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Old 01-05-2009, 03:36 AM   #1
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Default TLC202 Tacky Glitter

Be prepared to sparkle and shine...not only your paper, but you can bet some will be on you too! Today we'll create unique background paper for just about any project. Are you ready to shine?

What you will need for this technique:
  • Glitter - for a dramatic effect, choose two or three complimentary colors of glitter
  • Tacky Tape - Red Line variety. Size doesn't matter...it just depends on how wide you want your glitter strips. I used 1/4"
  • Cardstock
  • Soft bristled brush and/or dryer sheet
  • Typing paper (or any scrap paper)...on 1/2 sheet for each different color of glitter you will be using
FIRST IMPORTANT NOTE: Shoo the kids and pets out of the room to avoid any glitter mishaps.
  1. Cut your piece of cardstock to the size of glitter paper you want to create
  2. Lay down and adhere line after line of your tacky tape (LEAVE TOP PROTECTIVE PAPER ON AT THIS POINT). You can align your strips of tacky tape by using a ruler or grid paper for equal spacing. I just used my SU! grid paper pad
  3. Select your first color of glitter - lay down one of the pieces of typing paper (to catch the extras) and place your cardstock on top of it. Now remove the top protective paper from ONLY the strips you want to color with this particular color of glitter and sprinkle the glitter on top of each of the exposed tacky tape, pressing the glitter gently into the tape.
  4. Shake off excess glitter by tapping the paper and using your brush or dryer sheet, remove any last remaining bits of glitter from your cardstock before moving onto your next color of glitter. Return unused glitter into the container, seal and put away to avoid any unnecessary glitter spillage
  5. Select your next glitter color and repeat steps 3 & 4. Repeat as often as needed - depending on the number of different glitter colors you are using.
Now look at the wonderful paper you have created! Isn't it beautiful...and don't YOU sparkle as well? (I've never found a way to use glitter without getting it on me too.)

Complete your project, using your glitter creation as an accent or base for a stamped image.

Other Ideas:
Place tacky tape in various directions for added interest
If you have different sized tacky tape, alternate thinner pieces with thicker ones
Stamp your image first onto the cardstock and place tacky tape around the outside of your image
Punch designs from your finished glitter paper to create a stunning one-of-a-kind embellishments

If you would like to see my sample, CLICK HERE.

To view all of the the glittery goodness for TLC202, CLICK HERE.

Be sure to use the keyword TLC202 (no spaces) when you upload your project.

Hints for next week: 12 X 12 patterned paper - thin chipboard (like you would find on the back of a note pad)
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