Hello, Marilyn here with a cool how-to from Alchemist Misty. Have you ever need something, but just can’t seem to make yourself part with those hard earned bucks to purchase it? Never fear! Today, Misty shares with us how to make one of those much longed-for items, a craft mat. So without further ado or to-do, here’s Misty……………………………………………………
If you’re like me there are things you should probably have but don’t buy because you would rather spend your money on more paper, inks, mists, etc. One of the things I really needed was a craft mat, but I really couldn’t see spending $20 on one! So I kept trying different things to get the same effect and finally stumbled upon a roll of laminate…the kind you can find in hardware stores to protect drawers and shelves. I has some on hand as I had just laminated a chore chart for my kiddo. Anyway, I decided to test it out over a piece of cardboard and I was so excited to see that it worked PERFECTLY for my needs!
First you find a large piece of cardboard. I’ve used the Gauche Alchemy “pizza box”. It’s the perfect size and you already have the shape lined out for you! Plus, who wouldn’t love to have their own Gauche Alchemy craft mat, right?
Then you use the “magic cover”, which is just a roll of clear laminate, and cut two pieces about an inch or so bigger than your cardboard piece. Take the first piece and slowly remove the backing off small sections at a time while laying it over your cardboard piece….trying to smooth it out and prevent any bubbles or creases. Then once you cover the first side, repeat with the opposite side. The second side is a little harder because you want to make sure that you place the laminate on the cardboard without touching the sticky side of the laminate on the opposite side…or you will have troubles detaching them.
Once you have both sides laminated, cut the excess around the cardboard and your mat is ready!
As you can see from the pictures you can use inks and mists and since its a non-porous surface, it has the same effect as the expensive craft mats, and you are paying less than $5 for this one!
Now, I’m not saying that this is just as good as a craft mat in every way. For instance, the Ranger mat is supposedly heat resistant, and this one will melt under extreme heat! If your a cheap-o like me though, this is a perfect knock-off so that you can spend your money on better things like more mists, inks, and glitter!
Thank you Misty for once again giving us a great how-to. I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is the perfect solution to a problem I’ve been having. See, I LOVE glue, but I get it everywhere & my nice, expensive craft mat is just too big for my work area. So did I give this a whirl? Oh, yessiree, yes I did, I sure did, I made a smaller one using Misty’s instructions. PERFECTION! Now I can glue to my heart’s content and when done, move the mat out of the way.
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