Clean and Simple Washi Tape Tags (and more)

Homemade card, tags, and treat box with washi tape and the Tree Builder Punch from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Clean and Simple Washi Tape Tags (and more)

My mom, aunt, and I got together for a day of crafting this weekend. It was so much fun to be crafting together, chatting, laughing, sharing supplies, and helping each other out! We made tags, cards for a swap, and napkin rings for the big family Christmas.

My project for the day was to make these tags, using washi tape then punching the shapes out with the Tree Builder Punch. I haven’t actually done the punched out washi tape technique, so it was fun to do that and I also got to do some embossing with my mom’s heating tool to make the sentiment on the tags.

I was so inspired that I went home and created a card and a little treat box to go with the tags!

Challenge Inspiration

These tags were inspired by The Paper Players Challenge #322!


I made so many tags last weekend, but by far my favorite discovery was how well the Layering Ovals go with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Cut a colorful scalloped oval and a stitched white oval, punch a hole, tie a ribbon… and it’s pretty much perfect already. Almost anything you put on top of that looks awesome; it made the perfect base for my washi tape trees.

I had extra trees, so I also made a treat box and a card. They all coordinate, but the card has a few more layers and embellishments, so I don’t think it counts as clean and simple any more!

Homemade Stampin' Up! projects with Tree Builder Punch and washi tape. Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Tag Directions

  1. Cut out the largest scalloped oval shape from the Layering Ovals Framelits.
  2. Cut the largest oval shape out of the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  3. Layer these together and punch a hole in the top.
  4. Thread a piece of silver ribbon through the hole. Use washi tape wrapped around the end as a sort of needle to get the ribbon through the hole easily. Tie with a double knot and trim the edges at an angle to minimize fraying.
  5. Lay strips of silver and gold washi tape down on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  6. Punch out several tree shapes.
  7. On 1/2″ (1.2 cm) strip of Night of Navy cardstock, stamp the sentiment from Jar of Love in VersaMark ink.
  8. Wipe the paper off with an Embossing Buddy to remove any static. This helps avoid getting little flecks of embossing powder stuck to the paper where you don’t want them. (I didn’t actually have one, so I used a paintbrush to carefully remove any unwanted flecks.)
  9. Sprinkle silver embossing powder over the VersaMark ink. Tap off any excess.
  10. Heat with an embossing heat gun. (No, a hairdryer will not work; it’s too high a speed per heat ratio.) You can either heat from the top or from the bottom. I heated from the bottom, which allows you to see better when the powder melts.
  11. Cut the ends of the strip into a banner shape. The best way to do with only a scissors that is to cut a little slit in the very center, then cut from the corners to the top of the slit.
  12. Adhere the sentiment and the tree to the tag using dimensionals.

Tags by Natalie Lapakko featuring Jar of Love, washi tape, and the Tree Builder Punch from Stampin' Up!

Card Tip

While this post is really about the tags, I didn’t want to leave you completely in the dark about this card. To make the dots I traced a circle on the Whisper White panel, then used a pencil eraser to stamp lots and lots of dots around the sketched circle!

Homemade card featuring a pencil eraser technique. Card uses the Tree Builder Punch from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Elegant Christmas Color Combination

Night of Navy is possibly the most elegant color in the Stampin’ Up! rainbow. It makes things fancier just by being next to them. Add silver and gold to that one regal color and you’ve got one fancy color scheme.

Color Combination: Night of Navy, Silver, Gold

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Night of Navy

Stamps: Jar of Love (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Tree Punch (retired), Layering Ovals Framelit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: pencil, rhinestones, silver embossing powder, dimensionals, silver and gold washi tape, silver glitter ribbon (from the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack), unravelled gold twine (from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other Cards You Might Enjoy

Click on a card to view the post about that individual card.

Christmas cards by Natalie Lapakko with Wondrous Wreath and Jar of Love stamps from Stampin' Up!

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring the Jolly Hat Builder Punch and Tin of Tags stamps from Stampin' Up!

Christmas cards with vellum and Candy Cane Lane and Presents and Pinecones DSPs from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

DIY Christmas Tags by Natalie Lapakko using Stampin Up products.

0 thoughts on “Clean and Simple Washi Tape Tags (and more)”

  1. Well, these are just beautiful! What a cool way to make your dots…I really thought that must have been a stamp! What fun you & your family must have had, making these! Thanks for sharing these with us at the Players this week!

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