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From Trash to Treasure: Creating Texture with Stickers

From Trash to Treasure: Creating Texture with Stickers

By Tania Willis

Tanis Willis’ online class Embelllishments: Beautifully Handmade starts February 16th and is full of great techniques and ideas like this.

I’m sure by now you’ve noticed the huge trend towards textured products. Am I right?  We have textured cardstocks, textured patterned papers, and fancy machines to add embossing to just about any paper you desire. I’m sure you’ve also noticed that they all come with a heavy price tag. 

Part of the thrill for me when scrapbooking and papercrafting is to see just how far I can make my supplies stretch and still have a beautiful end result.  I have embraced the motto ‘Reduce. Reuse. Recycle’ to its fullest. So what do I do to create texture and dimension on my projects without breaking the bank?  Today, I want to show one simple way to add amazing texture to a background—and I’m betting you have everything you need right at your fingertips!


– a variety of leftover alphabet (or numeric) stickers

– chipboard the size of your finished project

– acrylic paint

– foam wedge or foam paintbrush 

Gather all of your leftover alphabet stickers and sort them by size (small, medium, large).

Start applying random alphabet/numeric stickers in the center of your chipboard, starting with the largest alphabet stickers you have. 

Continue applying random alphabet/numeric stickers, filling in the smaller spaces with your smaller-sized stickers. Don’t worry about trying to coordinate colors next to one another.

Your completely covered background will look something like this.

Now, we’re going to make it usable as a background paper by applying paint.  Add three or four small puddles of paint in random places on your alphabet stickers.

Using a foam make-up wedge or a foam paintbrush spread the puddles of paint evenly across the surface of the sticker-covered chipboard piece.

The look you are going for will determine on how many times you will repeat this process.  If you want full coverage, I suggest letting the first coat dry for an hour and then repeating with a second coat.  I prefer to have small amounts of color from the stickers peek through, so I only use one coat. I think it adds even more depth to the background.

Once your background is dry, it’s time to put it to use!  I chose to make it the background for a framed art piece to hang in my daughter’s room.

And that’s it—an extremely economical way to add texture to your products using the leftover supplies you have right at your fingertips!

If you’d like to learn more ways economical ways to embellish your scrapbook projects, join my class, Embellishments: Beautifully Handmade starting tomorrow (Tuesday, February 16th) at Get It Scrapped!

Tania (Blog)



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  1. February 15th, 2010Posted | Permalink

    That is absolutely adorable, Tania!  🙂

  2. February 15th, 2010Posted | Permalink

    That is a fantastic idea!  Looks great!  Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. February 15th, 2010Posted | Permalink

    cute cute project!

  4. Christine Rickert
    February 15th, 2010Posted | Permalink

    What a cute idea! Great way to use left over supplies. Have you ever layered a design over top in a small area-like the Sissix Top Note die w/ a saying on it? Could even put a picture and a message-(like a birthday wish for a child) on the small paper sign and layer it over top of background. Lots of possibilities. Thanks, Tania.

  5. February 15th, 2010Posted | Permalink

    that looks so coool!

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