added interest to the finished heart.)

– Vintage white hand towel (It may be fun to find one with a monogram to use as well.)

Black stamp ink (Or whatever color you like.)

Alphabet stamps or any other kind of stamp (I’ve used a key stamp.)

Twine

– Filling for heart

– Sewing machine, needle, thread

 

Instructions for Susan Frick’s Grain Sack Hearts:

Step 1 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 1 – Cut two heart-shaped pieces from the grain sack fabric using any heart stencil you’d like. My stencil measures about 6 1/2″ wide by 7″ tall. Also cut a 6 1/2″ by 1 3/4″ strip of fabric from the vintage towel. Carefully stamp the towel strip with a word of your choosing, or other favorite stamp image. Pin the stamped towel strip to the right side of one of your grain sack hearts at the widest points.

 

Step 2 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 2 – Sew the vintage towel strip to the grain sack heart fabric on each of the long sides, about 1/4″ in.

 

Step 3 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 3 – Pin the two grain sack heart fabrics right sides together, with 10″ of twine looped in between them. Ensure the ends of the twine loop stick out about 1/2″ at the top center of the heart. Next sew the hearts together, about 3/8″ in all around, leaving about 1 1/2″ opening on one side to be able to stuff the heart. Clip curved edges and any excess towel fabric.

 

Step 4 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 4 – Turn heart right side out and press. Make sure to press the opening inward to line up with your seam. You’ll notice the raw edges of the vintage towel strip start to fray – that’s the raw look you’re going for!

 

Step 5 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 5 – Stuff the heart with your desired filling – cotton stuffing or even lavender for a sachet.

 

Finished Grain Sack Heart

Step 6 – Lastly, sew up the opening used to stuff the heart using a whip stitch. You’re finished!

 

Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

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Read About Susan Frick in the Summer 2014 Issue of Artful Blogging

Summer 2014 Artful BloggingThank you so much Susan for this tutorial and all the wonderful project ideas. To read more about Susan’s Grain Sack Hearts and to get even more inspiring project ideas, pick up a copy of the Summer 2014 issue of Artful Blogging.

 

 

To see more of Susan’s work visit her blog at: evelynandrose.blogspot.com
 
 


Sarah Artful LivingHow-To Project Tutorials ,,,,,,

Today on the blog, we are joined by the extraordinary Susan Frick, who has very graciously accepted our invitation to recreate one of her lovely Grain Sack Hearts for Somerset Place. Susan, who has been published in our Summer 2014 issue of Artful Blogging, as well as our Autumn 2013, and Spring 2013 issues of […]

Working With Wire Forms

June 10th, 2014

Wire Form Collection



Whether you’re well acquainted with wire forms or if you just happened to stumble into the breathtaking and creative world of 3-dimensional assemblage art, we would like to formally introduce our collection. A wire form offers a different type of canvas to showcase your creativity. It’s a challenge that most artists relish because it pushes them out of their comfort zone and allows them to work in new and unique ways. When you’re using wire forms, the creative possibilities are nearly endless.

We have used wire forms in a wide range of projects. We’ve made everything from creative centerpieces for holiday get-togethers to personalized home décor items, and even custom-made gifts for friends and family. Some of our wire forms are the ideal canvas for decoupage. It’s as simple as selecting the type of paper you want to use, picking a strong adhesive, and letting your imagination run wild. Other wire forms provide the perfect backdrop for displaying art, such as artful tags, paper dolls, greeting cards, and much more. You can also incorporate one of our wire forms into a larger work of art, and create something completely new and unexpected.

Have we piqued your interest? Join us and explore our Wire Forms Collection and maybe even pick up some interesting project ideas along the way.

 

12 Inspiring Wire Forms and 4 Colorful Projects

 

Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Wire Form Project

 

Wire Form Hot Air Balloon BasketLet your imagination soar with this Hot Air Balloon Basket. Featured in our Up and Away Project, this wire form can make a charming centerpiece for a child’s birthday party as well as a whimsical home décor accent.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Hot Air Balloon Basket.

 

 

Wire Form Bird HouseIs there anything quite as charming as the sound of birds chirping? Bring all the brightness and beauty of your garden right into your living room with this Wire Form Bird House. Add a little potted plant inside and set it on your coffee table, or put the birdhouse on a stand and let some English Ivy wrap around it to create a spectacular garden centerpiece.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Bird House.

 

 

Wire Form TreePerfect for displaying old black and white photographs, handmade jewelry, and any other beautiful little treasure, this Wire Form Tree will look wonderful wherever you put it. If you’re planning a winter wedding, or you want to make a truly unique centerpiece for the holidays, take a look at this Holiday Favor  Tree Project.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Tree.

 

 

Wire Frame Vintage Buttons and Bottles Project

 

 

Wire Frame Basket with Bottle SetThis set of three glass bottles, all perched inside a wire basket, are just waiting to be filled with anything your imagination can come up with. Create an artful flower display, or use the bottles as storage for buttons, beads, and other tiny crafting essentials.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Basket with Bottle Set.

 

 

Wire Form Eiffel TowerBring Parisian sophistication right into your home with this Wire Form Eiffel Tower. Leave it as is, or add color, paper, and fabric to create a stunning one-of-a-kind accent piece.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Eiffel Tower.

