Every year I like to send a photo Christmas card to everyone I know. Especially since most of my family doesn’t live here and my daughter is growing up so fast. Sometimes it’s the only way to see us. Yes, not everyone has Facebook. (Grandpa get on the ball with that! Hee hee!) But this year I didn’t have any great pictures to use, so I was going to skip it. Then Pick Your Plum posted their fabulous Cyber Monday sale…. And washi tape was included! OMG I am addicted to washi tape! I probably have 40+ rolls of it. I think it goes along with my obsession with office supplies. So washi tape…. It can do a million and one things and everything looks adorable with it when you are done! LOVE IT!! Well.. this year, I took my newly found Christmas washi tape and handmade cards for the family! It was super easy and I did 16 in about 3 hours. Each one is a little different. And I thought I would share with all of you what I did and maybe you could make some for yourself too!
First, the washi tape. Start a collection of several different tapes that coordinate with each other. I used 13 different tapes.
Second, you need blank note cards. Now you can get them in the scrapbook section of your local craft store, or you can use plain ones and cover them from the $1 section or $1 store. If you do that keep in mind that A LOT of washi tapes are mostly transparent, so don’t pick a card with a lot of detail to cover. The ones I grabbed were ivory with thank you embossed on them.
Third, select the tapes that you want to use for this particular card. You can reuse the some couple over and over or you can use different ones for each line! It’s your card, there is no wrong way!
Fourth, start laying the tape down! You can so horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines… whatever makes you happy! When you get to the edges, flip the card over and press down the excess tape. One of the great things about washi tape is that it rips really easy! You don’t need scissors unless you are super picky about having straight flush edges.
Fifth, when you are done covering the card, you may need to cover up the design under the tape if it is peaking through. I made circle images to cover the “thank you” on my cards. I made these a FREE PDF download for you! You can also make your own, print small pictures to cover or even use bottle cap images you can find in various shops in etsy. Heck you can even use glitter and glue! Glitter makes everything better, right?!?!
That’s it! You’re done! If you used a blank card, write a nice message on the inside, put in the envelope and send it one it’s way!
Mine will be going out this week! If anyone has some that they would like to share, I would love to see them. You can post them on our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Holidays to Everyone!
Happy Holidays to Everyone!
PS- Now what do you do with all this left over washi tape? Try the closet!!
PPS - If you really did read this to the end, please leave a comment with your favorite Christmas treat! I just want to see who is paying attention! :-P