Wednesday 11 June 2014

Washi Tape Collage Cards {with Eclectica³ Sara Naumann Stamps by Designer Sara Naumann}

Hi everyone, Sara here. I love to explore ways to use word stamps as something more than the obvious single-word sentiment or focal on a card—it’s a great way to make the most of your stamp set and provides lots of creative possibilities! Today I’m playing with the Eclectica ESN03 stamp set, one of 8 sets I designed for the fabulous PaperArtsy range.

If you look at my card layout, you’ll see it’s very linear—that is, it has a lot of strong lines. The two bold stamps (“journey” and “adventure”) are on either side of a more delicate script stamp, which creates strong vertical lines. These lines are contrasted with horizontal lines: The “fragile”, postmark and partial of “the only place” at the bottom. And of course, I have a big horizontal border going across the card as well.

This linear effect is balanced by dotted and geometric washi tapes, which contrast with the stripey effect of my card design. Of course, the big round stacked flower also provides a definite card focal and contrast.

And in the midst of all of these design principles, you have the spirit of the stamps themselves—perfect for a bon voyage card, or simply to wish someone well on a new journey in life.

1. Squeeze a few drops each of FL1 and HB3 Spectrum Noir alcohol ink refills onto your craft sheet, keeping the colours separate. Spritz a bit of rubbing alcohol next to the ink. Brayer onto the cardstock. Repeat with the second ink colour, blending and brayering both vertically and horizontally until the cardstock is as colourful as you want.

Tip from PA. You can achieve this result using our new Fibralo pens. Just scribble with them onto a non porous surface such as an acrylic block, a craft mat,glazed ceramic tile, freezer paper etc then spritz with a little water. Now you are ready to brayer the ink onto your cardstock. 

2. Arrange the Journey, script and Adventure stamps from ESN03 together on one Flexi Block. Ink with Jet Black Archival and stamp onto the colored background. Leave space between the stamps. Stamp Fragile, Postmark and “the only place” at the bottom.


3. Add washi tape between the stamped words, tearing some and layering others.

4. Trim off the excess cardstock, reserving the cut-off strips. Mat on navy cardstock. Stamp “the only place” on white cardstock, mat on blue and glue it across the background piece. Mat on Crunchy Waxed Kraft Paper and trim the excess. Glue to the card front.

4. Loop the excess strips and tape behind a stacked flower embellishment. (Mine has four silk flowers attached with a brad.)

Tip from PA. Check out our range of Prima flowers, they would look great on this card. The Cartographer, the Vintage Mechanicals, Paper Flowers and the Prima Trim. 

5. Add the flower to the left side.

The cool thing is how easy this vertical/horizontal layout really is to adapt. If you don’t have time for the colouring, you can simply stamp on white cardstock, add some washi tape and be on your way. It’s a great way to get a mixed-media effect, or a clean-and-simple look—depending on what you want to do!

Join me as I take you through the steps in this video.

I hope you enjoyed the project as much as I did! 

Thank you also to the fantastic Leandra and PaperArtsy for letting me share this project with you here!


A huge thanks to Sara from all at PaperArtsy. I am sure I speak for many of us when I say we love washi tape, many of us have lots of hoarded prettiness just waiting to be used. This is the perfect combination, tape and text, and what a great way to introduce a little crunchy wax paper.Thankyou for the inspiration and another wonderful video. 

If you would like to join in our weekly challenge with any of this week's guests who have blogged since Sunday night, then join in to link up your creativity HERE you will go in the draw to win PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by17:00 (London time) Sunday 15th June 2014


Helen said...

I'll watch the video as soon as I can get on the computer. Love what I can see though!

Julie Lee said...

Excellent layout and design tips. Julie Ann xxx

Craftyfield said...

Brilliant video! Great project to use some of these addictive washi tapes! Can't wait to get stuck in...

Hazel Agnew said...

It all makes sense when you explain it. Like the idea of using tiny cut off strips to make a bow to finish off! Xx

Anonymous said...

A great way to use those stamps Sara, & fab video tute! x

Anonymous said...

Sarah, your cards are gorgeous. Thank you so much for doing a video.

Etsuko said...

Stunning card and fab the video tips xx

craftimamma said...

Fab card and love the video tutorial. Great way to get more use out of your brilliant word stamps.

Lesley Xx

Kezzy said...

Wow amazing cards, really love the technique and the washi tape effect is awesome :-) Kezzy xxx