I’m super excited for today’s post because I’m joining Michelle Lupton with her Challenge Me a Christmas Card series. I’ve followed Michelle’s cards for a long time – they’re so beautiful. She is one incredibly talented cardmaker! Last year she did a series on her blog asking people to challenge her with different Christmas card themes. This year she’s doing it with crafty friends and I’m so thrilled and honoured that she asked me to take part.
Today’s challenge is ‘Holographic’. When Michelle told me, I had one thought – foiling. Specifically, Thermoweb’s Decofoil Iridescent foil. In one light, this foil can look shiny silver. In another it can grab every piece of light and explode in a rainbow of colors. I would put it on every card if I could!
So for my card I decided to use this foil in conjunction with Decofoil Transfer Gel. This is a gloopy gel that you can apply with a palette knife using stencils, leave to dry and then run through your laminator or Minc with foil and it adheres where the gel is, with a slightly raised feel, like embossing paste.
For my card, I used the Simon Says Stamp’s Holiday Tree Medallion stencil. I adhered it down to some thick white 110lb Neenah Solar White cardstock with masking tape, and then applied the gel. Once dry, I foiled it with my Minc and then die cut the piece with one of Simon’s Stitched Rectangle dies, being sure to centre the pattern of the stencil.
I didn’t want to add much else to the card, to really allow the foil to shine, so I die cut the sentiment from dark grey glitter cardstock using Altenew’s Merry Christmas dies. I also die cut it again from fun foam and adhered them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive.
I then adhered it to the centre of my foiled panel. The small sentiment is from the Altenew Happy Holidays set heat embossed on a scrap of black cardstock using Ranger Superfine Silver embossing powder.
So that’s it! Go check out Michelle’s blog to see what gorgeousness she has come up with for the challenge today if you haven’t already. And be sure check out the rest of the series too – it is really getting me in the holiday spirit!