Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Make your own Tissue or Washi Tape

Washi tape, tissue tape, chinese tape, paper tape, or what ever other name you have heard it called is all the rage right now.  It can be a bit pricy to buy rolls of all the different colors and patterns that you love so I'm going to show you how you can make your own!  This is a great way to save some money and also be able to customize your tissue tape to suit your project!

Please excuse the quality of the photos, I know they are not great but my hubby was helping me (bless his heart) AND it was a cloudy day :( but anyways, you get the idea...Let's get started!

Here is what you'll need...
A paper trimmer, scissors, tissue paper (preferably new without wrinkles) a sheet of double sided adhesive (I am using Scor-tape), Ink, and background stamps (Paper Smooches stamps work great for this! I am using Debonair, and Geo-Graphic)

The first step is to cut a single layer of tissue paper so that it is just slightly larger than the adhesive sheet.
Second, peel the backing off of the adhesive sheet.
Take the tissue paper and drape it back on itself with out creasing it.  Line the edge of the tissue up with the edge of the adhesive and attach just the edge.
Now slowly and carefully use your hand to spread the rest of the tissue paper onto the adhesive. Be as careful as you can to not get any wrinkles. If you do that is ok, but try to avoid it.
Once the tissue is totally attached use your finger, and rub over all the little wrinkles to make sure that it is as smooth as possible.
Take you scissors and trim off the excess tissue around the adhesive sheet
Since the tissue tape is now a whole sheet you can use your paper trimmer to cut the tape to the exact width that suits your project!  For my purposes today, I have cut my tissue tape to 0.75".
Ink up your favorite background stamp...
And stamp along your tissue tape.  I find that it works best if you don't have the stamp too 'inky'. The tissue tape can make your image a bit 'fuzzy' if you have too much ink on it so don't use too much ink, and don't hold the stamp down for too long.
and VOILA! you have your very own custom tissue tape! Easy right?!?!

I decided to use the tissue tape I made today to participate in the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge.

 For this Sparks challenge we are asked to take inspiration from this photo...
I was having so much fun with the tissue tape I decided to make two cards for this challenge!

With the first card I took inspiration from the theme as well as the colors. I used the tissue tape to make the center of the egg.
Supplies used: STAMPS: Debonair, Geo-Graphic, A Little Lovin sets from Paper Smooches; PATTERNED PAPERS: American Crafts, My Minds Eye; CARDSTOCK: Bazzill; X-Press It blending CS; RIBBON: Renaissance by Design, STICKERS: Cosmo Cricket, ADHESIVE: Scor-tape, Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares; COPICS: C0, C1, R20, R22; INK: Memento Tuxedo black, Palette Hybrid; MISC: Button, Embroidery floss,

For my second card I kept it pretty simple and let the tissue tape speak for itself; just using the colors for inspiration
Supplies used: STAMPS: Debonair, Geo-Graphic and Word Salad from Paper Smooches; CARDSTOCK: Bazill; EMBOSSING FOLDER: Cuttlebug; ADHESIVE: Scor-tape, Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares; INK: Versafine, Palette Hybrid; MISC: Buttons, embroidery floss.

Well, I hope you learned something here today and that maybe you will give this technique a try!

Thanks for stopping by, I love to read your kind comments
~Becky :)


  1. This is SO COOL! Thanks for the tutorial - and your Paper Smooches cards are fabulous! :)

  2. Your paper tape looks amazing and great tutorial. Both cards turned out super cute. Thanks for joining us at Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge :)

  3. Get outta TOWN!!! I LOVE YOU!!! LOL What a great idea for making paper tape! I'm soooo gonna try that! Thanks for sharing the instructions! And your card is Fab!!! Glad you played with us this time around :)

  4. LOVE your tape, LOVE that adorable card with the bunny!

  5. The PS stamps are great for your own washi tape...need to try it out :0)
    Love how you used them to decorate a giant egg...brilliant card :0)
    Jenny x

  6. This is a fabulous tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I love this tape and will love it even more, now that I know how to make it. Both of your cards are wonderful.

  7. Great tutorial! & that Easter card is freakin' CUTE!!

  8. Very, very cute, these both turned out so cute!