This is a continuation of the post I started last night. Read on [or skip down to the free printable part if you must].
First things first. Contact paper is out. In all of my trials it failed when compared with packing tape.
- Spray Paint? This actually worked. It took a couple of coats, but it was nice and uniform and it scratched off the tape nicely. Downfall being that cutting becomes the only option and for my project it’s pretty important to be precise.
- Paint a whole sheet and then cut it out? This did make the paint look better. And it was much easier, but again, the cutting. Notice in the Sharpie photo the wonky arrow points? I thought I was doing so well too.
- Sharpie Paint Pen? YES! I wasn’t sure whether to go with the oil based or water based but after consulting with the ladies at the Michael’s counter I decided to go with the water based Poster Paint Pen – Medium tip. Good call. Thanks ladies! It went on beautifully and required only one coat [for the arrows at least. I haven’t done the word list yet]. Also, and here’s the best part, it is controllable. Even more so than a paint brush. Give that pen a prize!
Then I asked myself, “How do they do those scratch-off things that come in the mail?” Answer: Stickers! I’ve ordered these ones [possibly a downfall to working into the wee hours of the morning. Everything seems urgent and important]. I’ll let you know what I think as soon as they arrive. I can’t wait to try them out in the cutter. I may become addicted to scratch-off projects. After the paint pen I just might anyway.
ps. Click HERE to download your free printable. The page is situated in such a way that it can be printed on a single side and used as a folded cards or it can be printed on front and back. I personally like front + back on heavy card stock.
pps. Because I believe there are no truly original ideas + I’m always curious where ideas come from I’ll share the origins. This is a mash-up of a couple different projects I’ve seen on Pinterest [this + this].
ppps. As I was working on this project I thought it might be fun to test out projects like this occasionally and I made up a study/evaluation sheet [patterned after a design worksheet from Jessica Sprague’s Art of Poster Design class]. What do you think? Use it? or is it better just included in the post?
The rating system is as follows:
1 cut = good idea
2 cuts = good idea + it worked as specifically instructed
3 cuts = good idea + it worked as specifically instructed + easy to follow instructions
4 cuts = good idea + it worked as specifically instructed + easy to follow instructions + easy to accomplish
4 cuts + arrow = This is a project I will use over and over again. Be advised.