Hello Paper Crafters! For my first Go-to Gal post I wanted to share how to make a custom title when you might not have the correct color of alphas to match your project.
Whenever I see a new type of dimensional letters at the store I usually want one in every color. In an effort to tame my growing stash of supplies, I typically limit myself to just one or two colors. The hardest part of that decision? Trying to decide which color I will use the most!
Black, white, or neutral are always good choices as they can be paired with most everything. Playing it safe can also be quite boring…I don’t do boring!
Luckily there are some great products on the market that allow you to make good value choices as well as be creative and colorful.
First up are the DIY Thickers by American Crafts. Create your own custom Thickers by simply peeling away the adhesive top and adding any embellishment you choose. These work well with glitter, glass beads, or flocking.
I also like this set of canvas Ali Thickers that can be altered with mists, inks, paints, and other mediums.
Heidi Swapp has an entire collection of Color Magic products that are meant to be altered and adapted by you!
Each of these alphas also hold a secret surprise…a resist pattern! When you apply mist, the ink adheres to the matte area of the letter leaving a white semi gloss pattern.
Think of all the possibilities!
Letting You Go by Laina Lamb
I created my title by using a similar product that I really love.
Close To My Heart has a collection of products called Irresistibles that also have a magic reveal pattern. Using the Houndstooth Irresistibles and some spray mist, I quickly had a title that suited my needs.
When using mist or ink, it is always a good idea to test the color on the product first to see what the end result will be. I usually pick the Z, X, or the inside of the O to test out my color selections. After applying your color you will need to let them dry a bit before adhering to your page.
Tip: Use a heat gun or place your letters under your desk lamp for a few minutes to speed up the process.
The “YOU” in my title was cut with my Silhouette Cameo using this file.
I removed the “& me” and layered three die cuts of the same cardstock on my page to give the word more dimension.
One more fun tip before I go. My strip of star pattern paper at the bottom looked a bit flat. I punched some contrasting teal polka dot paper using my Epiphany Crafts Star Shape Tool and added the coordinating epoxy shapes to the top of each star. Now my border had dimension and a bit of shine.
Hope you enjoyed my first post and page. Oh, and that cute young man up there that I miss so much. He will be back home in less than a month. Ask me then if I’m happy to have him back despite his messy room and endless appetite! Chances are I will.