A cult decorative masking tape, made of Japanese 'washi' paper, with an acrylic-based low-tack adhesive, available in various widths and hundreds of designs. Washi paper is very thin and flexible, while remaining quite strong, which means a small amount of adhesive can hold it well. The flexibility means it can cling closely to the shape of whatever you apply it to, so it stays put for as long as you want it to, but can still be removed easily later. It's incredibly versatile stuff with almost unlimited uses - we'll come to some of those soon, but first...
Kamoi Kakoshi was a manufacturer of industrial tape, including top-quality masking tapes. In 2006, three women with backgrounds in art and design asked if they could visit the factory, because they were using the tape for crafting purposes, colouring and patterning the versatile tape, and using it in ways the manufacturer had never even thought of.
The company agreed, and were fascinated by a book the women brought with them, showing all their uses for the tape. They said that Kamoi Kakoshi should make the same tape in a range of colours, to make crafting with it easier. For a company that only made plain tape for professional use, it was a completely new idea, but they saw the potential in the book of designs, and started work. A completely new type of product was born - high-quality repositionable masking tape for decorative and crafting purposes - mt masking tape.
"It was filled with fantastically designed features, transforming our concept that masking tape is a typical product only for an industrial use."
The newly-created mt brand moved on from plain colours to include a wide variety of patterns and designs from around the world. Now mt tape is becoming hugely popular in the crafting world, and is made in over 100 different colours and designs
Beyond the incredible array of designs, mt tape can be torn easily by hand, or cut neatly with knife or scissors, written on, layered, and is easily removed and reused. As an added bonus, it's food-safe due to its non-toxic materials, making it safe for children to use, and it's even heat and water resistant.
A highly versatile product, mt tape can be used to decorate, embellish, and personalise everything from notebooks to entire rooms! Be warned, it is quite addictive once you start.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
There are loads more projects to try, and we've posted some of our attempts below. For more ideas, try these sites:
"Small tape creates large happiness"
This competition is now closed. The winners were: Lisa B, Claudia F, Rachel H, Francina H, Katie D and Jo G. You can read their winning entries in the comments below.
To celebrate the launch of mt tape, we have some fantastic prizes to give away! Each prize will include:
To win one of these sets, all you have to do is tell us what you would do with mt tape. We've shown you some of our ideas, but what would you do? You can post your answer below, or tell us on Facebook or Twitter. We'll select our favourite entries and notify the winners on 1st October before updating this post.
If you've had some ideas now, why not check out the complete selection of mt tape we have available, and get started?
3 July 2014