Coloring on Foil: Christmas in July

I’ve been enjoying making Christmas cards in July, as I do every year! The new release from Spellbinder’s, “Glimmer Greetings” collection has been an inspiration in this creative process. Today, I’m using the Glimmer Essential Solid Arch Hot Foil Plate and the Glimmer Essential Solid Diamond Hot Foil Plate. They have some dies that coordinate with these hot foil plates so you can cut them out and create backgrounds or frames for them. Below are the two cards I made with the solid arch hot foil plate. Stay tuned for the cards with the solid diamond hot foil plate.

You can see that I colored the flowers. I used Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen pens to color over the silver foil on the purple card. The color will dry and be fairly permanent. I wouldn’t rub it or handle it excessively, but it will stay put while you prepare and send it as well as when the recipient opens it and displays it. I tried using alcohol markers, but the look wasn’t the same. However, I did use alcohol markers to color the flowers on the green card because it was foiled on cardstock.

I used silver and gold foil with the hot plates and then cut out some cardstock by hand to create mats for the arches with purple and green cardstock. This would have been easier and looked better if I had used the coordinating dies: Essential Diamonds Etched Dies and the Essential Arches Etched Dies, but I did not have them to use so I just used my scissors.

You’ll notice that there are images on the arches. This was achieved through two different methods. On the purple card, I first foiled the solid arch in silver and then I foiled the flowers with the “Blooming Ornament” hot plate and purple foil from Spellbinders on the same piece of cardstock. The green card was created by first foiling the image onto a separate piece of cardstock and then using that same foil on a different piece of cardstock with the solid hot plate. That way, the negative of the image you foiled first, will show inside the solid arch. The white lines in the gold arch was created using the “Crossed Lines Cardfront” hot plate, which you can see below, with gold foil negative piece.

The greeting, Merry Christmas, was cut with a Spellbinders die set called, “Create A Christmas Sentiment Etched Dies.” I cut the green on from green and black cardstock. The black serves as a shadow for the green words. I did not do this for the purple one.

Check out the video below to see how these cards were made:

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Spellbinders Platinum 6 Machine: (Small one)

Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Machine:

Spellbinders Glimmer Greetings Collection:

Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil (bundles are at the bottom):

Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate Crossed Lines Cardfront:

Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate Solid Arch:

Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate Blooming Ornament:

Spellbinders Essential Arches Etched Dies:

Spellbinders Die Set Create a Christmas Sentiment Etched Dies:

Astrobrights Color Cardstock 651b:

Hammermil 60ld smooth cardstock in white:

Faber Castel Pitt Artists Brush Pens (Set of 24): – Dotted Refillable Adhesive Roller – Dot Tape Runner – 49 Feet

Spellbinders Tool in One:

Tim Holtz 9.5″ Kushgrip scissors (with black handle): Or

Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive:

Teflon bone folder (it is supposed to not leave a burnishing mark or shine on the paper:

Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer:

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