Today’s guest blogger is Scrapbook Update reader Ibis Arrastia.
Ibis Arrastia is a scrapbook layout and altered art enthusiast who enjoys teaching new techniques and designing projects that have an element of texture through inking, embossing, adding fibers or embellishments. She is heavily involved in local civic organizations dedicated to promoting crafting and creativity through workshops and community events. To learn more about Ibis, visit her blog.
Tim Holtz has done it again with the latest addition to his Idea-ology line: Type Charms. These charms are made of the same high quality metal that we have come to love from his Idea-ology line. Each package contains a kit of charms and stickers to allow you to create your own charms. You start off with 16 charms in the same tone of antiqued nickel making it easy to create a design with several matching charms. Then you put together your own charm using the metal charms, letter stickers, and clear epoxy dome shaped stickers for the top. I was really impressed with the quality of the epoxy stickers. It is thick and sturdy and added the perfect finishing touch to each charm.
For my first project I created four charms using the letter stickers and epoxy stickers. It was very easy to layer each sticker on the charm and I was so thrilled with the results. The epoxy sticker magnifies the letter just a little which made the letter stand out very nicely. I created a scrapbook layout and used adhesive to hold each charm in place underneath my ribbon. It was a perfect nostalgic touch to my vintage style layout.
I was even more excited when I read on the packaging that you are encouraged to use your own images on the charms and make them unique. They suggested a 1/2″ punch to get a perfect fitting insert for the charm, but I cut some strawberry shapes out of paper by hand and tried them out in the charms. Once I added the epoxy charm on top, I had a perfect little matching embellishment for my next project. My favorite thing about making your own inserts for the charms is that you can stray away from Tim Holtz’s traditional vintage style and make the charm all your own. The possibilities are endless! Here is a layout I made with the charms and more vibrant colors. This time I threaded the charms into the lace to allow them to dangle loosely.
As you can see, these customizable charms help you create the perfect matching embellishment for any project, no matter your style or color scheme. The neutral nickel goes well with just about anything and with the clear epoxy sticker on top, you have a great looking embellishment with very little effort. I really loved how easy it was to put together each type charm and use it in my projects.
So, if you thought that Tim Holtz products were for only vintage projects, then you need to take a closer look at the type charms, and all the possibilities that come with it. Try them out in your next project!