Before I start – I want to disclose that this idea is not mine. It’s Jennifer McGuire’s – she’s BRILLIANT. I didn’t feel the need to make a video because her’s is full of information and tips. I don’t have the same supplies as her so I wanted to post how I changed it up a little and made it my own. You can visit her blog post HERE and see hers and view her video – it’s great!
Jennifer is a PRO at foiling. I’ve tried many techniques in the past with a standard laminator and gave up because I felt that nothing worked. Then I got the MINC Machine and put it in a drawer and haven’t played with it since – I only tested it using the few tags that came with the machine which worked great. SO – months later, here we are. I watched Jennifer’s video yesterday and got inspired to make these card sets for my boys immediately because I don’t have much time left to get them to their teachers as school ends on Monday.
Jennifer has some downloads on her blog post – I tweaked them a little to remove the apple stem/leaf because I don’t have colored foil. She goes through a lot of work to add a lot of color to hers with foil and it’s beautiful! This was the best way for me make the cards with the supplies I have. After removing the stems, I added “from the desk of…” and then printed them on Neenah 80lb cardstock. Make sure you print these on a laser printer – the foil will only adhere to toner that is heat activated!
Tip: I used my MINC toner pen to fill in some small speckles of white where toner didn’t cover the entire apple during the printing process (my printer is running low on toner).Here’s what they look like once I foiled them with red and gold:
I don’t have the Paper Smooches Notebook die that Jennifer uses, so I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX dies from My Favorite Things for one set. I would’ve liked to use this die on both sets but because Mrs. Mack’s name is longer, it didn’t work out for an A1 (4 bar size) card. So I cut those down as small a I could, then rounded the corners and die cut a border of dots at the top using a Paper Smooches border die set that seems to have been discontinued :(. Those holes were really fun to poke out after each cut (NOT).
I used a stem from a Clearly Besotted set and stamped it in Garden Green. Then I used an alphabet background stamp by Simon Says Stamp to stamp some colored cardstock that were cut down to 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 and adhered the “tags” to these colored panels.
The final step was to cut some card bases to 3 1/2 x 9 1/2 (folded in half – the card is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 for a top folding card). I’m not a colorful person – but look at these! They’re gorgeous! Jennifer used colored cardstock as the card base on her sets – but I personally don’t like to use colored cardstock as a base because I don’t think you can see the note inside well depending on the color you use. The extra step to make white card bases is worth it to me and gives the colored panel some highlight (and I get to prolong my stash of colored cardstock). 🙂
I ordered some 4 bar envelopes on Amazon last night and they’ll arrive tomorrow – just in time for Monday. I’ll make boxes for these sets and send them to school with the boys on their last day. I know the teachers will love these personalized gifts! My mom always told me to always respect my teachers like you would your parents – I truly believe this as well. They aren’t babysitters! They’re parenting and teaching our kids the things we can’t/aren’t trained to and they deserve to be spoiled!
SPEAKING OF COLOR – the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is available to me and I was able to do some preordering. Sadly, I didn’t get any new stamp sets…but I did make a huge investment in the new IN-COLORS and stocked up on lots of paper, new and old. I think this is my last order with Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator. I know I’ve said this previously but I REALLY think this is my last. I can’t keep up with the quarterly sales without customers while spending money with other companies too! We recently finished our basement and spent more money than we thought to furnish it – everything adds up so quickly and you don’t realize how much you’ve spent until you see the bill. EEEK. The remainder of my maternity leave in unpaid so I am making a huge effort to not buy anymore until I start working again (WHY…oh WHY did Lawn Fawn’s new release have to debut this morning?!). Anyway….here’s a look at the new colors. I LOVE each one. Last year, I only purchased two colors. I think these colors really complement the current annual colors and really completes my collection of inks (for now…HA!)
That’s all for today! I’m not sure when I’ll have time to do a card video again! I’m on my 4th month (out of 6) with Splitcoaststampers – so I’ll be able to slowly share my work with you soon – I think I’ll start posting one card every few days soon!
Have a wonderful day!
*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).