Pixel Embellishments

by Trudy Sjolander

Turn double-sided foam adhesive into pretty embellishments to use on your cards.


  • Double-sided foam adhesive squares, Helmar small square white ZapDots used here

  • Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders

  • Soft Dusting Brush


  1. Step 1

    Remove top protective film from a row of adhesive squares and lightly dust on first color of pigment powder.

  2. Step 2

    Remove additional rows of protective film and add other colors of pigment. Note that are two colors of pigment on some squares.

  3. Step 3

    Rub powder into adhesive squares until they are no longer tacky.

  4. Step 4

    Attach a bow and place "pixels" around card to create a design. Tweezers are helpful here.

  5. Step 5

    Finish your card.



  1. Try other mediums
    You can use any shape or color of self adhesive foam shapes and other mediums for coloring them. Here is a card created with black circle foam adhesives and ultra fine glitter.

  2. This card was done with small black foam adhesives and Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pixel Embellishments. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Just wanted to pop on and say thank you to Beatte for inviting me to share this technique!
Hope you all enjoy it!

True :D
Trudy Sjolander  |  Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM
What a fun idea! And the result is perfect!
Hetty  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 2:50 AM
I've been following Tru D's blog for about a year now and am continually amazed by the work that she does! Thanks for featuring her here!
Denny  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 4:08 AM
Wow! This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! Will definitely have to try this one!
Charlene Mitchell (SCS crystaldolphins)  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 5:20 AM
What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing the technique.
raduse  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 5:23 AM
This is CUTE! FUNNY TOO! Now WHY don't we come up with this type of thing on our own???? LOL GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!! smile Here's a question: Now, can you come up with a way to stamp a little alphabet on there????They'd look like scrabble tiles! smile SUPER IDEA Trudy!!!!!! smile THANKS TRUDY! (GENIUS!)
Becky Green  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 5:29 AM
I just love getting new card ideals every week they are beautiful cards. Thank you
Cathy myers  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 5:37 AM
Love this idea, must try it on the next card. Thank you for sharing <3 <3 <3
Anna Müller  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 5:55 AM
Trudy, what a clever idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial...can't wait to try it! Blessings, Angie
Angie Crockett  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 6:04 AM
Great idea...TFS...I would never have thought of this. On the glitter ones, I wonder if it would be helpful for brushing off the excess glitter if you first wiped over your pop dots sheet with a static bag and then peeled off the protective papers????? Hummmm..... I must try this.
Jan D.  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 6:14 AM
how very clever -I love it! Thanks!!
Colleen Umlah  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 6:42 AM
CanI use a wedge cosmetic sponge instead of the Colorsnap Stylus with my Colorbox inks? I am trying to cut back on spending.
Louise Dahlgren  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 6:48 AM
Now I know what to do with all of those cheap foam adhesive squares that don't really adhere well anymore. I can make up lots of tiles put them in a baggie for later use and wallah! (I wonder what would happen if you lightly sprayed them with a clear sealant after applying the perfect pearls? Anyone know if that would work?) They might look more like " little tiles"
Denise Marsden  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 6:57 AM
COOL Can't wait to make some and put them on a card.
Carole Miller  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Kathy H  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 7:02 AM
I absolutely love this idea. I have some thick dimensional squares and really don't like using them in the conventional way. I can't wait to try this technique! Thanks for the great video.
Barb  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 7:59 AM
could you use pearl ex instead of perfect pearls for this technique. It is beautiful. thanks for sharing.
fran  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 8:40 AM
Loved the technique! Can't wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing.
Pat  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 8:41 AM
Thanks so much for all of you sweet comments! There are a couple of good suggestions too!
Fran, I am sure any kind of pigment powders would work just fine. smile
Trudy Sjolander  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 8:49 AM
Fantastic Idea ! Why couldn't I have thought of this...sometimes I wonder where my head is. Thanks so much for sharing. I love the idea and am off to try.
Diana E.  |  Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

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