Thursday, 31 January 2019

Rose Gold, Cream and Kraft Treasured Frames

Rose Gold, Cream and Kraft Treasured Frames

For this card I've used Couture Creations Rose Gold Satin Foil, with cream card and kraft card, and the Couture Creations Modern Essentials - Treasured Frames cut, foil and emboss die set.

The corners of the background are foiled in the rose gold foil also, using the C'est La Vie Intricate Corner hot foil stamp (CO725743).  

The sentiment is foiled onto a die cut tag, which I've inked around the edges using some raspberry pink pigment ink.  

This is layered on top of the smaller frame from the Treasured Frames set, and a heart die cut from the same card used as a mat for the card.

I've added an embellishment die cut from kraft card to the top of the tag, with a flower in the corner and some flourishes cut from cream card tucked in behind the frame.


At the bottom of the card, I've added the key from the Treasured Frames set, foiled and cut from kraft card.  I cut an extra copy of the key and layered the two together with glue for added strength, as my kraft card is quite thin.

Couture Creations Products Used:

CO726468 - Modern Essentials Cut, Foil and Emboss dies - Decorative Nesting Treasured Frames
CO725743 - C'est La Vie  - Intricate Corner hot foil stamp
CO725694 Foil - Rose Gold (Vintage Matte Finish) - Heat activated
CO725288  - Anna Griffin Hot Foil Stamps - Happy Birthday

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Gilded Corner and Aperture Card - Le Petit Jardin

Gilded Corner and Aperture Card - Le Petit Jardin

With this card I wanted to experiment with using some "messy crafting" techniques.  Combining using the lovely die cuts that can be created using the dies in the Le Petit Jardin collection with Gilding Polishes/Embellishment Mouses, gilding waxes and inks to create embellishments to coordinate with this beautiful backing paper from the Le Petit Jardin 12x12 paper pad.

My card is A5 size (14.9cm x 21cm).  The purple mat layer is 14.5cm x 20.6cm, the black card is 13.9cm x 20cm and the patterned paper is 13.6cm x 19.7cm.

The corner embellishment and the sentiment aperture are die cut from black card, as well as some of the Evening Branch foliage die cuts.  I've then used a white pearl gilding polish to create highlights and provide a base to apply pigment ink to.  If you have a polishing medium with mica in a coordinating color you won't need to use any ink, but you can still brush ink over to change the tone.

I've also used some gold gilding wax to add some highlights and coordinate with the foiling on the sentiment and around the aperture.  See the video for how I apply the pearl polish, ink and gold gilding wax.

To make the aperture, I foiled black card using the backs of the nesting cutting dies (a rectangle and an oval).   I lay my card on a piece of magnetic storage sheet, to hold the dies still while I stick the dies down on top of the foil.  The dies go on top of the foil cutting edge facing up.  Put tape across both dies and the foil, so the foil is also taped to the card - I show you in the video.

You need a thin metal shim on your GoPress and Foil with one or 2 layers of card underneath it, or 2 thin metal shims - allow the shim to heat through on the GoPress.   Put your card, foil and taped down dies on top of the metal shim, with the cutting edges of the dies facing up.  Close the lid and leave for about 2 minutes to heat through before rolling.  I like to change the angle the dies are at, and then roll again.

Once the edges are foiled I embossed the card with an embossing folder, and used my pearl polish to highlight the pattern, and brushed with ink to match the corner die cut.  Then tape the dies in place and cut the rectangle and aperture.

Foil the sentiment on a spare piece of the patterned paper, making sure there is enough space around the edges so it can be centered in the aperture.

Add plenty of foam pads to the back of the aperture, so that it won't sag at the edges of the rectangle or the oval.

Then stick the aperture over the sentiment before trimming away any paper that overhangs around the edges.

Then you just need to put the card together - sticking down the mats and layers with the pattern paper on top.   I stuck down the corner die cut, then the topper, and then arranged the flowers and foliage.

Couture Creations Products Used:

CO725434  - Le Petit Jardin  - Le Petit Jardin 12x12 Paper Pad
CO725943  - Le Petit Jardin  - Midday Corner Decorative Die
CO725935  - Le Petit Jardin  - Morning Daisy Mini Die 
CO725937  - Le Petit Jardin  - Evening Branch Mini Die
CO725288  - Anna Griffin Hot Foil Stamps - Happy Birthday

Monday, 21 January 2019

Quick Foiled Toppers using Couture Creations Treasure Frames

Quick Toppers using Couture Creations Treasure Frames 

The Couture Creations Modern Essentials Cut, Foil and Emboss dies make adding intricate foiled decoration around the edge of a topper quick and easy.