When I started making cards about 2 years ago, I thought that washi tape was just a name for low-tack tape that came in some fun colors. I didn’t really know what to do with it, other than sticking a piece here and there in my planner to make things look a little more exciting. Clearly, I knew NOTHING and had yet to discover the wide, beautiful world of washi! Over time, several brands have released some gorgeous floral washi designs and one of the things I love most about them is that these make cards look so elegant with very little effort. This is especially the case for the Pinkfresh Studio ones, and today’s card features the recently-released Hydrangea and Rose Washi.
To get started, I rolled out the Hydrangea and Rose washi on a piece of white cardstock. This is super smooth and easy to do, unlike some other tapes I’ve worked with that tend to bubble or wrinkle despite my best efforts! Next, I die cut the little clusters with the 1-piece coordinating die, along with the smallest die in the Folk Edge Circle die set. I could have done it just once, but I decided to go with 3 of these so I could stack them on top of each other for a bit of dimension.
The washi tape has gorgeous gold highlights on it, and I wanted part of my sentiment to have the same. I went with the ‘sending’ and ‘wishes’ from the Blossoms and Berries stamp set, skipping the word ‘sweet’ on the sentiment so that I could use the Sweet hot foil plate and die instead. On its own, the ‘sweet’ didn’t quite stand out enough, so I die cut an additional layer from pink cardstock and layered that underneath as a little shadow.
For a while I toyed with just using my die cut washi clusters on their own, but felt that the background needed a little something else. I picked out some green stripes in various shades from my stripe scraps (of which I have many!) and aligned those underneath. It looked a lot better, so I adhered those, decided on the arrangement of my washi flowers, and secured them with tape runner. Once my sentiment circle was all one piece, I backed that with foam tape, adhered it to the card, then did the same with the entire panel and mounted it on my A2 card base.
It’s hard to see the gold shine in these photos, but I can assure you that in real life, it’s definitely there! I’d love to hear – are you a big washi tape user? What are some of your favorites?