Tutorial: DIY Foam Thickers


In my Project Life layout this week, I made some of my own custom thickers, and thought I'd show you how I did it.


I've got my sheet of white foam, and a set of Sizzix letter dies (The Ginchiest). 


Also have my trusty Creatopia machine, with the Shapez component. This is my manual die cutter (the machine also does a variety of other things, like adhesives and embossing).  I love it because it can take pretty much all the dies out there in just the one machine. Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders, etc. You can do this with your own die cutter (such as a Big Shot).


I like to chop my foam down to the size of the die (or, if I'm being really stingy, just enough to cover the letter I want to cut out).


Lay the foam on top of the die (die facing up).


Crank through your machine. 


Here's what you get, a sheet with the letters cut for you.


Punch out your letter.


Here's all my letters as they've been cut.


And here's the insert I made for my album. It felt a bit plain, so I thought I'd add some glitter.


I have lots of glitter, but despise actually using it because I hate that glitter (and embossing powder) seem to get everywhere. So messy. Even when you don't spill any, there's the pouring and the shaking and the dumping back into the jar so you don't waste any. So annoying. Because of this, I picked up Gelly Roll Clear Star glitter pens. They are AWESOME. I love to add glitter to my stamped images this way, because they dry nice and clear and glittery. 


The finished result. Love! :)

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