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More Hot Foiling

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Hi crafty friends and welcome back.  It’s Sandi here and I decided it was time for some more HOT FOILING.   I combined it with  Gina K Peaceful Floral.  I haven’t used my hot foil machine since before Christmas and I recently purchased the Spellbinders Glimmer Scattered Dot Pattern die as I thought it would make a great background.

Before Diving into the card, just a note:   Raya is offering 10% Off Hot Foil products over in the Scrap ‘N Stamp Store starting today through Jan 30th, get the coupon code at the end of this post.  Thank you Raya!

More Hot Foiling

I also decided to try foiling on card stock vellum (40 lb) to see how it worked and looked, and I think it looks FABULOUS.  This is the 40 lb vellum, often referred to as card stock vellum, I have not tried the lighter vellum, as I think it might pucker with the heat, I’ll give that a go another day, LOL.


More Hot Foiling

The card sentiment is also hot foiled.  This is Spellbinders Glimmer Best Day Ever die plate gold foiled onto Gina K Turquoise Sea card stock.

Card details:

  • I die cut a piece of Gina K Turquoise Sea card stock with the Penny Black Leaf Stitched Frames.
  • Next I attached my foiled piece of vellum to the back of the frame before attaching it to my A2 card base.
  • I heat foiled the sentiment and added that with foam squares to add dimension to my card.

  • I used my MISTI to stamp the Gina K Peaceful Floral image onto a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of White card stock.  Using the Misti allows me to stamp a couple of times to get a nice dark outlined.
  • I used the Gina K Amalgam Black Ink for this as it’s waterproof and Copic friendly.
  • Next I colored the image with only SIX Copics:  The flower is done with BG11, BG13, BG49 and the leaves in YG03, YG17 and YG67
  • You may notice a bit of green in the flowers:  I like to take the lightest green and use it for a little highlight in the flowers, I think it really adds life to the image.

More Hot FoilingOnce the floral image was colored I cut it out and used small pieces of foam squares on the back to attach it to the card to again add a bit of depth.

That’s it, a quick and easy monochromatic card, with a pop of wow thanks to my Gemini Hot Foil Machine.

SAVE 10% on HOT FOIL at Scrap ‘N Stamp – use code SMFOIL10 – good on Spellbinders and Gemini Foil Press Products and good through Jan 30th.

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I have listed the products I used below, you can click on them for a larger view

Until next time – Happy Stamping




Winter Tales by Penny Black

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Happy Monday, my friend! I have a super cute card to share with you today, so grab your favourite beverage, and settle in for a bit. As soon as I saw the preview of the winter release, I knew that I would be ordering this Winter Tales stamp set by Penny Black. I just love scenic stamp images, and the little birds on this one are just too cute! Seeing this stamp brought to mind my wonderful Design Team member Kia – she loves birds, and probably has the most bird related stamps than anyone I know. And that’s okay, because she’s so talented, and always creates gorgeous projects with them. So, hopefully I’ll live up to her standard with my birds in today’s project.


This Winter Tales stamp is a large one, but I trimmed it down to fit a standard A2 card.

Penny Black Winter Tales

Well – was I right about these adorable birds?! They look like they’re having a very animated conversation – how fun would it be to understand bird talk?


This image lends itself to colouring with your favourite medium. I chose to watercolour with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and a water brush. To start, set up the stamp and your watercolour paper in your stamp platform. Because watercolour paper has a texture to it, you’ll want to be able to re-ink and stamp at least twice, for a clear impression. Use an archival ink to cover the entire stamp, and press onto your panel. Repeat at least once more, until the image is crisp & clear.  Now, stamp the image again onto a piece of masking or photo copy paper, and hand cut with scissors. This is your mask, so that you can stamp the trees behind the image.

Use the Winter Tree stamp, also from Penny Black, and stamp it in Gina K. Fresh Asparagus ink, with the mask in place. Stamp the tree on either side of the middle fence post; repeating the stamping for good ink coverage. With that done, you can remove the mask, and start colouring the image.  For colouring with the markers, first apply a bit of colour directly to the image, and then immediately blend it on with a damp water brush. Continue to do this until you’re happy with the depth of colour. Once the colours are dry, you may want to go back in to add more ink, to create depth and shadows.


To create the snow, add white Gouache paint without thinning it, directly onto the areas where the snow should be. Those are the tops of the fence rails and post, on the ground, and on the trees. For the sky, use the Blue marker and lightly brush it across the sky. Do a small area at a time, immediately blending with the water brush, so it isn’t too dark, or blotchy. I love how the other colours within the blue start to show through, when it’s blended with the water.

When the sky and snow are dry, thin out the remaining gouache paint with a bit of water. Put your mask back in place, to cover the birds and fence. Pick up the thinned gouache with your paintbrush, and splatter it onto the panel, creating smaller snowflakes. Remove the mask, and add a few snowflakes by hand onto the fence and trees.

Here’s a close up photo, so you can see how the gouache, without water, creates dimension for the snow.

Penny Black Winter Tales


Now, stamp the small sentiment from the Concord & 9th Mistletoe Messages at the bottom, in Nocturne ink. Cover with clear embossing powder, and heat set.  Layer 2  blue squares in opposite corners of your red card base, and then attach your image panel with foam tape.

Penny Black Winter Tales

I coloured my birds to look similar to robins, but you can make them into your favourite bird!

Thanks for spending some time with me today! I  hope  you’ve been inspired to have fun creating your own winter or Christmas cards. Or, just change up the sentiment, don’t add the snow, and this would make a great anniversary or thank you card, too! If you haven’t already, be sure to leave comments on each blog in our White Christmas blog hop, for a chance to WIN a $50 Scrap ‘N Stamp Gift Card! You can start HERE at Tara’s post.

To order the products to make this card, links are included below.

Winter Tales Penny Black

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Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Hi Crafty friends and welcome back. Sandi MacIver here and in keeping with our monthly Distress Oxide Challenge, I created some Christmas cards to share with you today.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

I won’t go into too much details as I share a video below walking you through the steps to create these fabulous backgrounds.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

I did start by Smooshing Distress Oxide ink onto Watercolor paper. On some backgrounds I added a second layer of colour with the Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

Over that I did a bit of stenciling again using Distress Oxides. Once all the backgrounds were finished, I die cut frames using the Penny Black Leaf Stitched Frames and snowflakes with the My Favourite Things Layered Snowflakes Die-namics.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

Finally the sentiments are from Concord and 9th Happy Holidays Label dies above. the “JOY” is from My Favourite Things and the other sentiments are My Favourite Things “Birdie Brown – Greetings Galore.

Distress Oxide Christmas Cards

I used a few jewels and sequins as my final embellishments.

You can watch the video in HD over on my YouTube Channel

That’s it for me today, I hope you enjoyed the cards and will give this fun background technique a try. I have listed the products used for the Distress Oxide Christmas Cards below for you with links to the store.