Hello my friends! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of days, but I’ve been extremely busy – re-organizing my craft room! I have accomplished a ton, and figured out a number of ways to store and organize all my products! I’ve also purged a ton! LOL! Now I can buy more stuff! My plan is to share pics of my space, once I complete it, which should be very soon! I can’t wait to start scrapping in my clean and organized room! In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my 2008 favourites. I’ve seen other bloggers do this, and I’ve enjoyed blurfing about and oo-ing and aw-ing over the beautiful creations out there! I feel so grateful to be a part of the papercrafting community! I have met so many super talented, and super cool ladies!
First, my favourite tutorial. This wasn’t only my personal favourite, but it also got THE MOST HITS EVER on my little blog! Thank you all for your support, and kind comments, and for clicking on over to my little korner! 🙂
- Chipboard letters – thick, quality chipboard works best – I used Basic Grey
- Textured, or Non-textured cardstock – good quality works best – I used Stampin’ up non-textured in black
- Contrasting rub-ons – I used Making Memories in white
- Quick-drying liquid glue – I used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
- Ranger Glossy Accents Clear dimensional embellishment (some equivalents are Diamond Glaze Dimensional Adhesive by Judikins or 3-D Crystal Lacquer by Sakura)
- Ranger non-stick craft sheet (or wax paper, or parchment paper would probably work as well)
- Cutting tools (craft knife and detail scissors)
- Sandpaper, emery board, or Sanding tools (I like Basic Grey’s sanding tool kit)
- Glass or other smooth cutting surface (I bought a $ store 8×10 picture frame, and removed the glass – just be careful of the sharp edges)
- Rub-on tool (I used BG’s roller tool), but a bone folder, or even a popsicle stick works, too
- Paper towels; and/or Q-tips
Okay…let’s get started!
1. Adhere chipboard letter FRONT to cardstock BACK, using quick-dry liquid adhesive. You need a good amount of glue – (applied to the FRONT of the chipboard letter) -to achieve a satisfactory adhesion. Wipe off any glue that squishes out the edges with a q-tip, or a piece of paper towel. Allow to dry completely before continuing on to the next step.
2. Starting with the INSIDE of the letters (eg – the inside of the “O” used here), and a kraft knife, and/or detail scissors – trim the cardstock as close as you can get to the chipboard. Don’t worry about being “perfect” – you will be sanding it later.
3. Sand the edges. I love BG’s sanding tool kit for this kind of work. Makes it a breeze to sand those little tiny inside corners and edges. Alternatively, an emery board works well, too. Or, little bits of sandpaper can be folded to get at those difficult spots.
4. Apply rub-ons. I love Basic Grey’s roller tool for this, but you can use a popsicle stick, or bone folder with good results, too. You can try to get an entire image if you wish, or just apply random bits of rub-ons – both techniques work, depending on the look you want. Bits of the rub-on will come off the backing, and hang over the edge of the cardstock – just sand it down, using a gentle sanding motion, being careful not to lift the rubon off the surface of the cardstock letter.
5. Working on a non-stick surface (wax paper or Ranger craft sheet) – apply a fairly thick coat of Glossy Accents, or equivalent – take your time and ensure you cover the entire letter. If any bubbles appear, gently “pop” them with a pin. It will have a cloudy appearance while wet. Allow to dry completely – takes about 10+ hours. (Hint – don’t try and speed up the drying with an embossing gun – doesn’t work so well). It will dry to a hard, clear, shiny & resistant finish.
This is after 10 hours of drying time – you can see it still isn’t quite dry.
So….there you have it! Shiny letters that *POP*!
The possibilities are endless! Have fun!
Here is my favourite layout, using the above technique. This is actually the layout that inspired me to do the above tutorial!
Products used for this 12×12 layout (above): Prima pp, and flowers (from the kit). Also used: Kaiser Pearls; Stickles; Unknown buttons; Scenic Route Chipboard butterfly; Heart cut using Cuttlebug die; Ranger Glossy Accents on the butterfly and the BG chipboard letters; BG rubons on the chipboard letters; Bazzill cs. I used my Fiskars border punch to make the scalloped edge on the pp.