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What is washi tape ? What is PET-tape?

November 02, 2023
In this article I will briefly introduce two types of decorative tapes used in scrapbooking, journaling and other paper crafts: washi tape and PET-tape. What are they and how to use
them? Find out more below.
What is washi tape ? What is PET-tape?
Photo (c) Jonna Studio
At Jonna Studio we offer various decorative tapes and stickers, including washi and PET tapes and transfer stickers (see how to use transfer stickers here). Although both tapes are used interchangeably in journaling, there are some differences between the two types of deco-tapes.

Washi tape is a decorated masking tape typically made of Japanese paper (hence the name washi). It is widely used in book-binding, scrapbooking, and other paper crafts.  Washi tape can be used on various materials like paper, cardboard, wood, ceramics, glass, etc.

Decorated PET tape has the same function as masking tape, but it is made of PET plastic, not paper. It is transparent, water- and wear-resistant. It also comes in a wider variety of bright colors, while washi tapes usually have more muted tones.

Both types of tapes at our shop are equipped with release paper (except Tea House by Pion), a protective film behind the tape, which makes it easy to cut shapes and individual stickers out of the tape without the tape sticking to your fingers. With washi tape, you need to be careful when cutting out shapes from the tape if you don't want to have white edges around your cut-outs. You might need to use a precision knife to get clean cutouts. In contrast, as most PET tapes are clear and can be easily overlapped, you can just cut these out with scissors and don't have to worry about having white edges.

Tape with release paper also allows you to purchase tapes by loop if you are curious to try but don't want to pay for the entire roll of tape. A loop is a specific length and width of a tape where all the pattern elements are repeated once. The length of a loop depends on the particular tape but is usually around one meter.

Although it is considerably easier to work with PET tapes, at Jonna Studio we prefer stocking and using washi tape wherever there are washi alternatives since paper tapes probably are more environmentally friendly and have a smaller ecological footprint. We also prefer the tactile feel of the masking tapes more. See our selection of tapes here.

Stay tuned for our latest updates on Instagram where we regularly post short videos on how to use washi and PET tapes in journaling and collages.

Thank you for reading <3


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