Monday, May 2, 2011

Fun with washi tape

Fun with washi tape

I sent this letter to my pen pal Sirpa in Finland. (Wow, is the mail service between the east coast of the USA and Finland ever fabulous! Have I mentioned I can exchange mail with Finland significantly faster than with the midwestern USA? But I digress.) Sirpa blogged about this letter when she received it, and she also posted lovely images of the back of the envelope and the inside of the stationery; if you want to see those, take a look at her "Beautiful letter" blog post.

I used Japanese washi tape to form the top and bottom border. I had been noticing it online and on letters and mail art from other correspondents, and I have to say, it's really neat stuff. One can remove it easily, and it is essentially paper tape (we also call it masking tape here in the USA) and can be easily torn by hand. It tends to look pretty classy, and the designs are more sedate than some of the plastic "deco tape" options. Anyway, I bought about 7 or 8 different designs, mostly patterns and stripes, and I've really been having fun with them. I got mine from PrettyTape on etsy, and was very pleased with her prices and service.

13 comments:

  1. I love your selection(s), purple rules!! I also LOVE purple paired with orange. : )

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  2. Oh, I love the stamps!! The tape is nice too; it complements the stamps without overshadowing them.

    Off-subject, and I feel like this has been mentioned before (perhaps even by me) but DID YOU KNOW that the Boston Athenaeum has an exhibit on Edward Gorey until early June? I just visited it today and it's terrific! It features a hundred or so of his drawings. There are even some envelopes he addressed when he was at Harvard. It's wonderful!

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  3. I wonder if I could put this tape on the edges of postcards. I'm surprised at how many postcards arrive seriously damaged.

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  4. I've also seen this being used a lot on letters and mail art, but I didn't really know what it was. Thanks so much for the post!

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  5. Eliza, thanks for the tip about the Gorey exhibit. I am heartbroken - it ends June 4, and I can't get to Boston until June 5. *sigh*

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  6. This is a really beautiful letter, thank you again Ilona! I also like the tapes you used, and the lovely postages!

    Thank you for publishing links to my blog, I've got a lot of visitors now, which is so nice!!

    I'm really sorry I haven't yet replied to your letter; I promise to do it soon. :)

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  7. Sirpa, please don't rush on the letter - goodness knows it took me months to respond to yours! :-) Glad you're getting visitors to your lovely blog from this post.

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  8. How amazingly simple, but really wonderful to look at. You are inspired, and inspiring. Must get tape. :)

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  9. Oh no! If possible, try to make it to the exhibit. It's open on Saturdays. People aren't allowed to take photos, so I can't even send you images. I can only say it's probably worth the trip for you!

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  10. No, really, when I say I can't make it, I mean I can't make it. I don't have a day off until June 5.

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  11. Check out this link about Washi tape. So amazing: http://decor8blog.com/2011/04/29/pretty-crafty-things/

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  12. Well, in that case, make a phone call to your union!!

    (Sorry, that wasn't intended to sound callous. I know a lot of people, including myself, are working their butts off and are often taken advantage of by their employers. In this buyer's market, we're all just glad to have a job. It's still BS that you have to work that much though. Too bad you have to miss the exhibit.)

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  13. In all honesty, I really love what I do. I accept the schedule, which has its ups and downs... though I do spend a lot of time complaining about it. :-)

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