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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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’d also like to take a moment to thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog and for all your support and encouragement this past year.  I really appreciate it!

(The above image was found on google and is not my own.)

I’ve FALLen into Creative Scrapbooker Magazine!

I’ve FALLen into Creative Scrapbooker Magazine!

I am honored that two of my cards were selected to appear in the Fall 2021 edition of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.

My cards appear on page 37. (They published the smaller card on it’s side – lol!)

Here are the links to the two cards they used:

Autumn Leaves Note Card

and

Autumn WIshes

This magazine is published 4 times a year. They put out “page calls” with a list of themes they plan to feature in their upcoming issues, and you can submit photos of your original projects for consideration; click HERE for details if interested. (You will need to send them the actual project(s) if chosen.)

As previously posted, I was honored to have appeared in their Spring 2021 issue as well.

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Best Wishes FORE Your Birthday Slim Line Card

Best Wishes FORE Your Birthday Slim Line Card

I have made a number of golf-themed cards over the years, but most have had more of a masculine feel to them. The “Swingin’ Day” stamp set (retired) from A-Muse Studio has these cute images that I thought were perfect for a golf card for a woman.

The patterned paper is from Love Nicole (PPR 3058) and was cut with a die from the “Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangles” set from Pinkfresh Studio. I used dies from the Spellbinders Classic Squares (large and small) sets to create the layered squares.

I smooshed white panels with Memento Teal Zeal ink and water and then spritzed them with a Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Marker and a spritzer tool. Once the panels dried, I used the Teal Zeal ink to stamp the images.

Recollections Grey Kraft was used for the mats. Some silver cording and Clear Drops (mix 2) from Studio Katia finished it off.

The finished card is 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and fits in a regular business size envelope. If you wish to create an envelope with a We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board, start with a 9 3/4″ square piece of paper and begin punching/scoring at 6 5/8″.

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Penn Themed Graduation Thank You Cards

Penn Themed Graduation Thank You Cards

My triplets just graduated from college, and they needed to send a few thank you notes. Because many of the gifters would be receiving three cards, I wanted to have three different card designs. And because Kelly, Kevin, and Keith all graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, I created all the cards with a U Penn theme.

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The first one was a design modified from a card I made a while back. I cut the letters with my Silhouette and backed the negative with a piece of digital red and blue paper by EditableMotifs. What was cool about this file is that it is editable, so I was able to darken the red, make the stripes narrower, and remove the white stripes that were in the original design. The greeting was stamped from the “Assorted Greetings” set from Gina K Designs with GKD Blue Denim ink. I created the strip with the Stampin’ Up “Word Window Punch” (retired). Recollections Blue card stock was used for the mat.

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The next card was made with a photo I took of College Hall. I printed it to size and added it to a white card base. The card was easy. Getting a good photo – not so much! I usually go early on a Sunday morning to try to get campus photos because there are very few people out and about at that time. The problem is that the early morning sun creates wicked shadows everywhere! I loved the fall foliage on this one even though I struggled to get the lighting right. (I recently went on a cloudy morning which helped, but the leaves were all green on that one, and I liked the more colorful version better.)

I played around with an eclipse design but ultimately went with the plain photo since I needed to make a bunch of these cards. Plus, any leftovers can now be used as general note cards and not just as thank you notes.

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The final design was a Red and Blue CAS card using the Stampendous “H122 – Graduation” stamp and a greeting from the “Borders Abound” set (retired?) from Stampin’ Up. Both were stamped with In the Navy ink (GKD). The panel was cut with an unmarked stitched rectangle die. The Sizzix/Stampin’ Up “Stripes” embossing folder (retired) was used for the background panel, and Recollections Red and Gina K Designs In the Navy card stock was used for the mats.

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Congratulations, Kelly, Kevin, and Keith!

(photo taken on Locust Walk on the 38th Street land bridge)
(photo taken on grass in front of the Palestra and by Franklin Field where Commencement was held)

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