Attention grabbing titles without thickers?

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Posted 12/1/2012 by klaul in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:33:00 PM
I'm having to cut back on my scrapping budget as I'm back in education and one of the things I seem to spend most of my money on is thickers. Here in the UK, you'll usually pay 5GBP a pack (approx $8) and very rarely do you find them on discount. Fortunately, I can get them here on two peas a bit cheaper than that so can still allow myself a few in my new budget!

Anyways, I'm gonna try and see if I can cure my thicker addiction to save money for lots of pretty paper instead. However, whenever I create titles where all the letters are flat, they always look a bit boring. How do you peas create attention grabbing titles without using dimensional alphas?

Alternatively if there are any UK peas that know where to find cheap thickers in the south east, let me know!

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Posted: 12/1/2012 12:59:56 PM
I saw a pic on Pinterest about creating your own "thickers" by laying a piece of acetate over a printed font, and then tracing the letters with dimensional paint. Let them dry and peel them off. Haven't tried it yet...but I want to. You just need a steady hand...



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Posted: 12/1/2012 1:02:04 PM
Also...I found some cheap "foam" letters. I didn't like the look...they looked cheap. So I painted over them with craft paint. I love the look, and find I can get letters in colors that I actually want and need now. (Just a little extra work...)



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Posted: 12/1/2012 1:04:05 PM
I have used embossing folders for die cut titles. I have also stamped and or heat embossed them as well.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 1:13:43 PM
If you have a die cutter, cut 2 or 3 layers from chip board, glue together and then paint or cover with paper.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 1:16:30 PM
I use glossy accents a lot on my die cut titles. I also will use foam pop adhesive underneath to make one word stand out. You could also print titles on patterned paper or transparencies-there are gorgeous fonts for free you can download, making the combinations endless!

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Posted: 12/1/2012 1:54:08 PM
Here are some ideas. Most of these are using regular sticker letters. I think constrast helps. Black letter stickers on a light cardstock or non-busy light pattern papper background. Do the opposite with white letter stickers; white on dark background. I also like the idea of using label stickers and making those the title.


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eta: One of the pages with all the e's is an idea on how to use extra letters of thickers that may be hard to use up.


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Posted: 12/1/2012 2:17:26 PM
Shimelle (GG) has 3 videos on youtube called Stamped Titles for Scrapbook Pages. I have watched all 3 but I have not yet tried them.
Hopes this helps!!

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Posted: 12/1/2012 2:21:15 PM
I like to heat emboss stamped titles to make them pop. Another trick I've used in the past is to brush a coat of paint (or you could probably use mist) in a contrasting color where the title will go and then put the title on top of it.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 9:49:51 PM
Outlining is a good popping trick, too.

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Posted: 12/1/2012 9:57:44 PM
I use foam squares to add depth to my flat alphas




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Posted: 12/1/2012 10:47:43 PM
I die cut "stocky" letters and emboss them. This works great with vellum and you can also ink cardstock letters to make the embossing stand out.
If you don't have a die cutter those old stencils would work great!
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Posted: 12/1/2012 11:36:42 PM
Another fan of the foam squares or pop dots.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:12:48 AM
I really like this die set from dienamics. The letters are nice and chunky.

By the Letters Metal Dies

You can cut letters out of thin chipboard and then patterned paper and layer the two.

On the page I linked, there's a short video showing the process.

In the video it says that you can keep the letters together, but mine began to separate after a while. I thought this would make finding the dies a pain, but it's actually easy to sort through the letters. With them separated, the whole set of dies fits into a 1" x 2" section of a storage tray I have.

I have a Sizzix Eclips electronic die cutter that can cut through thin chipboard. I do the same layering process with chipboard and paper.

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Posted: 12/2/2012 7:18:41 AM
I love to mix fonts. Example here in my gallery.

As mentioned upthread, contrast helps too.

Here the alphas are all the same (flat letters) but underneath the title is a subtitle using a phrase sticker in a contrasting color. It's the mix/balance of the two that make the title more interesting.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:32:03 AM
Check out Nichol Magouirk's video series from 2011 too--she never uses Thickers but her title blocks are my favorite. Shadows, sometimes pop dots, misting, stamping.

You could also dry emboss to add texture, ink edges, and I like to layer over other elements, building a cluster under and around the letter stickers.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:38:12 AM
I cut titles and pop dot them, or emboss with powder, or use embossing paste, lay them over some other dimensional object on the page so they stand out, or outline them.



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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:21:03 AM
I've never used thickers. I simply use diecut letters. Ink, sponged on edges or all over, use two shades for extra dimension. Pop dots, foam squares, doubles layers of diecuts, plain letter stickers over diecut.

Before I owned diecut tools, I would print my titles in reverse on cardstock and cut them out with a craft knife. I used the craft knife on a glass mat for easy gliding. I also discovered those curved manicure scissors help cut into intricate areas. hth


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Posted: 12/2/2012 6:13:21 PM
This is a great thread.
Have you used modeling paste or embossing powder?
Or you could use glossy accents and glitter on hand cut letters then use foam tape (way cheaper than pop dots) to add even more dimension


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Posted: 12/2/2012 6:33:34 PM
Before my Thicker addiction I used to create my own "Thickers" all the time. Usually I'd start by die cutting my title out of chipboard on a shadow setting. Then once again on the shadow setting in a color. Then the regular setting in another color. I'd layer them all up on top of each other and add glossy accents or gems or glitter or embossing powder or watercolor on them. They always came out very nice and really customized to the page.

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Posted: 12/2/2012 6:36:55 PM
Thank you ladies! Lots of new ideas for me to try. Can't wait to get scrapping next weekend and try some of them out!

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Posted: 12/2/2012 6:38:37 PM
Pop dots for me! SU dimensionals usually
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Posted: 12/2/2012 9:38:06 PM
I learned a great trick from the peas here- I make my own thickers with my sidekick and acid free "fun foam". You can buy a huge sheet for like a dollar, they're acid free, and come in lots of colors! I use my scotch quick dry to adhere them. Easy peasy!

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Posted: 12/2/2012 10:05:21 PM
Glossy accents, inking, embossing, stitching, pop dots are all good ways to make titles/alphas pop.


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Posted: 12/2/2012 11:34:10 PM
I did one where I layered two different fonts - one in black cardstock on top of a pattern paper. & sized it to take up 3/4 of the page

http://angsandy.blogspot.sg/2012/10/how-does-your-garden-grow.html


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Posted: 12/3/2012 5:18:41 PM
angsandy, your layout is beautiful!


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:40:52 AM
Beautiful, Angsandy!


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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:55:51 AM
Contrasting colors and pop dots! though, I've learned a lot on this thread.

I like the idea of making more myself...more flexibility for (hopefully) less $$. Can't beat that!


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Posted: 12/8/2012 9:25:25 AM
thanks !
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