Friday, February 28, 2014

Using Up Those Alphas Tutorial by Melinda Spinks


Who doesn't have a stash of alphas with all the most used letter missing? It can be extremely frustrating at times when you have plans for a title and not enough of the same font to make it work. Personally I'm not a fan of having so many packets of alphas sitting around so I like to come up with ways to use them... and today I'm going to share how I put together this shadow box alpha heart.



Step 1 | I used one of the 8x8 Doodlebug shadow boxes in white and I emptied my drawer of every alpha sheet I had.


Step 2 | I measured the inner section of my shadow box and printed out a heart shape to fit the frame.


Step 3 | Using an embossing tool and a cork mat I traced around the heart onto my chosen piece of patterned paper. This creates an embossed line instead of using a pencil which would need to be rubbed out later.



Step 4 | Starting at the bottom of the heart I created random words using a selection of different alphas and rub-ons. I actually found quite a few existing words on some of my rub-ons that I hadn't used to it was great to start using up some of those too.


Step 5 | I continued working my way up the heart using an ombre effect in rainbow colours and choosing words that I could make with the left over alphas. Some of words didn't quite fit which resulted in a few gaps that I filled using a selection of the Doodlebug brads.



With subway art being so popular, it really is a wonderful time to start creating some home decor pieces that will help you use up that pile of alphas you've been hoarding. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope I've inspired you to have a little fun! - Melinda



11 comments:

  1. This is FABULOUS Melinda!!! Pinned!

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  2. This turned out amazing!!! I love your attention to detail and how you not only made all the words fit, but also incorporated the rainbow. :)

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  3. Gorgeous. I really love this idea.

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  4. What a fantastic idea and fabulous project!!! ❤❤❤

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  5. Wow - what a wonderful project!!!!!

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  6. Your project is very beautiful. Love the final look. Thanks for sharing, Johanne Lacombe

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  7. I really love the look of this project! BEAUTIFUL!

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  8. Shared this fabulous stuff on Facebook :)

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  9. Thank you to everyone for your beautiful comments.

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