As many of you know, this year's Gallery Idol auditions are kicking off with a challenge to make a card using washi tape. Here are my three entries!
This card features washi tape flowers for Mom. Each flower is created by punching a circle, then gathering and sticking washi tape around the edge of the circle. I repeated that another time to make a second, inner layer. The sentiment is winnie & walter Parentville, and the brads are American Crafts Elements Pearl Brads. I liked using navy and gray instead of black for the sentiment.
The second card features washi tape wrapped around paper straw sections to make beads. I made a similar string of beads on this card, but without using washi tape. I hesitated using a few of these washi tapes because they are ridiculously NOT sticky. I had to put adhesive on the ends, and even then the edges curled up after several days. So tonight I glued them, laughing all the time at the idea of me gluing washi tape down.
The sentiment and background are both from winnie & walter. A few of the circles are colored in with marker. After some debate, I used some awesome sequins from the 1960's that I got at an estate sale last weekend. They are so thick, and are a perfect combination of gold and platnium. Must not hoard these.
The string of beads goes through holes in the corners of the card and is loosely tied together on the inside, so that ...
it can be worn as a necklace if you want! Obviously, it's not advised to wear while jumping in puddles with your children, but any dry situation will do fine. Since it's made of paper, it's nice and light around your neck.
The last card is my favorite. As I was thinking about what kind of card to make for the washi challenge, I first thought about what properties make washi tape special (transparency and stickiness) and then how can I take advantage of that. That's when I got the idea to make a jellyfish, since they are transparent. I drew and cut the top of a jellyfish on firm acetate (rescued packaging material) and then covered it with washi tape.
For the lower section of the jellyfish, I cut long strips of washi in-half lengthwise and then sewed a long running stitch so I could gather them. Once they were gathered, they took on some nice, random curves that you just can't plan. I was so excited about the background paper ... it has great streaky lines AND they are yellow.
The large sentiment is CAS-ual Fridays Shenanigans and the "jellyfish" sentiment is made with the Martha Stewart alpha stamps. Highlighting the transparent nature of washi, I overlapped the jellyfish on the sentiment. I got the idea for the sentiment from a rhyming book my Kindergartener brought home. See ya later alligator; chop chop, lollipop; let's go, buffalo; and swish swish, jellyfish were some of the pages. I changed it to be more birthday-card-friendly with "make a wish, jellyfish."
Here's the jellyfish before I attached him to the card.
He reminds me of the incredible jellyfish we saw at the Shedd Aquarium last year.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!