How to Make Coffee Filter Embellishments with Colorbox Spritzers

by | April 21st, 2016 | 5

Today, we’re ecstatic to share a frugal scrapbooking tutorial from Connie Nichols of the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine team. You’ll love Connie’s tips for using ColorBox Spritzers to create unique embellishments for your scrapbooking pages using kitchen supplies! Keep reading to see how …


Hello there, Connie Nichol here today. I’m excited to be a guest designer on the Clearsnap blog. Although I dabble in all kinds of paper crafts, my passion is scrapbooking and I love to experiment with frugal supplies and techniques. I have written a column called ‘The Frugal Scrapbooker’ for Creative Scrapbooker magazine for over ten years now and I think ink (whether it be an ink pad, a reinker or spray ink) is one of the most cost effective supplies in a scrapbooker’s toolbox. With ink, you can customize your papers and embellishments (even if these are often repurposed from somewhere else) to look however you want them to look.

My frugal scrapbooker article in the upcoming Creative Scrapbooker magazine fall issue will focus on using kitchen supplies for your paper crafting projects. One kitchen supply that many of us coffee lovers always have around is coffee filters (if you don’t drink coffee, it’s very inexpensive buy a bunch of filters at the dollar store). Simply spritz some Colorbox dye ink spray on a coffee filter and you open up a world of possibilities! Here’s a simple layout I created using leaves made from coffee filters:

connie_nichol fall clearsnap coffee filters

I just used Colorbox Spritzers in grasshopper, lemon drop and pumpkin pie (either alone or together), sprayed them on a handful of filters and die cut these into leaf shapes. The Spritzers come in wonderful colours in cute little bottles and are very quick to dry. Look at how beautiful the coffee filters look in a rainbow of colours. They make wonderful delicate fall leaves….


coffee filters

To go along with the leaves, I used Colorbox dark brown chalk ink to stamp a fall quote and sponged a bit of this ink around the edge of the cardstock to soften the page a little.

This is just one simple idea for using Colorbox dye ink sprays. There are so many possibilities! Spritz a little or a lot of ink to create custom backgrounds and embellishments.

Supplies: Core’dinations cardstock, Quietfire Design stamp, Elizabeth Craft Designs oval and leaf dies, Big Shot die cutting machine, Colorbox Spritzers and chalk ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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About Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful. Visit Jennifer's blog at

5 Responses to How to Make Coffee Filter Embellishments with Colorbox Spritzers

  1. Ann says:

    Lovely layout.

  2. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love this idea.
    the coffee filters would have a delicate
    look and would make wonderful leaves.
    Spraying them makes the painting go so
    thanks for sharing a wonderful idea.
    I’ll be looking for that magazine to get
    more ideas.

  3. Rosalie Crofford says:

    Thanks for the tip and inspiration

  4. Janet Trim says:

    Thank you for the great idea. This is a wonderful card and I love the leaves.

  5. Tracy Moloney says:

    BEAUTIFUL photo, sentiment and leaves!!!
    WOW – I confess that I haven’t used coffee filters for crafting ( … or for coffee) and feel INSPIRED to get some now => THANK YOU for sharing with us Connie :)

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