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American Crafts Thickers

Reported by Kim Fox

I love the the simplicity of crafting and using items to make crafting simpler. That’s the beauty of American Crafts Thickers – thick stickers. You can create simple projects and polish them off with titles and sentiments that are not messy or time consuming.

When Thickers were first introduced, I immediately welcomed them – adhesive chipboard letters. Nice. There were not a lot of fonts to choose from in the beginning, and just some basic colors, but I loved the new found letter stickers with flair.

The American Crafts website states that there are over 30 varieties of Thickers – adhesive letters, symbols and punctuation in chipboard, felt, vinyl, fabric and more. The font names include “Rootbeer Float” and “Cream Soda” as well as “Leg Warmers,” “Gift Box,” the popular “Daiquiri” (as seen below) and so many more. You’ll have fun checking out the Thickers selection on their website, but you’ll be disappointed if you are not able to locate them in real life.

I love my Thickers, but I have yet to use up a complete pack, and storing them neatly is a small challenge. The problem is that when I use them, I then put the unused ones back in their sleeve. Sometimes I can slide them in nicely and reseal the package; other times, some of the letters slip off and don’t stay in place. There was one packet where the letters fell off and onto others and by the time I realized it, the adhesive from one letter was on top of another and I could not get it off.

The ease of use of Thickers is a big selling point; you can just take the letters and stick them on any project. Sometimes, though, I like to get the plain Thickers and dress them up w/paint, stamping or just mix and match the letters and fonts. Of course, I think one of the best things about Thickers is that you can personalize almost any project without making a mess. I love my stamps for personalizing, but Thickers are so much easier to use – and they are not time consuming (if you don’t count the time it takes you to decided which font or color to use!).

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Variety of fonts, colors and textures to choose from
  • Inexpensive
  • Not messy

Cons:

  • The adhesive may not be as sticky and strong as you’d like (depending on your project); you may have to apply additional adhesive
  • Might be difficult to store Thickers, especially if you have a lot of them
  • You may need to hunt around in different places for the style(s) that you want

You can find some of the Thickers at Hobby Lobby stores. Many online stores also carry Thickers including A Cherry On Top, Two Peas in a Bucket, and Rocky Mountain Hobbies. Thickers generally are priced from about $3.99-$5.00 depending on what style you get; for example, the chipboard Thickers are usually less expensive than the glitter Thickers.

Rating: 10, for ease of use and variety

I know that many of you have used Thickers. What’s your experience with this product? It’s one of my favs.

**NOTE: Over the next few days, I’ll post the cards and supplies on my blog.

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7 Responses to American Crafts Thickers

  1. Julie Phillips, aka Julieloveslucy SCS November 10, 2008 at 10:17 am #

    I purchased them at my LSS and I got the glittered set. I added my mom’s name and her room mates name(nursing home residents) to some premade Christmas stockings and they were perfect for the project. I did put them on with some tacky glue as the sticky back wasn’t strong enough but they sure added pizzazzzzz to the stockings!
    Julie

  2. lisa g. November 10, 2008 at 10:30 am #

    I’ve heard frequent comments about the adhesive not being very strong…I’ve also heard that you can contact the company and they are very generous about replacing them with another pack 🙂 My local ACMoore has just started carrying these…we’re a little behind here in central NY!!

  3. Allie November 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Most of the thickers I’ve used have been fine with the adhesive. However, a glitter pack has lost it’s adhesive and the letters are falling off the backing, creating a giant mess.

    I like doodling on the chipboard Thickers to give them additional pop!

  4. Radiogirl November 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    I did contact American Crafts about one package that got a bit messy. They sent a replacement pack though not the same kind. Much appreciated though.

  5. Donna Brisbois November 10, 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    I am addicted to thickers. love, love, love them. The vinyl ones smell horrid though.

  6. Nevis November 11, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    I’m with Donna. I loooooove thickers and am totally obsessed with them!

  7. jess November 19, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    I love thickers! I haven’t had many problems with the adhesive, although the vinyl ones leave kind of a gross trail of slime on your paper if you stick them on and then move them again. The vinyl ones also often have some extra bits that need to be removed from around the letters, but I’ve always been able to do that with my fingernail.

    I love the variety of fonts, colors, textures and sizes! I’ve used them on 12×12 pages, 6×6 pages and mini books- they offer so much variety.