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Five Pretty Ways to use Washi Tape by Azumi Izuno

Five pretty ways to use Washi Tapes by  Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com
Today I’m excited to share a post from a little further afield than usual – talented scrapbooker Azumi Izuno from Japan is here to share her favourite ways to use washi tape! I hope you enjoy.

Do you own any rolls of fancy washi tape? Where I live, washi tapes are called masking tape, and the product is widely known as a tape for DIY projects, a helper for paintings, and a temporary adhesive. But over the last five years, washi tapes have become all the range for their new colourful designs and patterns, making them a great material for crafting with style.

Five pretty ways to use Washi Tapes by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com

Five pretty ways to use Washi Tapes by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com
Make it a Banner
Cut twine to the length for your banner, then place washi tape strips over the twine and fold them in half to create little flags, with no adhesive left to show. Cut the ends as you like – with pennant triangles, on an angle, or with pinked edges perhaps. As washi tapes are mostly pale you can create see-through effect.

Five pretty ways to use Washi Tapes by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com

Five pretty ways to use Washi Tape by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com
Make an explosion of flower petals
Fold a strip of washi tape over on itself, adhering both sticky sides. This makes the washi tape like a piece of paper. You can easily cut with your scissors in the shape you would like – and flower petals were perfect for these photos with the trees in bloom. Unlike real paper it will give much softer image, particularly with tapes in pale pastel colours.

Five Pretty ways to use Washi Tapes by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com

Five pretty ways to use Washi Tapes by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com
Layer with patterned paper
Washi tape takes on a new look when layered over patterned paper; its see-through-ness makes this special effect. The trick to this technique is a craft knife. Use a pencil and ruler (or a template like this mask) to draw your design, such as a starburst. Cover the desired spaces with washi tape: don’t overlap the tape on top of itself, place it side by side with no gaps between the seams. This will mean there is extra tape hanging over the edge of the pencilled design. Take your craft knife and your ruler and use a very light touch to cut through just the tape, leaving the patterned paper background intact. Then peel up the excess tape. Washi’s unique adhesive quality lets you remove it from your page without tearing the paper, so it’s useful for this technique and also helps if you make a mistake with washi on any page.

Five pretty wats to use Washi Tapes by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com

Five pretty ways to use Washi Tape by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com
Punch out perfect circles
Gather a group of different washi tapes you like. Tear off strips and adhere them to a sheet of vellum, trying different angles and combinations of tape to create different patterns. If you don’t like how one tape looks, you can always remove it and try another. Then use a circle punch or die to cut perfect circles from all those layered tapes to make a great embellishment you can use to dress up a page.

Five pretty ways to use Washi Tapes by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com

Five pretty ways to use Washi Tapes by Azumi Izuno @ shimelle.com
Build a background
Instead of building your background with patterned paper, start with white cardstock and add plenty of strips of tape to the page. Then design your page just as you would had the background been made from patterned paper. You can also include your journaling on strips of washi tape: test out your pens on scrap paper first, but there are plenty of permanent pens that will write on the tapes.





Azumi Izuno lives in Yokohama, Japan with her two kids and loving husband.
She spends such fun-filled busy days but she finds it so relaxing when she takes pictures of her family.
Her favourite embellishments for scrapbooking includes those washi tapes and something that are made with translucent materials. Find more of Azumi’s work on her blog, Forever Blue.

31 May 2013



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13 Comments for Five Pretty Ways to use Washi Tape by Azumi Izuno

  1. Meghann Says:

    Great ideas, Azumi!

  2. Ellen Says:

    Lovely scrapbook-creator you share shimelle

  3. Leseratte37 Says:

    So Great Ideas, Thanks a Lot for sharing!
    Greetings from Germany

  4. Crystal Says:

    Lovely layouts, Azumi! I will have to check out your blog.

  5. Anne-Liesse Says:

    I can’t wait to try washi tape with vellum. I never would have thought of that. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Anne-Liesse

  6. shire Says:

    Great tips how to use washi tape. the explosion background is so nice!

  7. Caroline Marty Says:

    Fabulous ideas and your artwork is beautiful. Thank you!

  8. Wishy Washi Tape Says:

    Awesome ideas! Pinning you!

  9. Cynthia B. Says:

    Thanks for sharing Mizuno’s projects – they’re amazing! I’d seen the washi banner idea before, but her flower petal and washi sunburst ideas are beautiful too!

  10. Julianna Says:

    Beautiful examples and awesome ideas! I love the tip to think of washi like vellum for punching shapes!

  11. Marion Says:

    Wow, such great idea´s to use those lovely washis. I have a ton of them :)) I will check Azumi´s Blog and will defenitely lift LO 1 and 3. So wonderful. More greetings from Germany

  12. Jeannine H Says:

    These layouts are just spectacular. Can’t wait to try out the ideas!

  13. Monique Liedtke Says:

    Thanks for these fun techniques! I’ve used the one with the vellum & tape straight away! If you want to have a look, here’s my link: http://moniquesscrapbook.blogspot.nl/2013/06/love-summer-doodlebug-elles-studio.html

    Thanks again!

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