Waste Not, Want Not with Foil

Here’s a quick card using foil “leftovers” — the part left behind from my first foiling. (See here, here and here for my earlier foil projects!)

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(The celebrate sentiment was cut using a Technique Tuesday die. I cut it several times, stacked the pieces, added Ranger’s Glossy Accents and attached with some foam tape for extra dimension.)

The card above uses the leftovers from the background on this card:

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See the foiled star background? That was from the first foiling. I love that the left-over foil could be used for another card. Cool, eh?

Like the others, I used Therm O Web products, in this case Gina K.™  Designs Foil-Mates™  

Thanks for stopping by … and hope you have a Fabulous Friday!

No Piece of Foil Unused!

It’s no secret that I haven’t met a scrap I don’t like. In posts here and here on foiling, I created some cards using various foiling products from Therm O Web. And lo, and behold, I had scraps of foil leftover!

What’s a gal to do? Why use them, of course!

From this card:

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(The card above uses the Gina K.™ Designs pre-made Foil-Mates™ toner designs. Love these because I don’t have to worry about finding a laser printer to create my own!)

I had the leftovers of that pretty swirly pattern, which I used here:

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To create the card, I ran a piece of black cardstock through my Xryon adhesive machine, then put the foil piece (shiny side UP) on top. (I carefully rubbed the piece to make sure it was completely adhered.) I then trimmed the piece and layered it to a black card front. The tag and gold leaves were die cut from bonus pieces in two  Therm O WebGina K. Designs™ die sets.

I still had a tiny scrap left, so I did basically the same thing to create this fast tag:

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The sentiment (from Stampin’ Up! Here’s to Cheers set) was gold embossed, the flourishes (from same set) stamped in black.

Thanks for checking in!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Foil Follies

In my last post, I showed off some of the fabulous foils from Therm O Web’s new line of designer foils and foiling products.

This time I used some mixed media products. First up, these pretty roses:

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I used the TOW iCraft® deco foil™ transfer gel as a paste, spreading it over the rose design from a Plaid garden (59794) stencil set.  When the gel dried, I applied my foil as normal. Here is a detailed photo:

 

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(Yes, I got a little messy with the medium!)

This was a different look:

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I wanted a more subdued, aged look, so for the above card (which is a 4Bar size, 3 1/2 x 4 5/8, folded) I brushed on the Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Medium (a light coat using a dry brush) then pressed on it a piece of her Mixed Media Transfer Foil (Patina — love this color). Because the medium dried relatively quickly, I was able to achieve the distressed look. The sentiment and cardstock are from Therm O Web’s Gina K.™ Designs line.

There’s more foiling to come, including how to use of the “waste” foil.

 

 

Fabulous Finds Friday: Foiled Again!

I’m loving the new mixed media material offered by Therm O Web,  in collaboration with designers Rebekah Meier and Gina K. Designs. I’ve been a foiling fool! For these cards I’m using just about everything in both of these newly launched lines — the foiling sheets, the pre-made foilable cards, the embossing paste, etc. I especially love the collection of toner-base, ready-to-foil sentiments and backgrounds. These are so easy to use, and great if you don’t have a laser-printer to create your own foil-able prints.

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This photo (Ugh! I should have re-shot it!!) doesn’t do justice to the lovely shine of foil, so here are some close-ups:

These cards used the Gina K.™ Designs Foil-Mates™ backgrounds and sentiments. Because these are printed with toner-based ink, all you have to do is cover with foil and run it through your laminator. I die-cut the sentiments using  the gina k.™ designs oval single stitch die set, from Therm O Web and created specifically to match the Foil-Mates™ sentiments. (I love the bonus shapes found there, too!)

 

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I’ll have more examples in my next post — including ways to use the “waste” from the foil!

In the meantime, check out these websites: www.RebekahMeier.com, Gina K. Designs and www.thermoweb.com for more ideas. And this fab foiling video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=votcAZg1XHk&t=25s

Thanks for stopping by!

Fabulous Finds Friday from Fiskars

(Wow. How many times do you get to write a five-F sentence???? Without using a dirty word?)

Anyway … For cutters, scissors and punches, Fiskars is still golden.

Fiskars has a tool for every need, but my focus is usually on those that are particularly useful for paper crafters.

For example, it was punch lust at first sight when I saw this adorable XOXO punch:

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This was perfect for Valentine’s Day cards — so fast and easy. But I see more uses. I have several weddings coming up and I think this could be a card making winner. Here’s a quick one I made, inspired by some scraps on my desk:

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(The sequins are from Lawn Fawn.)

The punch was also perfect for some foiling:

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(I am somewhat obsessed with foiling since I’ve been playing with various foils and adhesives from Therm O Web. But that’s another post…. stay tuned. The background embossing plate on the above card is the grid folder from Spellbinders. Love it.)

At the Januray CHA show, crafters of all types were checking out the new Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail*.

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I sometimes get a little wobble with smaller personal trimmers, so this should be a boon to my cutting. The reinforced aluminum cut rail (with a locking system) promises to eliminate cutting wobble – which is a problem with my old personal trimmers. (Or maybe it’s me? Either way, this one is a delight.) Other nice features include a paper clamp/smudge guard (something else I need!), a self-leveling extension arm that stretched to 15 inches, and an extra wide base for a bigger work space.

(Here’s my big admission — I was recently working on a small, crowded desk and put the trimmer on my lap so I didn’t have to move to a larger, cleaner work table, assuming I could find one. I know, I know … lazy crafter. Don’t judge. But the good news this, this is so sturdy, it still cut fine with just my flabby thighs for support.)

More exciting Fiskars punches are in the works.

*Fiskars was kind enough to send me this cutter to try.