Trendy Tuesday – Washi Tape

Trendy Tuesday – Washi Tape
by Katherine Elliot

Washi tape, what is it?   Essentially, it is decorative masking tape which is typically very thin, easy to tear off the roll and adhere to a project.  This is a simple product with lots of possibilities.  A wide assortment of decorative tapes come in an amazing array of colors, patterns, widths and styles to easily add flair to any project including cards, scrapbook pages, packaging and home decor.Mini Starter Kits Washi Tape Set - Just a few more! Colorful Japanese Washi tape from; image source

Japanese BLACK Stripes Washi Tape - Black and White Horizontal Lines 15mm MT - PrettyTapeBlack stripe tape, image source

Image of natural 5pakSolid color tape found at

What can you do with this tape?  Tear off what you want to decorate just about anything.   Paper crafts are perfect of course, but you can expand your craftiness by adding some pretty tape to binder clips, packaging, and other projects around the house that are begging for a zing of color or your personal touch.

Washi tape decorated gift tags, instructions and image source found at

 binder clips with japanese masking tape

 Binder clips decorated with Japanese masking tape, image source

Click on the links to the sites where I found these images to see more options on how to use Washi tape on many decorative projects.

 A decorative touch on a travel journal with stamped tape, more ideas and image source from

Pretty tape decorates a plain package beautifully.  More tape projects and image source at

  Decorate plain jars that hold your stash of embellishments, ribbons, buttons, or brads with some pretty tape – easy, peasy!

 Decorated button jars, image source

Oh, and cards?  Why yes, of course cards are perfect candidates for a little Washi tape.  A strip of tape behind the tag is shown on the bottom of this very pretty card by Lori Barnett…

Image source Stamp Scents

Decorate a clean and simple card with an easy stripe or two of any bright or bold pattern tape, as seen in this card…

Clean and simple card by YLM, image source

Companies very familiar to the paper craft community have some excellent decorative tapes which easily coordinate with other products they offer.  While they are not all tagged as “washi tape,” they are similar in style, and can be fun additions to your cards or scrapbook pages.


My Minds Eye decorative tape shown above, image source

We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape, image source

Is one pattern or one color on a role too restrictive for your creativity?  The Section Smash tape from K & Company gives you a lot of different options on your projects with it”s multiple styles and colors all on one roll.

K & Company Section Smash tape, image source 

Tim Holtz tissue tape is a popular decorative tape that comes in different translucent patterns.  Besides just adhering the tape flat on a project, see more ideas on how to create a tape flower or tape ruffle in Tim”s tissue tape ideas blog post from last year.

Tissue tape flower on tag project shown above, image source

Journeyman Tissue Tape, image source

 Of course, I must show you another cute little card that uses some Washi tape in a fashionable way- a couple torn, short strips accent the corner of this cheerful card…

Scooting By card image  from

 For now, I”m short on time, so I”ve gotta scoot.  Enjoy and happy crafting!

7 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – Washi Tape”

  1. Just when I had my choice narrowed down to 3 or 4 that I was set to get, you come along with all these other choices! 😉 They are beautiful, that’s for sure. Decisions, decisions….

  2. I love that you showcased so many uses for wonderful Washi tape. It really can be used almost anywhere and you gave some great examples. Thanks for inspiring me to try some new things with it! Great post!

  3. I’ve been seeing Washi Tape all over the internet and didn’t know much about it. Thank you for showcasing it. I can’t wait to get some and play.

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