Propagation Garden, foil, and a modified tool...

   Hello my fabulous friends!

Spring has finally arrived, and I can't wait for the rain to stop so I can start planting flowers in my garden! However, Mother Nature seems to have other plans.... I guess that's what I get for living only a couple hours drive away from a rain forest. LOL!

So, into my studio to create a garden from paper using some of the new Propagation Garden collection from Spellbinders! 

Please note, while Spellbinders did send me product and asked  me to create with them, my opinions remain my own.  

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This first card features the Tropical Leaves Press Plate and Die set, and the Leafy Helix embossing folder.

I have a confession to make... This Tropical Leaves set is for the BetterPress... and I don't have a BetterPress... yet...

I know, I know! How am I so far behind the times?!?! Well, the truth is, I have a limited craft budget, and I just haven't been able to justify the BetterPress yet. That doesn't mean I won't ever get it- I was late to the Glimmer party too. 
That being said, the BetterPress plate foil BEAUTIFULLY! I was SO excited when I saw just how detailed and crisp the foiled leaves turned out!

I know, that this set is supposed to be leaves, but this leaf (when done in a bright color) just looked like a flower, so I went with it! 
I decided to use  the Solid Oval hot foil plate to foil the negative space (what is left over on the foil sheet after the initial foiling using the leaf plates). This gave my 'flower' a bolder look that popped against the background. This technique works especially well when you also die cut the shapes out. I love how it looks!

The pink stripes were made with Add a Stripe of Color, and I used my paper trimmer to cut out the foiled stripes.

Let's talk about that background using the beautiful new Leafy Helix embossing folder. 

I wanted to highlight the texture, so after embossing my paper, I rubbed the side of a clear crayon over the texture. This creates a resist so the raised areas will remain white when I add my ink on top.

You can see here, I used the crayon on the left half, and no crayon on the right half.
It isn't a perfect coverage, but it gives a beautiful distressed resist!

After applying the color, I wanted to add some gold acrylic paint to the texture... The best way I have found to do this is with this modified Tim Holtz ink blending tool. Basically, I cut a rectangle of adhesive backed craft foam, and stuck one of the alcohol felt pads to the adhesive... this lets me stick the foam onto the tool. The firmness of the foam allows you to gently glide the paint over just the raised area. SO easy! 

For my second card, I used the same Leafy Helix embossing folder (this time I just left my paper white with a few ink splatters), the Tropical Leaves BetterPress Plate and die set, and the Solid Oval for the bold reverse image. The wooden frame is done with the Propagation Garden Frames die set.

For this card, I inked over the foiled areas before die cutting my leaves. I love the green and gold together!

I used the same modified ink blending tool- this time with white ink- to add the aged coloring to the embossed wood pieces.  These dies cut and emboss at the same time, you can get a very beautiful wood texture in one step!
This blender is such a great tool (and easy modification) if you like working with embossing folders and dies that emboss!

See you soon!


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