Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TUTORIAL FOR PACKING TAPE CARDS

Hello Friends! Every since my packing tape cards were published in Somerset Studio Magazine,(link on my sidebar) I've had so many requests to share the steps in making them... and since creating and sharing art is what I love to do, I have created an easy peasy post on how I make them. I hope you enjoy it.
 This is the size I use the most and mostly because it easily fits into an envelope. You can use any size for a template that you desire. I also love the larger ones as well and those are great for inserting into packages. If you are wanting to display your business card and it is not a mini card, you may want to make a larger template.


Yes, you can really mail them. I have used this one several times whenever I need to insert a self addressed postcard as confirmation that whatever I am mailing was received. The stamp just sticks on the front. My post office peeps "love" these.
 They also make nice postcards and you can add a message to the back side if you want. This is a postcard template that I used at one time making art postcards. You could use one just for the size only if you have one available in your stash.
 
You don't think you have strips of paper to use? Trust me you do. Any paper with color, design, writing, or scribbles is a border and can be used for the frame work. I save all my paper. Magazines are a great place to cut strips for borders and words and small images. When I have paper left from projects, I immediately cut them into strips and squares so I have frames ready to use when I need them.
Begin by laying your strips on your template. I start at the top. It's okay if the one you want to use doesn't go all the way across, you can attach it with a square. Inchie's work well here too. Glue only the end of the strips together using a glue stick. Do not glue to the template. Depending on your design you can attach small strips together or one long one. Don't worry about your strips over lapping the template, this will be trimmed later.
Here you can see where the left top corner strips were attached by adding a square. (See the previous photo)You can add the squares even if they meet, it just adds more interest to your design. Remember to lift your frame off the template periodically to make sure you have not glued the entire strip to the template. Glue only ends to ends and paper to paper, not to the template. 
Once your frame/border is complete, you can start gluing pieces to your frame and each piece will connect to another, again careful only to attach edges to edges with the glue stick and not to the template. You may want to play around with your pieces before gluing them together. This is where you will decide if your card will represent your business by adding a business card. You may want to make it a fun personal card,adding your own photos. They make great birthday greetings, Thank you cards and art cards that represent You. Be sure to leave open spaces between your images. The amount of open spaces you leave is entirely up to you. 
Time to lift up your card and frame, you may have to re-glue some edges. Don't worry too much about them being securely glued as the tape will ultimately tie everything together. Gently lift your card from the template and flip it over to the backside. Continue to use your template as a guide.
On this side, you will be gluing paper to paper, not the edges to edges. Do not  let your images overlap the backside of your front images or it will show. It is okay if they don't fit the image perfectly on the back side because you can fill it in later with markers. If the strips you are using for the backside of the frame are wider, you can still use them, no need to spend time re-cutting. Just match the frame edges as close as you can to the inside border. If it over laps on the outside edges, it will be trimmed later.
Once you are happy with your inside images, you can go back and color in the white exposed edges. It's perfectly fine to leave them white, but I prefer to use colored markers to full them in. It brings all the images together with a happy finish.
Carefully flip your card back around to the front and trim your frame from the front side. At this point you can still add small words to your frame if desired by gluing them on top. Now you will trim all the over lapping edges of your frame. Next, use a Jumbo black marker to edge all around the frame. (This is not absolutely necessary, but I have a silly thing about white edges).
 Here I left the white template behind the card just so it would photograph better and you can see my open spaces.
 


You can now set aside the template. You have basically completed the card except for the tape. For actual postcards where you have placed paper to add an address, this is as far as you will go for those cards because you will have to address them before adding the tape each time. So you can still make those cards ahead of time and then just add your address when needed and tape it up.
Back to the tape: You can use any flat slick surface. Start with either side of the card. Make sure your surface and your hands are clean. The tape will pick up everything.
Lay one strip across the top of the card. Leave some overlapping at the top and a couple inches on each side. Very gently pat the tape on the card. Keep in mind you will  have to lift this up and turn it over.
Lay your second strip across the middle over lapping on the first strip of tape. Repeat with your third strip. Gently press onto your card.
Now, lift the tape strips on both sides and top and bottom and pull up with the card attached and flip it over. Repeat on the back side with the tape. Once you have all the tape strips in place then you can use your fingers and press and score the card so that any bubbles are removed. You are now ready to trim all the tape from the edges of the card. 
You have now made a Packing Tape Card! You can leave your card as it is... or you can choose to sew around the edges of the card leaving a few loose strands of thread.. 
 Thank you so much for visiting my blog, if you are not a follower, I hope you will be. I would love it if you would leave a comment that you were here and if you make some cards of your own, please, please do share them! I would love to see where your creativity takes YOU!



