The latest craft fad is washi tape, which is decorative japanese masking tape. A google search will reveal hundreds of colors and patterns making washi tape a favorite for many. You will also find that washi tape does not come cheap — averaging around 3.50 USD per roll. A few rolls here and there and you could easily break your craft budget. So, I visited the local art supply store and found masking tape by Mavalus. Mavalus tape has a stickiness similar to masking tape, but a smooth, white outer surface. This tape is usually used in college dorms and school rooms and is known to for its stickiness without damaging walls or other surfaces. Mavalus tape is also acid free (yay!). So far I have stamped a few flower images onto this tape, allowed the images to air dry and have found this tape be a good stand-in for washi. I used memento ink which worked fine. What didnt’ work so well was my attempt to “paint” the tape with one color and stamp a design with another color — the colors ran together.
Using this tape is a no-hassle way to make washi tape and experiment with different patterns. For instance, if you are already stamping you can use up an already inked-in stamp on your tape. If you have markers available, you can create a fun doodle on your tape. The tape’s smooth white surface is like having a mini canvas! Don’t like what you have made? Simply tear off the used tape and start over.
Mavalus tape costs approximately 3.59 USD per roll. For that price, you can crank out different designs of your own making with supplies you already have on hand. Dont be afraid to let your imagination run wild! Happy Friday!