Hello, Love! Pink Sentiment Card

Welcome back! I was watching the movie Legally Blonde a few days ago while I was waiting on queue and I remembered how I enjoyed watching this movie for the first time. I don’t think I could have gotten away in law school wearing pink and digesting cases in pink scented stationeries. However, pink is such a soft, warm and friendly color and it would definitely look good on handmade cards.  Today, I would like to share with you pink inspired card I made using my Hello Telephone die.

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Hello Love! Pink Card @creativemusetatwork

The supplies that I used for this card are the following: Cardstocks with their respective measurements: White base card – 4 and 3/4 x 5 and 7/8, white front panel – 4 and 1/2 x 5 and 7/8, black cardstock – 4 and 5/8 x 5 and 3/4 and scrap cardstocks in light pink, gold, black, red fuchsia and red glitter foam adhesive for the telephone die cut. I also used a telephone die cut, Distress Ink Pads in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar, Ranger Glossy Accents, Nuvo Crystal Drops in Carnation Pink, Kuratake Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen, washi tape, paddle blending brush, WRMK Score and Trim Board, guillotine trimmer, craft glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, Scotch foam tape, t-ruler and scissor.

After I scored and trim the cardstocks, I lined the washi tape on the white cardstock front panel to mask the areas where I do not want to apply the distress ink. After I applied and blended the Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, I remove the masking and set it aside to dry.

I die cut the telephone die with my scrap cardstocks using my Big Shot Machine. I glued the red “hello” sentiment on top of the black die cut to create a shadow effect on the die cut. To prepare the window, I cut the center of the front panel cardstock with pink stripes with a curved rectangle die and then to create the shadow window, I placed the black cardstock at the back of the front panel with the die cut window and align the smaller rectangle die cut in the middle of the black cardstock. After I made sure that the die is on the center of the black cardstock, I run it through my die cut machine.

I put a double-sided foam tape around the edge of the black cardstock and adhere it on the center of the base card for a recessed look. Next, I assembled the telephone die cut inside the window. I put a small foam tape on the handset die cut and insert it at the back of the switch or plungers to add more dimension.

I run a dot liner at the back of the front panel pink card and adhere it on the center of the black cardstock. For the sentiment, I placed the “You Got Me At” sentiment at the bottom of the telephone with a foam double sided adhesive as well as the “Hello” sentiment. I printed the “You Got Me At” sentiment using Adobe Illustrator.

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I die cut several small hearts on a red cardstock and glued them on top of the telephone and to finish the card, I put Ranger Glossy Accents on the hearts, and small pink dots with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Carnation Pink. I also used Wink of Stella Clear Brush Pen on the “Hello” sentiment for added glitter.

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I hope you like this week’s project. Thanks for taking the time to read and see you on my next post.🌸

FOILING 101: Mini Minc Foil Applicator

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Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! I am so excited to share with you a crafting tool that I won from a raffle from Bee Happy Crafts. It is an online store where I usually get my crafting supplies. They have great selections of stationery and crafting tools. Now, I have always had such rotten luck when it comes to raffles or any game of chance except for love, (lol) but bless my lucky stars! I won second price and got a Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Foil Applicator. I have always wanted to try foiling. It looks so simple yet elegant. I have seen tons of DIY videos on how to do foiling and I am so impressed and amazed on how they create flawless foiled designs. But we all know that reality is always different from expectation. Now that I have this awesome crafting tool, I have no more excuse in not trying this technique.

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Mini Minc Foil Applicator Machine includes a transfer folder, Heidi Swapp Transfer Foil, sample art laser printed images and a manual @creativemuseatwork

I am sure that most of you knows how this baby works but let me give a quick lowdown. The Mini Minc Foil Applicator allows you to apply foil to any kind of artwork or projects printed through a laser toner printer. (NOTE: It should be a laser toner printer, not inkjet otherwise the foil will not adhere in the paper) They come in two sizes, the Mini Minc which is the one that I have here, with a 6 inch foil applicator and the large Minc for large prints. The Mini Minc comes with the machine, transfer folder, transfer foil and sample art images.

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ICraft Transfer Foil by Thermoweb @creativemuseatwork

Heidi Swapp has her own line of foil sheets that comes in different colors but unfortunately, the Heidi Swapp Transfer Foil was not available at the time of my purchase so I bought several ICraft Deco Foils by Therm-o-web which according to some DIY videos are also compatible with this machine.

