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Like many I am in love with decorative tape, including the new Japanese Masking Tapes. It’s quite easy to make your own though.

fabric adhesive tape (for taping gauze on)
watercolor paints
waxed paper (perhaps freezer paper would work as well)
optional: pens, glue, wax crayons (for creating patterns)

I placed strips of tape on the waxed paper and added watercolor paints.

DIY Colored Tape

On some strips I played around with patterns first.

From left to right:
yellow: black Souffle pen
orange: silver Pilot paint pen
red: Faber Castel Pitt Artist Indian ink brush pen
dark orange: just watercolor paints, the key to blending is add more water between the colors
green: this was a more fabric type of tape, I found it hard to work with, I liked the edges though
green: clear Aquatip pen
blue: stamp with Brilliance ink
green/blue: white glue (creates a batik style)
wide green/blue: brushed on drier watercolor paint
white: painted with black watercolor paint
blue: cheap kids watercolor paint, felt grainy and powdery after
purple: cheap kids watercolor paint, felt grainy and powdery after

As you can see, anything seems to work. Play around with various mediums and let me know how they work out!

Here are some tags I made with my tape and paper scraps.
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closeup tag


Recently I hosted a swap at Lisa Vollrath’s site, Go Make Somthing. It was for trading a “surprise ball.” I’d seen the idea online before, and Lisa has posted great instructions on her site with step by step photos.

Basically, what you do is gather up a bunch of small sized presents and oodles of ribbon, yarn, string and fabric. Start with the largest sized items and wrap them up, adding more of the presents with each layer. Here’s a shot of mine, during its various stages:

Lisa suggests that you use a tin with goodies inside it in one of the layers in order to make a nice rattling sound. She also mentions that it’s helpful to end with thinner fibers and ribbons in order to mold the lump into a more ball-like shape. I would add that it’s a good idea to use a safety pin or something similar to pin the end of the ribbon on each layer. It makes it easier to see where to start if you’re the recipient. Also, when adding small doodads, wind the fiber around the ball a few times, then slip the doodads in, and wind some more to cover them up. Jaylene suggests that you write a note to the recipient letting them know that it’s a good idea to open the surprise ball over a box lid or something like that in order to catch the goodies as they fall out. She’s the tidy one in the family!

This would be a great stocking stuffer or gift for an exchange. A themed surprise ball would be fun too as would a color coordinated one.

For other fun holiday crafts and tutorials, go to Stampin When I Can or Go Make Somthing. And don’t forget Lisa’s Countdown Giveaway.

Jaylene was playing with a hexagonal puzzle at school and after I looked carefully at it, I realized we could make similar ones at home. It was a fun rainy Saturday afternoon project. It’s a great way to use those small stamps.

stamped puzzles

The above shows the pink puzzle put together and the blue puzzle waiting for its pieces. All stamps by Hero Arts.

Materials Needed:

Hexagon punch
Thin chipboard
15cm x 15 cm piece of paper
6 small stamps
6 ink pads
repositional tape

1. Punch out 7 hexagons from the chipboard and adhere them to the paper with repositional tape and then trace around the outside.
2. Using a different ink color for each stamp, stamp each image five times randomly over the puzzle.
3. Remove the tape and you’re ready to play.

Tip: When stamping on the outside edge of a piece, lift up the paper and smoosh it to the stamp in order to get a complete image near the edge.

Jaylene had lots of fun stamping these up. I can see endless possibilities in the hands of more experienced stampers. They would make great presents to include inside a card or as stocking stuffers. To increase the difficulty level you could use more pieces or just one color of ink. I’m imagining one made with fabulous snowflake images stamped in glitter…

If you make up one, I’d love to see a picture so please send me a link.

Here’s a shot of Jaylene playing with her new puzzles.

Jaylene's puzzles

For more tutorials, please visit Stampin’ When I can

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