Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Treasured Frames Floral Toppers

Treasured Frames Floral Toppers

Here are two design ideas for the Couture Creations Modern Essentials Treasured Frames and Bracket Frames cut, foil and emboss dies.

When using the Modern Essentials cut, foil and emboss dies I have my GoPress & Foil set up with one or two 300gsm card shims on the hot plate, and then I have a thin metal shim on top of them.

The thin metal shim is the type you use with a die cutting machine when you are cutting fabric or need extra pressure to cut very intricate dies.  Any A5 size (15cm x 21cm) thin metal shim should do - but they vary a little in thickness so you might need more or less card shims underneath yours, and the number of card shims can also vary depending on your die cutting machine.

Or, you can use 2 metal shims.

I have 2 5"x7" 300gsm card shims that I keep with my thin metal shim, so they are always there ready for me to use.

My cards are A5 size (14.9cm x 21cm).

I've cut the card for the mat behind the patterned paper to 14.5cm x 20.6cm and this is the same card that I've used to make the toppers and sentiment.  If you are careful, you can gut the centre of the card and have a large enough piece to make the topper, or use another piece of the same card.

I made the topper using a piece of card 13cm x 19cm as you need a little extra space around the Treasured Frame die to tape your foil and die down to the card  - full details are in the videos.

Working with the blue card, I only needed one card shim under the metal shim on the GoPress & Foil, but the purple card is a heavier weight and slightly textured so I needed 2 card shims under the metal plate so that it would foil and cut properly.

First use the Treasured Frame to cut out the frame and foil its border.  I find it easiest to use a craft knife to remove the center portion of the foil - see video, then lay the foil and die on the card and tape it in place.  Place the die on top of the metal shim (on the GoPress & Foil) with the card being foiled on top.  Allow about a minute for the die to heat up on the GoPress & Foil before rolling through your die cutting machine.

I've also figured out a great way of placing foiling in exactly the right place - such as inside the foiled edge of the Treasured Frame.  Hold the decorative hot foil stamp in position with one hand and with the other place a strong magnet covered in masking tape (the sort used with stamping platforms) on the back of the card to hold the hot foil stamp in place.

On the blue version of the card, I used the Floral Wreath hot foil stamp from the Le Petit Jardin Collection to add the decoration inside the frame.  I marked the centre of the frame and lined up the bottom of the hot foil stamp with the mark.   To foil the other end I just turned the card around and repeated the foiling.

On the purple version I foiled the frame in exactly the same way and used the Thin Fern hot foil stamp to add the decoration inside the frame.  As the centre point is offset to the left, you need to let the hot foil stamp cool down after foiling the first set of ferns and then re position it to foil the second set.

Once the foiling is completed, stick the Treasured Frame piece down on your card and add some die cut flowers and foliage to complete the topper.

To make the sentiment, cut a piece of foil a little larger than the Bracket Frame cut, foil and emboss die, and use some low tack tape to stick it in down in the centre of the piece of card.

Foil the words in the centre of the card, then slide a small scrap of card under the foil to cover most of the words - this prevents extra foil adhering to the card when the frame is foiled.

Position the Bracket Frame cut, foil and emboss die over the words and tape it down.

Set up the GoPress & Foil with your card shims and metal shim (as for the Flourish Frame) let them heat up.

Place the Bracket Frame die on the GoPress & Foil, on top of the metal shim, with the card on top.  Allow it to heat for about 30 seconds and then roll through your die cutting machine.

Mount the sentiment on some foam pads to that it over laps the bottom right corner of the Flourish Frame, and add some more die cut flowers on its left to complete the card.

The videos are very detailed instructions.  If you've had plenty of experience using your GoPress and Foil, then you may want to fast forward through some parts.  The magnets I use are "neodymium magnets" which are very strong.  They are used to hold things in place on stamping platforms.  I've bought some extra ones and covered them in masking tape to make them easy to slide away from whatever they have stuck to.

Treasured Frame topper on purple card

Treasured Frame on Blue Card

Bracket Frame sentiment on purple card

Bracket Frame Sentiment on blue card

Couture Creations Products used:

CO725426  - Le Petit Jardin  - Floral Wreath Hot Foil Stamp
CO726459  - Modern Essentials Cut, Foil and Emboss dies - Bracket Frames 
CO725288  - Anna Griffin Hot Foil Stamps - Happy Birthday
CO726468  - Modern Essentials Cut, Foil and Emboss dies - Decorative Nesting Treasured Frames
CO725747 - C'est La Vi e- Thin Fern Stalks Hotfoil Stamp

I also showed:
CO725745 - C'est La Vie - Rosie Bouquet hotfoil stamp
CO725424  - Le Petit Jardin - Primrose Flower hot foil stamp 

Monday, 19 November 2018

Floral Squares Card

Floral Squares Card
Featuring Couture Creations Le Petit Jardin Collection

This is a really quick card (yes even with all that foiling).  I've used pages from the 6 x 6 Paper pad, and just one hotfoil stamp to create the square foiled panel.  I've foiled a sentiment, but you could die cut or stamp and emboss a sentiment instead.

