This is “More details about various types of washi tapes – Part 2” of a 2-part series. Click here to read Part 1.
This article is to illustrate further the variety of products in part 1. Here you can view more details of various types of washi tapes in assorted colors, patterns, themes, and designs.
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For instance, you can find a different design for the same theme. Let’s say travel theme can be cute and whimsical, or it can be vintage and nostalgic, as shown in the picture below.
Note: these 2 items are no longer available in our store.
When I first came across washi tape, I’d no clue about it, nor how many types were in the market..
I’d heard about the pretty tapes on the internet and in the crafts magazines but just didn’t pay much attention to it until one fine day.
I stumbled upon them in a book shop and saw them in real. Honestly speaking, I was not sure what to do with the tape I bought other than wrapping up the books.
Not sure if you do this… I used to wrap all the textbooks and some other precious books and magazines with plastic sheets. And, of course, general cellophane tape was the only choice. It turned yellowish over time and became rather sticky and messy.
I think washi tape is such a fantastic alternative.
Not only does it beautify the books, but it’s also acid-free (for some brands like mt masking tape and Aimez le style washi tape). Well, I’m not sure (yet to find out) if this applies to all the other decorative tapes on the market.
Anyway, it’s not that hard to pick the kind of paper tape (if you come across it in your area) that I like in the bookstore since it only offers a limited choice.
However, it’s so different in the internet world.
If you search on the World Wide Web, you will get many washi-tape-related pictures.
You may have encountered familiar washi paper tapes all over the place like mt tape. This is because, in my opinion, it is the most original and widespread pioneer in the industry.
They already have hundreds of different designs, colors, and styles in the mt brand alone. Moreover, they do have limited edition adhesive tapes for other regions and countries. Plus, they also offer “seasonal” products such as Summer Collection, Autumn & Winter Collection, Christmas tapes, and so on.
mt masking tape series
mt expo in Kuala Lumpur
Do remember there are many more washi adhesive tapes out there, with or without brands. For instance, some other famous ones are maste washi masking tape, Round Top masking tape, Shinzi Katoh masking tape, etc. Similarly, some companies also come out with their very own deco tapes.
Besides, you have the option to buy a single roll or to collect them all in a series. They carry the same theme, say flowers, and offer in different colors.
Therefore, it’s really a lot to shop and buy.
I’m not sure if this is good or not so good. Even though we sell washi tapes online and get the chance to buy a lot more, we sometimes feel that our buying process is always in progress.
It’s very much like fashion, isn’t it? New designs, colors, styles, and textures keep appearing pretty quickly. It’s kind of tough to keep up with the trend, don’t you agree?
The buying process will be easy if you know what kind of designs you love. Most importantly, if you also know what your customers like. Otherwise, it could take a while to choose because you are unsure what to buy or which one to start first.
Let's see more details of various types of washi tapes...
As you may have read in Part 1, there are seven different groups for washi tape, for instance, theme, color, pattern, design, culture, texture, and materials. Below you’ll see 1-3 three pictures for each category to show the differences.
The pictures below will show you the different designs, even if the washi tape has the same floral theme.
So, what are the differences?
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I’d also like to mention that some items below may not be available anymore. Firstly, some could be discontinued. Secondly, even if you found the exact item, it could be existing stock that once it’s sold, then it’s no more.
Since there are too many to link each one, I selected a few affiliate links (here’s my affiliate disclosure) should you want to take a look.
Such as travel, floral, food, animal, Christmas, music, encyclopedia, stationery, scenery, illustration, cartoon.
Below is a wonderful example of floral-themed deco tapes. Different flowers, different colors, and different sizes.
Below is animal / encyclopedia mt tape. For instance, cut out and use as stickers for butterfly tape. Children can learn about animals from mt ex animal masking tape as shown in the middle picture below.
And on the right, layer this mt ex rabbit & squirrel masking tape with another bear washi tape from mt as well (not shown here).
If you are not sure where to begin using washi tapes, the colors are fantastic ones to get started. Treat them as color pencils! For instance, basic or solid color, single color or different color combinations, bright or cool (dark), neon, pastel.
On the left is the bright colors set and on the right is the cool colors set.
Such as stripes, lines, dots, chevron, borders, tartan-check, stars, hearts, abstracts, mosaic, collage, flowers, and flags.
In other words, this is another huge section in terms of patterns.
If you find the colors are too plain, or the pictures are too sophisticated, then be mindful that you might get lost in the large selection of washi tape patterns! Too many beautiful tapes to choose from!
This is because you can certainly find any patterns you want and use the washi tape as a layer or collage them with different patterns.
Therefore, instead of adding all of them here, such as stripes, hearts, and so on, you may go to the “Product List” page to view more. I believe this is why I (or we) get crazy about washi tapes.
For example, bold, light, sweet, abstract, vivid, whimsical, funny, romantic, simple, complicated, vintage, cute.
Below are three distinctive designs in my opinion.
Such as Japanese style design, Chinese style design, Nordic style, French style, English style, and Morocco style.
That is to say that there are also decorative masking tapes that contain and reflect a particular culture. Say if you want to make a Chinese New Year card or plan an Oriental-themed D.I.Y. wedding, what about including this tape in your design like the image on the left below (Japanese style washi tape)?
Below is the glitter washi tape, as shown below. You’ll feel the surface is a bit rough due to the glitters. However, it’s surprising that you can tear the tape by hand. One downside is that it can be pretty sticky sometimes.
Update: As mentioned here, we recently got new stuff called PET tape. It’s like washi tape material, but it has a backing at the back. The adhesive backing is something like those you see on a sticker sheet. Here’s a picture in the Part 1 article, simply scroll down under the “Material” section.
These are the washi tapes in a nutshell. All in all, there are so many I haven’t included in this article. If I were to include everything here, it’d be a very long list!
Anyway, I will be sharing other types of washi tapes in different blog posts. So, be sure to come back! Hope you enjoyed reading so far and knowing a bit more about these little beautiful tapes.
Is there any other washi tape design that you’ve seen but not covered here? Share it in the comment box below!
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