P is for peel-offs.
Peel-offs were part of my introduction to crafting. They instantly became, and have remained ever since, one of my favourite things to use, especially when card making.
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, a peel-off is quite simply a sticker. They are usually gold or silver, although modern ranges can include many different colours. They are available as greetings, letters, pictures, patterns or borders. Here is a small selection of my peel-offs:
I love them because they are so easy to use. They are also very cheap (which is why I have so many!). They do vary in price depending on the quality (doesn’t everything?), but you can expect to pay anywhere between 50p – £1.50 for a 1/3 A4 sheet of peel-offs. I have seen them on offer recently at 3 for £1, which I just couldn’t resist though!
Peel-offs give a wonderfully professional look to your cards, with a shiny raised surface that reflects the light. The look is very similar to what you can achieve with heat embossing, but without the fiddling around with stamps, ink, powders and heat tools.
Although peel-offs are available in many different colours, I do tend to mainly buy silver ones and colour them with permanent markers if need be. Be warned though, the marker pen takes a while to dry so plan ahead and give it a good five minutes before using it, else you’ll get pen everywhere. Er, so I’ve heard.
Here are a couple of different peel-off based cards for you to see how they can be used.
This is a very simple card. It uses a present peel-off on a square of wrapping paper, layered onto card, and a happy birthday peel-off underneath.
This is a fab card, ideal for a teenager. I’ve used some shiny blue peel-offs placed onto silver mirror card and cut out, a blue ‘funky’ peel-off, and some accent peel-offs, all from the same sheet. It took no time at all to make, but looks really effective.