Thursday, July 11, 2013

DIY Thickers: Create Your Own Letter Stickers

Hello Crafters!
I recently realized that I've started to use way more Thickers and other letter stickers on my pages. I always hesitate to invest very much into stickers of any kind because they are a one and done item. I usually buy tools like a Cricut machine for cutting alphabets or stamps. The only problem I've had with that is I start to want more dimensional titles and it's not very easy to cut thicker surfaces like chipboard or foam on a Cricut.

So I discovered Tim Holtz's Block Talk Alphabet die recently and decided to take the plunge! I love the font! The letters and numbers are all upper case and fairly thin so it's easy to create longer titles. As far as the die goes it is really long so you will need extended cutting plates and some type of die cutting machine that will handle those big dies (Big Shot, Vagabond, Cuttlebug, etc). The best part is that because it's a steel die you can cut everything from paper, fabric, leather and cork to thin metal, foam and plastic! Now that is versatility! Tim Holtz also has another die called Word Play which has all lower case letters in a different font.

Once I had the die I realized I needed some foam to copy that great foam Thickers off to Michaels I went. They carry a rather large variety of craft foam in the kids craft section, adhesive foam, regular foam and my favorite...GLITTER foam!! So with coupon in hand I stocked up on different colors of adhesive backed foam and then went home to do some die cutting.

The die cuts beautifully through the foam and the best part is that all the letters stay in place after being cut so you can store the sheets with the letters already cut and just pop them out as you need them. Brilliant!! 

I do have to warn you that the craft foam has a very distinctive smell and that it is not acid free (to my knowledge) so for those of you worried about damaging your photos with products that are not archival quality, this technique may not be for you. I'm not too worried about that, so I'm enjoying making as many of each letter that I need.

 This is a card I made using some Simple Stories Vintage Bliss papers and my new diy foam gold glitter!! 

Here is a video showing how I use the die and foam to create these letters!


Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment and let me know what you use for scrapbook page titles.

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