Tuesday Tip – Mess-free Permafix tape (and a bonus pinwheel tutorial)

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Using permafix tape ~TuesdayTip

Today’s #TuesdayTip is inspired by a crafter who attended the Trimcraft workshops I hosted at CHSI Stitches this week.

If I am honest, I have not only been inspired by her tip, I have basically stolen it outright.  I thought it was such a great tip for using permafix tape that I had to share it with you all, just as she shared it with everyone else on the workshop.

During the three workshop sessions throughout the show, I used the new Dovecraft Blooming Lovely collection from Trimcraft to create three different gift boxes. I advised that the best adhesive to use for the boxes was permafix tape as it bonds stronger than double sided tape and is cleaner than using wet glue. It’s particularly suited to gift boxes as they need to be strong enough to take the weight of the treat you’re going to put inside.

However, there are a few downsides to permafix tape. The red backing tape can be very annoying as it sticks to you as you snip at it and it simply won’t go in the bin when you try and throw it in. It will stick to anything and everything as it refuses to accept the fact that it has outlived its usefulness and it surplus to requirements.

using-permafix-tapeIt also needs cutting with scissors, unlike double sided tape which you can tear easily as you’re applying it, and it can be very difficult to peel the backing tape away.

So you can imagine how delighted I was to see one of our workshop crafters using permafix tape in a different way. Instead of snipping the tape off in its entirety on each project, she kept the red backing tape unbroken, creating a sort of backing tape tail. She only snipped the tape itself.

I have tried to show this on the following video but the angle of the camera means most of the time I block the view of the tape with my arm! Doh! Anyway I think you’ll get the idea. Applying the tape, peeling back the backing and then snipping only the tape itself, not the red backing means it will be much easier to remove the backing and you don’t have to wrestle with tiny bits of backing that is sticking to you despite your attempts to shake it off.

In this video you get a bonus pinwheel tutorial as I thought this would be a nice project to use the tape on.

 

And here’s a selection of pictures to show what we got up to during the Trimcraft papercraft workshops at CHSI Stitches 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham.

 

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