Sunday, 24 November 2013

Washi Tape Christmas and Birthday Cards



Yesterday, while writing a shopping list, I made a note of all the birthday cards I needed to buy over the next couple of weeks. There were seven. At a minimum of £2 a card, that soon adds up to what feels like a lot of money to spend on a few cards, and that's before I think about buying any Christmas cards as well. So I cast my eye around the house and found washi tape, a letter set I bought this time last year, and a pile of blank white cards bought in a large multi-pack from Hobbycraft a few years ago. Then I went onto Pinterest and typed in "washi tape cards" and found a huge resource of ideas and inspiration. 

Now, I'm not claiming that any of the designs here are solely my idea; I saw about twenty different Christmas cards decorated with a tree made from strips of washi tape, and have seen hundreds of birthday cards showing cute strings of washi tape mini-bunting. It's impossible to say whose idea that originally was - actually, it's probably more than one person -  but I still wanted to share the idea with you, to show you my take on it and how easy it is to do something similar.

For birthday cards, I made some with strings of bunting. These are fiddly but not difficult. You just need patience. 


I made a few with washi tape-wrapped presents. For these, I cut out small squares of white card (I found plain white card showed off the patterns and colours of the tape the best, especially the paler ones) and wrapped the tape around them, added string or yarn bows, then used PVA glue to attach the presents to the card.


And finally, candles. I can honestly say that for maximum effect for only minutes work, these are the way to go. I love them! Just strips of tape, cut on an angle at one end, with a pencil line "wick" and yellow tape cut into flame shapes at the top. Honestly, if you have only five minutes, you have time to make one of these. I made one for Bella, with seven candles all in a row on a long thin card, for when she turns seven in December.


In fact, the hardest bit here was using the letter stamps set with any skill. It's very difficult to line up the letters accurately and stop the edges of the stamp appearing on the card. I like this wobbly, uneven effect though, and think it adds a bit of charm, but I'm fully expecting someone who doesn't get the joy of hand making things to ask me if one of the kids made it.

And for Christmas cards, I made Christmas trees. So, SO easy and effective and satisfying.


And baubles. As with the presents, I wrapped tape around scraps of white card then cut out my shape and glued them to the card. I added pencil line strings. Can you tell how much fun I had with that Liberty print washi tape here? Liberty print Christmas trees AND baubles!! Oh hello, I am in crafting heaven!


So that was basically my Saturday night. I watched some TV, drank cups of tea and snipped and glued and made pretty things. Sadly, or maybe happily, I consider that quite a good night in.

And this morning, Bella made some. Aren't they great? (The one on the right is a birthday cake - I love how she ran out of room for the letters!) So they are an excellent easy and non-messy crafty activity for adults and children alike. I don't think it gets much better than that.





61 comments:

5 Ladybird Lane said...

Loving your handmade cards. I always think more thought goes into them than a shop bought card!! Sarah

ALoadofOldTat said...

They are gorgeous, and much nicer than shop bought. Cheaper too.

Marion Ogden said...

Hi Gillian! I like all these cards you've made. You're so creative!

Thomasina Tittlemouse said...

Brilliant idea Gillian - so stylish and yet so simple too! I love them (especially the candles!) E x

tatajana said...

Simple and great :)). I just adore the ones with baubles!

Linda S said...

Wow, love these! Beautiful! I have washi tape that doesn't get used much, hmmm. Thanks for the idea!

Swallow Barn said...

your cards are just fantastic - such a great idea!

A Normandy kitchen said...

Great inspiration as ever, I shall be borrowing a few ideas from you - loving the bunting!
Hope you are all keeping well.

Best wishes Ivan x

FunkySteph said...

There are all lovely. I love the bubbles and Liberty!

the linen cloud said...

So cute ... the christmas baubles are my favourite and the candles are great ... who doesn't love a bit of washi tape ... Bee xx

Penny said...

