July SUSIE-Q Fun Tip–Summer Sparkle Series #2–Scrabble Tile Sparkle

Well, can ya’ll believe it’s the first of July already?  Me neither.  Lucky for ya’ll though, that it means it’s time for another SUSIE-Q Fun Tip from me, Susan.  Today I’m sharing my second glitterfied tutorial in my 3-part

 “Summer sparkle Series!”
I’m going to show ya’ll how to use the YNS Letter Board Die and add sparkle to the letters from the “negative” tile part.  I know–you’re thinking, “WHAAATTT?”  Just follow along and don’t worry.  I took lots of pictures!


All we need to get started is the YNS Letter Board Die, some packing tape, and of course, GLITTER!!  Helping me out today also is the delightful ice cream sundae loving girlie from the Total Sweetness cling set.  If you really think about it, you could use almost any die’s negative cut for this technique.

Since all twenty-six letters are included in the die, you are free to make thousands of words with it.  That’s a lot of bang for your buck if you ask me.  Today, I’m just spelling the word “sweet” to go with my ice cream girl.  Die-cut the letters of your choice.  We are only using the tile part (negative cut), so the actual letters are yours to rearrange and make as many words on the table as you can with them in thirty seconds after this tutorial is over.

Next we need to make the recessed letter opening be sticky from the front side.  The letter tiles happen to be just a little larger than a 1/2″ square, so that’s a good size to cut the tape into.  Do this and stick it on the BACK SIDE of each letter tile.

Here’s what the back of the tile should look like with the tape pressed onto the back.

Now we glitter!  Sprinkle a lot onto the FRONT side of the tile, so that it sticks to the sticky side of the tape showing through.  Remember to glitter over a fresh piece of copy paper that’s been creased to create a trough for the excess glitter to slide back into the container.  Goggles optional.

You’re going to want to use your finger to press the glitter onto the tape, then wipe off the excess as best as you can.  This is your chance to add more glitter if necessary and repeat the pressing/wiping part.

I’ve found using an old paintbrush works wonders in getting off the little extra tidbits of this fine glitter.  I keep one especially for this purpose so that if I paint, I don’t end up with unwanted glitter in my paint.

Ok, my letters are all done and super SPARK-A-LAY!!!!

And, here’s my image all ready to go and I’m envisioning the letter placement here.

A closer view of my finished card!

I cannot say “I did” and I cannot say “I didn’t” have to go buy and actually eat some ice cream during the making of this tutorial.  You’ll have to check my facebook status from last night to find out.

Well, I sure am having fun finding and sharing 
NEW ways to play in the GLITTER with ya’ll!
I know you’re going to want to try this tutorial because 
it’s so EASY!
DONT’ FORGET to leave me a comment— 

  There’s going to be a random drawing on JULY 5th from all the comments to win some YNS goodies!    

Ready, set, GO and I’ll see ya’ll next month

when we will get glitterfied again!!!!!



  1. 1
    stampin4ever says:

    Thanks! I’m always looking for ideas to use my glitter stash and this is so quick and easy!

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    Olivia says:

    This is fantastic…I have loved the scrabble tile look and this is a great way to add and embellishment…oh can not wait to play with this one.

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    I LOVE this Susan and I can’t wait to get my letter board die out and make sparkly letters!!! FUN! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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    Mary-Anne V says:

    What a great idea to use packing tape…i love these tip posts!!!!

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    nmnastali says:

    Thanks for the fun tutorial!!! I love your glitter posts!!! :)) :))
    I usually use washi on the back of my die cuts… I haven’t tried the clear packing tape!! :)) :))

  6. 6

    What a cute card, I love how these letters turned out!

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    Becky G says:

    Awesome tutorial, Susie! I love glitter and love your fun card!

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    Dandi93 says:

    I love these letter dies. They are the perfect dies to use the negative or the letters themselves… This just makes them even better. Love the idea to use the packing tape with them to add the glitter… This is a great way to add that sparkle… Thanks you Susan for a great tutorial….

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    Sue D says:

    Very sweet and sparkly!!

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    Billie A says:

    I love your ideas and always look for your tips on your cards. I will have to try this technique with letters. I like the look. I’ve done similar with leaves. I think I need to head over and pick up this letter plate die. I like the two in one use. Ice cream sounds good now. Your image is darling and love the ice cream pieced bowl. Great looking card as always.

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    ~ Jo ~ says:

    Great tip Susan but awesome and gorgeous card!!! I have this die so this is something I am going to have to try doing. I love this technique and Love the sketch of your card so will have to case it! Thanks for sharing!


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    Shari says:

    Wow! what another WONDERFUL Tutorial. The simplest things always seem to turn out the best eh? LOVE how you did your title, I am so gonna try this!


  13. 13

    Fantastic idea! Sweet is right!

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    Lillian says:

    Oh, I could definitely use this adorably sweet image as an excuse for getting a banana split !! Thanks for the tutorial. I love the paper piecing of the bowl and also the cherries – what a great idea and it’s SO cute !!

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    Sweeeeet!!!!!! Love the tutorial!

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    Marsha says:

    What a “sweet” idea and equally sweet card.

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    Virgo5 says:

    Wow, what a great idea, I’m going to have to try this one! I love your finished card and the way you added shadow to the designer paper!

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    Daisy says:

    great tutorial – gets the inspirational juices flowing.

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    Love this! So easy with a big wow factor. Great tutorial Susie, as always. I appreciate your pics and easy instructions. I think this holiday calls for some banana splits now!! Have a great one.

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    saraskid says:

    Thank you for these great tips on for using dies in a new way. I love the card.

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    Heather says:

    What a great tutorial. I would never have thought to use packing tape. Such a simple idea with tons of impact.

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    Cheryl Bux says:

    What a great idea! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial – this is definitely a “must have” die!

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    Jenny says:

    Such a cute card Susan!!!

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    Love these tiles! What a wonderful idea for a die. I really like the many uses of the positive and negative – today’s tutorial is a great example of using the negative. Another great product by YNS!

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    Sabrina Mix says:

    Nice post!

    Thanks for sharing!


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    Anonymous says:

    Pretty new to making cards….love this tutorial. Can’t wait to try it.

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