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How To’sday | Homemade Fancy Tape

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.

My Little Shoebox Giveaway!

My Little Shoebox encourages people to take their precious photographs out of their “little shoeboxes” and turn their personal memories into creations that will endure for generations. Their goal is to make scrapbooking simple, quick, uniquely personalized, and most importantly, beautiful. Inspired by beautiful fabrics, laces, ribbons, and buttons owner, Helen Chu, was surrounded by in her parents’ garment factory, her collections are so gorgeous you’ll want to wear them. Be sure to check out their blog and Facebook page, which are both full of inspiration.

We are giving away six collections to six lucky winners!

  • 2 sets of Trick or Treat
  • 2 sets of Destination
  • 1 set of Playtime
  • 1 set of Audrey.

To enter, check out the new collections at the My Little Shoebox website, then come back here to tell us, what is your favorite new release collection?

Contest ends Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

American Crafts, The Classics | Monday Card Madness #50

Every now and again I like to shake things up on a Monday and have a guest create the Monday Card Madness. Today you’ll find that one of my “go-to” girls, Misty Buck has not only created an amazing and unique style of card, but she has totally made today’s steal, the American Crafts, The Classics Collection shine.

I admit that I’ve never seen a kick stand design of a card before. I love the sketch and can’t wait to try it out myself.

I love the variety of patterns and rich colors of today’s steal. Misty’s has done such an incredible job putting together the papers and embellishments to create these gorgeous cards.

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Thanks so much Misty for sharing your amazing talents with us yet again!

If you’d like to be eligible for our next monthly drawing, your cards will need to be posted and linked by Friday, September 30th, at 11:59 pm MST.

Now for those of you that have been anxiously awaiting our next card swap, here are the details.

  • This particular swap is a Holiday themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, Holiday or Winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or Holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

Can’t wait to see what amazingness will shortly be passing through my fingers. :)

Be sure to check in tomorrow for a fantastic How To’sday tutorial by Becci Manies.

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chompers

You know, sometimes it truly *is* the little things that make the project. In fact the little zip that today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Corner Chompers, can add to your project is really quite huge!

If you are familiar with the big brother of the Corner Chompers then you know the Crop A Dile, and you know the incredible power and ease of the tool. The Corner Chompers have every ounce of strength, yet absolute ease of the Crop A Dile.

I’m sure many of you have experience frustrations with corner rounders either not punching properly through material or often leaving little notches of paper so that it’s not a smooth curve. Not with the Corner Chomper! Every corner cut is a dream. And get this, not only do you get one design in your tool, but two since all of the tools contain two different dies for making your corners as snazzy as can be!

I love what a difference adding a nice rounded corner can do to a project. Such a simple way to create a whole new look and with the yellow handled tool you have the option for 1/8″ or 3/8″ curve and with the blue handled tool you have 1/4″ and 1/2″ cutting capabilities.

If you haven’t had the chance to experience the media munching power of the We R Memory Keeper tools then you’ll be delighted to know that the Corner Chompers can cut through multiple layers of cardstock, chipboard, thin metal and even craft foam like I did on this card. I was pretty excited to incorporate some of my kids’ crafting supplies onto a card and get such a nice clean cut with the purple handled “scallop” cut.

On this card I jazzed up the corners by using “cloud” side of the purple handled tool. Small change but such a unique twist to “normal”.

If you are a lover of photo corners then you will love the pink handled tool. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to make photo corners with greater ease! And to think of the huge array of media that you could use to make custom corners is pretty exciting.

With Thanksgiving creeping up right around the corner I thought it would be fun to use the green handled tool and combine the “stub” and “deco” cuts to create table place cards.

I hope you have a great day and that you can find a way to take a chomp out of your projects in at least one of 10 different designs.

See you on Monday with a special treat for Monday Card Madness.

Lily Bee Lovely | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 8

When I first saw today’s steal, the Lovely Collection by Lily Bee, I immediately picked up my phone and plead with Lisa to schedule the steal for a Wednesday so that I could work with it. I had all sorts of visions of lovely little girl layouts running through my head. Imagine my surprise when I sat down to create and all I could think about was scrapping photos of my lil’ hunny —a boy! I knew the exact photos I wanted to use and was thrilled that the Lovely collection could compliment them so beautifully.

I am so smitten with the lovely prints and patterns. And the fact that such a girlish kit could work so fantastic with a boy page and not even make you think twice that it wasn’t meant to be for a boy page is just icing on the cake!

I love the big die cut tags that come with the collection and figured that it would work great for my journaling block. I even had to give the recent twine technique that Brenda Smith showed us last Friday on the blog a spin. I love how it all came together!

The rubons that come with today’s still, simply put, make me happy! In fact it was the rubons that inspired my entire layout.

It’s been such a great week seeing all of the interpretations of Charissa’s amazing Topaz 7 sketches. This week our lucky random winner is Brettany Quinton! It’s been so much fun to see Brettany jump into scrapbooking when she never imagined that she would be a layout maker. It’s fantastic to me to see how amazing her pages are after only scrapping for a few short months!

Brettany, if you can please send us an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Remember that you have until next Monday, September 19th at 11:59 pm MST in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing. For those of you that have questions regarding our Mid Week Mojo, you can find all of the details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.