Introduction: Express Yourself!

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When one of the girls I work with was starting Middle School she wanted something special to wear for school and her Mom was broke. She found this way to earn the money herself and deck out her and her classmates lockers and bedroom doors as well.

This I'ble is being submitted on behalf of Karry H., age 13. grade 8. All designs shown here are her personal creations.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

2 pieces of Glitter Foam with an adhesive backing

Scissors, Exacta Knife or Die Cutter

Mounting Materials, i.e. stick on magnets, double sided poster tape or just peel the backing off the bottom sheet of foam.

Marking Pen if cutting by hand

Step 2: Design and Cut

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Design and cut your foam for the front side.

If you are not using a die cutter (Karry is using my Crucit Expression Machine here) draw your design on the back of the paper using a marking pen and leave at least a one half inch edge for the frame. Following your markings cut through the foam, an Exacta Knife works best for hand cutting.

Step 3: Peel Your Design

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Flip the foam (front side piece) over and starting at the top of your design peel away the paper backing from all areas you want to stick to the backside piece.

Note: do the outer edges last so you aren't constantly getting it stuck to yourself.

Step 4: Add the Backing

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Place the second piece (back side piece) of Glitter foam on top of the front piece with the Glitter Side facing the adhesive and smooth out

Step 5: Peel the Front

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Flip the Glitter Foam over to the front side and carefully peel away the unwanted parts of the front foam to expose your design.

Step 6: Hang and Enjoy!

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Decide how you want to hang your project.

You can simply peel off the adhesive backing and stick it up on your door or in your school locker, but remember it can't be peeled off and used anywhere else.

I recommend attaching the sign to a piece of poster board then adding either sticky magnets (for a locker or refrigerator) or using double sided poster tape that is repositionable for a door or wall.

Below are a few examples of Karrys Designs.


juvinurse (author)2009-09-23

Lots of hard work. Very talented young lady!!!

Donaldhrtc (author)2009-09-22

Looks very nice!

hsmomof2 (author)2009-09-17

Tell her she did a great job on this!

Judith756 (author)2009-09-15

Love the crafts, can't figure out how to rate it though....sigh.

ChrysN (author)2009-09-02

Nice, we never had cool stuff like this when I was a kid!

DebH57 (author)ChrysN2009-09-02

LOL Yeah I know, all we had were bell bottoms, love beads and water buffaloes and thought we were so hot. ROFL

tcharmed1247 (author)2009-09-02

really neat!

DebH57 (author)tcharmed12472009-09-02

Thanks Charmed!

depotdevoid (author)2009-09-01

Hey cool! I'd never seen a die cutting machine before, I didn't even know they were made. That's some pretty neat stuff you can make with it. I googled it and saw from the website that it is "No computer necessary," but can you attach it to a computer and extend the range of things you can make with it? I once got a tour of a facility that used several different high power laser CNC machines to cut steel into various shapes. The day I was there they were cutting blanks for those little barcode scanning machines in the supermarket, and the guy who was giving the tour said that with the proper knowledge of computer aided 3D design, you could program these machines to make pretty much anything. Anyway, I kind of got off on a tangent there. These are some very nice items, I'm quite impressed. 5 stars!

Creativeman (author)depotdevoid2009-09-01

Way cool Deb! Good job. re the ? from dd: there is a program called "sure cuts alot" (scal) that allows you to connect a computer to the it, or see youtube. Cman.

DebH57 (author)Creativeman2009-09-02

I checked it out CMan thanks, and thanks for commenting!

DebH57 (author)depotdevoid2009-09-02

Yes you can attach it to a PC, they also sell software for it so you can make your designs on the PC without being hooked up to the Cricut and then cut them whenever you want later. I have used it to cut fabric for quilts, appliqués, made vinyl lettering to hang a phrase on the wall. The machine does just about everything you can think up. It's the best crafting investment I have ever made.

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