Monday, September 17, 2012

A Rather Sticky Matter....

Monday Greetings to you all! I'll dive right in with the new challenge theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show! where we are all in the mood for tape... It's one of those things that is rather the height of fashion at the mo, and great fun whether you are into cards, art-journalling, mixed media projects or scrapbooking, so get sticky and join in the fun.
 l always like to create my "own" take on stuff as well as enjoying all the fab ready-to-go products out there, so I decided to rustle up my own custom created take on tape.
Years ago when taking my first steps into the crafty world, I started out with card-making and to this day I still get a lot of pleasure out of it... Even with a simple card I still like to play around with design, colour and composition.
l took a sheet of A4 paper from my sketch pad and created a master-board using a variety of stamps and bottle tops. Don't be too fussy... just splat, stamp, flick and splodge, as you will soon be chopping it all up! You can do this with ANY of your stamps and inks, in ANY style you fancy, so just grab and go...
Then I attached strips of Scor-Tape to the other side starting at the one edge so as to get a good straight line when lining them up. It was very quick and easy to do and it also provides you with a guide when cutting. I used a paper trimmer for speed but you could use scissors too.
 l decided to edge them with a little Distress Ink and then tore different lengths to create the background block of tape. I like how the pattern is totally random as it creates interesting results!
 l then over-stamped the Urban Chic images in bold Black Archival ink and added a sentiment from Stuff to Say in Ranger's Plum Archival Ink which I love. The heart didn't come out quite so well as the butterflies, but I'm working on my perfectionism... so I let it be. I finished off with, yes, stitching and some Distressed edges and was all done.
Tape is a versatile and fun plaything! Just take a look at the amazing spread of fab ideas from my teamies on the Design Blog here! You'll love them. Remember there's also this fabulous shopping spree to be won along with the chance of being crowned with the Top Three Title. I had great fun creating this week, how about you? Well, I'm off as new mummy duty is a 24/7 thing. It's time for a 5 day weekend methinks! Thanks for calling by. See you soon.
Sarah.


26 comments:

Helen said...

Brilliant way to make custom designed tape, and your cards are gorgeous.

Von said...

Love your take on usng tape Sarah really cheerful :)
Von ♥

maria f. said...

Just love that card with the flutterby. Perfect composition. Great colors too. Hope your little one is letting you get some good sleep - nicest thing babies can do for mommies!

Redanne said...

Hi Sarah, this is stunningly beautiful in its simplicity, a really beautiful make... A x

Anna-Karin said...

Fabulous card! Love your tape and the great patterns and colours.

TiaraHelen said...

Great card and love the idea to make your own "tape". I will be playing with this later. So nice to see suggestions for a new trend that doesn't involve buying something new!
TFS! Helen x

Candy C said...

Love your card, Sarah. The way you did that tape idea to create such cool random patters and then stamped over it is totally awesome! <3 Candy

Ravenous Rae said...

Love the card!! It totally gave me some ideas for my art! thanks.

Alie said...

Your cards look great Sarah...and how inventive you did the stamping and cutting..

greetings, Alie :-)

Kate said...

Love the simplicity. Very cool idea to make your own tape. It looks fabulous! Hope you and that baby are getting enough rest!
Kate

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous. Love how you have made your own tape Sarah and a lovely clear crisp design too and a lovely pop of colour. Love the heart too on the second card. Tracy x

Samantha Elliott said...

Very clever take on tape there Sarah! You have just given me a fabulous idea for the layout I am planning to complete tonight! Fankoo!!
Love to Ruby
xx

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful tape from your masterboard! Love the random stamping and colors you combined effortlessly! Love the graphic design with the perfect sentiments!

Sophie said...

Wow! Sarah...
das sind zwei großartige Karten mit für mich völlig neuen Ideen.
Chapeau!

Liebe Grüße

Lori said...

Fabulous! What a creative idea to make your own tape..the cards are just wonderful! Hope all is well with you and your family!

cbee said...

your cards are so beautiful! love your selfmade washi tape!

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Very very nice card Sarah
Love the way you used every thing.

Greetings Janny

Anita Houston said...

SO COOL!!! Love the white with these colorful tapes and butterfly...great contrast! Love it!

Sandra said...

Love that you've made you're own tape! The bright colors are amazing! Beautifully done! Hugs, Sandra

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Gorgeous cards, Sarah! I'm loving the custom tape!!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Marjie Kemper said...

I'm loving your card AND your gorgeous homemade tape. Beautiful!

BEX said...

Amazing hand mdae tape - I will have to try this. Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

love your idea! :)
what about stamping, drawing, etc on sticker paper for your printer?
that might work...

Sue said...

This is a lovely card and thanks for showing your imaginative technique.
xxx

butterfly said...

Absolutely glorious customized tapes - and both cards look fantastic, though obviously my heart leans towards the frenzied butterflies!
Alison x

Izzy said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! x