Friday, August 11, 2017

Fun with Foils

Hi everyone! Katrina here with you today, showing you a few more colour combinations with the fabulous colours in the Hot Foil range. Once again, a three colour combination really gives you a great effect. Playing with the same Hot foil stamp, I have foiled on both cardstock and ribbon, combining the pieces to create an alternate design to show that our options are endless to create with.

Pinks, Golds and Silvers combine for this card.

                                   The light catches it to create so many pretty variations.

Separate the flower petals and attach each petal to a layer of Die Cut n bond. Cut to the shape of the petals and peel away the outer layer ready to foil.

Cut small portions of the Pink and Gold Mirror foils and Silver Iridescent Foil. A little goes a long way. Dab and lift in a random patterns over the 3 petals until you achieve the desired mix of colour.

Layer your petals once again and slip a few stamens through the centre to recreate your altered flower.

Create a 14cm square card from the Matte Gold Lines Mirror Foil Board. Cut a 12cm square from the Cherry Cola card and a 9.8cm square from the Snow White card. Run an even layer of double sided tape around the edges and apply the same dabbing technique as with the flower using the Pink, Gold and Silver Mirror finish foils.

Cut a 10cm square from the Matte Gold Damask Mirror Foil Board. Hot Foil onto the square with the Curling Motif Hot Foil stamp in Silver Mirror Foil. Cut the panel down to a 9cm square, cutting around the circular ends to create a feature. Use the central design of the Hot Foil stamp, foil onto the length of ribbon with the Gold Mirror Foil.

You will now have your card base, edged pink layer, edged white layer, Curling Motif on both card and ribbon and your flower.

Attach your pink layer flat to the Gold card base. Attach the Curling Motif to the white layer. Turn your ribbon horizontally and wrap over the edges, creating a full medallion, as pictured and secure on the underside. Attach this layer with 3d foam to the base, then attach the flower, centred on top.

                   Thankyou so much for looking, until next time, Happy Creating!! K x

Products Used
CO725296 Anna Griffin Curling Motif Hot Foil Stamp
CO725405 Mirror Foil Board Matte Gold Damask
CO725407 Mirror Foil Board Matte Gold Lines
ULT157644 Die Cut n Bond
ULT200070 Cherry Cola Cardstock
ULT200001 Snow White Cardstock
CO725359 Pink Mirror Finish Heat Activated Foil
CO725353 Silver Iridescent Digital Finish Heat Activated Foil
CO725350 Silver Mirror Finish Heat Activated Foil
CO725385 Gold Mirror Finish Heat Activated Foil


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Snowflakes with Foils

Hello and Welcome back. Katrina with you today and I am sharing a few alternative ideas using the new heat activated foils from the new Go Press and Foil Machine range together with the beautiful new range of Dies from the Let Every Day be Christmas collection.
This is something everyone can do whether you have the new Go Press & Foil Machine yet or not.
All you need are your standard cutting dies, the heat activated Foils and the very handy, Ultimate Crafts - Die Cut n bond adhesive and your options are endless.
This is also something very easy that I have found the kids enjoy also and we have step by step photos to show you how.

                           As the different light catches your foils you will see beautiful effects.

Cut your Die Cut'nBond to fit your Die shape and adhere to the top side of your cardstock. I have used the Snowflake Doily Die with the Snow White cardstock.

Gently peel away the top protective layer so you are left with the sticky bond ready for your foils.

Cut a small piece of foil. A little goes a long way. With your coloured side up, gently tap the underside, lift and repeat either randomly or in specific spots. I have started with the Red Matt foil.

3 colours gives a nice mix, so being inspired from the colours in the Let Every Day Be Christmas range, I have also used the Blue-Green Iridescent and the Blue Mirror Foils.

              Continue to tap on your colours until there are no sticky areas left on your die cut.
Create a square card base, 15.25cm (6inches), from the Caruso Cardstock.
Cut a matt from the Mirror Foil Board - Silver Lines design, 11x14cm.

Cut a panel from the Christmas Baroque Background Die in Garnet cardstock.
Cut a Merry Christmas and Snowflakes Mini Die set, Snow White cardstock using Die Cut'nBond.

 I found separating the decorative panel elements from the die and using them as side strips on the silver panel complimented the snowflake centrepiece.

Attach 2 matching red strips to either side of the silver mat and attach the piece to the card base.

Separate the Merry and Christmas, then apply the same foiling technique to each piece.

                                        Attach the snowflake to the centre of the card front.

                                       Add Couture Creations, 'Crystal' Adhesive Gemstones.

                                   Attach each of the Die Cut elements to balance your card. 

     Dab some Red Glitzin'Glamour to the Decorative borders to give them some shimmer.

