I had brought my foiling supplies down to El Mirage, AZ when I dropped off my car in November, so I haven’t been able to do any foiling projects for quite a while.
I love the look of foiling, although the process can be nerve-wracking. This time, however, the process, for the most part, went smoothly. I found a relatively new foil plate and a nearly new frame foil plate in my stash that I wanted to use. I also just got a gorgeous new foiling sentiment die set, designed by Yana Smakula that I wanted to put into action. This sentiment set is unique in that the sentiment words are basically a single line stroke. This makes the sentiment so dainty and elegant.
I was pretty happy with the results ( I must have been as I have a whole little bag of sentiments in every foil colour). Anyway, Take a look.
I usually like creating my own arrangements for the fronts of my card, but when I saw this die set from Spellbinders I thought it was too lovely to not purchase it.
I got the inspiration to use the die as a foil plate as well as a die from the internet, but I can no longer remember exactly where. Anyway, this was another set of cards that looks exactly like I envisioned it in my head. The rose gold colour worked well for both versions. I used the Gemini Foil press to do the foiling.
These two cards were made to be samples for Scrapendipity at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival which is on next weekend at Spruce Meadows. Crossing my fingers for lovely fall weather at this amazing facility. Who knew that a Scrapbooking Carnival would work so well with an iconic equestrian location like Spruce Meadows.
Here is my second post of the day. This time my card uses the negative or leftover piece of hot foil as the background in this shaker card. It took a couple of tries to get the right combination of heat and pressure so that the background was smooth and fully adhered to the cardstock. It looked great though when complete. The frame is from Hero Arts.
Here is the second card:
I have a couple more examples of foiling for the foil challenge at Simon Says Stamp. This is an interesting post (maybe to me only 🙂 ) as it and the next post show examples of being able to use regular dies as foiling plates. Additionally, the two posts show that it is possible to successfully use both the positive and negative pieces of the hot foil on cards. You will note, I didn’t say it was easy. It is actually easy to use the positive piece. It foils just like any of the foil plates that you can buy. Foiling the negative (part you would normally throw away) is a bit trickier as it requires some experimentation to get the right combo of heat and pressure, but my second post today shows that it can be done.
The card uses Bubbles and Fishes cover plate from Lawn Fawn as the hot foil plate. Take a look:
The Monday challenge on Simon Says Stamp this week is foiling. They are featuring Gina K Designs and I have lots of her great products. Sadly, I did not bring any of her foil products to Phoenix. I did, however, acquire quite a few “hot foil” products while down here so I am going to enter the challenge using those.
I think that foiling is particularly suited to sympathy cards. On sad occasions, it is not “about the card”, it is about the person we are missing and foiled cards always manage to look elegant without taking over.
The dandelion in this card is from Picket Fence and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.
I had a boo boo on this card as I hovered the Heidi Swapp gold spray over the card one second too long after dripping on some dandelion fluff. This resulted in a spot of faint gold where I did not want it, but the card was too nice to throw away.