Monday, March 12, 2012

Washi Tape Easter Egg Card Tutorial

Spring is about to be sprung here in the northeastern U.S. and I'm so ready! Birds were chirping before it was even light this morning and pretty soon nest building will begin in earnest. To welcome the season and/or Easter if you celebrate the day, here's a card that makes use of super-popular Japanese washi tape.

Washi tape Easter egg card tutorial

It's a breeze to do and honestly doesn't need step-by-step photos, so let me just talk you through it...

Supplies:

Square card blank - glossy white (mine measures 5.5 x 5.5 inches)
Cardstock - turquoise and white
Washi tape - three pastel colors
Egg shape clip art
Foam adhesive dots
Scissors
Ruler
Glue stick or double-sided tape
Printer, printer paper

1. Google "Easter egg clip art" and print out an egg image in a size that's right for your card. Trace it three times on white cardstock and cut out the eggs.

2. Use a few colors of translucent washi tape to decorate the eggs so that each one is different, overlapping the tape randomly in stripes for two of the eggs and snipped angles for the third. Trim around the eggs after the tape is in place to tidy the edges.

Washi tape Easter egg card tutorial

3. Apply washi tape to the blank card in a crisscross pattern starting at an upper corner, working outward in each direction so the stripes are evenly spaced. For the overlapping stripes, begin at the opposite corner and repeat the process. You can use a ruler, but there's a lot to be said for eyeballing. :)

4. Cut a 3 1/4 inch square of white cardstock and a square of turquoise cardstock that's slightly smaller than the white. Apply the turquoise square to the white one using a glue stick or double-sided tape. Apply foam dots to the back of the white square and adhere it to the card center.

5. Apply a few foam dots to the back of each egg and arrange them on the turquoise square. And you're done!

washi tape

A lovely person/stationery designer I met on Twitter (Hi Debb!) sent the washi tape to me as a little present. Since then I came across Etsy shop, Pretty Tape; I haven't placed an order yet so this isn't an official recommendation, but wow, does it have a huge selection of colors and prints. I had no idea there are so many choices! Omiage in Canada has a lovely variety too.

washi tape


Tape images: Pretty Tape

21 comments:

Handmade in Israel said...

Lovely! The colours are gorgeous. Such a sweet card.

hand pecked debb said...

=)

Just got a gift card to Paper Source and I found more Washi tape there!

SUGANTHI said...

So pretty!! Love the criss cross for the background .The translucent paper gives such a three dimensional effect to the eggs.

Amanda said...

Beautiful card! The tape looks a lot like the effect you would get with tissue paper, but A LOT easier to handle.I will definitely have to give this one a try!

Bronwyn said...

thank you Anne. I am going to get my washi tape out today and have a go

Ann said...

Those are so pretty The colors scream spring time :)

stephanie said...

very pretty, Ann. been thinking of getting some of these, now i have a reason to buy some, haha!

Kim said...

Uh oh...I've been scared to get in the Washington tape train...but this is so pretty!

Carole RB said...

Hi Ann

Your card is so nice!

Have a great week.

Teddie Seeley said...

Ann, the tape is really pretty, thank you for this tip.

craftingcreatures said...

Brilliant, Simpson, brilliant! The translucent tape gives a hint of the underlying color, just like layering dyes for eggs. Thanks for sharing!

Omiyage said...

Thanks so much for mentioning us!

Love how you've layered the tape in such interesting ways on the eggs.

Fadas princĂ­pes said...

We loved it, the colors look beautiful :) ★

chillin with Quillin said...

lovely card, love the colors and the tape!!!
Paula

Baukje said...

what a beautiful creation!
Greetings Baukje

Anonymous said...

Ann, Your new easter card is fabulous!! I love the colours together and the diagonal washi tape works so well in the whole design.
Licia

Ann Martin said...

Thanks everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed the card.

Melissa said...

Great use of the washi tape! It is awesome stuff, for sure. I really want to start carrying it in my shop, but just haven't had the time to order it. :( I need more hours in the day...

Soraya said...

great papers and projects! TFS

Natasha SerenityYou said...

Hi, just to let you know
I have featured these on my blog

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Natasha xx

Billie from Rochester, NY said...

I cannot see the pictures and I think it is because of the upgrade that Flickr has made recently. HELP, would love to see these.

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