I absolutely love the look of glitter tape, but to be honest, I just do not have the extra storage for all of the colors I might want to use. With a small storage/work space, I literally work out of a closet, I have to be choosy about what I pick to buy and really need to think through my purchases. I don’t buy anything on a whim, it needs to have multiple purposes and not be something I might use once or twice. Keeping that in mind, I choose instead to store glitter and of course I have adhesive on hand at all times. With those two items I can make my own glitter tape! Watch the video tutorial below to see exactly how I did it!
Starting with a black, top folding card base that measured 4″ x 5 1/2″, two different sizes of double sided adhesive tape (the tear easy kind in sizes 1/4″ & 1/8″), and my ruler I started laying down strips of adhesive at an angle on the base. I used my ruler to make sure they were space evenly and straight and I also alternated between the two sizes for some more interest. With all of my strips of adhesive laid down I grabbed a pair of non stick scissors and cut each strip flush with the edge of the card base. It also doesn’t hurt to rub your embossing buddy along the edges to take away any stickiness left over! Before I started with any glitter I ran the base through my die cutting machine several times with a stitched border die from Lawn Fawn. I die cut the stitched lines between each adhesive strip, just for added interest.
For the glitter I chose two colors, a pink and a gray. I started with the pink and chose to use it on the larger strips of adhesive. After removing the backing paper, I sprinkled on the glitter and tried to keep it contained just to those strips, then I laid a sheet of computer paper over the glitter and used my bone folder to really push or burnish that glitter into the adhesive so it was fully coated and embedded with glitter. The sheet of computer paper is highly suggested to keep your mess down to a minimum! I carefully lifted up the paper and discarded it and started brushing away the leftover glitter onto a sheet of scrap paper that was underneath my card. You can funnel that leftover glitter right back into it’s container for another use! I also used a very soft large paintbrush to get rid of any little leftover stubborn flecks. Next up was the gray glitter on the smaller strips of adhesive. I used exactly the same technique: pouring on the glitter and then I used my bone folder over a sheet of paper to really burnish the glitter so the adhesive is truly packed with it! Again, I cleaned off the remaining glitter and used a dry brush to remove all the leftover specks. It was THAT easy!!
For my sentiment I cut a scalloped rectangle with stitching from white cardstock and, using my MISTI and black dye ink, stamped the sentiment “You Make Ordinary Days Sparkle” from the Yes to Sprinkles Stamp Set (Two Paper Divas) directly in the center. To finish off the card, I simply adhered the sentiment rectangle to the card base with double sided adhesive and fun foam.
I do want to mention that this glitter tape will shed a bit, so make sure you are giving a card like to this to someone who won’t mind! If you do want to seal in your glitter to prevent this, you can always put a thin layer of glossy accents over the top, then you can give it to whoever you want! Making my own glitter tape is a great way to stretch two supplies that I use often and already have on hand, which is something I LOVE! So, as long as you don’t mind a little glitter mess, make sure to try this out!!
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