Hi there and welcome to my blog,
I have been digging into the Altenew Academy classes this weekend and getting through my AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program) course.
Today I took the "Let it Shine" classes. If you have never taken a class over at Altenew Academy I highly recommend them. This class is taught by the wonderful Carissa Wiley and explores everything that can make your card shine.
For my card project I wanted to try out the foiling part of the class. I have so many foiling supplies but rarely use them, so when I saw Carissa do some foiling on her cards without getting out her Minc/laminating machine I new I had to give it a go.
Carissa used Zig two way glue on her card. She let it dry and then added the foil to it and just like that there was shiny, beautiful foil on her card. I was super inspired by this and it made me think what else I could do with some tacky glue and foil.
I had some Thermoweb Decofoil Transfer Adhesive (you could totally use any tacky glue you have on hand) and so I decided to experiment with it. I wondered what would happen if I tried to create an "ink pad" with the transfer adhesive. So I grabbed the closest spongy item I had (which happened to be a kitchen sponge) and squirted a decent amount of the transfer adhesive onto it. The end result was pretty good so I decided to give stamping a try. I used a stamp from my stash and "inked it up" using the sponge loaded with transfer gel, stamped it onto some normal cardstock and then let the gel dry.
The really fun part was adding the foil (I chose gold) to the stamped transfer gel image. After laying over the image I ran the piece through my diecut machine (a tip I learnt from Carissa's class, that ensures you have added a good amount of pressure to the image so that the foil sticks extra well). When I pulled the foil off I was so excited that it had actually worked. Woowhoo!
Now that my experiment had worked I moved onto my project (I didnt want to work on a full project if my idea didnt work). So, for the card you see below I die cut a panel to be a regular card base size and added some very pale watercolouring using some watercolour pans from my stash, just addingin a random way but to the central area of the card. The next part was the best. I stamped one of the floral images from the Always & Forever stamp set from Altenew using my new "transfer gel ink pad" over the watercoloured area and then let it dry as I did with my practice piece. I don't think I will ever get tired of seeing the foil "reveal" after pulling your foiled piece out of the die cutting machine. One think I did notice, is that the foiled image has a line in the middle of the foiling, which I think is due to the transfer gel spreading when stamped, Though I really like the look of it so I was happy.
To finish off the card I just added a sentiment from the Label Love stamp set from Altenew and popped it up on foam tape. I wanted to keep the sentiment super simple so I could let the foiling really SHINE!
I hope you've enjoyed spending some time with me here at my blog, and I hope that I've inspired you to create a card and/or take an Altenew class,
Have an awesome day,