Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Joys of Removable Tape

One of my favorite craft items is Scotch® Removable Tape for a variety of reasons:
  • It turns any thing into a Post-It Note. Bits and pieces I may want to use on a page or card can be taped down indefinitely while I get the rest of the elements together.
  • It makes a great mask for sponging, misting and stamping. I even use it on stamps themselves to eliminate a word or portion of the stamp - just remember to remove the tape before putting stamp to paper.
  • It can be used over and over again. I have little pieces of removable tape on the edge of a shelf next to my desk that I use until the sticky is gone.
  • It helps keep things in perfect alignment. I use it to tape a small see through ruler to my projects so I don't need to hold it down. I also use removable tape to transport perfect alignment.

I have a lazy streak and a perfectionist streak and they are both so happy to have removable tape. I like to get headlines for scrapbook pages lined up before I glue them down to be sure they fit in the space I have available and look "just right". Once they are perfect if I move them to add adhesive they may not go back to their original position. What to do? What to do?  Removable tape!

I used my Silhouette (but you could use any machine) to cut out the word "congrats" for a graduation card. I set the letters exactly the way I wanted them on the screen. The spacing and alignment were perfect and I want they to remain that way so when I was done cutting the letters out…

I removed the excess paper from the mat instead of the letters themselves. 
You may have to hold the letters down a bit to get them to stay behind.

If you are using precut letters or stickers you can skip this step
and lay your letters out on your project then move on to step 2.
NOTE: This method is not recommended for glitter stickers.

Place removable tape over the entire word, making sure each letter is adhered 
to the tape. I rub the flat part of my thumbnail over each letter to be sure. 

Gently remove the centers of the letters. This is an optional step, 
if you want the centers you can keep them or you can
remove them later but I prefer getting them out of the way.

Turn the tape over so you have the back of the letters face up and
apply your favorite adhesive. I prefer a glue with a precision tip,
like Scotch® Scrapbooker's Glue, the only draw back to a
precision tip is that it tends to clog with dried glue.
I keep a pin handy to clean out the dried glue.

Adhere the letters to your project all at once. You know they will
fit properly and be just they way you want them because they were
originally arranged that way and they have never been out of alignment.

 Gently remove the tape. The adhesive shouldn't pull up your letters or other
elements but I think treating it with care is better than treating it like a hot
wax treatment. The tape you used can be reused if you like. I put long strips on a
page protector for reuse. I may use it as a mask but not as a full word transport again.

The particulars
Paper: Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue and Bordering Blue, Papertrey Ink White
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Carte Postale (my niece's favorite shape is a fleur-de-lis)
Tools: Silhouette SD, Corner Chomper, Scotch® Removable Tape.

Happy Crafting,


Plush Possum Studio said...

What a wonderful set of new ideas! We really like what we've seen here already, and certainly will return!
Rose & Studio Friends

Ginny Gaura said...

I wish they had this when I was back in art school! Back then it was all about drawing guidelines, pasting each element piece by piece, then erasing the guidelines. Thanks for posting this, Katie! I am definitely going to get some Scotch removable tape next time I do crafting.

Snippety Gibbet said...

Excellent! Thanks for the tip. jan

Coley said...

Oh my goodness - this exactly the type of thing I have been looking for! I saw your comment about it at Kristina Werner's blog and had to come learn more. Question - where do you get repositional tape? craft store, big box store, office store?? I don't recall seeing it before but then again I've never looked for it before.

Ruby Taylor said...

Awesome tip....thanks SO much for sharing this! I just watched a video about using a Silhouette machine and "tabbing" the letters to get perfect alignment. Unfortunately, the machine in question is too $$$ for my budget...alignment has always been a problem for me. Now I can still use my Cricut....much more easily!!

Bunnyfreak said...

brillant idea.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Woah! Now that is a COOL idea. Thanks!