Hello friends! I am back after a little mini vacation last week. I have worked on stamp designs and spent the week spending quality time preparing drawings for products. It is so exciting to think that in just a few more months I will see my art on stamps! Now I am back to the blog and needing to share these last tutorials for the Medicine Cabinet Mixed Media series. Today’s product is one of my favorites- fabric medical tape!
I have used cloth medical tape as a mini book secret weapon for a long time. The cloth tape looks like grosgrain ribbon, has a nice sheen, and is super adhesive making it really great for mini book bindings. Best of all, it comes in white and can be colored practically any color using inks, sprays, and paints!
Begin by placing a strip of the tape on your non-stick craft sheet. If you don’t have a non-stick craft sheet you can place a strip of tape on wax paper.
Mist the tape with an ink spray. The color will wick through the fabric tape very evenly. Both Distress Spray Stains and Dylusions Ink Sprays work really well on the tape. I suggest misting lightly adding more if needed. It doesn’t take much to color the tape. I over sprayed in the photo and had a lot of wasted spray.
Soak up any excess spray with extra tags, ribbon, journal pages, fabric, etc. Don’t let the excess go to waste!
Wipe the excess spray from the tape with a dry cloth. Dry the tape with a heat tool. Since the tape has on a non-stick surface, it is still adhesive when removed. The misting and drying doesn’t affect the adhesive on the tape at all! If you are using wax paper as a non-stick surface, allow the tape to air dry. The heat from the heat tool will melt the wax on the wax paper.
Randomly stamp over the ribbon using Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black) to make the tape look like printed ribbon.
When the ink is dry, simply peel the tape off of the craft sheet (or wax paper) and place it on your project.
Adding color to the fabric tape with paint is super easy too!
Place a strip of tape on your non-stick craft sheet. Use the dabber top to scribble Distress (or Ranger brand) Paint onto the tape. Mist the paint with water to thin it and help it soak into the fabric. The more water you add the more diluted your color will become. If you get your color too light, simply add more paint.
If you are using a paint that does not include a dabber top, you can apply the paint to the tape with a paint brush.
Wipe away any excess paint and water with a dry cloth. Dry the tape with a heat tool. (Again, if using wax paper, allow the tape to air dry.)
To add age or accent color, apply ink to the tape using an ink blending tool
Are you a fan of the Distress Spritz and Flick technique? If you think creating water spots in Distress Ink on paper is cool, wait until you see it on fabric! To create water spots, simply mist water into your hand and flick it onto the ribbon. The water will cause spotting in the ink.
Dry the tape with a heat tool, peel it up and adhere it to your project.
If you are using ink pads in your project and want to color a piece of the tape with an ink pad, it is super easy to do!
Place a strip of the tape on your non-stick craft sheet. Rub an ink pad (pad side down) directly over the tape. Think of it was a big flat marker.
The color will not be even as it was with the spray. If you love the way it looks, rub over the tape with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove any excess ink.
If you want the color blended out more, mist it with water. Wipe away any excess water and ink and dry with a heat tool. You could also do the Spritz and Flick technique to add spots to the ink.
Like before, you can add more color accents to the tape using an ink blending tool.
Remove the dry tape from the craft sheet and adhere it to your project. I love that you can see a bit of the background through the tape here. It is slightly sheer which is really cool!
Seriously, I can not rave enough about how easy it is to color the cloth medical tape. It is a bargain too! I buy mine at Target (near the band-aids). You get a really nice sized roll for under $3. You already have ink, paint, and sprays on hand, so for less than $3 you have a whole roll of custom colored adhesive grosgrain ribbon!
So what about the paper medical tape, you ask… come back Wednesday for a look at it!
PS. I will be back Wenesday with another installment of this series. If you have missed any of the techniques up to this point, you can find them all in the Basics 101 gallery.