Friday, December 29, 2017

Washi Tape Wonders: Creating with stamps and Fluid Acrylics with Martice Smith II

Hi everyone! Martice Smith here! Welcome back to another project in the Artmosphere!

Today, I’m showing you how to create your own washi tape using stamps and fluid acrylics.


RubberMoon Stamps:
Supplies + Tools used:
  • Masking tape
  • Clear stamping mount
  • Small paintbrush
  • DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics + container of water
  • Permanent ink pad (black)
  • Craft mat
  • Optional: Plastic gift card (to wrap tape around it) I like to keep my tape flat
  • Optional:Matte medium (or DecoArt SoftTouch varnish)
  • Optional:Sea salt (for granulation effect)

::Project steps::

STEP 1 // Tear off strips of masking tape
Place each strip on a clean surface or on a craft mat.

TIP! Lay the strips close to each other if you want to stamp two strips at once.

STEP 2// Stamp the strips of tape
I like to use a clear stamping mount so I can see exactly where I’m stamping the image.
Be sure to use a permanent ink pad so that your stamped images doesn’t smear.

Have fun! Encourage your inner designer to create themed designs. For example, if you want to use your washi for packaging, you could use the Mail Art stamp. Or, use RubberMoon’s cute flower stamps for a soft, feminine vibe.

STEP 3// Paint the tape with fluid acrylics
After you’ve stamped your tape, let them completely dry.

I allow the tape to air dry for at least 30 minutes before moving on with the paint. (Using a heat gun or hair dryer will melt the adhesive on the back side of the tape and will create a bond with the craft mat. This makes the tape less sticky and it will want to peel off.)

STEP 4// Optional: Add sea salt for a cool effect!
Before the acrylic dries, dash a bit of salt right on top of your washi tape. Check out that “star-like” texture!

Optional: Seal the tape with varnish
If you want your tape to have a soft, velvety finish, I’d recommend DecoArt’s Dura Clear Satin Varnish.
For a matte or glossy finish, I found it easier (and quicker!) to use a spray varnish.  

Remember to allow the tape to dry before using them in your projects.