Hooray for washi tape ;o) I love how versatile and pretty it is Gillian. Sounds like my kind of night in, while you were making these I was making my Christmas cards too. Does it just not irritate you when people can't appreciate time and thought put into hand made things and I really know what you mean when people ask if a child made it ! Bella has her mummy's talent and I love that her letters didn't all fit in, I for one would live to receive a card as precious as that xox Penny

Julie said...

These are gorgeous! I particularly love the birthday cards - so pretty. I haven't done any card making lately but I might have to buy some of that washi tape now and have a go! x

Jennifer said...

I love all of them, Gillian. I think they're beautiful and people will surely love receiving them. I stopped buying cards about a year ago and have been doing them all with washi tape and stamps. It's been fun to get creative with them and people seem to be responding well. I did buy a bereavement card recently because it seemed inappropriate to make one, but if I were more creative I probably could have done one.

rachel said...

I love these - best of all I have to say is Bella's cake!

Sharron said...

Love them ALL x

sustainablemum said...

They are lovely, I love receiving home made cards. We always make all that we send :)

Kate-Em said...

These are great, what good ideas. So simple and effective. I am having a night in making Christmas cards with some friends on Tuesday, we have got a selection of crafty bits and bobs between us. It will be so much fun and we can bounce ideas off each other.

Amy at love made my home said...

They are all so pretty Gillian, I really like the candles and the baubles. I think that the printing of the letters with your stamps looks great because it looks a bit like old fashioned letter press to me - which I am a fan of! Much nicer than a bought card I think, just wish that I had more time to get back to making cards - perhaps I will take some inspiration from you. Hope you have a great week. xx

RedSetter said...

These are wonderful and I do hope you don't mind if I pinch your ideal idea for a card I need to make. I had never thought of using washi tape in this manner before as I tend to use it really for wrapping prezzies but this is so inventive. I am also so envious of your lovely Liberty washi tape.

I think the printing is lovely and the extra marks add a bit of movement and fun. So, I'm a bit tentative about offering this advice as I only have a teeny tiny fun stamp kit but I remember watching a crafting show that advised tapping the stamp with the ink rather than pressing the stamp into the ink as this avoids the other unwanted bits getting inked and marking outside of the image. Not sure if this is of use but thought I'd pass it along anyway.

Kimberly M. said...

I agree - the rough edges on the stamp give them a perfect "rustic" touch. Love your craft ideas, Gillian. Just lovely. :)

Юлия said...

I like this cards very much!

Claire/Just a little less said...

Thanks for this - I'll give this one a try. Don't think they'll be as gorgeous as yours though xo

Taciana Simmons said...

Wow ... These are sooo cute. I think I'll get some washi tape and make some Christmas cards and tags with the kids. They are 15 and 16 but we have always made crafts for teachers and family and I think they are still going to like that... Thanks for the great idea :)

Jacqui Galloway said...

Love the cards. Sounds like a great night in. xx

Xelenacrochets said...

Gillian, they are great! I especially like the baubles.

Kate Eastwood said...

Oh Gillian, they're gorgeous, you clever, clever thing ! I would absolutely love to receive a card like that, so much more special than one just grabbed from the supermarket.
Think the bunting and present are my favourites. And isn't Pinterest great for little pieces of inspiration ?
Kate x

Ali said...

Love them all!!

amanda peters said...

What a great idea, will have to give this a go...Thanks.

Samantha Roberts said...

Sounds like the perfect Saturday night in to me!

my little red suitcase said...

brilliant idea, very thrifty, like it, Heather X

Chrissie said...

This is brilliant! Soooo many different uses for these cards, I think I'm going to cave in and buy a lot of washi tape - I'd been wondering what to do with it, even though I find it so charming, and I like your ideas best! :-) Chrissie x

Suzanne Bramble said...

What fab cards - and all made with bits you already had, how satisfying that must be...XX

Di said...

I really love the cards you have made. So clever and what a wonderful use of washi tape. I look forward to trying some for myself. Well done.

