Make A Bird Mask

Sometimes, I get a project idea which demands to be listened to. Last night, I got the itch to make a feather-y mask out of washi tape. Must be the call of Halloween! Anyway, it turned out quite nicely, so I thought I'd share - maybe inspire you to try something a little different with your washi tape stash too!

A little look at the construction process. I started with a basic handmade mask shape - but a store-bought paper mask would work just as well, if not better. Then I applied layers of washi tape feather shapes around the eyes and up from the nose to the crown. Finished with a few sequins here and there for sparkle and around the eyes to mask (ha ha) tape ends.

Finally, I added a card stock beak - taking the mask from Carnaval extra to magical beast.

A closer look at those layers of feathers - each feather constructed out of a piece of folded washi tape, one end left a little longer for sticking purposes, then cut to shape.

Have you ever tried working with tape in a 3-dimensional way? I also think it's lovely for flowers, pleats and ruffles!

The Kirigami Project - Week 41 - Bats

Who knew bats could be so pretty?! Don't you just love that ruffled flower right in the centre?

They certainly aren't this lovely when they somehow make their way into your house on a summer night and you have to chase them out with a broom while they swoop at your head and visions of teeth-so-sharp-you-don't-even-feel-the-bite dance in your head.

But these bats are both toothless and rabies-free, so go ahead and craft up a whole flock. Or rather a whole cloud of bats. Collective nouns are the best!

To create your own Bats Kirigami design, use the template below and the 6-point folding pattern.

These bats are a hint of what to expect from our next spooky kirigami design... a creature which sometimes appears in the form of a bat....

The Kirigami Project is collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri turns them into printable templates. Each week in 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut. Find the treasury of designs here.

Make Halloween Cards

Halloween is the perfect excuse to send some spooky mail! A simple message written in washi tape is seasonal without being over the top - plus it's a great opportunity to practice cutting words / shapes out of tape.

Want to make your own? Here's how:

You will need:
Washi tape
Blank cards
Parchment paper
Mirror print out of desired text
Marker or Pen
Craft knife and/or Scissors

Start by placing your text print-out face down on the parchment paper. Secure with tape. Flip paper over and trace around outline of text.

Remove print out. Flip paper back over so that marker outline is facing away from you. Cover with strips of washi tape, ensuring each strip slightly overlaps the one before it.

Cut out letters - you can use a craft knife for all cutting or use scissors for outlines and craft knife for enclosed details. Carefully peel letters off of the paper backing and stick to card front. When removing washi tape shapes from a paper backing, always make sure to start from the bottommost piece of tape to prevent shape from coming apart. 

To make your letters "pop" off the page, try layering two cut outs. Love this black with neon combo!

Not into the fiddly-ness of cutting letters out of tape? Simple stripes in seasonal colours are pretty striking all on their own. Or why not add stripes to the back of your spooky sounds cards?

Whether you choose the simple or the pop version, these spooky text cards are sure to be a treat!

Generally, when writing with washi tape, it's a bit easier to work with script than individual letters as you don't have to worry as much about positioning. That being said, script can be a bit trickier to stick to your surface. Here's another project all about writing in script with washi tape.

Will you be sending out Halloween cards this year?

Happy crafting!