Monday, January 31, 2011

Technique Class - Foam Alphabets

Not sure about anyone else's opinion but I like shopping at $2 shops for bargains, especially scrapbooking finds. One of my best finds to date has been packs of foam alphabets in various colours. You get two sheets, with multiples of every letter. They are self adhesive, a good size and the colours are pretty versatile, especially the white ones.
I have used them straight, as they are, fresh from the pack, but I really love the look you get when you ink them and then coat them in Dimensional Magic or Glossy Accents.
It's easy to do though does require some patience waiting for the Dimensional Magic/Glossy Accents to dry so that you don't end up with sticky finger marks embedded in the Dimensional Magic/Glossy Accents.
  1. Select the required letters, I usually cut them out but leave them on the backing paper.
  2. Ink the foam letters with your choice of ink. I have used VersaColor Ink Pads and VersaMagic, both with success.
  3. Allow the ink to dry a little before wiping the excess off with a paper towel or tissue. Excessive ink doesn't seem to want to dry onto the foam letters and heating them with a heat gun would probably melt the letters.
  4. Apply Dimensional Magic/Glossy Accents. I outline the letter then fill in the middle for a good coverage. Take care not to leave any air bubbles as these will mark the final result. Allow to dry at least a couple of hours depending upon the temperature and humidity.

Then apply your letters to your project. You will see these letters on the finished project near the end of February.

1 comment:

Mod Podge Amy said...

LOVE adding DM to letters. It gives them such a great look!