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Merry and BRIGHT!

You can't get much merrier... or brighter, lol... than fast and easy holiday cards made with MT Shocking Pink, Shocking Green and Neon Gradation Slim Tape Set from The Ink Pad.
We all love the fun patterns that washi tape comes in, but something equally fun and infinitely more flexible, is using solid colored tapes to make our own patterns, especially plaids! It couldn't be easier: just start with a piece of plain white cardstock (or, depending on your tapes, a color might be interesting?) and lay down one strip of tape at a time. Leave the ends a little bit long, so you can wrap them around to the back for extra security. Work back and forth between horizontal and vertical strips so that the tapes will make interesting intersections. Alternate standard width and slim tapes for more variety. Working with a craft mat or your MISTI behind you, provides a grid to keep your tapes running pretty straight; or let your design go a little bit crooked, for a truly handmade look.
For this card, I made three different patterns using the same neon tapes. A loose plaid with lots of white space in between the strips for the background; a tight plaid with no white space for the mat behind the sentiment; and a funky set of vertical stripes for the band that goes around the card.
The sentiment, "Merry & Bright" comes from Waffle Flower's Big Dots Holiday stamp set, which is incredibly useful since it has sentiments that work from Thanksgiving to New Year and beyond. I stamped with VersaMark Clear ink and embossed with Wow Primary Pink Robin powder. Hero Arts Postage Infinity Dies made the perfect set of nested mats to set my sentiment off.
Of course this idea would work with ANY tapes you like, for any occasion, just swap out the sentiment; or leave it off until the last minute to make the idea even more flexible!
Lauren Bergold
loves playing with washi tape!

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