Looking for a way to use up some of your favorite scraps?  How about making them into transparencies? 

Here is a simple transfer technique using clear packing tape... you know, that big roll of clear tape you had to buy to mail your Christmas packages?  Go grab it, and let's get creating!

 Step 1: stick a strip of clear packing tape onto your patterned paper, and burnish. (rub your finger over it to make sure it is smooth and firmly stuck to your paper)

Step 2: Let your tape and paper strip soak in warm water for a few minutes.

Step 3: Using the pad of your finger, rub the paper off the tape. (Don't scrape it off, or you will scratch your transferred image)

you want to make sure you get off all the paper pulp. This can take some time... just keep working with it... You can see in the image above that there is still pulp to rub off.

 Step 4: Place tape sticky side up on a paper towel, and let air dry. (don't pat it with the paper towel, or you will get paper towel fuzz stuck to the tape and have to scrub it again... yes, me and my genius self did that. LOL)

 Step 5: When your tape is completely dry, you'll find that the tape is sticky again. So, of course, you've got to dump glitter on it, right? =)

Step 6: place a piece of paper over your tape and glitter mess, and rub. This will help get the glitter nice and stuck on the tape. 

Uncover your tape, shake off the extra glitter, and you have a beautiful tape transparency of your patterned paper!  Attach with a dry adhesive glitter side down for a shiny image with the glitter trapped underneath (yay for no loose glitter falling off!)

These tapes are fabulous little accents for detailed projects as well as simple ones!  And they are such a fun way to breath new life into those old scraps!

For this little tag, I simply attached a strip near the edge, sent it through my sewing machine (yup, it went through just fine),  stamped the sentiment and added some bling. Quick yet festive!

And it's so sparkly! 

  (if you don't want the sparkle look, just don't put glitter on it. You can use the stick of the tape to adhere it to your project instead.)

You can also do this with printed embellishments, images and photos... Just make sure that you either print them with a laser printer, or go to a copy store and have them make a copy for you. 


Supplies Used
Paper: Basic Grey, white cardstock
Ink: StazOn (Jet Black)
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Holiday Filigree"
Creative Inspirations: Jeweled Inspirations (Siam)
Other: glitter, packing tape


  1. What a clever idea! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!


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