Simon Says Stamp - Yay You Release Blog Hop, Day 1



Hi Lovelies!

Thank you for joining us for Day 1 of Simon Says Stamp's Yay You Release Blog Hop! Guess who is falling in love with foiling??? I'm not really sure why I have not done more of it, but I'm not looking back now!


I shouldn't play favorites, but the Dancing Butterflies and Intricate Floral Background gorgeous with or without foil and versatile enough to become a craft room staple for me.



Let's review the key supplies for today's card and as usual, the full supply list is linked for your convenience here and in the Supply Gallery at the end of this post.


If you haven't dipped your toes into foiling yet, you will also need the machine and some foil:



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I'm ready to foil Lovelies, what about you?
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YOU DID IT CARD - Foiling, Ink-blending, Die-cutting

A2 Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Foiled/Inked Layer: 3 3/4" x 5"


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I hope that you love a good butterfly card as much as I do! However, before we get to the butterflies, we must foil and ink!


Foiling

Press the black Power Button at the back of the machine so that it can begin warming up.


Cut gold foil slightly larger than Intricate Floral Background Foil Plate.


When the Platform Ready button goes green, place the foil plate, design side up on the heated surface of the machine and press the Timer button.





Once the Timer button stops flashing green, place foil, gold side down on the plate and add 110lb white cardstock, the thin shim (green) and the clear plate on top in that order.


Carefully remove this "sandwich", including the heated base and run through your die-cutting machine. I used a Sizzix Foldaway.






Remove the foil and cardstock carefully from the plate and heated base.














Gently peel back the foil to reveal the foil-pressed design.














Set aside the foiled cardstock for the next step and do not discard your used foil, you can get another impression out of it.












Repeat the above process using the solid Dancing Butterflies Foil Plate and the black foil.













Once you start foiling, its hard to stop so, I actually did the butterflies in 3 foils, Black, Gold and Rainbow.













 

Die-cutting

Once foiled, use the matching Dancing Butterflies outline die to cut them out.















Die-cut the Glossy Black Cardstock and White Cardstock using the "You did It" Die.



Layer and adhere slightly offset as shown below.














 

Ink-Blending

Retrieve the foiled background, inks and brushes.















Start with Surf ink
















Follow with Peony (overlapping the two to create a pretty purple)














Continue with Sunbeam, overlapping with the Peony to create an orange and then into the Surf ink to create a fresh green












Add more Peony to the Sunbeam to deepen the orange.














Add more Surf to the Sunbeam ink to expand the green area.














Keep going until you are happy with the result; this was my stopping point.




Layering and Embellishing


Layer and adhere the Detail Mandala die-cut onto the card base.














Adhere the black foiled butterflies with glue and adhesive foam strips.


Look at the positioning below for final placement; I kept fiddling with where I wanted them.










Before adhering the final butterfly, add the You Did It sentiment, popped up with foam.













Place gold sequins as shown without glue to get their positioning right.


Use Craft Tacky Glue to adhere the sequins.














 

Feast your eyes on the gorgeous ink-blending that you can do!