Friday, February 20, 2015

warm washi wishes

we're still rockin' the tape-centric holiday cards at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and you still have lots of time to join us-- which i hope you will. here's what i made this week:

washi and other decorative tapes by: martha stewart, october afternoon, my mind's eye, love my tapes, bazzill, freckled fawn; florals: we r memory keepers + michaels; velvet leaf: making memories; brad: we r memory keepers; glossy white cardstock: paper accents; adhesives: 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

i'm one of the few women in my family who doesn't make quilts, mostly because i just don't enjoy sewing on fabric, lol. but i definitely love the cool effects you can get by combining different patterns and shapes, so i tend to make quilt-inspired cards pretty often. this card is one of the easiest versions of a "paper quilt", even when you glue together strips of scrap paper; using washi tape, it's about the fastest card alive! don't believe me? i'll prove it:

step 1:
cut a square out of white index stock approximately half an inch smaller than you'd like your finished card to be; cover it with strips of tape. try to vary the widths of your tapes, and leave a tiny bit of white between them.

step 2:
cut the finished square into quarters.

step 3:
cut the four quarters in half, so that your cuts go "against the grain" --or perpendicular to-- the strips. sew around the perimeter of the eight triangular pieces if desired. (this is especially useful if you're using paper strips instead of tape; it ensures none of the little ones try to peel back up!)

step 4:
re arrange the eight triangles to make a nice pattern. add a flower or other "focal point" if desired. mount to a folded card using foam tape. et voila:

my favorite part is that because you can vary the colors, patterns, combination and arrangement of tapes, every card is different... the perfect compromise for those of us who hate to "mass produce" but sometimes need some extra holiday cards in a hurry! :)

meanwhile, there's abundant goodness awaiting you at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ in the form of an amazing readers' gallery and a new washi-licious card by stephanie ... why not check those out right now?!


  1. Love your card! And I love quilts and quilting. Thanks a lot for the inspiration.
    Outi x

  2. Such fun cards, Lauren. I just had to pop over from the JB blog to see how you maden them. And you're right: these are really easy and quick to make, esp. if you skip the sewing LOL.Will have to give this technique a try, but first I need to dig up the few washi tape roles that I have...

  3. Now that is some cool stuff right there! I love them. Thanks for showing us how it's done.

  4. oooh, this is indeed a fun way to use washi!!! I too love the look of quilts, but prefer to sew on paper! At least for now ;)
    Your washi quilts are perfect for the holidays! Hope your weekend is warm and wonderful! Lots of skiing planned here and the forecast is rather on the BRRR side, can you say long johns and hand warmers? lol

  5. Wowza ... what an awesome effect ... most certainly worth a little mass production ... love them.

  6. I'm SO glad I found this card and your blog! Thanks for such easy to follow instructions and the inspiration!


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