Sunday, 13 February 2022

More Cards foiled using Kaleido

Foiled background and ship from stamps

Foiled butterflies and sentiment from stamps

Foiled flowers using a Dreamees stamp and die set.

Foiled background and topper using a stencil.

Foiled background using stamps

Foiled background and topper using stamps

Foiled tree and sentiment using stamps


Sunday, 19 December 2021

Kaleido Foiling and Die Cutting Machine

This is not intended as a review of the Kaleido machine from Crafts Too but as I've had one for a few months I've decided it's time to post about how I'm getting on with it.

I still have (and use) my GoPress & Foil and I often use both machines in creating cards.

The Kaleido machine has been designed to make it easy to create foiled images or text from normal stamps - either rubber of acrylic/photopolimer.  The machine is essentially a die cutting machine that has a heated roller.  It works with a special stamping and stencilling mediums which when covered with toner reactive foil and passed through the rollers (when hot) transfer the foil where the medium has been used. The Kaleido can also be used to apply toner reactive foil to items printed on a laser printer (or photocopier) instead of using a laminator type machine such as a Minc foiling machine.


The mediums used for stamping and stencilling are easy to clean up and the kaleido stamping ink is applied to stamps as you would normal stamping ink.  Ink comes in a bottle used to re-ink the pad as the ink dries out quite quickly even when the lid is put on the ink pad.  The stencil medium is thicker and dries with a raised surface - similar to a gel medium or stencil paste but the "ink" can also be used with stencils applied with a sponge applicator or ink blending brush.

I've always used some ink stamping in my card making - mostly to create backgrounds, but I'm now looking at stamps in a whole new way and using some that I've had for years but never used.  

I'm also finding that stamps that go with coordinating die sets have lots of possibilities - these flowers for example, are made using Dreamees stamp and die sets.  I've stamped onto vellum with the Kaleido ink and then foiled before cutting out.

There are some limitations as to the types of card/paper you can use.  Many metallic, pearl and coated (shiny) card has a treatment on the surface that reacts with the foil - so foil is transferred everywhere the foil is, not just to the stamped or laser printed image.   I have a colour laser printer that I print backgrounds and toppers with, and I can't use the Kaleido to add foiling to those.

The Kaleido is also a die cutting machine - but if you are using it for die cutting it is best to have a separate set of plates to use when foiling so that they remain smooth and flat.

If you've read this far then your probably wondering what this machine looks like and how it's used - so here's the first video I've made using my Kaleido machine to create a foiled card.

This is the card made in the video

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Blooming Friendship - Framed Sentiment Card

 Blooming Friendship - Framed Sentiment Card

With this blog post I'm saying farewell to the Couture Creations Design Team.  Being a member of the team has been a great experience - I've had the opportunity to try out wonderful products and work with beautiful paper collections. 

For this card I've used a combination of older Couture Creations products along with elements from the Blooming Friendship 12 x 12 papers.

My card is 5" x 7".  I've cut a piece from the patterned paper (sheet 5) 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" to leave a white border when it is stuck down on the card blank.  I've inked around the edges, using brown pigment ink to make is stand out.

The sentiment frame is from another of the 12 x 12 papers (sheet 6).  I drew around my die before cutting the piece needed from the 12 x 12 sheet as the panel is the same size as the die, and printed at a slight angle - take care to leave a border so you can line the die up with the printed design.

I cut the middle out of my foil to avoid getting any foil on the centre of the frame.  I've foiled the frame using rose gold foil and the sentiment using deep red foil.

The rose and leaves are made using Cut & Create dies - these can be used either with pigment inks or to hot foil using the GoPress & Foil.  For the rose I've used rose gold statin card and deep red foil, and for the leaves I've used white card and rose gold foil.

Couture Creations Products

CO726468 - Cut, Foil and Emboss dies - Modern Essentials  - Decorative Nesting Treasured Frames
CO727633 - Cur and Create Dies - My Secret Love - Get Well Soon (3pc)  (Rose and Leaves)
CO727630 - Cut and Create Dies - My Secret Love - Reaching Fern
CO726567 - Hotfoil Stamp - Butterfly Garden - Live, Love, Laugh