Today I’m going to be sharing with you… my top 10 favorite washi tapes! I just had this thought some time ago that why not share my favorite pretty tapes here on the blog.
Is it because it’s easy to find top 10 favorite washi tapes?
Is it because I wanted to show you how many cute tape we have?
Nope. None of the above.
We’ve been collecting various types of washi tape ever since I stumbled across the first music decorative tape.
Now we have to use several boxes just to hold all these “precious” tapes. We haven’t really counted how many rolls we have exactly. It should be over 100 but probably less than 200.
Most of them are available on our little online store. Some of them are purely our own collection. Even though there were some pretty masking tapes we wanted to keep as samples (add to our collection and for photography purposes) but sometimes we just had to let go.
Why? Because customers wanted that last piece. Another reason is all about sharing. Instead of keeping to ourselves, we’ll be glad if you knew the beauty & practicality of it and wanted to purchase. Of course, the samples are brand new.
Otherwise, we would have gotten more tapes…
We do have quite a huge range of mt masking tape and for some reason; mt sells better than the other. This is probably due to the fact that mt is the pioneer and more widespread among crafters and planner/stationery enthusiasts.
Not only is the quality of mt superb and consistent, the designs and colors are also unique and beautiful.
However, other than mt, we also bring in different washi tape brands that are marvelous as well which I’ll mention briefly in the top 10 list below. No matter how good mt masking tape is, it’s a bit tough to find all of the designs and colors in one brand.
For instance, you could be looking for a specific design/color which is not available (yet) in mt tape range.
Don’t get me wrong. I adore mt brand. I could have shown you my top 10 favorite mt tapes instead. It’s just that my top 2 are already 2 different brands. 🙂
You know what… I thought it’s going to be hard to find my top 10 favorite washi tapes out of the 100+ rolls. But when I open up all the boxes, it’s surprisingly a quick decision.
The most important thing is not to overthink – is this tape pretty or do I really like that one – or else you’ll not be able to discover your favorites since all of them are stunning and beautiful!
I also ignore if it’s matched made in heaven or not. I only concern if I really like it in terms of designs and colors.
So, you’ll get to see different decorative tape brands, types and materials in the top 10 list below that are simple to use and practical. Some have already been shared on the blog here while some are new.
Without further ado, join me for a fun challenge to discover…
My Top 10 Favorite Washi Tapes
#1 – Shinzi Katoh Squarely
This is one of the first washi tapes that comes to my mind. Should I say love at first sight? The hand drawn design is simply captivating. Seriously, I’m not very sure how to describe it exactly but the design gives you space to fill in the blanks and imagine.
You could look at it as uneven squares or you could see it as colorful windows. We’re glad that this sold out pretty quickly when first available on our online shop.
2 minor setbacks, though. The washi tape paper itself is a bit thinner than other brands plus the edge at the end of the tape tends to roll up. However you can use Mod Podge to solve it. Here’s a sample.
The unique design clearly outweighs the minor setbacks and gain number 1 spot here.
#2 – mt 1P Deco Border Peach
I hope you don’t find me exaggerating when I said in the article here that this is the nicest pink washi tape I’ve come across. It’s not necessary to say much about the quality which has already been covered here.
Pink is not so much a popular color in my opinion. I’ve come across people who like it very much just like me while others who can’t take the girly pink. Is pink considered too girly and feminine? Some guys wear pink and match with other colors, such as gray or navy blue. I think they still look smart and masculine.
Anyhow, I don’t want to force you to like this pink washi tape since it’s subjective but give it a try. You can find a sample here.
#3 – maste Hot Air Balloon
We just added maste hot air balloon washi masking tape and quickly rose to the 3rd position in my top 10 favorite washi tapes. 🙂
I’m getting a little obsessed with hot air balloon lately. I’m not sure if I will try a real one but for now, such design will definitely get my immediate attention. For example, while I was trying to dig deep looking for my ideal bed sheet designs, suddenly the one with hot air balloon pattern appeared right in front of me. I quickly grabbed and bought it.
Maste is another fantastic Japanese washi tape brand you don’t want to miss. Hopefully, we’ll get to share more about it in the near future.
Get from: Lovingcottage store
#4 – maste Cityscapes Around the World
The number 4 position is a bit special. Instead of 1 piece, it’s a set of 3. I’ve had a tough time picking one only. Since the designs of these 3 washi masking tapes are somewhat related, it’s best to put them together and make it a set.
