I've been having fun with some tiled alphabet letters. This is a technique learned from Barb Pankratz at an Edmonton Calligraphic Society meeting.
First a letter outline is sketched;
something with a spacious interior works well such as
Neuland or a Versal.
Then outline with a dark colored sharpie.
Fill the interior with a lighter colour.
Lastly cut bits of paper (which can be rice or textured papers, paste papers, your practice calligraphy sheets or bits from a magazine or catalogue such as Lee Valley Tools!!).
Put a dab of glue on the back & stick them on!
Tweezers come in handy here.
For a little sparkle make sure at least 3 of those bits
have some glitter on them!