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Wednesday, 23 August 2017
But that means it's Wednesday, and time for Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday, hosted by our lovely Julia over at The Stamping Ground.
On my desk right now is the pile of Hot Foil projects I was talking about trying last week. There are two posts below this about them, both are very picture heavy, which is why I split it in two. If you want to check them out, you might want to come back when you have some spare time😀😀But it works extremely well, and what's more, you can do it with an ordinary iron as well.
The small metal stencils are for the next round of experiments- I want to see if it works with normal press down foil,like the Stix2 ones above, and also if the process will work with Dreamweaver pastes, and then stamping with a glue pad. That's something that's never worked very well, so I'm going to see if heat makes it work better. It would also mean I could foil stamped images. So we'll see.
We paid a visit to Amelias Crafts on Friday, and these were the things that I put in my basket. I liked the Woodware Wreath stamp, that's going to make some nice simple C Cards, and that Embossing Folder has lovely wavy lines on.
However, this picture is what Beloved Hubby added to the basket.
A Sweet Poppy Dragonfly stencil, and a whole pile of stamps. Those feather stamps are HUGE! To give you an idea, that pack is A4 sized.
This pic is an idea I picked up from Diana Taylor at Velvet Moth Studios blog. She was storing spare die cuts in trading card/ currency pouches in an A4 binder, which I thought was a great idea, so I've just done the same with all my spare ones.
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
This butterfly panel, showing two views of how the colours change depending on the light source, was done with a Holographic foil.
This one used the Sunset Rainbow foil.
Back to a holographic foil for this one of two dragonflies.
I cut the base card to match the shape of the image, and it's covered in gold foil. I got this really cheaply from E-bay, from China. 50 A4 sheets for £2.49! and 29p shipping, lol.
This Steampunk dog has the same foil on it.
These are two new Sweet Poppy stencils, and I covered these with the Oil on Water (Marble) foil.
Now we come to the pieces I did with my iron. I'd wanted to have the stems green, and the flowers a different colour, and this was a bit of a fiddly process to be honest.
Requires some patience, and preferably the ability to hold your breath for long periods. It's a bit like working with Gilding Flakes, one small breath scatters it everywhere.
I put the image with it's foil inside my folded paper, and placed that on top of an old tea towel I use for drying my stamps, on top of my glass mat. The Iron was set to Max, and I reckon I ironed it for about 20 seconds, maybe 30.
Turned out perfectly, as you can see. The flower heads look jewel like, almost as if they are covered in Acrylic gemstones,or sequins, but without the bulk.
I did the same here, using a foil that came in blue strips for the flowers.
I chose these pieces to Iron, as I thought there was more chance of the small pieces moving as I fed it through the laminator, and I wanted to see how well an Iron would work. So two birds, one stone.
By the way, there is nothing special about my iron. I wasn't going to spend out for a 'Craft' iron, and intended buying a travel Iron to do craft stuff with. However, I couldn't find one anywhere, so I just bought the cheapest Iron either Tesco or Argos had, can't remember which I got it from.
So, if you don't have a laminator, but do have stencils & paste, then you can still do this technique easily.
Right, we're almost at the end now, this is the last piece.
This foil is called Tropical Sunset, and I'll list the foils and where I got them at the end.
So, I love how these turned out. Most I think need nothing more than a sentiment adding.
I still have a few experiments I want to try. I want to see if this works with ordinary rub down transfer foil for one. And I also wonder if this will work with rubber stamps and a glue pad. I've never had much success with Glue Pads, they've never seemed to stick properly in the past, so it's worth a try. I'll try both of those with the iron, in case the laminator gets too hot for them.
I also want to see if this works with Dreamweaver Stencil pastes, as I have a few of those in my drawer too.
And I want to see what the result is with different colour pastes.
It seems to me I should have given the basic instructions somewhere, and I haven't.
You need to create your stencilled image, and Julie used Sweet Poppy Glossy Black Paste, which is what I used. I tried Glossy Bronze paste on one, and that seemed to work fine. Then leave the image to dry overnight, before adding the foil. And that's all there is to it.
I love ideas that give me new ways to use stash, and this does that, as well as employing my laminator for more than just creating stamp storage sheets!