Create,Share,Inspire,
Kim

A few more examples of packing tape cards below:













33 comments:

  1. Kim, these are fabulous! I am going to keep this idea in my pocket and hope to make a few and share with reference to you! Thanks for sharing your process

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    1. Thank you Ann, they are quite fun and addictive too! Please tag me if you make some, I love to see all the creative ideas flowing!!
      xx

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  2. Dear Kim:
    I found this fascinating as I do all your work. And I love your blog!
    Keep it up, Girl; you inspire us all.

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    1. Thank you my friend!! I cherish your comments, encouragement and support!!
      xx

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  3. Kim, this is a brilliant tutorial! It's such a great idea for using images and spare paper scraps! I'm really inspired now and ready to give it a go! xxx

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    1. Oh Julie, I can see your beautiful works now in my mind and the story telling already in your cards! We may have to do a trade!!
      xx

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  4. Wow! Thank you for this amazing tutorial, Kim... Love your process, and your generosity, my friend. xox

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    1. Thank you Heather! Your encouragement and support means a great deal to me!!
      XO

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  5. Thank you for sharing your technique. This is brilliant! Love all the photos - such a treat for the eyes.

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  6. As a newbie, my head is spinning but I LOVE the concept!!! I knew I was saving bits of paper for something! Thank you so much for sharing your "fun" packing tap cards with us.
    Frani

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    1. Thank you and I hope I inspired you to make one!! I would love for you to visit again! Save that paper!!
      Xx

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  7. Oh this is just tooo cool! Thank you for sharing your process Kim ;)

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  8. Thank you so much for taking the time to show the detail of making these cards. I am going to make some too. You rock!

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  9. That is really cool! what a fab idea!

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  10. Wow! I totally love these little works of art! Thank you soooo much for sharing- you are the bestest. Off I go to give it a try...looks addicting! Xx

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    1. Thank you Anne and yes, they are teenie weenie bit addicting!!! LOL!
      Happy creating!!!

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  11. Kim!! I loved it. thank you!! very cool idea :-)

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    1. Thank you Lynne and thanks for stopping in and checking it out!!!

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  12. lovely cards and a great tutorial, Kim!

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    1. Thank you for being here! I hope you will come back!!
      xx

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  13. Oh my gosh KIM!! I so love these. We'll have to do a trade sometime! I'll do you a painting, you do me a packing tape card, I totally love them. But then I love your work every single time. Some day I will buy one of your altered paint tins! Sending hugs from CCCooolllddd Canada.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer!! Text me your address, I'll send you one!!! Just cause...I appreciate you so much my friend!!!
      xx

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  14. Kim, Kim, Kim!!!!
    You are the bestest EVA! Thank you so very much for sharing your techniques! I can't wait to try this out this weekend!
    Sending you huge hugs and a Mwwaaaaa! x
    Will be sure to tag you!
    Jackie xo

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    1. Thank you Jackie! Can't wait to see yours!! Heads up, I will be out of pocket the weekend (going to a vintage craft show) and next week, but I will be sure and check in. I have promised not to use cell phone much, but we all know that's not possible, so yes please tag me and I will respond when I can or when I get back!! Excited!! YAY!
      xx

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  15. What great ideas! I now have a purpose for many pieces of paper calling to be used! A PURPOSE! Thanks for sharing!
    Seahag

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  16. Wow! This is so cool! Thank you for sharing this tutorial with us all :)

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  17. Making my first one tonight! This is so cool! I AM going to be addicted, I can tell. I see you love Frida....would you want to trade ATC's or postcards of her made with packing tape? I'd love that.

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  18. Kim, this is such a fun idea! Love it, and will definitely give it a try! Thank you for sharing.

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