Bougainvillea Print with Foil

Bougainvillea Print with Foil

Here are a few more cards that I made with my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System.

I just LOVE Pinkfresh Studio’s Bougainvillea Print, and there are several coordinating products in this line that can be used to create a variety of card designs. For this one, I used the Bougainvillea Print Hot Foil Plate (and gold foil) along with the coordinating Bougainvillea Print Stencil Set. The greeting is from the Spellbinders Stylish Script Thank You & Happy Birthday glimmer plate set. I added color to the foiled panel with Bubblegum, Passionate Pink, Fresh Asparagus, and Deep Sage inks from Gina K Designs. White and Bubblegum card stock were also used.

And a purple one…

(GKD Lovely Lavender and Wild Lilac; Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments II glimmer plate set)

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Here, I used the coordinating Bougainvillea Stamp and added color with the stencils to the stamped image and left the foiled background panel uncolored. The greeting on this one came from the Spellbinders Essential Glimmer Sentiments glimmer hot foil plate set.

The stamped center panel started out as a full stamped/inked panel, and I tried to add the greeting directly to that. As I mentioned in my last post, I was having trouble with perfect placement and the greeting ended up terribly crooked. I tried to trim it down with my trimmer, and it just kept getting smaller and smaller as I tried to get the panel square with the greeting – lol! I should have used a die to cut the panel!!

Anyway, I created another stamped and stenciled panel and just added a separate foiled greeting panel to that one. Leason learned!!!

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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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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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Sketched Flowers Slim Line Card

Sketched Flowers Slim Line Card

This card features a stamp from the “Sketched Flowers” stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. This stamp is huge and is perfect (I thought) for a slim line card design.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic Markers (YR4, YR7, YR9, 0; YG6, YG63, YG67; R83, R85, R89; BV02, BV04, BV08; V12, V15, V17; Y17, YR15, YR04).

The white focal panel and black mat were both cut with dies from the “Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangles” set from Pinkfresh Studio.

The greeting strip is from a digital file called “Birthday Strips MODERN FONT” from The Ton. (Thank you, Bonnie!)

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″.

The current Modsquad Challenge is “Simple Focus” where we are encourged to use only one image on our card front as our only focal; no other embellishments except a greeting if we wish.

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Stitched Tulips with Printable Sentiment Strips

Stitched Tulips with Printable Sentiment Strips

This card features the “Stiched Tulip” die (#938) from Impression Obsession.

Patterned paper from Love Nicole and from the DCWV Essentials Stack was used along with white card stock that was embossed with the “Subtle” embossing folder (retired) from Stampin’ Up.

The greeting was computer generated and cut with a sentiment strip die by Alina Craft. This die came with a stamp sheet of sentiments, but I created my own sentement sheet (below) that I could print and cut with the die.

(Click HERE for PDF; feel free to use if desired.)

This die cuts 22 strips (all about 5/16″ high and of varying lengths) with one pass through the die cut machine. You can either cut a bunch of blanks or a bunch of pre-printed ones to have ready for future projects.

You can also use this die to cut a single sentiment by stamping or typing a greeting on a scrap and then finding the one opening/portion of the die that fits.

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Of course, you could also stamp the greetings that came with the die and cut/use those!

Because the strips have rounded corners, I was not able to cut a coordinating mat with my trimmer so I used the die to cut another strip (same size) from colored card stock and offset it for a shadow effect instead of a full mat.

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