I hope this washi tape backgrounds tutorial will give you some ideas for using up your stash of decorative tapes. You can use this background idea on tags, scrapbooks and greeting cards, too.
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Here’ what my 2-page spread looks like:
Choosing & Adhering Your Washi Tapes
Since washi tape is by nature ‘low tack’ it is not as sticky as regular tape. To ensure that it stays down on my project, I added a light coat of matte medium to the page before adhering the tape. Sometimes I cover the pages from end to end, as I did in this washi tape journal spread from 2014. But for this one I wanted to save room on the right, so I covered about 75% of the spread.
First, go through your stash and choose a variety of patterns, widths and colors.
Unifying Patterns & Colors with Paint
To tone down and bring the colors together, I created a paint wash. This is super easy – just mix of a very little bit of paint + some glazing medium. Painting the wash over the whole spread makes it seem like the tapes belong together.
I used one of the tapes to frame a tag that I painted with the leftover wash.
I used one of Tim Holtz’s fabulous Motivational stamps (affiliate link won’t affect your purchase price at all) and it fit perfectly.
Next I added some paint through a circle stencil and a female silhouette stencil. I’m sorry to say I don’t remember where that female shape came from. It was in a book of stencils I bought a long time ago, not a single-sale item like you can buy today. The work around for that is to cut silhouettes out of magazines and use the negative for a stencil.
Stenciling without Seepage
Using a cosmetic sponge helps me apply just enough paint that none seeps under the stencil.
Here’s a close up of the finished gal.
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