Back with a Non-Card Project to Organize Your Craft Space

Hello out there!

I’ve been away too long! With 2 moves in the last few months, I’m finally getting unpacked and settled in my new place. I am still trying to sort out my craft space and it led to a project. A project led to photos (to make sure my tubes/couplers were correctly placed). Photos led to a blog post. So here we are…


A bunch of YouTube videos show how to use PVC pipe couplers to store Stickles glitter glue. Since PVC couplers aren’t sold at Michael’s, I had to go to a hardware store. Gathering my courage as I walked longingly past shiny new appliances, I headed into the plumbing department. A seasoned salesguy could smell a non-home-improvement-type entering his territory and came out of nowhere to help me out. 

Apparently PVC pipe couplers only come in round (Yes, I asked for round PVC connector thingies) and there are lots of types and sizes. Salesguy was very helpful and I purchased 10 bucks (How was I supposed to know how many of what size I needed?) worth of PVC couplers to make my own craft desk organizer.

Below are photos from the concept (left) and final (right) stages of the projects. I used PVC couplers from the hardware store, wood slat and Martha Stewart glossy paint from the craft store and indoor adhesive vinyl (Oracal 631) from ExpressionsVinyl.Com. To ensure straight lines, I used my Silhouette SD machine to cut rectangles out of silver vinyl.


Here are some sizes: Ranger Mini-Misters fit perfectly in 1/2″ couplers. Tombow Mono-Multi glue fits in a 1″ tube.  The Tombow Tape runner balances on a 1-1/4″ tube, but will also fit on a 1″ tube. Not in the final project (yes, I goofed) is a bottle of Stickles glitter glue. It fits on top of a 1/2″ coupler, but fits inside a 3/4″ coupler.

Here are some alternates I considered before choosing the aqua and silver scheme. (Washi tape for home decor!) What do you think?



Thank you for coming by my blog!  Please stay tuned, in the next day or two I will have a card up. Stephanie

Two Takes on Hero Arts Washi Tape Stamps


Today I want to share a brief overview on inking and masking techniques used with the tape strip stamps from the wonderful Hero Arts stamp set called Tape Your Message. Brand new for 2013, the clear set is a fun collection of Washi tape-style strips and journalling frames. I had fun experimenting with these and came up with two ways of stamping these images on a single layer card.

Each card is 3-1/2 inches square—the perfect size love note for a lunch bag or to attach to a candy treat. If you look at the “H” in the sentiment of each card, there is a difference. The card on the right shows a traditional masking technique and the card on the left shows an inking technique.

Let’s start with the card on the right:

The crossbar of the “H” was stamped first in Soft Granite shadow ink. I masked it with an image cut out of a sticky note and Before-Mask-Removed-Webthen stamped the rest of the “H” in Butter Bar mid-tone shadow ink and in Soft Pool shadow ink. The lower part of the “I” was stamped in Pool mid-tone shadow ink.

The great thing about clear stamps is that you can see through them to get perfect placement of your images. (Note: click on image for larger pic. Sorry for the blurriness!)


Remove the yellow sticky note mask and voilà, it magically appears to be in front of the upright parts of the “H.”


The heart is a small  heart from the Hero Arts Heart frame cuts. I cut double-sided sticky tape and sprinkled red glitter all over it. Burnish very well and most of the glitter will stay stuck to the sticky tape.



For some great tutorials and projects using the masking technique check out these links:

  • Jennifer McGuire has a video of basic masking techniques here.
  • Kristina Werner uses masking a lot. Here are a couple of videos here and here.
  • Splitcoaststampers has a great short tutorial on masking here.

The card on the Left:

In real life, Washi tape is somewhat transparent, so the color of the item underneath it shows through a bit. In stamping it is hard to get a transparent look without stamping on vellum and cutting out the image. I wanted to see if I could achieve the look in one layer.

This time, start by inking up the vertical parts of the “H.” To make this easier, I have mounted both stamps on the same block, perfectly spaced.

Ink each stamp in a separate color.Washi-Technique-1-Web

Using a folded Ranger ink blending foam, tap the inked stamp where the crossbar should go.  This will remove some, but not all the ink.

Stamp the image onto cardstock for your project.




There will be faded ink across each section. This is where you will line up the inked crossbar piece of Washi tape.

Washi-Result-Close-up-WebAgain, clear stamps make this very easy and allow for near perfect placement.


You can see that the crossbar piece of the stamped Washi tape appears to be somewhat translucent, as the other colors show through. (Sorry again for the blurriness!)




The heart on this card is also made with double-sided sticky tape, but it was punched out with the Stampin’ Up! Many Hearts punch (sadly discontinued).






Finally, ’cause I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I stamped this same design with no masking and no inking. The card panel is in the middle below. It still looks great, so sometimes techniques are not necessary.


This glittered heart on the middle panel has a layer of Stampin’ Up! Crystal Effects over the red glitter. Ranger’s Glossy Accents, or Judikin’s Diamond Glaze will give you the same effect.


Which technique do you think works/looks better?


Thanks for stopping by today!




Stamps: Hero Arts Tape Your Message clear set

Ink: Hero Arts shadow inks in Butter Bar (mid-tone), Pool (mid-tone), Soft Pool, Soft Granite

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake (kraft), Bazzill Date Swirl Smoothie

Dies: Hero Arts Heart Frame Cuts, Stampin’ Up! Many Hearts punch (discontinued)

Misc: Stampin’Up! Crystal Effects, Recollections/Michael’s red fine glitter, Post-it note, Ranger Ink Blending Foam