 

 

Wire Form High HeelIf you love shoes then you’ll love this wire figure. Perfect for dressing rooms, shoe closets, and bathrooms, our High Heel Wire Form is just waiting to be personalized to fit your own unique style. Use ribbons, charms, and whatever else you can think of and make your very own shoe design.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form High Heel.

 

 

Wrapped Wire Form Pumpkin Project

 

 

Wire Form PumpkinSummer may be just around the corner, but fall will arrive before you know it! Get in the right mood for spooky shenanigans with this flexible, bendable, and foldable Wire Form Pumpkin. Make it a Mixed-Media Pumpkin with spray paint or acrylic paint, add some Halloween-inspired washi tape, and finish it off with a little scrapper’s floss.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Pumpkin.

 

 

Wire Form CorsetAdd a charming touch of femininity to any space with this racy little corset. This corset is the perfect addition to a vanity, and will look great sitting next to your jewelry box and makeup tray. We took this wire form corset and created a romantic little candle holder  that would look lovely in a woman’s bathroom or bedroom.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Corset.

 

 

Wire Form MannaquinnAre you a fashionista? Do you live to alter clothing into unique designs? Relive all the joy of creating one-of-a-kind dresses and come up with brand new pattern designs with this detailed Wire Form Mannequin. We were doubly inspired by this figure so we ended up creating a butterfly-inspired project as well as a spring blossom skirt. What will you come up with?

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Mannequin.

 

 

Bundle of Joy Pregnant Dress Wire Form Project

Pregnant Dress Wire FormCelebrate all the wonder and beauty of motherhood with this enchanting Pregnant Dress Wire Form. Add a little ribbon and a few buttons and make a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for a baby shower or create a personalized gift for a mother-to-be.

 

 

Learn more about our Pregnant Dress Wire Form.

 

 

Wire Form Vintage BasketHang this vintage-inspired wire form basket outside and display tiny potted plants, your favorite gardening tools, or some pint-sized garden gnomes. Inside your home, you can use this basket to store mail, photographs, vintage perfume bottles, and much more.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Vintage Basket.

 

 

Wire Form Oval Victorian CageThis Victorian-inspired Oval Bird Cage Wire Form will add a romantic touch to any living room, and will be a definite wow-factor as the centerpiece for a garden or tea-party inspired get-together.  If you want to give it a modern or even spooky touch, take a look at this Black Bird Project.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Bird Cage.

 

 

Do You Want to See Even More Wire Forms?

wire_forms-200x200After reading about wire forms and all the artistic projects that you can undertake, we hope  that you’re thoroughly inspired and ready to start working on your own projects! To see even more of our wire forms, please visit our Wire Forms Collection.

 

If you’re craving even more inspiration, take a look at our other ready-to-alter categories. From paper mache to storage containers, blank cards to journals, our ready-to-alter categories offer all the crafting essentials you’ll need for your next big project.

 

 



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,

Whether you’re well acquainted with wire forms or if you just happened to stumble into the breathtaking and creative world of 3-dimensional assemblage art, we would like to formally introduce our collection. A wire form offers a different type of canvas to showcase your creativity. It’s a challenge that most artists relish because it pushes […]

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

June 5th, 2014

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project



Make your kitchen bright and beautiful with this Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project! Not only are these tins incredibly functional for storing all of your favorite summer flavored teas — like pomegranate, citrus, and mint — but they’ll also look fantastic sitting on your counter. Best of all you can customize them to fit any décor design or color palette. Make them for yourself or create them as the perfect summertime gift, or summer gathering party favor.

 

Materials for the Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project:

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project Tutorial

1. Start by painting the tea tins white. You can use white gesso or alternatively use white acrylic paint, or even spray paint. However, if you are going to put food or drink products inside your tins, be sure to use something that is non-toxic.

2. Once your tins are painted and dried, you can stamp a colorful design of your choice onto the outside. Some of the Christy Tomlinson stamps are the perfect height for the tea tins. Put the stamp onto a rock-a-block, and then ink the stamp with various StazOn Ink colors. For this project, we used Teal Blue, Blazing Red and Mustard. Once your stamp is properly inked, gently roll the stamp on the outside of the tin (the rock-a-block makes this super easy). Remember to re-ink the stamps carefully between each application.

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

3. Apply some of the mustard StazOn Ink to the lids of your tins, and allow them to dry.

4. Stamp the Christy Tomlinson stamp design onto white cardstock (this time using just one ink color), and then punch the design with a circle punch and glue it to the center of the lid.

5. Stamp the word “Tea” onto white cardstock using black StazOn Ink and the Fanciful Outline Lowercase Alphabet with an acrylic mount.

6. Carefully color the letters in with yellow gel pen and then cut the word out in a rectangular shape.

7. On the outside of the tea tins, place a few strips of blue washi tape, and then glue the cut-out word onto the center of the tape.

 

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

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Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,,,,

Make your kitchen bright and beautiful with this Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project! Not only are these tins incredibly functional for storing all of your favorite summer flavored teas — like pomegranate, citrus, and mint — but they’ll also look fantastic sitting on your counter. Best of all you can customize them to fit any […]