                     I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial, until next time, Happy Creating!! K x

Products Used:
CO725513 Snowflake Doily Die
CO725509 Merry Christmas Decorative Die
CO725515 Christmas Baroque Background Die
CO725521 Snowflakes Mini Die
Heat Activated Foils, Red Matt, Blue Green Iridescent, Blue Mirror - Go Press and Foil Machine
ULT200001 Snow White Cardstock
ULT200030 Caruso Cardstock
ULT2200067 Garnet Cardstock
CO724156 Crystal Gemstones
CO721979 Red Glitzin' Glamour


Friday, July 28, 2017

Christmas Trio with Katrina Thompson

Hello and Welcome. Today I am sharing my last, in a set of 3 Christmas cards, using the beautiful new Let Every Day Be Christmas range created by Tina Higgins. For this card I have created a Step Card with a centre display.
I love this style of card and this one can easily be created in 30mins, including cutting your own template. Having the centre display allows you to showcase the design elements and for this card I have incorporated Hot Foil Stamping, the A4 Paper Pad and Ephemera. I hope you enjoy. K

Using the Matt Gold Foil board I have cut the new Merry Christmas Decorative Die.
Using the new Ornate Christmas Frame Hot Foil Stamp, I have foiled the satin finish blue over the Matt Gold Foil board and trimmed around the outer and inner edges to create a frame.
With the Die cutting and foiling complete I have selected a few pieces from the Ephemera collection. I have trimmed around the outer edges to enhance the images and one placing them on the card I decide which leaves I might trim off to fit the design and the frame.
I have used a sheet of the A4 Ultimate Crafts Cardstock in Snow White to create the Step Base.
I have made the width of this card 14.70cm. The centre panel being 9.7cm and the 2 side steps being 2.5cm each. Use the entire length of the cardstock, which when scored in half will be 14.8 cm. This gives a nice proportion with plenty of room to create on your centre display.
I found these 2 prints from the A4 Paper Pad to blend well, while giving a good contrast in colour.
Using the dimensions from my Step Base I cut the panels accordingly, giving a 2mm edge all around. Consider which design elements from the A4 papers you wish to feature, ie. I wanted the bird centred on the main panel and the floral pieces matching in placement for the 2 side panels.

Once cut, I inked around the edges in a coordinating colour. Using a dauber will ensure a soft effect.
                                            Attach flat to each of the panels ready to embellish.
As pictured, attach your frame central over the bird image and the smaller cluster of flowers in the top right corner. Cut the set of 2 large white roses to separate each flower. Attach the smaller half rose in the bottom left corner of the frame area and the larger full rose I have attached to the inside of the card to carry the design through the card. Attach the final ephemera flower and foliage piece overlapping the half rose, then the Merry Christmas to finish.
Thankyou so much for looking. Now the Christmas Card Trio is complete and I am looking forward to sharing a new creation soon.  
Happy Creating, K x


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Merry Christmas with Katrina Thompson

Hi Everyone,

Katrina with you today, spreading some more Christmas in July joy by sharing a new card using the beautiful tones of the "Let Every Day Be Christmas" collection by Tina Higgins. I have incorporated the new Hot Foil stamps to create a unique centrepiece coordinating with the papers, ephemera and dies. You could even leave off the Christmas greeting and turn your card into an everyday option.
I hope you enjoy!

Using the bird print from the A4 Paper Pad, slice a piece 9.5cm from the bottom edge. From the bottom edge of your cut piece tear away an edge of 0.5 leaving a length of 9cm. You can wet and tear, or score and tear or use your ruler. I tear the edges further after making the initial tear line also. Trim to a width of 17.5cm as pictured. I have cut around the head of the birdie in the top right corner so it stays whole and makes a small feature.

Cut a piece from the Damask Matt Gold, 17.5cm wide x 4cm high.

 Use the Matt Silver Mirror board, the blue satin foil and the Ornate Christmas Frame hot foil stamp in your Go Press and Foil machine to create your frame.
Cut around the oval leaving a small border around the outer edge, then cut the centre away to allow for the Ephemera piece to be placed inside.
 Using the Christmas Branches decorative dies cut one set from the bird print and another from the mirror board. Overlap the print as pictured to create a shadow effect.

To embellish our cluster first use the Merry Christmas hot foil stamp with silver foil over matt gold mirror board to create your greeting. Take another of the ephemera pieces as pictured, one half of the leaf border strips from the A4 paper pad and a few random pip berries.

Colour your Couture Creations rose using a mixture of watered down Buttercup Liquid Drops and Blue Pigment powder. Paint it on with a fine paintbrush and a dauber for easy access.
Wrap your 6mm tape around the bottom and side edges of the Damask and top and side edges of the Bird print so you have 3mm each side. Using your scraps lightly tap the foil, coloured side up, onto the tape creating a faux gilding effect.
                 Dull down the edges afterwards with a white ink to give it a more muted look.

Cut a rectangle from the Snow White cardstock 17.8cm wide x 25.3cm long, (7x10inches). Score and fold in half to make a card base.
Attach the Gold Damask print, edged in foil, to the lower edge of the card base.
Attach the 1cm strip of Silver behind the bottom edge of the bird print so 0.5cm is showing from behind. Distress the lower edge so some white shows through then attach the whole piece to the top edge of the card overlapping slightly with the damask.
Attach the Ephemera and Hot foil frame centred with 3D foam tape. Cut the leaf border strip from the A4 papers as pictured, then trim the leaf pattern in half again. Attach 2 strips either side of the ephemera frame to create another layer.


 Arrange the die cut branches and ephemera foliage, the large rose and Merry Christmas sentiment as pictured. Embellish the rose and leaves with some Crystalina Glitzin' glamour to give it a sparkle to finish.

Thankyou for looking. K x