Many of you may know I am fond of all things Japanese. Washi tape was first made in Japan and is usually made of paper. It comes in a variety of sizes, patterns and colours. It's easy to rip or cut and you can make your own too!
Washi tape is typically made from natural fibers, such as bamboo or hemp, but most commonly from the bark of trees that are native to Japan — the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree. Most washi tapes are strong (as strong as duct tape in some cases!) and functional as well as pretty, making them wonderful for both everyday and decorative use.
Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.Several kinds of washi, referred to collectively as Japanese tissue, are used in the conservation and mending of books. Washi has also found a new form, as a tape, usually combined with acrylic glue. It is similar to masking tape in that it is removable from most surfaces. This makes it perfect for positioning if you use a die cut machine! Also if you want to fool around with a scrapbook layout you can use it to stick down photos and embellishments before you finalize their locations. Washi Tape is popping up everywhere from the Real Canadian Superstore to Stampin'Up! I love to shop at Daiso a Japanese dollar store in Richmond, British Columbia. They carry all kinds of household items all at $2 each imported from Japan. It takes me right back to being there each time I go. My children love it!