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Looking for a fun project to perk up the decor, or to give as a one-of-a kind gift, 3M Scotch brand comes to the rescue with beautiful new Expressions Tape. The tapes easily allow for anyone to discover their inner creative being allowing one to express themselves in do-it-yourself projects to add new fun to the decor or to surprise others with unique gifts. Get the entire family involved with crafting their own beautiful creations.

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Scotch Expressions Tapes adds new life to an ordinary bulletin board.

I used the fun Scotch Expressions Tapes to create a beautiful bulletin board for a gift surprise to hang on an entry door to welcome my friends new baby. She was so excited coming home from the hospital to see the welcome board with "Hi Mathew" on it and his photo pinned to say hello to him.

The project was fun and easy, and took very few supplies:

  • One package of four 12 inch cork squares (depending on the size of the finished board you want will determine how many squares to use).
  • An array of 3M Scotch brand Expressions Tapes in patterns and colors including:
  • packing tape in funky colors and patterns
  • Expressions colored and patterned tape
  • colorful and patterned masking tape
  • scissors
  • push pins

Time to begin the fun of making the artistic board

This is the perfect project to express one's colorful self. Have the kids to make their own to show off on the walls in their rooms.

  1. Organize the four 12 inch boards into a large 24 inch square.
  2. Use the packing tape in the design of your choice to tape the cork squares neatly together wrapping all of the seams from the front to the back.
  3. Now it is time to use the fun different tapes to make your designed board. Add the tape to the front of the board wrapping about 1/4 inch around the edges (Use your scissors to cut the tape). make sure that the tapes lines up tightly against each other so that the entire cork board is covered.
    • Be creative adding stripes in a diagonal or a straight pattern, or crafting a basket weave pattern to the front of the board.
    • Have fun mingling the different tapes together for a designer finished product (be sure to use the same packing tape again that you used to hold the cork squares together).
    • Use your artistic mind and double up with the expressions tapes to create an interesting finished creation.
  4. When you have completed covering the entire front of the assembled boards with the decorative tape then add a frame around the board with packing tape to finish the completed piece of art. Make sure that each edge of the border is the same width to create a beautiful frame.
    • Wrap the tape around two opposite edges first (make sure that the tape covers the back so that it creates a clean appearance covering decorative taped edges). Then cut the top and bottom so that edges are even with the perpendicular edges.
    • Finish off the bordered edge by wrapping the other two edges in the same manner.
  5. Create a hanger at the top of your board using the same packing tape that you used for the frame.
    • Roll the tape to make a flat rope-like finished product.
    • Create a loop from the roped packing tape to place as a hanger at the top of the board. use any small piece of tape to hold the loop in place on back and cut off long edges.
    • Use a strip of the same packing tape as the frame to cover the back of the looped hanger that is attached to the board and to keep it in place. Make sure the strip of tape runs the length of the board for a clean finished look.
  6. Have fun adding extras.
    • I used masking tape in a contrasting red color to add a welcome message to the board. I cut the width of the tape in half to craft the words "Hi MATTHEW".
    • I then pinned a welcome message and a photo of the new baby to the board.
    • Along the bottom of the board I placed some extra pins for the new parents to use to pin their own keepsakes.

Scotch Expressions Tapes makes expressing oneself fun

Whether using the tapes for gift wrapping or creating decor 3M Scotch Expressions Tapes stay true to their name in allowing for people to express themselves by having a great time bring creative.

Scotch Expressions Magic Tapes have the same original texture as their parent, the Scotch Magic Tape, known to disappear and blend with the gift wrap, except the new tapes shout out with color and patterns to add new options to gift wrapping fun. Instead of hiding the tape get creative with ideas like adding stripes to a boring wrapping paper and blend in the seams to create a unique design.

"Scotch® Expressions Magic(TM) Tape comes in a variety of colors so you can decorate and personalize your projects. It features a unique adhesive that holds paper securely, yet is easy to remove or reposition. Available in 3/4" length."

  • Elegant matte finish
  • Write on it with pen, pencil or marker
  • Features a unique adhesive that holds paper securely, yet is easy to remove or reposition
  • Works great with Scotch® Desktop and Handheld Dispensers

Scotch Expressions Washi Tapes are unique tapes that provide crafting excitement to any project. They add a personal touch with an amazing choice of patterns and colors in different widths. The smooth surface tape tears as if paper but adheres to a variety of surfaces like tape making them the perfect go to for any decorating and wrapping project.

"Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape comes in a variety of colors so you can decorate and personalize your projects. Available in 15 mm x 10m or 30 mm x 10m sizes."

  • Initially repositionable on most surfaces
  • Tears cleanly
  • Write on it with pen, pencil or marker
  • Great for decorating, paper crafts and adding a creative accent to almost anything

Scotch Expressions Masking Tapes takes away the old utilitarian only use for masking tape. With a choice of beautiful colors and patterns the tape adds new excitement for taping up holiday decor. Add pretty borders using the tape to display holiday cards and photos taped to a wall.

"Scotch® Expressions Masking Tape comes in a variety of colors and patterns that allow you to decorate and personalize your projects. Available in .94 inch by 20 yards."

  • Easy to tear, paper finish
  • Write on it with pen, pencil or marker
  • Adhesive holds securely, yet removes cleanly
  • Works great with entire Scotch® Expressions line

Scotch Expressions Packaging Tapes allow for sending gifts in plain brown paper wrapping no longer boring by allowing for personalizing packages. Add great decorative touches that seal and protect the gift being sent. The packing tape that comes in fun colors and patterns that are perfect for color coding when sending a number of packages to individuals in the same household as well as decorating storage containers or organizing moves. These tapes are also perfect for adding new touches to revive old furnishings.

"Scotch(R) Expressions Packaging Tape comes in a variety of patterns that allow you to decorate and personalize your projects. Available in .94 inch by 20 yards."

  • General purpose mailing tape
  • Decorative Printed Tape
  • 1 roll of tape with dispenser

See what ideas you can come up with to tape up a beautiful decor. Get going and have fun taping your way to wowing yourself and others. Never be afraid to dance!

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