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Adventure and camera sample art image that came with the machine and my own thank you sentiment design printed on laser monochrome printer

I am definitely a newbie in foiling. I have never done this before so I have encountered tons of mistakes and disappointments. I have heard several horror stories that not all types of laser printer adhere the foil perfectly so for the purposes of this blog, I used this machine on both the sample art print that came with the machine and on my own design that is laser printed. I also used the sample Heidi Swapp Transfer Foil on the sample image and the ICraft Deco Foil on my printed design.

One caveat though: This is not a deep dive analysis of The Mini Minc or transfer foils and I am not some sort of a foiling guru. Everything in this blog is based on my experience so let’s start foiling!

HOW TO FOIL USING THE MINI MINC FOIL APPLICATOR.

Turn on the machine and press the gold button to select the proper heat setting. If you check the manual that comes with the machine, there are several recommended settings depending on how much heat you need for your project. The recommended setting is 3. You need to let the machine heat up and it will beep and the indicator light will turn green when it is hot and ready.

The next step is to prepare your design, you need to cut the foil about a quarter of an inch larger than your project just to give some wiggle room in case the design might shift a little once it rolls inside the machine.

Place the paper with the image with the foil on top inside the transfer folder. The image should be facing up, as well as the shiny colored side of the foil. Close the transfer folder and make sure that the foil is flat and not wrinkled.

Feed the transfer folder into the machine. The machine will automatically pull the transfer folder inside. It works like an ordinary laminator so you have to wait until it is completely done and it will roll out on the other side of the machine.

Open the transfer folder and gently peel off the foil from the image. The foil should adhere where the toner was printed.

RESULTS:

SAMPLE IMAGE THAT CAME WITH THE MACHINE USING THE HEIDI SWAPP TRANSFER FOIL

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The result was a disaster! I foiled both the sample image with the gold and silver foil that came with the machine and it was so streaky! There were some portions of the toner that the foil did not cling well. There were scratches on the foil and the paper had folds like as if it was scored when it went through the machine. I have no idea what caused the score lines and what is so weird is that there are foils in the score lines. I thought I did not properly insert the transfer folder, so on the second time, I made sure to  flattened it out before I feed it to the machine, but it produced the same streaky result with score lines and the foil did not cleanly transfer. At this point, I was so frustrated that I had to woosah myself for a couple of minutes! (lol)

MY OWN DESIGN PRINTED ON LASER PRINTER USING ICRAFT DECO FOIL 

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The result was magic! Aside from fervently praying for success, I did  the same exact process in this one. The foil adhered perfectly. There were no streaks, scratches or score lines. The paper was as smooth as it was. The transfer was so clean that you can actually use the negative foil for another project.

Based on this trial and error, I can say that The Mini Minc Foil Applicator is a great machine but you need to have quality supplies to achieve beautiful results.

FOIL – The Icraft Deco Foil by Therm-o-web is a better choice compared to the Heidi Swapp Transfer Foil that came with the machine. I think the thickness of the ICraft Deco Foil gives a more consistent and clean finish. It is easy to handle. The Mini Minc transferred the foil evenly on the toner.

PAPER – The sample image that came with the machine was printed in a glossy paper. I am not sure how heavy the paper is but it could be around 200 GSM – 220 GSM. The paper that I used for my own design is a white Bevania Splendorgel 220 GSM. This is the paper that I used in most of my projects. It has a very smooth surface perfect for inkjet and laser printing.

PRINTER – I have no idea what kind of printer was used for the sample image. But I was really expecting that it will foil effortlessly because it came with the machine, but sadly, it did not. The printer that I used for my design is a a high-quality monochrome printer. It is indeed important to use a monochrome laser printer so you can get the darkest black color for the foil to adhere.

I never thought that testing out this machine can send me to an emotional roller-coaster but I am so excited to make more projects with this machine! I have not yet made a comparison between an ordinary laminator and the Minc but I am just so grateful that I got this machine for free. I have to try this machine with a toner pen and on colored cardstocks in the future. You can also make your own patterns in Adobe Illustrator and foil it after to for your card backgrounds.

