Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Working with Mismatched Letters

I'm guessing that all of you have experienced the frustration of getting out the perfect alphabet stickers or chipboard letters, only to find that you're missing a crucial letter to spell your title.  It's so annoying!  Back in October, I shared six of my favorite solutions to the problem of a missing letter.  Today I'm going to share two more ideas:

Use Chalk:  Check out the letters in the title of my "First Bike" layout.  All but one of them are from the same sticker sheet (BasicGrey 'Cupcake').  Can you tell which letter is from a different set?

It's the T.  It's from BasicGrey 'Oh Baby Boy.'  It was a similar color, but definitely not close enough.  You can see it here:

I attached it to the 'Cupcake' sticker sheet, then used a q-tip and chalks to match the color of the T to the letters around it.  It took a bit of trial and error, but the final color was a perfect match!

Use Paint:  Check out the chipboard letters in my "Paint" layout.  They were all different colors and patterns that clashed with one another, my photos and my paper.  I painted the letters with a cream base coat, then used the back of the paintbrush to add dots of all different colors.  Now they not only go together, but they reinforce the theme of the layout.

I hope one of my eight suggestions helps you out the next time you're short one letter in your perfect title.


  1. I love this tip! I have a ton of different colored stickers!

  2. The chalk is a great idea. I have done the paintbefore and also embossed to different colours before.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love the polka dotted title! Great tips Cindy. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  4. Love the paint dots on your letters! You are amazing Pam! Look forward to learn more about you!

  5. Hi Nina, actually this is by one of the contributors, Cindy! She is amazing huh?

  6. Cindy - these are great ideas. I really like the way your polka dot letter came out. I'm going to have to give the chalk idea a try! I have so many alpha sets with missing letters!