If you have not yet discovered washi tape, let me be the first to warn you that it is a dangerous addiction. The DIY possibilities are absolutely endless, you can customize basically anything with it, and it's great for scrap booking and collages. I started out with three roles, and I'm already up to nine.
here and here. The dear head silhouette is from a site called Man Made, which has some other great stencil downloads as well! The fleur-de-lis I made in honor of New Orleans.
How to make:
-washi tape (2+ colors)
-card stock or poster-board
Steps:1| start by tracing the silhouette you want to create onto the computer paper in pen. I did this simply by opening the image I wanted to make on my computer screen. By taping the paper to the computer screen, the light bleeds through and allows you to see the outline of the shape.
2| Flip the paper over so that the outlined side is DOWN. Cover the plain side in alternating strips of washi tape. Be sure to make your strips long enough to cover the entire width of the shape.
3| Flip the paper back over so that you can see your outline. Using a scissors or an x-acto knife, cut the shape out. Mount the shape onto poster-board using glue, and you're Finished!
I've been really tempted to try even more complicated shapes. I'm really in love with a lot of the cameo artwork by Charmaine Olivia. I was thinking about maybe trying to do something based on this, but I think it's just too intricate and delicate. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the project!