Foiled Birthday Candles

Foiled Birthday Candles

It’s amazing how a new “toy” can spark creativity that has been lacking (since June!). For Christmas, I received the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System along with several plates and some glimmer foil. This simple card design was one of my first attempts using it.

I needed a few masculine cards, so I switched up the colors and came up with this kraft, black and copper version.

Hopefully, it will get easier with practice, but the one thing I was struggling with was image placement – even when using the grid lines on the heating platform. Once the metal plate was down and covered with the foil, I found it difficult to place the paper just right. And then, once I placed everything down, it all moved ever so slightly when the spacer pad and shim were added or when trying to remove the heating panel from the base. I’ll keep practicing, but for now, I found the easiest way to do it was to foil on a larger “scrap” and then cut the panel with a die (or trimmer) later (instead of starting with a pre-cut panel).

Along these lines, I also tried to add a greeting directly to an already foiled panel – Ughh!! (I even taped the greeting plate to the paper exactly where I wanted it, but it was still tough because the plate was upside down and the foil between them blocked my view.) After MANY attempts and A LOT of wasted time and foil, I came up with this panel. Good, but not sure it was worth the trouble!! For now, I’ll stick to die cutting greetings or greeting panels to add to the card!

For these cards, I used the Spellbinders Birthday Candle Background glimmer plate along with one of the plates from the Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments II set and silver and copper glimmer foil. I cut the foiled panels with a die from the Pinkfresh Studio Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangles set. I used white and Sea Glass card stock (and silver cord) from Gina K Designs for my first card and Recollections kraft and black for the others. My finished cards measure 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and fit in regular business size envelopes.

I found the Spellbinders Quick Trimmer Tool SUPER helpful with cutting pieces of foil off the rolls. So much easier than fighting with scissors!

Foiled cards have tremendous shine as the cards are moved around in the light. Below is a view of how they look when positioned with less light/shine…

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6 thoughts on “Foiled Birthday Candles

  1. You had success! You are learning quite a bit. I do not glimmer enough to be a pro and watching perfection in a video is different than creating on my own. Your cardstock was a good choice as it didn’t look like overfoiling was an issue. I find Gina K cardstock in color to work well. Stamping Up cardstock did not work well for me. Hammermill paper works great! Keep using it and you will find more tricks.


  2. Personally I haven’t had much success with any foiling I’ve tried so I admire anyone who can get a good result. Love both of these but especially like the copper look. They say practice makes perfect so i would imagine you will figure out different ways to do it as you play. For now these are great.


  3. YAY…welcome back and so happy that foiling and your glimmer machine has given you a spark of excitement to continuing making the beautiful cards that I admire. The foiling makes such a beautiful presentation and your cards looks gorgeous to me. I’ve been on the fence and not yet ready to take the leap but keep on inspiring me and we shall see….


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