Creating Alphabets—Two ways!

As a design team member over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group I play along with as many of our monthly inspiration challenges as I can. The Forgery on the Fourth project is definitely one I enjoy! That is where we see a scrap product we like and set out to recreate it with supplies we already own. So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are being inspired by this kit from Traci Reed Designs, called Wildflower. While she does have print-then-cut files available, the alphabet set only comes in digital version. So will a bit of work I created my own. See those alphas in the bottom(ish) right corner?

I imported all the individual png letter files into my Silhouette software. (Note, if you have a Cricut, I have an older tutorial on doing a similar thing on my YouTube channel.) Now this will only work in version 4.4 and up since the software will automatically add cut lines around the files. Once every letter is open, I copy and paste them to my prepared letter size mat to get them ready for printing. I duplicate the commonly used letters like vowels, s’s and t’s etc. Then when I turn on the print-then-cut page borders I make sure all my shapes fit within the boundaries and them I’m good to go. I just realized that in order to store these cut outs I can put a piece of PressNSeal film behind my carrier sheet and then pop the letters back into place. Voila, organized!

If you don’t do digital cutting machines, it is easy to go manual. Just use your favorite alpha stamp and die set. You can decorate up each letter if you have some tiny stamps to add details.

In the video tutorial I include a few tips on how to make this process faster, including stamping all the letters at once right from the carrier sheet. I also give a tip on creating a die cut jig to make lining up the dies for cutting go smoother. If you want those details, give the video a watch.

For more creative ideas, the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out, including other alphabet styles. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can recreate your favorite products with supplies you already have on hand. Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

Until next time, have an artful day.

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