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When I opened my first box I have to admit I was disappointed in how thick they were--a bit like playing cards.
In some applications, a thick photo is good but I use them most for collage and in this case, thinner is better.
But now I know it's SO EASY to modify them and I thought I'd share one of the ways I do it in case you'd like to give it a try.
First, peel off the back covering. Use your fingernail or a knife to get it started then just slowly pull it off (really easy).
Then get out some sandpaper (I use Tim's sanding block) and remove as much of the paper backing as you'd like.
For really thin photos, after sanding, spritz a little water on the back and rub off more paper bits with your fingers. Be gentle at this stage because the water weakens the paper and it becomes more delicate.
I've been able to get a photo so thin you can see through it! These guys are pretty tough and you'd never be able to do this with a regular photo.
It's also much easier to trim the photo after you've thinned it down a bit and I always tint the cut edges with a waterproof ink marker so they blend into my backgrounds better.
My "Buddies" came from the new Occasions series of Found Relatives and I created this tag for the winter theme at Simon's Monday blog challenge. I did some sanding, peeling and rubbing of the background paper, pasted on the boys, then used Simon's Falling Snow stencil with some white acrylic paint.
I didn't intend to create an avalanche but that's what it looks like!