Saturday, June 13, 2009

Making Your Own "Thickers!"

Do you love American Craft's Thickers? ME too! I hoard them, buy them constantly.......but let's face it, they are not cheap! I am going to show you an easy way to make your own. The best part of making your own? You'll never run out of those important letters, and they are super cheap!

Any craft store will carry fun foam in a variety of colors. There are some that even have the adhesive backing on them! I have even seen it sold in bulk!

What do you need? Any die cutting machine will do.
You need letter dies. Here are a few of the ones I own.

Just place the die and fun foam in die cutting machine......and you have an instant "Thicker!"
This one uses a Quickutz die.
I crank that baby through the Big Shot too.......no more using that darn Quickutz squeezy thing!

American Crafts also sells glittered Thickers. So here is how you can make those too!

Run fun foam through die cutting machine.

Gather these supplies......
Coat letter with a thin layer of Aleene's Crystal Glaze. I use my finger to spread it out thinly. Dump glitter over letter.

Shake off excess. Voila!

ooooops! Spelled Dimension wrong.......again! Sorry!
Here is a sneak peek of a LO I did using my homemade Thickers.

In these tough economic times, who doesn't want to get more bang for their buck? This is a quick easy way to make lots of cheap dimensional letters!!!
Have a great week!


Trace said...

Now that's a fabulous idea! Thanks!

Yvette said...

Awesome! TFS!!! :)

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

good show michelle! this is super. i never used alphabits. can't stand alphabet stamps but this, holy cow! this i'll be doing. thank you sooo much.


Jana Eubank said...

You are absolutely BRILLIANT, Michele!!! I am soooo trying this today! ;) Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Aphra said...

I've been meaning to get some foam for my other die cuts. Now, why didn't I think of using it for letters? Thanks....a great idea!

Noel said...

I bow down to the technique queen! :)

Elaine said...

FAB TIP!!! Cool and thank you!!! :)

Alex said...

This is a GREAT tip Michele, I am always buying these things! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! What a fabulous idea! I never would have thought of using that kiddie foam before. We sell an entire aisle of it at JoAnn's. I'll definately be purchasing a ton of that now!

Penny B. said...

Great tip!! I am an alpha junkie...can never have too many!! This might be a fun project to have a swap with so you can get alphas in a variety of fonts besides the dies that you own.

elizabeth said...

ummm....this is just brilliant! seriously!

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