In honor of World Card Making Day I thought I would do something special. This is my first tutorial ever! I really hope you like it and find it useful. The lighting is just terrible in my home at night so I plan to take better pictures tomorrow. I just couldn't wait to share :) While this tutorial uses a Cuttlebug, you can use punched out shapes or freehand foil cutting. You don't have to have a bug.
Tools & Supplies Needed:
- Cuttlebug or other die cutting system & die cuts
- Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
- Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz Adirondack Stream and Wild Plum used here)
- Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
- Alcohol Ink Applicator and Applicator Felt Pads (any applicator with velcro will do, but it needs to be a good quality felt or it will shed fibers onto your project)
- Craft Mat and Stylus that has a small detailing end
- paper plate or craft sheet to protect your surface working area
- optional: rubber gloves to protect your fingers from the ink
- 1. Cut the foil to fit the plates. Make sure you use HEAVY DUTY foil - regular won't work. Run the foil and die cuts through your Cuttlebug as follows:
Cutting Pad B
Die Cut (foam side up)
Cutting Pad B
If they wrinkle a bit don't worry.
Place felt pad on the applicator and apply a few drops of the desired colors of ink you wish to use.
5. Stamp your die cuts. Smoosh a bit if you like - the ink will move and change depending on how much pressure and tilt you use. If you don't like your pattern you can just keep adding ink and stamping until you do. Be careful "smooshing" too much because you can end up with a muddy look. This picture is the ink stamped without using blending solution.
6. Turn the die cuts over to the uninked side and place them on your craft mat. Take the small detail end of your stylus and draw with VERY light pressure on the foil. You can always go over the area again but if you press too hard the foil will tear. Don't worry too much about making really nice drawings or doodles - the pattern will look great no matter what! Here I made dots and little S squiggles. TIP: you can also run the flowers through your bug again using an embossing folder.
I would love to hear feedback on how I did so that I can improve in the future. I am still so new at this stuff.
I will take a better picture of this card tomorrow - bad lighting but it turned out lovely.
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Oh So Lovely and Stem Silhouettes
Paper: Stampin' Up! Soft Sky, Elegant Eggplant, White
Ink: Tim Holtz Adirondack Wild Plum and Stream, VersaMagic Aspen Mist and Pretty Petunia
Accessories: Foil flowers, pop dots
Card Size: 4.25x5.5 inches