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Post by mandy1973 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:35 am

I've seen quite a few layouts lately where the (I assume) chipboard alphas used are all shiny and 3D looking...does anyone know what paints/techniques are used to get this effect, as they look fantastic!
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Post by Becci on Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:28 am

Some alphas are bought like that, American Crafts Thickers are great.
But otherwise you can ink and then add a gloss over the top. Paint them or emboss with embossing powders (you heat them so they melt) HTH
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Post by Soupie on Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:30 am

I am MASSIVE Thickers fan (some would say addict) here. Rolling Eyes I tend to use them coz they are quick and easy, (plus good value) but like Becci said you can also make your own.
I have just inked or painted raw chipbaord alphas in the past and sometimes add a coat of Dimensional Magic to make them glossy.
(Thickers are soooooo much easier though! Wink )

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Post by mandy1973 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:09 pm

Thanks Smile I have used Thickers before, but have never seen glossy ones!
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Post by Soupie on Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:49 am


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Post by mandy1973 on Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:25 pm

Thanks for that - they are very cute Smile I've bookmarked that site, hadn't seen it before - looks terrific!!
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