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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

DECO FOIL SERIES: WEEK#3

Toner and Foil Techniques for Cardmaking

Remember when we were given a freshly copied paper in school and would get ink all over our hands? Remember changing the toner in the copier at work and dreading the task because the toner would easily get everywhere, even on your clothes? It would smear if you tried to brush it off, staining them immediately! Now you can consider toner to be an ingredient for a fabulously delicious 'happy mail' card!



Laminating options: 

In Week #3 we are zipping right into popping the carrier sheet into the Amazon laminator! What is a carrier sheet, you ask? It is a term used for the folded, thin paper that protects your foil and the piece to be foiled from being harmed as it moves through the laminator. It also protects the laminator from the foiling process, so no glues, pastes, toner get melted to the machine. Some laminators come with their own carrier sheets, some use parchment paper or simply a piece of copy paper, folded in half. 

AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator


Thermoweb Deco Foil Parchment Paper 11" in x 17", 10 Sheets Per Pack


Pre-printed Toner Sheets

There are so many choices for pre-printed toner sheets today! A toner sheet is a piece of paper that has the toner already on it. It looks like a black piece of paper. Just adhere the foil to the paper after punching or die cutting it. It does not rub off but can be knicked and damaged like the foil sheets. 
Thermoweb 3377 Deco Foil Toner (3) Sheets of 8.5" x 11", Black

What is really exciting is that there are dozens of designs pre-printed on cardstock, READY for you to foil! 

Although DecoFoil was the brand of choice in the series, Heidi Swapp's Minc transfer foils will work just as well! There are several types of cards as well as tags and ephemera that can be incorporated into your cardmaking! Minc also carries several Party and Home Decor items that can be foiled to add PIZAZZ! 
Heidi Swapp - MINC Paper Packs for Foiling - 6 x 6 Inch Cardstock with Reactive Toner Designs - 5th Avenue Pack & Signature Pack - 48 Pieces

A word of CAUTION, not all items that can go into the Anna Griffin Minc Applicator is able to be used in a laminator. That machine has a wider opening allowing for height of paper, adhesive, and toppings such as embossing powder, glitter, micro glass, seed beads, etc. These items would ruin a laminator. Please READ your labels and do your homework before purchasing and end up disappointed. She is a wonderful designer!!


Print your own!

Any black/white image that can be printed in a laser printer can be foiled. Be careful though, a grey area still carries toner and the foil will stick to this. There is also the possibility of printing out your design and then taking to a store, such as Kinkos, to have it copied. A design printed with an inkjet printer will not hold the foil. 
Brother Monochrome Laser Printer 


There are a few websites that will provide royalty free graphics. Remember to keep in mind the copyright law involved. Read each site carefully, some will let you use their designs for free as long as it's for personal use and not for profit or mass production. 

www.istockphoto.com type 'free black and white graphics' in the search, awesome choices!

www.freepik.com type 'black and white' in the search

www.pixabay.com type 'black and white graphics' in the search


There are also Blogs that provide free printables. Here are a few examples:





Keep your eyes and ears open for new exciting things to foil! Then come and show us by putting a picture or two into the album labeled 'Foiling' under Photos on the Koala T Crafts Facebook Page!  We all love to see your work and want to pick your brain as to how you did it! Inspiration!
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Foiling Series: WEEK #1 & #2

We hope you watched the first two weeks but in case you haven't or need a refresher, there are two links below that will take you there.
WEEK #1: Simple and Easy Foiling Techniques; NO HEAT



WEEK #2: Toner and Foil Techniques for Cardmaking

Look for the series to wrap up this Friday, June 15th, 2018 on FreePlay Friday at 5:00pm CST on the Jen Evers YouTube Channel!
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Catch Jen LIVE on Wednesdays at 5:00PM CST for One in Ten by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece! where the viewers send in their scraps and challenge Jen to create a card in less than 10 minutes, timed! 

