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« on: November 10, 2007 07:38:46 PM »



here is a light switch plate I decorated a little while ago for a personal swap.  I used regular scrapbook paper, glued on and then covered with a couple coats of a clear protective spray.  I used sandpaper to wear off the paper at the edges to give it a very clean edge.

I was very happy with how it turned out.  the paper looked very smooth at the corners and the edges turned out well.  a very simple yet satisfying project.  Smiley

I can do a little tutorial on how I did it if anyone is interested.
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2007 07:45:13 PM »

I can do a little tutorial on how I did it if anyone is interested.

I am very interested!
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2007 07:49:56 PM »

 Shocked that looks great id love a tutorial on it
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2007 07:51:08 PM »

cool.  I'll get a tutorial up as soon as I get a chance (just a warning, it might not be until next weekend, but I will do one!  Smiley).
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2007 08:01:25 PM »

Very professional looking!

Did you have to put small snips/cuts at the corners to get it lie so flat?
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2007 08:12:18 PM »

Did you have to put small snips/cuts at the corners to get it lie so flat?

no, I didn't.  I just used the back of my fingernail to smooth the edges all down.  the paper was fairly thick, but I think the glue helps it to mold to the shape of the corner.  you could see a little crease in a couple of the corners, but they were very small (and the clear coat on top made them even less noticeable).
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2007 08:12:58 PM »

Ah!  Well, that's easy enough!  Thanks for your super fast reply. Grin
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2007 08:22:05 PM »

I'll do a quick run down of the steps until I get pictures up...

  • lightly sand the top/edges of the plate to rough it up a bit
  • cut a rectangle of paper slightly larger than the plate
  • use glue (I just used elmer's) to glue the paper over the plate
  • use the back of your fingernails to smooth down the edges very well (keep going over them until they lay down nicely)
  • fold the excess paper around the edge of the plate on all sides, creasing sharply
  • while the paper is still slightly damp with glue, use a pencil or something to poke a small hole in the two screw holes.  use your fingers and the pencil to ease the hole larger and push the paper down.  it also helps to screw in the screw to push the paper down.
  • after the glue has dried, take fine sand paper (or a fine nail file) and lightly sand the edges of the plate (so that you are sanding the edge through the paper) [this is the part that probably needs a picture for better explanation].  sand very lightly so that the paper won't get mangled!  once you've sanded along one entire side, the excess paper should just fall off and you should be left with a nice clean edge.
  • after sanding all the edges, carefully use a razer blade to make an x through the rectangular center hole.  fold the excess paper down into the hole and then use a very small piece of sand paper to sand the edges of the hole like you did the outside edges.
  • spray/brush on some sort of clear protector.
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