Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tip of the Week: Making Your Own Pop-Dots

If you're here for the Motions & Folds Card Hop, please scroll down for that post, which I'll leave up even though the Hop is officially over.

Hi, Friends and Followers! 

I hope you're having a fabulous Sunday.

The sun is shining here in the Philadelphia burbs, and I'm about to go to Moonlight Madness at a craft store (Michael's, I think), where there's 20% off my entire order with the coupon from the newspaper.  YAY!  Not that I "need" more craft stuff, but I do have a couple of things to buy to complete some current projects. 

One of the things I forgot to buy on my last trip out was another box of POP-DOTS ... you know, those adhesive bitty pieces of foam that give your embellishments or cuts dimension on your cards or layouts. 

So while waiting for Moonlight Madness which doesn't start 'til 4 p.m. today, I figured out a way to make my own Pop-Dots using equipment and materials on hand: craft foam, my Sizzix machine, and my Xyron sticker maker. 

Without further ado, here is a video I made with this tip.  Bear with me -- it's my first such endeavor!!  Let me know what you think about this technique and the video. Have you made pop-dots like this before?


Selina said...

Great idea! I love thrifty solutions, especially for the items we use all the time. It leaves more money for the fun things!

I used to buy Pop Dots and cut & use the leftover negative image too. Now I buy Scotch foam tape in office supplies and cut the size I need.

I find it to be more economical. Thanks for the great tip!

Missy said...

Neat idea. I a wondering if you could have left the inside circles of the flowers and popped them out later to use on a project?

Gina said...

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Marianne B in AZ said...

Great idea! I am thinking you could actually cut a strip of the foam to the width of the Xyron you are using, run the the whole strip through and just cut them as you go. You have me thinking now! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I love something that teaches me how to save money!

Unknown said...

Great idea, you could make them whatever color you need too!! Thanks for the video!!

Celeste B. said...

I love these!! I've actually been making my own for a while. I got the foam in the value pack at WalMart and put them through the the Xyron as big sheets (cut to the width of the Xyron so that it goes through, just like Marianne says above). I've loved them. :) TFS!!!!!!!