Monday, September 17, 2012

Challenge: Tape it Up!

Whether you’re using masking tape to create a mask on your project, layering up washi tape, using Tim Holtz tissue tape to add a layer of vintage funk, falling in love with Freckled Fawn's designs, or if you’re still hoarding that Cavallini tape and just haven’t used it yet - this week we want to see how you tape it up.
Self adhesive and ready to go, you can use tape anywhere in place of patterned paper strips, ribbon, or border stickers. In long strips or little bits - this product is both easy to use and available in colors and patterns for any style. Don’t have tape? grab a bit of tissue paper, a napkin, or a thin paper of any kind and cut it into a strip!

This week we're excited to have Hels Sheridan as our special guest, and we'll start off with her project:

To learn more about Hels and this project, and to check out a fantastic tutorial be sure to check out her post here on Wednesday!


Candy's seemingly old, paint peeling box is actually an optical illusion done with masking tape.  It's the perfect technique for this Tape It Up challenge!
I am fascinated with taking new things and making them look old.  With simple masking tape, I transformed this new box into an old, weathered box with peeling paint.  I wanted to keep the integrity of the aged look throughout this box, so I added a patina finish to the 7 Gypsies Antique Brass Corners and the Industrial Gears with a Juniper Paint Dabber.  The Spellbinders Fleur De Lis cardstock frame looks like antique brass.  It's background is created with Sketchbook Tissue Tape.  The dimensional dragonfly is created from Tim Holtz' new Classics #1 stamp set.

Dan recycled a small cardboard box to make this colourful money box.
I'm really loving all the great designs of paper tape that are available now.  They make it so easy to quickly add pattern and style to virtually anything - an old frame, a notebook cover or a quick card.  Luckily this challenge didn't say "favourite tape" or I would have really been stumped!  I seem to be collecting them, I've got tapes from Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies and Cavallini, among others, and I used 3 Cavallini tapes on this money box, Alphabet, Numbers and Vintage Office.

Sandra Mouwen writes everything down on little memo notes, and tapes them all over her house.

I got this memo box as a gift with an order from a office supply store. I didn't like the way it looked, so why not alter it and make it into a gift for someone else? First I covered it completely (inside and out) with Studio Gesso because I was in the mood to play with paint, and let the gesso to dry. I used my favorite Paint Dabber colors, Lettuce and Pool, to color it up. It was too intense so I white washed it with some watered down gesso. To create some fun effects I used a tissue to lift some of the gesso off. I've used Queen & Company Polka Dots Green and Blue, and Sweet Bella Stripe Gold tapes. I used double strips of tape on top of each other so it became less translucent. Now I think I'm gonna keep it!

 Flowerpot labels featuring the fabulous Tim Holtz Tissue Tapes and Wendy Vecchi's butterflies came to mind as Terry crafted with tape this week.

I sat down at my craft table and really thought about how to create my Flowerpot Labels. I had the idea of bringing the products of Tim and Wendy together as I think their styles work so well together. I started out with the Sketchbok Tape, wrapped it around the label bases and sprayed some Glimmer mist on top to create a shiny effect. I used the darker tones of Walnut Stain on the butterflies, as well as Weathered Wood and Dried Marigold. The creative mind works in mysterious ways! I played around with UTEE on Wendy Vecchi's Just Flutterby Butterfly and Just Fly stamps and placed them on top of various Nestie die-cuts, which I stamped with the script from the Papillon Stamp set. I do love it when a plan comes together.

Anna-Karin made two cards featuring different ways of using tissue and washi tape.
I both stamped on and die-cut tape on these two cards. After adhering tissue tape to white paper, I cut it using the Sizzix Mini Ornamental die. The frame on the second card was also die-cut, by using Love My Tapes washi tape and placing the Mini Ornamental in the Ornamental Bigz die. The panels were stamped with Hero Arts Fleurettes and Etched Flower and coloured with Twinkling H20s and alcohol inks. I love ledger papers, and used 7 Gypsies Postale Ledger papers on these cards.

Trace is making her design team debut today - so be sure to pop by her blog and welcome her too! She wanted to take washi tape to the next level for this special card.
I love to make my own custom product so I can use my favorite stamps and ink colours. For this card it was easy to make my own washi tape using double sided Scor-Tape, tissue paper, and some stamps. I used stamps from Impression Obsession Flourishes, Sm. Quatrefoil, and Hero Arts Dot Flower Pattern. What you really can't see too well in the photo is that I also embossed the inked images with clear embossing powder, something you don't usually see with washi tape. To add even more shine to the card, I decided to use these beautiful Vintage Trinkets from Maya Road that I have been hoarding for quite some time. 

