Hello! Today I am sharing my first projects with Deco Foil and the Deco Foil transfer gels. I kept the designs simple since the backgrounds have so much going on. I used the beautiful Rose Bloom Stencil from Scrapbook.com for all three cards with Deco Foil Transfer Gel (Blanco and Duo), Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil and Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil. One of the backgrounds peeking around the foil is ink blended. Can you tell which one?
For the first two cards, I used Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil after applying the Deco Foil Transfer Gel through the stencil onto the cardstock and letting it dry for about two hours. I used Deco Foil Duo Transfer Gel on the white cardstock and Deco Foil Blanco on the colored cardstock. Since the Blanco remains white even after drying, it is easy to see the gel even after it dries on colored cardstock. The Duo gel stays tacky even when dry so you can use it with heat or pressure (die-cutting machine). I ran all my panels through my Mini MINC since, in my small tests, I got better results with the Mini MINC than with the die cutting machine.
I cut the panels down to 4″x5-1/4″ and glued them onto white A2 card bases with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. On the first card, I added a heart die cut with one of the Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies out of Tonic Harvest Gold Mirror Cardstock. I then stamped the “Thinking of You” sentiment from the Scrapbook.com Handmade Essentials stamp set onto a strip of white cardstock with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. I attached it over the heart with foam squares.
I used the same sentiment for the second card but stamped it on two lines. I then used two nesting hexagon dies that came with my new Gemini Electric Die-Cutting Machine (there is also the Gemini Jr if you want a smaller electric machine). I used the smaller die as a template to draw around it with a Versamarker (you could also use a glue pen) then added Ranger Gold Embossing Powder and heat embossed it. I lined up the larger die around the embossed hexagon and diecut it. I attached the sentiment to the card using foam squares and added a few drops of White Nuvo Crystal Drops.
I thought I would change things up a little for the third card so I used Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil on white cardstock. I then added Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink with an ink blending brush over the top after applying the foil. I wiped the panel with a paper towel to remove the ink sitting on the foil.
I added a strip of cardstock that I also ink blended with distress oxide ink and layered a white piece of cardstock that I cut with one of the slopes in the PinkFresh Skiing By die set over it. It has the same heat embossed sentiment I used on the other two cards.
These Deco Foils really pack a punch of color and shine so it’s easy to make simple cards with them. They can get a little pricey so I will try to split my panels up in future cards, if I can bring myself to do so :).
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