Winter Woods on Gold Foil
This has been the fastest week ever, I think! I cannot believe it’s Friday already, can you? (Of course, they say time goes faster when you get older.)
Today, I have a Black Ice card for you. I got this idea from Sharon Armstrong, another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.
Black Ice is a scary thing where I live. In the winter, when we get icy weather, it usually melts during the day when temperatures are a little higher and the sun is shining. While the ice and snow are gone, the roads are still a little wet, so if temperatures drop at night, the wet roads freeze. But you can’t see the ice; often it looks just like a dry road until you start spinning and sliding. So while I hate black ice when it refers to weather or road conditions, I love the technique.
For this card, I stamped the evergreen from the Winter Woods Stamp Set on a small piece of Gold Foil using Jet Black StazOn Ink. I heat set the ink, then dragged a Jet Black StazOn Pad over the foil from top to bottom and heat set again.
I’ve done the next step two ways. One way is to cover the entire piece of foil with VersaMark Ink. For this card, though, I dragged the side of the pad over the foil, much like I did with the StazOn. Then I sprinkled Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder over the panel and melted it with my heat tool. (I think I prefer the “cover the entire panel with VersaMark” method.)
Isn’t that technique simple? I mounted to foil to a slightly larger layer of Basic Black Cardstock. The card base is Cherry Cobbler, but I wanted to mimic the ice, so I embossed the front with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder before adding the other layers.
It’s a fairly safe bet that this will be a Christmas card, but I don’t have a sentiment yet. I’ll leave that for another day.
I used my new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine to emboss the front of this card. (Demonstrators can preorder the machine now, but it will be available for everyone September 1.) I made my sandwich exactly like the directions on the plates – plate 1, card stock in embossing folder (hinge first), plate 4. I was shocked that the sandwich wouldn’t go through the machine, and I know not to force it. I read the directions three times before finally just using plate 3 instead of 4. And then it hit me.
My Subtle folder is an old one (“dynamic textured impressions embossing folder”), and the sandwich for those is to use plates 1 and 3, because the old folders are a little thicker. So – be sure when you’re embossing that you use the correct plate if you have older 3D folders. If they have more than just Stampin’ Up!® printed on them, you’ll need to use plate three. If they only say Stampin’ Up!®, plate 4 is fine. And never force your machine. If it gives you some resistance, step back and take a minute to see what the problem is!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!