Hello Janet here sharing a trick I use all the time for transforming favourite card and paper into adhesive backed media. The sheets can be used right away or kept for future projects; with the peel-off paper backing they store perfectly.
Using adhesive backed cardstock saves time, adhesive, and often a good bit of mess. They are great for unusual shapes and batch projects. I love the Silhouette Adhesive-Backed Textured Cardstock which comes in a wide selection of lovely colours, but not in patterns. So today I'll show you how to make adhesive sheets from your own cardstock or designer papers.
I use the Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive sheets to make them. I've tried other brands, but they tend to have thinner backing paper and I've had them stick badly to my mat when cutting and have torn and taken an age to peel off. The Silhouette brand peels off the mat easily and having a thicker backing has the bonus of giving the paper/card additional strength and rigidity. The Silhouette sheets come in a pack of eight 8.5″ x 11″ sheets.
What You'll Need
Paper or Cardstock
Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive
Making Adhesive Backed Sheets
Place your chosen paper face down on a clean, flat surface.
Peel the yellow backing half way down the adhesive sheet.
Carefully align the adhesive at one of the corners, smooth out and then press firmly.
Trim your paper if you wish, then use for a design or store for later use.
Cutting Adhesive Backed Sheets
Place the adhesive-backed paper/card on a cutting mat patterned side up. As you only want to cut to the backing paper, and not all the way through, your cut settings will be similar to those when cutting the unbacked paper or card. Carry out a test cut to be certain.
When your settings are correct the pieces easily peel off the backing paper.
I used the patterned paper to decorate these 5-Sided Pillow Boxes by Carina Gardner from the Silhouette Design Store.
It was quick and easy to stick all 33 pieces on, and even the patterns matched correctly!
I hope you find this useful. Let me know in the comments below, or share a picture of your finished item over on the Silhouette UK Facebook page.
Bye for now,