Hi friends! Happy Monday! In the continued spirit of “Christmas in July” I thought it would be fun to re-share this holiday card design by Yana Smakula! Be sure to read on and watch the video for all the details! Enjoy! (Please note; our dear friend Yana is Ukrainian, to show support to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, please see Yana’s post HERE.)
In today’s video, I will show you how to combine heat embossing and hot foil stamping. Both of these techniques require heat and one can damage the other if done in the wrong order.
My idea is to foil a sentiment in matte gold foil on a panel of Simon’s Soft Navy cardstock and add the snowflakes from the Snowflake Edges stamp set around the sentiment framing it, in white. Whenever you want to combine heat embossing and hot foiling you have to save the embossing for the last step. The heat from the hot foil machine can re-heat and re-melt the embossing powder messing up your hard work. The heat from the heat gun, on the other hand, will have zero effect on the hot foiling, so it is safe to heat emboss over a foiled panel.
Begin by foiling the sentiment in the center of the panel. If you have trouble foiling on Soft Navy cardstock, be sure to watch my video for tips. Next, heat emboss the Snowflake Edge above and below the sentiment creating a beautiful snowflake background. I embossed mine in Simon’s Fine Detail White embossing powder.
At this point, you could keep your background as is. I like to step things up, so I added some subtle shadows to the snowflakes using a C7 Copic marker. It is quite a tedious process to add all of that shading, but I didn’t mind. What you could also do, is re-stamp the same image over the heat embossing, but offset it slightly – this will give you that pretty drop shadow look. If you stamp it in watermark ink, you’ll get a similar result. The shadow might not look as dark, but that’s definitely another and easier way to achieve this look.
At this point again, you can call your background done, but I wanted to step it up even more. I added some subtle ink blending around the edges darkening them. This helps to direct the eye to the center of the panel. I used Hero Arts Navy ink and Simon’s large ink blending brush and blended this color around the edges.
I trimmed this panel down slightly, not too much, just about 1/8” from each side, and foam mounted onto an A2 white top folding card base. This gave me a faint white border around the design. I also embellished each of the snowflakes with gems – I used silver gems from Spellbinders, and lastly, I added lots of little white dots using a white gelly roll pen. I clustered them mostly in between the snowflakes – adding more white to the background of my card. Have fun stamping!
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