All 3 of them are also maste washi masking tapes under Mark’s Inc, another well-known Japanese brand.
Whenever I look at these 3 tapes, these 2 words come to my mind – stunning and spectacular! Even though the pictures look small on the masking tape, the overall design, color saturation and quality are delicate and amazing.
If you are enthusiastic about travels and planners, these excellent washi masking tapes will look wonderful in your journal or scrapbook. So now, do you have the urge to start planning your next trip?
Get from: Amazon
#5 – Aimez le style Umbrella Washi Tape (plus Space Craft) – bought the same theme but 2 different brands
Do you use umbrella no matter what the weather is? I know some people will never ever use an umbrella. They would rather wear a raincoat. My cousin used to buy quite a number of umbrellas at one time but rarely used any unless necessary…
I used to have a small umbrella in my bag just in case. Somehow I feel safe having one in my bag. This is especially more so when I was in London since the weather over there is unpredictable sometimes. But sadly the umbrella couldn’t really last long regardless of the price due to the strong wind!
Some people enjoy sunshine outdoor without umbrellas while some people will not only wear long sleeves but also use an umbrella no matter what!
Don’t you think umbrella designs can also be creative and attractive?
Lovely umbrella washi tape
Get from: Lovingcottage store
#6 – Aimez le style Bus Stops Washi Tape
There are 2 reasons which make us wanted to get this bus stops washi tape – 1) we always adore Aimez le style products and 2) from what we know is that we can hardly find any washi tape that’s illustrated about people.
The more I look at it, the more I feel like as if all these people are having conversations with each other. The picture seems real to me. If you think you aren’t so good at drawing/illustration, this bus stops masking tape from Aimez le style will certainly liven up your journal.
The bus stops are such a common public area that most of us have experiences with. You’ll get to see many different people and if they really have patience lining up to get on the bus or not. The famous double-decker bus in London is a convenient public transport that I’d to rely on each day when I was there. The most embarrassing moment was to chase the bus hoping that it’d stop for us… luckily the driver was kind enough to wait for us!
#7 – Aimez le style Airmail Label Washi Tape & Somitape Retro Style Air Mail
So it’s no difference here. I choose airmail masking tape by Aimez le style and Somitape. Both of them have the same theme but the designs and styles are dissimilar.
If you enjoy decorating snail mail, these types of airmail masking tapes will come in handy. Not only are they easy to use, they are also practical.
Snail mail series
#8 – mt Nordic Italiensk Blomsterhylla
This is another beautiful mt masking tape which I must include in this top 10 favorite washi tapes. It’s part of the designer range where mt collaborates with popular designers and illustrators in Northern Europe.
I just love its elegance, simplicity, uniqueness and colorful flower pots. It also mysteriously gives me some kind of cooling effect (whenever I look at it) due to our hot weather here. 🙂
Get from: Lovingcottage store
#9 – mt ex Hana R Flowers Masking Tape
Speaking of floral decorative tape, I’d say I like this the most. Even though it only has 4 different types of flowers which it’s kind of limited, I still think that it’s easy to use and practical.
Say for instance, you wanted to make something simple, special yet quick thank you gifts for teachers and the theme is flower. Why not use this mt floral tape to adorn gift tags?
#10 – Dailylike Fabric Tape Beach Flower
It seems like all of them are superb and something not to be missed. No wonder some of our lovely customers told us that it’s hard to choose which washi tape to buy!
Honestly, I don’t mean to confuse you. These products are really good, at least in my humble opinion. Just one thing to be caution though, simply expects washi tape as a low tack craft item. It usually sticks well on most paper but maybe not so much on certain surface.
Oh, I should be talking about Dailylike which is a Korean lifestyle brand.
The design on this beach flower fabric tape (or usually applies to their overall design) is simple, elegant, delicate yet mature. It gives you some kind of tranquility and serenity. The fabric tape is awesome and the blue looks exceptionally nice in real!
Since fabric tape is something new to us, we’ve yet to try but already in love with the quality.
How are you going to use such fabric tape?
Do you find any washi tape in the list above that you like? Which one is your favorite?
Don’t worry if you haven’t found any or you don’t think you like any of the above. I understand that it’s subjective when it comes to colors, patterns, designs, and styles.
Also, don’t worry if you don’t have 100 washi tapes to begin with. Why not start with what you have? Or, look at our store to find out your top 10? Or, you could even search elsewhere be it online or offline and see if you could give yourself a fun challenge to discover your favorite deco tape.
Thank you for reading!
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