Do you remember word scrambles from elementary school? The teacher gives you a word, and you have to make other words by rearranging the letters? THANKSGIVING: tank, tanks, than, hang, hangs, gang, gangs, vat, vats… I could spend the rest of my day pulling words from that word, but I’ve got a blog post to write, so I’ll have to come back to it later.
When Stampin’ Up! introduced the Expressions Thinlit Dies in the 2013 Holiday Catalog, we were given three great words to choose from: Love, Thankful and Merry. Yay! Perfect for any occasion. BUT…there are more than three options for these letters. I played around with them and came up with this simple and straightforward card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Mix-and-Match. Again, the options for the Expressions Thinlits Dies are Love, Merry and Thankful. These are perfect words for almost any occasion: Combine the last two letters from “love” and the last two letters from “merry,” and what have you got? That’s right – “very”. See! You are very good with this game.
- Removing the Thinlits. I’ve seen this tip all over – and it’s a good one: to remove the thin words from the framelits dies, add a piece of wax paper between the paper and the die. It creates an easy-to-peal-away layer between the paper and the die. See all the little dots on the framelits above? Poke one of the holes on the back of the framelit with your piercing tool to pop the paper out a little bit. Then, run the tip of the tool along the inside of the frame. Let the side of the tool pull up the paper so that you aren’t paper-piercing your thin words.
- Gluing down the Thinlits. If you are a die-hard monoadhesive adhesiver, a dedicated Tombow glue gluer or a strictly sticky strip stripper, then you’re going to have to embrace a new method for gluing down these thinlits. While you might get the words to attach to the page with any of these options, the result won’t be very pretty. The best option? Stampin’ Up!’s 2-Way Glue Pen. It gives just enough glue to catch the back of these words without forming a puddle of adhesive.
Papers: Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper Accessories: Expressions Thinlits Dies
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