Suzz was thinking of how to create a background effect using the 7 Gypsies Paper tape
I started my project with using the paper tape and creating a brick like effect on the background.  After my panel was complete I realized it looked more like a panel.  This inspired me to create an Asian themed panel hanging from an gold embossed stand.  I used the Stampendous Jumbo Cling Hollyhock to create my cherry blossoms and the Stampendous Dragonfly Vine for my wings to soar. 

When Ashli hears the word "tape," all she can think is WASHI! This was the perfect challenge to put one of her favorite supplies to use.

Oh, I do love me some washi! For this layout, I put my tape stash to work. Isn't that heart and cloud design fabulous? And you know what? I just don't use it enough. Time for that to change. After covering some chip board scraps, I ran them through my Sizzix to create the heart embellishments. The black and white tape provides the perfect contrast and mat for my photo. A bit of looped twine hangs the hearts and adds texture. Life is good. Life with washi is better!

Sarah loves to create her own custom made tape to jazz up two of her cards...
 I'm a huge fan of rubber stamps but I'm always on the look out for ways to get more out of my stash and I'm also a big fan of creating my own take on something. I decided to create my own mixed media tape using a sheet of paper and double sided sticky tape. I created a masterboard using Tims Mixed Media stamps, Stuff to Say numbers, Wendy dots, inky rings and splashes of Dylusions ink spray! A little cutting and tearing, then more Tim stamps for good measure and a sentiment to finish off. Custom made tape is fun!

Tracy was inspired by a 7 Gypsies Tryptich Arch and Tidings Tissue Tape this week to create her seasonal textural piece.
I always begin a creative process thinking how can I add texture and dimension to my pieces and this time around texture came in the form of Gesso applied through a stencil. I love my pieces to be tactile and offer lots of interest to the recipient which in this case will be a family member. Further texture is achieved adding UTEE to a Kaiser Wooden Reindeer; stamping into the hot enamel with the background stamp from the Season's Silhouettes. Lots of dimension always makes me happy!

I (May) will be the final one to share here - and I do love my tapes! I especially like to use them on configurations boxes for holiday decor.

My project blends my holiday crafting with finding uses for treasure from outside the papercrafting isles of the craft store. The doggies I found on clearance - they were meant for one of those Halloween villages but of course they're the perfect size for a scene inside my spooky box. The cut out branch tree and the Halloween Night texture fades inked up a bit along with some stickers, and plenty of Tim's tissue tape made this a fun (and surprisingly fast!) project to make. Now it is up on my mantle along with my configurations box from last year.

I encourage you to check out each of the design team member's blogs for more photos, supply lists, and more. Simply click on their name (above the photo of their project) to visit their blog.

Now that we've shared the team creations - we're ready to see yours! As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by Random Generator. The challenge will close at 11:59pm Eastern time on Sunday, September 23rd and the winner will be announced during the following week. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here.
For the full rules, read the "challenge rules" posted in the side-bar here on our blog.

We can't wait to see what you make!


  1. GREAT work from the DT!!!!
    Love all of it.
    Kind regrads Patricia

  2. Great stuff as always from the dt, thanks again for drawing me for the $100 It has already been spent ;)

  3. Om my godness! I didn't even realized, that there are so many stunning ways to use washi tape. If i knew, i would own more than 3 rolls (:o)Great gallery of projects from the DT. Hats off!!

  4. Fabulous samples from the design team. Very, very inspirational.

    Great challenge too!

  5. What can I say, I love them all!! Have to use Washi!!! More!
    Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

  6. Wow !! Wonderful projects !!! And a great idea of challenge, thanks. Coco x

  7. Lovely to see Hels work as a guest designer this week, her work is always stunning. Love what the DT have come up with, very inspirational! A x

  8. I like to view all the wonderful project - most inspiring!
    greets, serafeena

  9. Awesome work by the DT there. Great inspiration!

  10. Your challenge always has the best DT samples...wonderful!!! Thanks for the "use the tape" challenge...I need to add more rolls to my collection!

  11. Cutting it fine, but made it in! Thanks for a great challenge and, as always, sensational work from the DT...
    Alison x


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