Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Frosty Kisses & Warm Holiday Wishes - Wall Decor using Better Than Acrylic, the Cricut and a Printer

Fun, Fun, Fun... that's how I am describing BTA.  I am truly having a blast trying all these new techniques.  Now that I've played with it awhile... I feel like I'm getting more creative. :)  Back to my story kind of projects rather than a single cut.

I love how the layering of pages gives so much dimension.  The top page is the lamppost cut from Cricut Noel and a computer generated title placed on a sheet of BTA.  More on  printing on BTA at the bottom of this post.
The 2nd page is a layer of "snow" and a cute snowman cut from preprinted cardstock... also layered onto a sheet of BTA.
The last page is patterned cardstock with the trees that show through the BTA.  Then hidden when the pages are closed is a pocket that can hold photos or mementos.  I added a quick tag just for the picture.  The pocket was left plain so it could be used to write a note or special memory.
The back  side of a page.  Images were adhered using my Xyron adhesive.  Because it puts adhesive evenly over the entire die cut... it gives a nice professional look on the back.  No need to try and hide the adhesive.  Now the back of the stripped oval would be a good photo mat or another journal spot.  
This was a very quick and easy project.  So  much more could be hidden in the pages if you like.  I was short on time so I kept it quick.

Here is my post with ordering information for BTA  HERE.  I am placing the order this afternoon.  If you miss ordering today and would like some... let me know as I plan to order some extra stock.

Printing on BTA - I do not think it will work with an inkjet printer as the ink will smear.  Also, all printers are different and some can take heavier mediums than others.  Try it at your own risk.  

Here is what I found:

My printer takes toner so it comes out dry.  Also I can load it from the front so I don't have to put the BTA in the paper tray.  I cut a sheet to fit my printer 8 1/2 x 11 inch and loaded it from the front.  It went through fine for me.  I have also cut small pieces of BTA and adhered to regular printer paper and ran through for small sentiments with good results.

One thing I did notice and I'm not sure why, but ever  so lightly it's almost like it printed my sentiment on my 8 1/2 x 11 sheet twice.  You have to hold it up to the light to see it, but there is a very light 2nd printing of the frosty kisses and holiday wishes.  It does not show in the photo nor does it show by looking at it in person unless you lift up the top page and hold it just right in the light.  Not a big deal to me, but wanted to share.

I have made several posts on BTA.  I will be compiling all the information I have to date in one post for you very shortly.  It will have my recommend Cricut settings and lots of details.  That way it's easy for you to get information when you get your order and are ready to play.  Won't be long! :)


  1. This is so darn cute! Love how the BTA gives so much dimension. The possibilities with this are endless. I am so excited to try this. Keep the projects coming. :)

  2. Oh wow Lisa, I love this and the dimension it has! So cool!!


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