Have you heard of the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System? This product was first demonstrated at Creativation 2018 and I recently finally had the opportunity to try and the product and deliver you inspiration with the foiling and letterpress techniques this system can do. Today, you’ll be hearing all about my first day experience with this new product and all my ups and downs when learning how to use it!
When I turned out the glimmer foil system, I wasn’t sure if it was working. I waited for the green light to tell it’s ready, but it felt like it took awhile, but that’s completely normal. It probably wasn’t even that long, but because I was sitting there anxiously waiting to get started, it felt longer than it really is! Once that green light was on, I was ready to go, I placed the foil plate on, the foil, the paper, and the layers above it and pressed the timer button. Once it told it’s ready again, I cranked it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6 machine and pulled off the foil. It appeared I overfoiled badly! Oh no!
I repeated over and over, adding a card stock to my layers and made it worse. At one point I even foiled the wrong direction and it went on my plate! I was growing frustration. Then, I decided to try a different card stock, a lighter one of 85 lb. I repeated the process, and when I took off the foil, I was amazed. I was so happy! It was beautiful and all this time, it turned out I was using a card stock too thick and layering an additional cardstock in my sandwich unnecessarily. Morale of my story, it’s not the machine, it’s YOU! Just kidding, but really, if it doesn’t work the first time, try different paper and sandwich combinations. Once you find the right fit, it will be beautiful most of the time!
Wait what… did I say most of the time? Yes, it’s not perfect 100% of the time. But if you run into those few times that you have some light overfoiling, a sand eraser does the trick (tip from the master Yana!). I was able to easily remove any overfoiling, and you won’t even know it happened.
As you can imagine, I spent the whole afternoon to learn it, but once I did, I was making leaps of progress. This card features this month’s Spellbinders Glimmer of the Month, those elegant corners you see there. The background was ink blended with Tea Dye and Tattered Rose distress oxide inks and the center sentiment from ME Happy New Year Wishes is heat embossed in gold. I added a few die cut flowers from the July Large Die of the Month with a nuvo drop centers. Simple, clean and elegant!
What d’ya think of the results? I have more glimmer projects to work on in the coming weeks and will be sharing more inspiration with it! If you are loving the look of foiling and interested, definitely check out Yana’s Youtube channel. She is truly the master of foiling and has so many great inspirational projects and tips with this product. Until next time friends!
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