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This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Click here to read Part 1.
Note: Skip the text and go straight to the pictures. Or, keep reading and the images will be shown.
To further illustrate the variety of products in part 1, here you can view more pictures about masking tapes in assorted colors, patterns, themes and designs.
For instance, you can find different feel for the same theme. Let’s say travel theme, it can be cute and whimsical or it can be vintage and nostalgic.
Get Aimez le style travel items washi tape here. (No longer available in our store)
Click here to see a list of other travel themed washi tapes.
When I first came across washi tape, I’d no clue about what it was and how many in the market actually.
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 text books and some other precious books and magazines with plastic sheets. And of course, normal cellophane tape was the only choice. It turned yellowish over time and became kind of sticky and messy.
I think washi tape is such a fantastic alternative.
Not only does it beautify the books, it’s also acid-free (for certain 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 in the market.
It’s not that hard to pick the kind of paper tape (if you come across in your area) that I like in the bookstore since it only offered very limited choice.
However, it’s so different in the internet world.
If you search on the World Wide Web, you will literally get tons of washi-tape-related pictures.
They already have hundreds of different designs, colors and styles in mt brand alone. Not to mention, they do have limited edition adhesive tapes for different regions and countries. Plus, they also offer “seasonal” products such as Summer Collection, Autumn & Winter Collection, Christmas tapes and so on.
mt tape series
Do remember there are many more washi adhesive tapes out there, with or without brands. For instance, some other famous ones are maste washi making tape, Round Top masking tape, Shinzi Katoh masking tape etc. Some companies also come out with their very own deco tapes.
Besides, you have the option to buy single roll or to collect them all in a series. They carry the same theme, say flowers, and offer in different colors.
So, 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 for sure what kind of designs you love. Best of all, if you also know what your customers like. Otherwise, it could take a while to select because you are not certain what to buy or which one to start first.
Let’s see what’s in here…
As you may have already read in Part 1, I categorized the types of washi tapes into six different groups, namely theme, color, pattern, design, cultural and texture. At least three pictures are included for each category (except “texture”) to show the differences.
What are the differences?
Even if having the same theme, say food related designs; it can give you different feel like simple and cute or colorful and bold.
- Theme – travel, floral, food, natural, animal, Christmas, music, encyclopedia, stationery, scenery, illustration, cartoon
~ Below is a wonderful example for floral themed deco tapes. Different flowers and different colors on different sizes. (click to enlarge images)
~ Below is animal / encyclopedia mt tape. Cut out and use as stickers for butterfly tape. Children can learn about animals from the middle tape. And on the right, layer this tape with bear tape. (click to enlarge images)
~ Stationery… these are all mt ex series. (click to enlarge images)
- Color – basic or solid, single color or different color combinations, bright or cool (dark), neon, soft
~ On the left is bright colors set and on the right is cool colors set. (click to enlarge images)
- Pattern – stripes, lines, dots, chevron, borders, tartan-check, stars, hearts, abstract, mosaic, collage, flowers, flags
~ This is another huge section in terms of patterns. They are just way too many for me to include here such as stripes, hearts and so on. I think this is the main reason that I (or we) get crazy about washi tapes. (click to enlarge images)
- Design – bold, light, sweet, abstract, vivid, whimsical, funny, romantic, simple, complicated, vintage, cute
~ Below is three distinctive designs in my opinion. (click to enlarge images)
- Cultural – Japanese style design, Chinese style design, Nordic style, French style, English style, Morocco style
~ There are also decorative masking tapes which 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? (click to enlarge images)
These are the washi tapes in a nutshell. 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!
However, I will still be sharing with you other various types of washi tapes in different blog posts. Hope you enjoy reading so far and knowing a bit more about these little beautiful tapes.
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