I've used a sheet of A4 card to create my card blank, so its 14.9cm square, which is a little smaller than 6 inches, so I've trimmed my paper down by 4mm on each side so that it fits onto my card blank with a small white border from the card blank showing.

I've used the centre of my 6.x 6 page for my sentiment - If you are going to do this, do the foiling first before cutting the circle out of the centre of the page.  See my video (link at the bottom of page) for great tips on positioning your hotfoil stamps.

Cut the sentiment out of the centre of your paper using a round die.

Die cut an 11.5cm square piece of white card.

Position the Primrose Flower hotfoil stamp on your GoPress & Foil so that the flower will be in one corner of your card with the end of its stem in the centre of the square.  See the video.

Foil the flower (I've used Phantom Purple foil), leave the hotfoil stamp on the GoPress & Foil, add more foil and turn the card 1/4 turn and foil in the next corner.  Repeat this process for all four corners.

Remove the hot foil stamp from the GoPress & Foil and allow it to cool for a minute or two.

Position the Primrose Flower so that the flower is in the space between the corner flowers, along one of the edges.  I used Blue/Green Iridescent foil for these. As before, foil the flower on each side by turning the card 1/4 turn each time.

Cut a mat layer for your sentiment using a slightly larger round die, from a contrasting paper from the pad or some contrasting card.

Stick down your foiled square in the centre of your patterned paper, and add the round sentiment in the centre of the square.

CO725435 - Le Petit Jardin  - 6 x 6 Paper Pad
CO725424 - Le Petit Jardin  -  Primrose Flower Hotfoil Stamp
CO725289 - Anna Griffin     - With Love Hotfoil stamp  
CO725392 - Heat Activated Foil - Blue Green (Iridescent Finish)
CO726053 - Heat Activated Foil - Purple (Deep Mirror Finish)

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Golden Flourish Card

Golden Flourish Card
featuring Couture Creations Le Petit Jardin Collection

For this card I've used some gold card stock and two of the papers from the Le Petit Jardin 12 x 12 pad, along with the Midday Corner Decorative die and the Jardin Doily Mini die to create the background.

For the topper, I was undecided which way to make it, so I've made several versions.  In the photo above, I've used the Frame from the Ooh La La Framed Owl set, and the With Love sentiment hot foil stamp from Couture Creations Anna Griffin collection, but I also had lots of other ideas for the topper - shown below.

As you can see it works well with plain nested ovals, with the oval frame or other layering die sets as a frame; and the sentiment can be foiled, die cut or heat embossed using gold embossing powder, using whatever you have.

I've made an A5 size card (21cm x 14.9cm) so start by cutting a piece of gold card to 20.6cm by 14.5cm (4mm smaller than A5).

Die cut 2 of the Midday Corner from gold card.

Cut a piece of the dark purple paper to 20.2cm x 14.1cm (8mm smaller than A5) and a strip of the floral paper 9.5cm wide.  

Lay out the corners on the purple paper in the top right and bottom left corners - but don't stick them down yet. 

Position the strip of floral paper diagonally across the backing paper, between the corners, and use some low tack masking tape or repositional tape to hold it in place on both of the long edges as shown below.

Then the corners can be taken off, and the papers turned over so that some of the excess can be trimmed away from the corners - but don't trim away all of the excess at this stage.

Turn the papers back over so that you can see the front and release one of the pieces of tape holding the diagonal strip in place.  

Fold the strip back (hinged by the remaining piece of tape) and add double sided tape (or glue if you prefer) to the back.  Remember that you still need to trim off some of the excess at the corners, so don't go right up to those edges.

Lay the strip back down across the purple backing paper, and stick it in place.  The second piece of masking tape can now be removed.

Turn the papers over to the back again and trim the excess off the diagonal strip, flush with the edge of the purple backing paper.

Layer the papers onto the gold card and stick down on your card blank, and then stick the corner die cuts in place. 

Cut 2 of the Jardin Doily mini die and trim so that they have a square corner.  Stick these in place in the corner of the diagonal strip.

Create the topper using the purple paper as the background with either a sentiment cut from the same gold card as the corners, stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder, or foiled.  Cut out and add to the decorative frame, or just layer up some plain ovals cut from gold card and more or the purple paper.

To save some of the purple paper, I cut my smaller oval out of the larger one and backed the larger one with some black card.

And here is what the card looks like with some of the versions of the topper.


CO725434  - Le Petit Jardin  - Le Petit Jardin 12x12 Paper Pad
CO725933  - Le Petit Jardin  - JARDIN DOILY MINI DIE
CO725289 -  Anna Griffin     - With Love Hotfoil Stamp