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Scrapbook Paper Embellishments

It is sometimes inspiring to work and experiment with a limited number of craft materials and tools. So, in this post I am advocating buying less to create more for yourself.

Today I will show you how easy it is to make paper scrapbook embellishments using white, watercolour paper and a limited number of tools.

The most important and essential tool here is my Cuttlebug die cutting machine and I don’t think there is a papercrafter or scrapbooker, who doesn’t already have this or a similar machine.

So, first I am cutting some shapes. If you don’t have a machine, you can cut them by hand too.  The next step is to use some embossing folders to create dimension.

After that, using simple bright coloured highlighters and my favourite handmade blending tools I am putting some colours in the shapes to emphasise them. The great thing is that you can use the highlighters with all available colours and mix them. Also, it will be helpful to have simple brown and black markers or a black ink pad. Black by itself is enough. If you have markers or highlighters, you don’t need a whole collection of inks.

Stamp some miniature shapes in the elements you’ve already shaded. A text or letter stamp is useful in so many places and gives great covering of the space.

After that I am adding glitter glue to give it some shine. You can also use glitter nail polish – it definitely will dry faster than glue. Actually because glitter glue is drying so slowly, I sometimes dry it in my microwave oven to speed things up.

And after that you only need to put the little elements together! Nothing more! Mix them and glue them! With normal glue!

By mixing and matching the many different size details you have made, you can make many different embellishments!

And you can use your embellishments on gift tags, greeting cards, notebooks, gift wraps and any other place you decide!

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