Make your OWN embellishments with Packing Tape!!

I received free packing tape in the mail from DUCK and thought I would use it to show everyone a new technique.  With this technique you can use any printed  material- magazines/gift bags/etc, and turn it into an embellishment.  The possibilities are endless…you could cut out a cute picture, a famous person’s photo, a pattern–anything!!  I am thinking I may have to find a magazine with a picture of Hannah Montana to use for my daughter’s scrapbook!

Supplies you will need:
Printed design/photo/picture
Bowl of water
Packing Tape
Bone Folder

2 pictures I found in an old scrapbooking magazine, that I made into embellishments.  Note: you can trim up the cake, much like I trimmed the true tag.

Hope you have as much fun as I did with this quick and easy technique!


  • What a clever idea…scratch that…this is AMAZING! I would have never thought of doing this on my own, but you can count on me trying it out very soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • This is great! I have used magazines for making rub-ons before, but not the shiny embellies! great tip. I also use packing tape to make large areas of glitter on things…I cut out a shape with my Cricut or make another die-cut (maybe with my Sizzix). Then, using the negative part of the shape, I lay packing tape across the back, face-up. You can use as many strips as you need, because the lines don’t show…then sprinkle glitter on the sticky side. Once the excess is brushed off, you have a glittery shape!

  • Wondering if it’s ‘acid free’ like a lot of embellishments tout for scrapping? That’d be my concern w/ the packing tape.

    Nice idea–interesting how the paper rubs off, but the image remains!

  • Thanks for the video. I’ve done this with small laser jet photos to make a transparent photograph, which is also cool, but never done it from magazine pictures. Great idea!

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