I shall be trimming down the foil sheets I peeled off, as most have reasonably sized usable areas left, ideal for creating designs using more than one colour.
Foils bought from Tonertex.:
Multi Coloured Assortment pack, which contains: 67 sheets 100mm x 100mm:
12 sheets Tropical Sunset
15 sheets Turquoise
12 sheets Slimline Rainbow
8 sheets Carnival
10 sheets Hologram Silver
10 sheets Hologram Gold
I added to that Marble Foil and Seasparkle foil.
Foil bought from Patsy May Crafts: (on EBay)
Silver Mirror Pattern ( Holographic)
Gold Foil from E-Bay
A bit of advice on foils- when you are looking to buy them, you want TONER foils, NOT TODO foils. I was ordering from Patsy May, and she was kind enough to take the time to advise me that the TODO foil I had ordered would not work with a laminator, apparently it's designed specifically for the TODO machine, and works with pressure & dies. It has a sort of adhesive on the back, so will stick completely to the card. So, as long as it says TONER foil, it's fine.
Monday, 21 August 2017
As you can see from the pictures, it worked really well.
The ones at the back look black in the photo, but the light wasn't shining on them. You will see further on just how great they look. I will warn you this post is VERY picture heavy- some projects have 2 or 3 pictures, so you could see the colours better.
This is all of the images I ran through the laminator, but I'll show them individually throughout the post.
I also tried achieving the effect using an ordinary iron, and that works perfectly too, so you can do this even without a laminator.
If you do want one, you can get a cheap one for about £15- Amazon, Argos & Staples all have them around this price. You only need a basic A4 one.
I sandwiched my projects inside a folded piece of A4 printer paper. Then I discovered a couple were too big to be completely covered by that. I found I had an old A3 size sketchpad, I think from Poundland, so tore out a sheet of that, folded it and trimmed it down in width to fit the laminator.
Okay, right here I'm going to put my hand up to being a bit dumb! I'd trimmed all my images down, and run them through the laminator with different colours of foil, then set them aside to cool. I even did the ones with the iron too. Then I took the first one, and began to peel off the foil.
It hadn't worked! None of the foil had stuck. Now, right at this moment, there are probably quite a few of you laughing at this picture. Me, I'm stumped. So I ran them through again. Still no good. So, I tried a Google search for some troubleshooting.
The penny dropped with a resounding clang, when in answer to someones question about which way up the foil should go, the answer was colour side facing UP!
I'd put all the foil on upside down.😀😀😀
So I picked all the foil off, and lay it the right way up.
Incidentally, I spent a while adding foil to these two, as I wanted to have green stems, and coloured flowers. These two, along with another, are the ones I set with the iron, as I thought there was too much chance of all those small pieces moving around in the folded paper 'carrier sheet'.
After I had run the first one through, I checked a small corner. It had worked! So now I fed them all through.
I carefully peeled back the foil, after they had all cooled down.
Isn't that stunning? I'm amazed at how good it looks.
The pic above was lay flat on my desk, here it's stood up facing the window, so you can see how the foil shows up in the light.
This pair both have a holographic foil on them, and it's the holographic ones that give the most stunning results.
Here I've changed the angle slightly.
Although it looks black in this pic, the Holly wreath is actually done in Green foil.The Baubles have a Sunset Rainbow Foil on them.
This cat & mouse also has the Sunset foil on.
This cross looks fabulous, this one has a Silver Glitter effect foil on, and I love how the colours change so much.
This Polar Bear Scene has a sort of 'Oil on Water' foil on.
The actual stencilling was done with sweet Poppy Glossy Black paste, which is how Julie did hers. The Fairy on the Moon, I did in Bronze paste, I just wanted to see if other colour pastes would work, and it seems they do.
Gorgeous warm sunset tones in the holographic foil in the top pic, and tilted a little more towards the window for more light, and there are lovely blue tones now.
This Steampunk Butterfly has fabulous jewel tones from the dark rainbow foil. I'd bought a some foil samplers from Tonertex, and this pattern had pieces about 4" square, so I laid two side by side to cover the butterfly.
Right I think for the moment, I'm going to stop there. I'll do a second post tomorrow, with the remaining pieces, or this post will go on forever.
All the stencils I've used are by Sweet Poppy. The foils come from Tonertex, and Patsy May Crafts.