DIY decorative masking tape

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Last week I shared an alternative for using plain clear tape when wrapping gifts. This week I've got another one. By now most avid crafters have discovered washi tape. So what's the next logical step for a washi tape addict? Making your own of course! This is were Zentangle or doodling skills come in handy. To be clear this is not making the tape from scratch but it is a way to add some personalization to your gift giving.

An alternative to drawing on masking tape is to use giant stickers. You could even use something as simple as an Avery label.

An alternative to drawing on masking tape is to use giant stickers. You could even use something as simple as an Avery label.

For this project I actually started with Scotch colored masking tape. It's a bid wider than most washi tape available and has a nice texture to it. (I prefer it to the actual washi tape Scotch has on the market which has slick finish). 

Project tips:

— Use a permanent water proof marker. (I used a micron).
— Lay a length of tape on a peel-off surface. Wax paper works well. (I used foil parchment).
— Let your ink dry for a few minutes before touching it just to be on the safe side.
— Caution; if the sticky side of the tape gets in contact with the drawing side it will lift off the ink.

Happy wrapping!