Friday, June 26, 2015

Gold Foil Cards Tutorial




Today I wanted to share with you an easy way to use gold foil at home on your crafty projects. I figured out a way to use foil without too many extra purchases. I have seen people use the Minc machine or even a home laminator, but I was hoping to avoid that. After a little Googling and trial/error using adhesive I already use and love.

I am seriously in love with all the gold foil accents on stationary I have seen around lately. My favorites are from Rifle Paper Co. and Kate Spade. Swoon. And now I know how to do it myself! My head is swimming with ideas. Let's get started!

What I used:
- Thermoweb Deco Foil. There are several brands of transfer foil out there. I choose Thermoweb because a) I read on their website that you could use it without a heat laminator and b) I found a couple of rolls on the clearance rack a month ago.
- Silhouette machine (or any dies you have with your die cut machine.
I finished a couple of the cards with extra stamping and I used:


I adhere the foil I cut a variety of shapes on my Silhouette machine. I wanted to try a couple of phrases, a shape with a lot of surface and a couple with skinny lines. 


As my card bases I used Eco White paper (from Paper Source) and did some random watercolor 'smooshes' with my Distress Inks ( I used Coral, Pistachio, Turquoise and Raspberry)


really, those are so pretty on their own, aren't they? 


To assemble:
- pull the backing off one side of the die cut and lay onto the card base. Use bone folder to rub over the die cut and make sure it is good and adhered (is that a word?)
TIP: I usually start with the yellow backing first, the white paper baking is thicker so easier to place on the paper.
- cut a piece of foil slightly larger than the adhesive shape. Pull off second layer of paper backing and lay the foil (color side up) over the exposed adhesive. 
- to transfer the foil you have to rub it onto the adhesive. You have to make sure and really get it on there, so I used my bone folder with light pressure, and that worked great!
- Pull up a corner to check the foil adhesery (again, a new word I just made up). If there are gaos in the foil, you can lay it back down and rub it again.
- Pull up the foil sheet and admire!


In my experience the less surface area to cover the smoother it was. I saw more bumps and scratches on the fleur de lis than I did on the 'happy birthday'. I wondered if heat would cause the foil to warp or melt, so I added a couple of stamped sentiments with heat embossing. I tried to go light near the foil, but I didn't notice any changes when I ran my heat gun. Woot!


Pink + Coral + Gold is always my favorite.


This last pretty lady was inspired by the Avery Elle Challenge blog. Have you read their blog? It's really fun and you can get lots of  inspiration from their design team! Originally, this was a blank notecard, but I added one of my favorite Avery Elle stamps and I like it a 100 times better! Click the little linky below to find them:



I'm obsessed with adding foil now and I hope I have inspired you to try this at home! Or maybe you have tried it already? If so, let me know how you did it in the comments. I hope I made the process clear, but if you have any questions- leave them below.


Have a fantastic weekend- I am most looking forward to seeing Taming Of \The Shrew at my local park-summer outdoor theatre is the best!

Michelle

Products Used (affiliate links)
- Thermoweb Deco Foil (link to a good price I found on Amazon =) )
- Stamps: Avery Elle and Studio Calico (from a long ago card kit)



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 Scrapbook Cover Page


Hello, Peeps! 

I have this thing when it comes to my memory keeping. It's not what most people do, but I am a chronological kind of girl. I keep my stories in time order and I like to finish last year before I start the new year. Why am I like this? Why do I put this rule on myself? Both excellent questions. Dunno. Maybe it's my way of controlling the chaos of the world by keeping my memories neat and tidy on a shelf.......or maybe I should stop gazing at my navel. 

Who cares right!?! Within each uear I mix in some old, childhood memories and my layouts are not in perfect order, but I do like finishing one year before starting another. Along with starting a new year I usually make a 'cover page'. I shared my 2014 cover page HERE. I finally finished up 2014 and ordered a big old stack of pictures from the first half of 2015. I can't wait to dig in!

Behold- 2015, Page One.


(please note: my big camera is in the shot, so I used my iPhone. A little dark for my taste) I really like these divided page protectors from We R Memory Keepers for a page like this. I filled the left side with a random mix of photos from last year. No really important pictures here, but a mix I thought looked fun together. And that bottom middle pic? Might just be the best Chinese meal in Louisville.


I filled the right pockets with a few pieces I picked out from my stash. I linked all the products below so you can find them, there's a few sequins, wood pieces, and paper circles. A few of the pieces came from this Maker Mini kit-you should totally get this kit it is full of awesome. The bottom square I stamped this stamp with Staz On ink. I stitched the pockets closed with my sewing machine.I love that you can see thru to the next page.

On the backside of the pictures I added a fun piece of black and white paper. You can also see here that some of the little wood pieces and paper circles I glued back to back so you could see them from both sides....clever, I know.

Thanks for stopping by! I've been playing with foil this week and I'll be back in a few days to share something fun I've made!

Till then,

Michelle

Products Used
We R Memory Keeper Divided 12x12 Page Protectors
Black Staz On Ink
2015 & Bonjour stamp from Cirque PL Kit
Emoticon wood veneer
'Pretty Paper' Wood Veneer
paper circles and sequins from the limited edition Maker Kit (which you totally need, so pretty!)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Shop Talk- Letterpress Notecards!



Hello!

New in the shop is a line of custom letterpress note cards. These would be a great gift for a new married couple, a graduate or to have on hand for yourself.

This line has been in the works for quite a while, I really wanted to create a line of extra special stationary-something simple and elegant for people who appreciate fine papers and hand constructed stationary.


Each card features a letterpress background, with four style options: floral, stripes, chevron and woodgrain. Layered over a paper mat and accented with a hand stamped thank you sentiment. Inside is lined with white paper. Each and every card is hand made by yours truly.


Something else I am very excited to offer is total customization! Choose the colors you want for the ink, mat paper and card base. Here you can see the floral background in white ink (on black paper), white mat and yellow card base. You can choose colors to match your wedding colors, a special event or your own personal favorites! 



A set of 5 cards sells for $17.00, and you can see the full collection HERE.

I hope you enjoy sending them at least half as much as I enjoyed making them-these were a true labor of love and I am so excited to see them go out into the world! 

Tell me, which pattern is your favorite? I am partial to the wood grain. And I love that gold ink! Leave me a comment below, I'd love to hear = )

Have a great week,

Michelle