Using Dimensional Elements
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Using Dimensional Elements

I love our 3-D Dimensional Elements. They make great frames, accents, and focal points for a wide variety of projects I love how they raise things off the page and really catch your eye. These 3-D elements are all the rage right now! Dimensional elements are made of chipboard and are acid free so they are safe for scrapbooking. And they are so affordable…only $3.95 for each set! Dimensional Elements are available in the following styles:

·        Slide Frames –contains 12 slide frames and 12 tags (6 large and 6 small)

·        Bookplates – contains 40 bookplates in all in varying sizes and shapes

·        Basic Shapes – 5 circle frames, 6 square frames, 5 circle shapes, and 6 square shapes

·        Classic Alphabet – letters are about 1 ½” tall. Includes the letter and the square with the letter cut out (you can use both!) 2 of each vowel also included.

There are so many fun things you can do with Dimensional elements. Here are just a few ideas on how you can use these fun accents.

1.      Add colored cardstock or patterned paper to the element. Just trace the shape or frame onto the desired paper. Cut out and glue to the dimensional element. You can trim the edges to get them closer if needed. Or, I like to distress the edges with scissors which not only gives a fun look, but also evens up the paper and the chipboard element.

2.      Color the element with ink. You can swipe it on an ink pad for a darker color, or sponge color on with a sponge. I like to make the white elements ivory by patting it on our Colonial White ink pad. It gives a nice smooth ivory color to it in a snap! You can also swipe the edges with brown ink to antique it.

3.      Stamp on it. Stamp words or any designs you wish! The dimensional elements take and hold the ink so nicely!

4.      Add “froofy” accents. I love adding the froo-froo stuff! Ha! Ha! Ha! For example, Tie waxy flax or ribbon around the edges of the slide frame on one side (see the mini album below for examples). It’s such a cute look. You can also add staples, buttons, conchos etc. Tie two element tags together with waxy flax to make a border. Sand the edges after you cover them with paper. The possibilities are endless!

5.      Magnets. After decorating one of the frames, add a magnet strip to the back to turn it into a magnet frame. Can you imagine a fridge or magnet board covered with these adorable home made photo magnets? So cute!

 

 

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