Jacqueline said...

I love the cards too, what a good idea. I've never heard of wash tape so I will have to investigate!

Jo said...

They are all perfect. I really like the candle ones. I have seen candle cards with rolled up paper tubes and they looked good too. I love a bit of quick card action to make you feel like you have created something. Jo x

lemonadebudget.com said...

These are absolutely great - so simple, but they look beautifully effective!

Helene said...

I agree, this sounds like the prefect Saturday night in! I love your cards Gillian and your washi tapes are beautiful, such a clever and money saving little project. I especially love the bunting birthday card. You could sell those you know!!

love those cupcakes said...

Lovely. I know I'd be very happy to receive any of those cards (not that I'm hinting!).

Sol said...

omg they are so cute

Artedetei said...

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A little happy place said...

Liberty lushness!! Brilliant love these and Bella's are so sweet!!! I have a quite of stash of Liberty fabrics..trouble is I like to look at them and never seem to get round to using them Sarah xo

Hannah. said...

These are great, really love the present one. Might spend some free time trying making some washi tape cards!

Hannah
x
www.daintyandivory.blogspot.com

Susan Smith said...

Absolutely great and good to have so much fun with rewards at the end.I've looked at Washi tape and not known what to do with it, so now have at least some idea. We have four children and their birthdays are within 3 weeks of each other in Dec/Jan along with my Dad, son-in-law and a grandson, not counting my penfriend and her husband and oh, a sister-in-law. Wow, I just realised that makes ten. Well done and take care.

S said...

Beautiful! I was dithering over whether to invest in a set of alphabet stamps yesterday in Hobbycraft and now think I need to go back and buy some.
The uneven stamping looks great - adds to the charm :)
Sarah x

Mereknits said...

Those cards are amazing, I would much rather get a homemade card than a store bought one. You did a fantastic job.
Hugs,
Meredith

Amanda Graham said...

These are great-love the homemade approach and the letterpress type stamping- I can't get Wasi Tape here so it will have to be a project that gets put on the back burner = At least for a little while- Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Jacky said...

Lovely cards. I have only just started to dabble in card making. I really like the simplicity, some cards are just too fussy x

gilly said...

I tried to comment previously but somehow I think the link went down, so apologies if you do get this twice! Love your cards, what a fab idea - thanks for sharing it, I'm definitely going to give it a bash too. Hubby was in Japan earlier this year and brought me back a pile of yummy tapes and I've been trying to decide what I wanted to do - this is the perfect inspiration, thank you :-)
Have a happy week,
Xx

Wify said...

Hi, Gillian...nice to visit your blog...and I wish I could find the washi tape in my country...it's very cute;-) Happy crafting ^_^

Rainbow Vintage Home said...

Just love these Gillian! I played around with a Washi Christmas tree design in my sketchbook last year, but didn't end up making any cards...must actually do so this year! And the candle ones are brilliant. xx

Ladybird Diaries said...

These are lovely, simple but so effective.
Marianne x

Unknown said...

Love these! Had never heard of washi tape before, but must go and find some! xx

Unknown said...

Love these! Had never heard of washi tape before, but must go and find some! xx

CJ said...

They're really great, and that sounds like a good night in to me too! I particularly like the bunting and the bauble ones. You've definitely saved a fortune, handmade cards cost heaps.

Nicola Taylor said...

I love them Gillian! Fantastic idea....will definitely be doing this xx

pandchintz said...

Your cards are lovely Gillian - great idea!!

Pati from London said...

love you washi tape cards!! wonderful idea Gillian!! Pati xxx

Pati from London said...

love you washi tape cards!! wonderful idea Gillian!! Pati xxx

Lisa said...

An absolute triumph for you both!
I love the candles and the baubles.
Lisa x

forgetmenots blue said...

Aw beautiful cards so pretty x

The Creative Academic said...

Beautiful cards...what a great idea!!
N xx