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Old 01-16-2019, 08:26 AM   #1
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Default Looking for see through material to make a template

This year I plan on making different sized cards especially out if my scrapbook paper. So I would like to make a few different sized templates out of a see through material so I can lay it on top of my scrapbook paper and see if that particular "scene" on the paper would fit on my card. I'm looking to maybe make 5x5---6x6. 4x8. Etc. I'd like the material to be sturdy enough to make a template but easy enough to cut into the size I need. Any ideas?
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I use OHP film for a lot of things like this, but it's quite flexible so may not be what you are looking for. Other than that, I'd suggest some sheets of acetate, you can get that in various thicknesses.
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This year I plan on making different sized cards especially out if my scrapbook paper. So I would like to make a few different sized templates out of a see through material so I can lay it on top of my scrapbook paper and see if that particular "scene" on the paper would fit on my card. I'm looking to maybe make 5x5---6x6. 4x8. Etc. I'd like the material to be sturdy enough to make a template but easy enough to cut into the size I need. Any ideas?
Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby sell blank stencil material in their crafts department where there are stencils for wall decor, or at least they did because I bought some a couple of years ago.
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Quilting stores also sell a plastic suitable for templates...It is translucent but you would be able to see through it for the purpose you stated.
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Quilting stores also sell a plastic suitable for templates...It is translucent but you would be able to see through it for the purpose you stated.


I bought mine at Joann's in the quilting department. Package of 6 "non-slip vinyl template sheets" Dritz Quilting- 4 sheets with grid (I use with my MISTI), 2 plain sheets. They also sell just the plain sheets. I cut mine up into various sizes.
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Personally I'd use heavy vellum (have used) for something like that. I'd use clear acetate if I were also planning to use it as a mask for sponging, but for visualising something, I find a bit more differentiation between the open and masked area helpful, and the vellum still lets me see enough if what's underneath to move it around as required.
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I buy and use clear (frosted) plastic portfolio folders sold at office supply stores which I run through my scan-n-cut to cut stencils. When they're on sale I usually stock up on them.
I'll cut them apart to remove pockets and prongs which give me two pieces full size pieces to work with. Note, thin dies will not cut through them but the steel dies will if you use your BigShot.
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thanks for the suggestions.

i ended up finding some at joanns. works great for what i'm looking for.
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