Every Tuesday is such a treat here on the ScrapbookSteals blog. I am positively smitten with today’s How To’sday by Becci Manies on creating your own “fancy tape.”

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I love the look of trendy decorative tapes and I can hardly resist a cute tape – though sometimes at $6+ a set, sometimes I have to pass it up! I came up with an easy and inexpensive way to make cute “fancy” tape at home!

Step 1: These are the materials that you will need for this tutorial:

  • Masking Tape
  • Stamps (acrylic or rubber)
  • Ink for stamping
  • Sheet of parchment paper
  • Scissors (for trimming)

Step 2: First, tear off a sheet of parchment paper, this will be your workspace and storage method for your fancy tape. I have used other types of papers and surfaces, but this is the easiest to trim to a good size for storage and to peel the finished tape off of.

Step 3: Tear off strips of masking tape, my strips shown here are roughly 4″ long. Line them up so that they are close to each other but not touching.

Step 4: Get your stamps and inks ready and start stamping: I recommend starting with the lightest color that you will be using to avoid colors smearing and messing up your ink pads. Stamp all over the tape, either randomly or in a pattern.

Step 5: Between colors of stamping I like to have a damp paper towel handy to quickly  blot my stamps and continue working.

Step 6: You can layer lots of colors, as shown here, or just one color. I like to stamp right off the edge so that all areas are colored.

Step 7: Here is your finished product. It takes mine 24 hours to dry, though you can experiment with a hair dryer if you would like. :) Once it is dry, you can trim these sheets into smaller sizes so that they are all uniform and can stack and be stored neatly together.

Here are some more ideas for making your own fancy tape:

  • Sentiments! I love to add this tape to handmade cards, to gift wrapping, to the back of envelopes when mailing!

  • Coloring your own fancy tape. I use brush markers for this and after it’s dry you can also stamp on top of it! I like to coat the tape evenly, all on one direction. Then I go around the edges to make them a little more dark. For this technique, I like to tear off the tape into the size bit that I will be using for my project.

Here are my own washi tapes in use!

  • Giving as a gift with a Smash book to a friend.

  • In my own Smash book.

  • On a card.

Thank you for learning about my technique for homemade fancy tape. I hope you have a splendid day! :)

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Becci, all I can say is W-O-W! You have truly inspired me to get putting some of my dusty stamps to use and create something with the brand new roll of masking tape which I just happened to buy. Perfect timing!

Thank you SO much for your willingness to share your ideas with us. We have all broadened our crafty range of abilities thanks to you!

If you have an idea which you’d like to share with all of us to help broaden our crafty talents, be sure to send them my way and I will add you to the line up. You can email your directions and photos to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for this week’s Mid Week Mojo.