foiled frame featuring Spellbinders...

 Hello my fabulous friends!

I was recently contacted by Spellbinders to see if I would be interested in doing a couple projects for them showcasing some new dies...

 Of course I said YES!  

Spellbinders dies have been in my collection since very early in my die cutting days... They may have been the first thin metal etched dies I owned... And more recently, I have fallen in love with their Glimmer Hot Foil System.  I bought it to add silver foiling to a wedding scrapbook I'm working on... but I've been absolutely loving it in my cardmaking as well. 

My point being, while they did send me some dies to work with for this project, I have owned, used, and enjoyed their products long before they reached out to me, and my opinions are my own. 

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Today's project features the beautiful Happy Anniversary Vignette die set created by Becca Feeken

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Canson watercolor Cold Pressed

Dies: Spellbinders Happy Anniversary Vignette

Hot Plates: Spellbinders Skinny Stripes, Glimmering Peony

Foil: Spellbinders Champagne

Color: watercolors

Other: rhinestones

I started by die cutting 4 frames from Neenah Card stock using the Happy Anniversary Vignette die. To create this frame I used 3 die- the outer line, the inner line, and the decorative middle. To ensure that each frame cut out exactly the same, I used some washi tape to hold the dies together. 

This set does come with an inner circle with the words "Happy Anniversary" surrounded by swirls, but I chose not to use it today.

After gluing all 4 frames together, I used the Spellbinders Glimmer machine to foil the frame. To do this, I simply put a sheet of copy paper, then my thick frame on the machine with the foil (pretty side up) stacked on top. After the timer stopped flashing, I added both Glimmer plates and a couple sheets of cardstock to the stack and ran it through my die cutting machine. 

How many cardstock shims you need will vary based on your machine, your die cut stack, and the foil, so you may need to make some adjustments to the stack for your machine. 

*note: I have not had success foiling a single layer die cut. It seems to need the thickness of several die cuts glued together. Essentially we are creating a die cut similar to the thickness of chipboard, then it works fabulously!

For my background paper, I wanted something simple that would tie into the frame, so I used the Skinny Stripes hot plate. I ran it through the first time lined up with the edges of my cardstock, then I ran it through again, this time shifted so the lines hit right in between the first set of lines. I didn't shift the foil, so I was able to use the same piece of foil for both sets of lines, and my left over foil sheet has the double lines too.. so it will be fun to add to a chipboard piece for another project! I love that!

To make this card feel like mine, it needed some watercolor.. LOL.

I foiled the Glimmering Peony on watercolor paper. I chose to use cold pressed because I personally like the texture of cold press better, but you can use whatever watercolor paper you like.

I love the look of the foil with the watercolors.. And painting this is SO simple! It hardly took any time at all! The foil acts as a resist, making this similar to watercoloring with embossed lines. 

The Champagne foil is so pretty!

To put it all together, I used one of my white circles (left over from die cutting the frame), and glued that down to my card for some nice white space. I then glued down the frame (which is already dimentional), and added my flowers using foam tape to make them pop. I did have to trim of the little circles on either side of the frame since the stuck out past the card. And finally, a few scattered rhinestones complete the card.

I thought about adding a sentiment, but I decided to wait. When I make a card that I don't already know what it will be used for, I often leave off the sentiment. That way, when I have a need for a card, I can choose any of the completed cards that best fits the need, and add a quick sentiment to fit the situation. 

 Dies are an investment, so the more versatile a dies is, the happier I am because I know I'll get a lot more use out of it.  I had so much fun with this die... While I don't make a ton of anniversary cards, the frame is something I can use in so many different projects!  

Be sure to check out Happy Anniversary Vignette, and all the other products over on the Spellbinders website

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