How to Make Your Own Specialty Paper

Posted by Kate Kennedy
Learn how to create your own specialty glitter paper with glitter or embossing powder that is perfect for your next scrapbook layout.

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There is so much beautiful paper available, whether it be gold foiled or glittered, plain or patterned. I have found that as much as I love creating backgrounds for my projects I am now hooked on making my own custom specialty paper. It is super simple and the possibilities are endless.

Here is what you will need: Please note that you can use so many different colors or mediums to do this.

Embossing Powder

Martha Stewart Glitter


Paper Trimmer

Liquid Glue

Tape Runner


Embossing Ink

Heat Gun

Foam Adhesive

Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry)

Pattern Paper

Begin by choosing your photo, pattern paper, and embellishments. For this layout I decided to use Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy papers. I love the colors and there are some great patterns, perfect for Valentine's Day projects. I particularly love the gold foiled hearts and the combinations of these colors.

To create the specialty paper:

1. Choose the size you want to create.

2. For this layout I wanted a big photo corner, for the tutorial pictured here, I measured 4 inches from the bottom of the paper and 4 inches from the left side. Regardless of the size you choose you need to create a square.

3. Draw a diagonal line through the square. This creates the perfect corner.

4. Scor-tape is perfect for adhering glitter or you can use Versamark ink and embossing powder.

The options are endless!

After creating the specialty paper I went on to create my layout. I embossed a triangle for the upper corner with the Gold Glitter Embossing Powder. I love the specialty element it adds to the page and of course all the sparkly shine. Using mostly embellishments from the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy collection added great pops of color to the black and white background as well as the black and white photo. Also, adding a bit of Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry breaks up the background and just adds a little something extra. Hope you have enjoyed this process and will give it a try. You can do the same process on vellum also and that would look really cool.