I knew that when I added the foil to my own personal note card set that I wanted it to be on a vellum overlay. I started by created a "card front" in Adobe Photoshop Elements. If you don't have that particular program, you can use Word. I used two free fonts for my card front, Nike Total 90 and Halo Handletter. You can click the font names to download them for free. Once I had my card front created, I printed four on one page on my Brother laser printer on some Essentials By Ellen Vellum.
It is important that you use a laser printer when doing this technique. The toner on the paper will heat up and cause the foil to bond to the areas that are printed. This cannot be done with an inkjet printer. I have an inexpensive Brother laser printer. If you don't have a laser printer, you can always have your file printed at an office supply or copy center. Since the images are black and white, they're pretty inexpensive to have printed.
After seeing all of the fun things Julie Ebersole has been doing with Distress Stains, I decided to give watercoloring with Distress Stains a whirl. I wanted a really loose, imperfect feel to my watercolor. I started by adding water to my image, but I didn't fill the image in completely. After I added water to the paper, I dabbed my Distress Stain directly on to the wet areas. As you dab the stain on to the wet areas, the stain spreads out and created a beautiful watercolor effect with very little effort. You can also layer the colors to create variation and intensity. I'll show you exactly how to do that in the video below.
While my watercolored pieces were drying, I added the gold foil to my vellum pieces. I used ThermOWeb's Deco Foil and the Heidi Swapp Minc Mini machine. This machine has several heat settings, which makes it easy to dial in the correct amount of heat for the type of paper you are using. The machine comes with a guide that tells you which heat setting to use. For this heavy weight vellum, I used the 3 setting.
I've been loving this machine. It's small size makes it easy to store. It heats up super fast. And I'm finding that I'm getting better results with the Minc Mini than I did with the laminator I was using previously. The Minc Mini allows projects up to 6 inches in width, which is perfect for cardmakers. If you want to make larger projects, you can look in to the original Minc Machine, which can handle projects up to 12 inches.
I also have to say, these photos do not do this foiling justice. Since it is SO shiny, it is rather hard to photograph. But you'll get a better feel for the look in the video tutorial below.
I finished these cards off with a little bit of glitter paper, a little bit of black and white striped paper and a few of my favorite sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. This made the cards feel perfectly "Carissa".
I've included a video tutorial below walking you through the entire creation of these cards. I've also included links to the supplies used below.
I hope you've enjoyed this project. Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!
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