Monday, July 08, 2013

#projectlove Washi Tape Style

God planted this idea to brighten the day of some dear friends. I said, yes! Then he grew that idea into #projectlove. (tweet this)

It's no secret that I love beautiful things. Washi tape? Yes, that is a BEAUTIFUL thing!

Handmade cards are beautiful. In this fast paced, social media driven world a hand written note is a treasure. I wanted to give my friends a jump start on creating their own #projectlove with a set of handmade cards to send to others. Once again I was inspired by Amy from Inspiration Ave. Bethany from Ribbon, Glitter and Glue and Monika from I Love it All also lent inspiration for these cards.

I shared about the packaging with you last time. Now here are the cards I created and added to the #projectlove boxes.

  • card stock, blank cards and envelopes
  • washi tape
  • embellishments
    • glittery embroidery thread
    • pages from an old book
    • bubble sticker thingy ← That is the technical term, really!
  • stapler
  • stamps and ink pad
  • pen or fine tip marker
  • shape punches
  • paper trimmer or scissors
  • glue
In order to keep things coordinated and simple I used blank pre cut cards with envelopes and found a super adorable, trendy cardstock pack to use with all of those cards. I also only used brown ink for the stamps and a brown marker. This helps keep everything uniform.

I want to highlight a few of my favorite details.

On this Chevron Friend card the washi tape is woven to an extent. Layer one or two vertical pieces then lay a horizontal piece on top. Add another vertical piece followed by another horizontal piece of washi tape or two. Once you have your desired look embellish with a cute piece of stamped card stock or stamp directly onto the washi tape.

I had so much fun creating these cards and snapped pictures with my phone and posted them on Instagram. When I posted this card I commented that I may or may not have defaced a book to finish these cards. It was something else for me to tear apart a book, but I know I'll be at it again! For this card to have loved, rustic look, I crumpled the paper. You need to crumple the paper into a tight ball, open it up and crumple in a different direction. Crumpling the page in two or three different directions gives it that nice worn, loved look. The washi tape and the staple through the tag hold the crumple paper on better than glue. Add some glitter embroidery thread for a final touch.

These mini cards (3"x3") ended up being my favorites! And the Banner of Love is no.1 in my book. Fold strips of washi tape over some glitter embroidery thread and trim the edges to make the sweetest bunting ever. The heart is a simple shape I drew myself and I hand wrote love with my favorite micron pen. Pull out the row of staples from your stapler and color the outside with a Sharpie marker. I chose magenta to add a little extra girly to these cards.

What washi tape projects are you working on? Have you started your own #projectlove? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

Linking up with Thirty Handmade Days

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.


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