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Print and emboss on Washi tape

I wanted to add some text to something and thought Washi tape might be the way to go.  I had never tried printing on the tape and thought it might work, but wasn’t sure.

I tried just sticking it to a piece of paper and running it thru the printer.  That worked fine, actually, till I added the embossing powder.  The powder clung to the tape.  Now, this was the worst with one particular tape, marked MT on the inside of the roll.  The unmarked ones, which I think I got from Paperchase, didn’t let the powder cling quite so much.

printembosswashi3Not ideal.  One of the anti-static bags might help, but I don’t have one.  One thing I do have hanging around on my desk is a little pot of corn starch (cornflour) that I use to neutralize the sticky on the back stickers.  I brushed that over the Washi tape before printing on it.  You can kinda see it here upper right….

printembosswashi4then I printed and added the embossing powder, and heat embossed. I think the metal embossing powders worked best – the fine, thin font with the WOW Superfine Platinum, looks really fab in real life.  The Copper (very, very old powder, by Comotion) also looked fab. The regular WOW Apple Red blended into the background of the black tape – I hoped it would really stand out but it’s rubbish so I’m not even showing it.  The embossing is perfect, but the colour is just not there.  The Earthtone Olive on the light dotty paper, worked absolutely fine  but that colour choice was not bright enough.

printembosswashi5It will be impossible to tell from the photo, but I was easily able to peel off the Washi tape and stick them all to one sheet.  See?

printembosswashi printembosswashi2The embossing doesn’t crack at all.

I think this is worth exploring more – it would be an interesting way to add a bit of text to something curved, like a bottle or a jar maybe? And although I used text, a decorative pattern or a border  would work fine.  It would certainly work with that micropore medical tape, and that could be coloured with ink pads after the embossing was done.