Washi Tape Purchasing Secret- Do the Math!

I have to admit that I have fallen prey to the Washi Tape sensation. I don’t normally like following trends, but this stuff is so awesome.  It actually allows tape to be pretty!

I have bought Washi Tape from a couple different sources lately and I want to share with you my findings. If you have not used washi tape before, it is decorative tape that is a paper type of tape which rips off the roll easily. It is not very sticky and can be repositioned easily. Washi Tape originated in Japan and has become a craze in the United States recently. I want to say (but may be wrong) that “smash books” might have had something to do with it. Smash books are supposed to be a way that someone can scrapbook without worrying about everything looking perfect or artsy. You are essentially supposed to “smash” your memories in to the pages nonchalantly. I have yet to do a smash book, but it is one of those things that I am oddly drawn to.

The secret to making sure you are getting a good deal when purchasing Washi Tape is very simple, do the math. I wish I had taken my own advice in the first place. Sometimes I get so excited and want to buy something that I don’t listen to the other part of my brain which is the reasonable half. You will see what I mean below.

Here is a little chart of the Washi Tapes that I have purchased:

Type Where to Buy Price Yards Feet Price/ Yard
Lace Washi WishyWashiTape

$3.45

16

  49′ 2.55″

$0.22

Drew’s Washi w/o disc DiscountCharms

$3.49

11

  32′ 9.7″

$0.32

Drew’s Washi W/ disc DiscountCharms

$3.14

11

  32′ 9.7″

$0.29

Cavallini & Co. Amazon

$14.10

80

  240′

$0.18

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Amazon

$8.20

18

  54′

$0.46

K & Co Smash Amazon

$3.39

21

  65′

$0.16

*Discount Charms and WishyWashiTape are both Etsy shops

Starting from the top here are my thoughts:

1. The Lace Washi that I purchased from WishyWashiTape was a good deal. They have a good selection on their Etsy Shop too. However, their prices vary per roll, so you would need to do the math on each to make sure you’re getting a good deal on all of them.

2 & 3. Drew’s Washi Tape. I found Drew through his youtube channel “cardofmyeye”. He recently put out a video showing that his Etsy shop, Discount Charms, would be carrying Washi Tape now. When I saw one with clocks and another with newspaper ads, I immediately bought them without even thinking about pricing. He has a discount code right now, 10percentoff25, which gives you 10% off purchases over $25. That is why I show pricing both ways on the chart. He has a good selection and consistent pricing so you don’t need to worry about doing the math on each roll. He also has cheap shipping !

4. Cavallini & Co Washi Tape is beautiful. The set that I got is called “Flora & Fauna”. It included 5 rolls with 16 yards per roll. This tape is a great deal. You have to spend more money upfront though and you have to buy in packs which are all the same theme. They come in a very nice tin too.

5. American Crafts Dear Lizzy Enchanted. I jumped on these right away because I loved the designs that came in this 3 roll pack. Unfortunately, I got ripped off. At $0.46 per foot this tape is not a deal at all. You get 18 yards TOTAL, not per roll. I will be using these sparingly since I don’t plan on buying them again.

6. K & Co. Smash Tape Black & White Polka Dots. This “Washi” tape is actually called Smash Tape, but it shares the same properties as the other Washi Tapes I have. This is the best deal but they only offer this one design. I wish they would make more because this is a great price!

Hopefully I have helped you understand the world of Washi a little better. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Cutting Vinyl with the Eclips Machine

Hey everyone!

I just finished putting a video together to show you how to cut adhesive backed vinyl using your Eclips machine and ECAL Software.
Here is the link to the video, http://youtu.be/kux2I9QH-Qk

In case you don’t have time to watch a video and you are just curious what settings will work, here they are:

Blade on the actual Machine: 2
Pressure on ECAL Software: 1
Speed: 4

It worked like a dream!

I’ve been slightly more active on youtube lately since I find that I enjoy putting together videos. However, I know how important blogs are so I will try to pay more attention to the blog too.

The “Intoxicating Deal” on my website right now is for Perfect Pearls Perfect Black Medium. It’s for a limited time only and I have a very limited quantity! https://intoxicatingarts.mycafecommerce.com/product/limited-time-only–perfect-medium-black-pad

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by!

Looking for DCWV & Sizzix Deals?

Have you checked out www.DCWVdeals.com yet? If you haven’t you really should! It’s Die Cuts With a View’s super awesome deals page. Their little slogan is “You need the savings, we need the space!”. They are not kidding about these deals.

I just placed an order yesterday for a couple things and the shipping is very reasonable too. I’m most excited for my Bella Boutique 12 x 12 stack that I paid only $7.46 for. This stack was originally $19.99. I call that a super sweet deal! I almost bought two packs, but I restrained since I also bought a couple things from Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy yesterday. I wanted my money to stretch further instead of hoarding one paper stack.

Here’s what the front of the stack looks like:

Definitely check out www.DCWVdeals.com . They have a very limited amount of items on there, but it’s totally worth stopping by. Another place I go to on a semi-regular basis is the Outlet on www.sizzix.com . Just hover over “Clearance” in the upper right corner and you will see “Outlet” as an option. Click that and you will see only deeply discounted items. I have found some amazing deals on here before, but I normally only buy if I have at least a couple things I want because of the way their shipping costs are structured.

Hopefully I have helped you find a couple good deals out there! Thanks for checking out my blog.