January 22, 2015


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I've spent a lot of time, lately, working with the Idea-ology Found Relatives.

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!


  1. I too like them "thinned down" for cutting out. I like that the back is so easily removable too. I was pleasantly surprised by that. Thanks for the tip on peeling the paper away. I have only done that with a tape transfer and since I have extra relatives to work with I will give it a go without the tape! thanks!

  2. Thanks for the info about seperating these Buddies so you can collage them!

  3. Beautiful project! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

  4. Another stunning project and such great tips on how to thin down the card, which is something I prefer too when working with these Found Relatives! Thank you for sharing your project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)

  5. Ahhh! Excellent tips indeed! Thanks for explaining your process and sharing how to "thin these guys out." I struggle with cutting them out, too, so I really appreciate the insight. This project turned out beautifully and I am always on the look-out for your amazing pieces of art! This one reminded me of the sledding my brother and I did down some massive hills in our city. We had one of those wooden sleds and this project made me look fondly back on those days (even when we crashed our sled into a tree)!

  6. I love to take the cards apart and back is also so stunning and perfect for another project...this is also great idea for image transfers...
    Love,love, love your tag!