I hope this blog was helpful to those who wants to try foiling. It is a a great tool for this technique. The price point is much more expensive compared to ordinary laminators but with quality supplies, it does give wonderful results. See you next time and thank you for visiting my blog.🌸

Happy Birthday Greeting Card

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I would like to share with you another birthday card project using a Happy Birthday Border Die. This is just a simple landscape card with a reverse fold. I did a lot of die cutting and no stamping for this project. The big die itself stands out on it’s own and I just put some color to make it more interesting.

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Happy Birthday Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

 

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Happy Birthday Border Die

The supplies that I used for this card are mostly cardstocks. 2 white cardstocks for the base measuring 5.5″ x 9″ that I scored and folded in half and another one measuring 5.5″ x 4.5″ to support the front design of the card, I used a teal cardstock and 1 teal polkadot pattern paper with same measurement as the white ones. I also used different colors of cardstocks from my scrap stash for the flowers and leaves. Lastly, I used my Big Shot Die Cut Machine.

 

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First, I die cut the other half of the white and polkadot pattern papers. I placed the die cut an inch away from the bottom of the paper to give a space for the card fold. Then I glued them together with the white cardstock at the back to support the “Happy” die cut design and the polkadot paper on top. I made sure that they were aligned. Next, I run the die cut again on my Big Shot Machine with several different color of cardstock for the flower and the leaves and I used it to fill in the gaps on the flower and leaves design. I was halfway finish on this part, when I realized I could have used the white cardstock when I first run the die on my Big Shot Machine and I could have just colored it to save time.

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Happy Birthday Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

To finish the card, I adhere the insert teal cardstock for a shadow effect. I hope you like this week’s card and I’ll be back again very soon with a new project. See you next time and thanks for stopping by.

Mother’s Day Greeting Card

Hi, everyone! Today, I have a card to share with you. I had been very busy for the past few weeks but I want to share with you this card that I made just in time for Mother’s Day.  I used to create cards for my mom when I was a kid.  I can still remember how she loved it so much. She is now 74 years old and she kept all those cards I made for her.  I truly am a certified mama’s girl!

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

In this project I used the Mom’s Life Clear Stamps. These are small stamps perfect for journals and planners. I decided to take it to the next level and use it to create a stamp background.

The supplies that I used for this card are quite basic. I used a lot of dye inks for the stamp background:

White cardstock for the card base measuring 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Red cardstock cut in four 2 1/8″ x 2 5/8″ pieces
2 white rectangle cardstock in 2″ x 2 1/2″ for the stamp background
2 pieces of stripe pattern paper in 2″ x 2 1/2″ from American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pad.
A small piece of black cardstock for the sentiment.
Small piece of Red glitter board for the MOM sentiment
Mom’s Life Clear Stamps
Alphabet die cut for the MOM sentiment.
Love you Forever stamp sentiment
Ranger Archival Ink in Garden Patina
Ranger Dye Ink Pad in Electric Lime
Ranger Dye Ink Pad in Pink Gumball
Lawn Fawn Dye Ink in Lobster
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
WRMK Score and Trim Board
Big Shot Die Cut Machine
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Tsukineko Embossing Pad
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White
Heat Gun
Tape runner and scissor

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After I scored and cut the cardstocks, I made the stamp background. I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform for accuracy. You can use an acrylic block but I had to repeat the stamping as I wanted to intensify the colors. In a piece of scrap paper, I made a guide where I could place the white cardstock so I could stamped two cardstock simultaneously by switching one from the other without removing the stamp in the platform.

I glued the red cardstocks with the stamp background and the stripe pattern paper together and adhere them on the white cardstock base card. I used my T-square ruler to align them.

For the sentiment, I die cut the letter M and O Alpha die cut on the Red glitter board using my Big Shot Machine. For the black background, I traced the dies on a small piece of black cardstock and fuzzy cut them.

 

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

Lastly, I heat emboss the Love You Forever sentiment in a black cardstock  and placed them below the MOM glitter sentiment. For added dimension, I used Nuvo Crystal Drop in Simply White on both sides of the sentiment.

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

This is a quick and easy card project. I wanted something simple yet colorful. The only process that took me several minutes to create was the stamp background but other than  that, it took me less than 30 minutes to finish this card.

I hope this inspired you to create your own cards. See you on my next post and thank for stopping by! Happy Mother’s Day!