Yippee for Yana: Foiled Birthday Cards

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday and welcome to the latest edition of our bi-monthly card series with Yana Smakula; Yippee for Yana! Read on to learn more about this gorgeous duo of Birthday cards and enjoy!

Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula, welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video! Today I have 2 mini slimline foiled birthday cards to share – one showcases foiling on acetate and another card, with an identical design, features foiling on a specific type of cardstock to get the best, most smooth, and ideal foiled results! 

We are going to start by foiling on acetate. It is crucial to pick the right kind of acetate, the one that is resistant to heat. If you’ve ever done heat embossing on acetate, you know that the acetate, unlike paper, can warp and even melt from the heat applied using the heat tool when melting embossing powder. When you want to hot foil on your acetate, you also need to pick the right kind of acetate for the job, the kind of acetate that can withstand the heat from the Glimmer Hot Foil System and remain perfectly flat afterward. Simon Says Stamp has the Hot Off The Press Heat Resistant acetate in the store for you to try this technique with. Or you can try using any other heat-resistant acetate you might already have in your stash. 

I started to work on my clear card by creating a card base from a sheet of heat-resistant acetate. I was making a mini slimline card, so the card base size I made was 3 1/4 x 6 1/4”. I used my scoring tool and board to score a sheet of acetate at 3 1/4”, I folded it and creased the scoreline and next used my paper trimmer to trim the card base to size. I am quite into the mini slimline trend these days, hence why I picked this particular card size.

To create my Birthday cards I used a new glimmer plate from Spellbinders, this is a Birthday Candle background plate from my latest Blooming Birthday collection and I foiled it in the center of my clear card base (and in the center of 3 x 6” white cardstock panel when making an identical, but a cardstock-based card). 

This background plate was designed as a half background to create a full card background for an A2 card. If you were to make an A2 card, one that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2”, you would foil this background twice and it would give you a full card background. The mini slimline card has a slightly different proportion, and I have found that you can use this background plate to foil a partial background that fits nearly perfectly on the mini slimline card. It is quite a coincidence, but when I foil this background you’ll see how perfectly well it fits on this card side. 

The rest of the foiling was done on cardstock. I have found Simon Says Stamp 130lb and 120lb cardstock to give me the best, most smooth, and perfect results when foiling, regardless of the foil color or glimmer plate I use. I used this paper to foil another candle background and sentiments for both of my cards. 

Next, I wanted to add florals, because who doesn’t like to receive flowers on their birthday? I love Simon’s new Blooming Meadow stamp set and so I stamped several flowers and leaves from this set using a combination of Distress Oxide and Simon’s Dye Inks. The outlines were stamped and black, I also used coordinating dies to cut the images out. 

Having created all the elements for my cards, I put the project together using foam adhesive. Lastly, I embellished my cards using Spellbinders gems. Have fun stamping! 

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SUPPLIES:

Simon Says Stamps and Dies BLOOMING…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps BLOOMING…
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Simon Says Stamp BLOOMING MEADOW…
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GLP 251 Spellbinders BIRTHDAY CANDLE…
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GLS-001 Spellbinders GLIMMER HOT FOIL…
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Spellbinders PLATINUM Die Cutting and…
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GLF-024 Spellbinders POLISHED BRASS…
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GLP 247 Spellbinders YANA’S SPECIAL…
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SCS 128 Spellbinders CRYSTAL MIX…
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Hot Off The Press HEAT RESISTANT…
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Simon Says Stamp WHITE CARDSTOCK 120#…
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Simon Says Stamp MEGA THICK WHITE…
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MISTI MEMORY MISTI PRECISION STAMPER…
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Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad SPUN…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad WILD…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Scor-Tape 0.125 Inch Crafting Tape
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!

  1. These are beautiful! I recently ordered the Blooming Meadows stamp set and I’m so glad I did for I’ve seen some amazing cards and projects with different techniques for using it!

  2. Thanks for the helpful video and especially for the tip about the best cardstock to use when foiling. I have this foiling plate and now I’m off to order some cardstock so I can put it to use. Great idea to make a mini slimline card.

  3. What? You can foil on acetate! I was blown away with this clear card and another technique to do with my Glimmer Hot Foil System. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques. Super interesting.

  4. I bought all the supplies after watching your video. I just made two cards yesteday and loved the outcome. Your talent is amazing, thank you for sharing it with us.

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