Thank you so very much for the support of the Koala T Crafts Youtube Channel, Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;
1. On the Facebook page, many in the Community are willing to help you out! 
2.  Private Message (PM) Jen Evers (Admin.) or Penny Jo Ratcliff (Admin.), Pamela Wilbur (Moderator) or Susan Baker (Moderator)
3.  If you are a Patron of Koala T Crafts, you can post your question and the Patron Community will help happily! 
4.  Jen Evers is always available at her email address: koalatcrafts@gmail.com 

Patrons

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Remember, great things happen to those that create!  Artistically Yours,

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When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place,
that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs
including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, 
I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like 
the content of my blog, you will support me by clicking through these links to make your purchases. 
Thank you!
Jen xoxo



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

DECO FOIL SERIES: WEEK #2 Rubber Stamping & Heat Embossing with Foil

Rubber Stamping & Heat Embossing With Foil

Week #2 of the Deco Foil Series was so awesome! I have wondered about all the foiling products on the market and how best to use them. It's so great to find a video that will walk you through each question.

Deco Foil - Transfer Sheets - Green, Ocean Blue, Magenta, Purple, Red & Vibrant Rainbow - Bundle of SIX "Vibrant" Colors


Deco Foil - Transfer Sheets - Champagne, Spring Green, Aqua, Deep Blue, Lilac & Pink Melon - Bundle of 6 Packages

Deco Foil - Watercolor Transfer Sheets - Amber, Emerald, Amethyst, Lapis & Summer Rainbow - Bundle of 5 

If I can use Deco Foil Adhesives through a stencil, can I also use a stamp to create an image to attach the foil too? 

Yes, apply a small amount of Deco Foil Adhesive to your craft mat and spread evenly. Use it like an inked stamp pad and stamp your image onto your piece of cardstock. Apply foil, always shiny side up! 
 Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive

Will foiling work over ink?

Yes! The Hampton Arts 'Joy' Stamp Set was used to show how flowers were stamped with a solid color. Then a second stamp was used to add detail by applying Adhesive and then foiling!

Will Aileene's Tack-It Over & Over Adhesive work like the Deco Foil Adhesive on the stamps as well?

Yes! Just like the stencils, you MUST have a tub of sudsy water near you or rinse your stamps immediately after use to get the Adhesive off quickly. 
Aleene's Tack-It Over & Over Liquid Glue 4oz

But I don't have a laminator!

Not a problem! As in WEEK #1: Simple and Easy Foiling Techniques, smooth, even pressure worked very well. The Cuttlebug was used this week as well and with satisfying results! Many techniques can be done without the use of a laminator.

Cricut Cuttlebug Die Cutting & Embossing Machine


Sizzix Big Shot Cutting/Embossing Machine

 with Extended Multipurpose Platform


Do I have to have a Heidi Swap Minc Machine in order to add foil to my cards?

We are positive the Minc Machine does what it was built to do but is there an alternative? Yes. An inexpensive laminator, like the one used from Amazon, works the same as a Minc Machine. 
AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator

To protect your project and the machine, it is suggested that you put the item to be foiled inside a 'carrier' sheet. Kitchen parchment paper folded in half works perfectly. A piece of regular copy paper folded in half works fine as well. Simply tuck your paper and foil inside the carrier and slowly feed the folded side into the machine first.

Now, what do I do with these beautiful foiled pieces?

Cut them apart as embellishments or use them as a background, chose which best fits the type of card you are making. Even bold sentiments can be stamped, foiled and cut into a label or banner. 
Finished card front

A little planning ahead of time will help conserve foil. Don't feel you have to plan right down to how many leaves you want but it is great to have the leaves ready, at hand, if you wish.
Leaves, stamped with ink then stamped
with Tack It Over and Over and finally, foiled

Hampton Art 'JOY' Stamp Set

Finished Card front

Go through supplies you have at home and try some of the cool techniques you see done on the video! Maybe some will work better for you than others. 
DECO FOIL SERIES: WEEK #2
Look for the Series to continue this Friday, June 8th, 2018 and the final video on Friday, June 15, 2018, LIVE on Friday Free Play, at 5:00PM CST on the Jen Evers YouTube Channel.
Click here for the Jen Evers YouTube Channel

Catch Jen LIVE on Wednesdays at 5:00PM CST for One in Ten by Jen: Card InJENuity from mailbox to masterpiece! where the viewers send in their scraps and challenge Jen to create a card in less than 10 minutes, timed! 

Thank you so very much for the support of the Koala T Crafts Youtube Channel, Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;
1. On the Facebook page, many in the Community are willing to help you out! 
2.  Private Message (PM) Jen Evers (Admin.) or Penny Jo Ratcliff (Admin.), Pamela Wilbur (Moderator) or Susan Baker (Moderator)
3.  If you are a Patron of Koala T Crafts, you can post your question and the Patron Community will help happily!4.  Jen Evers is always available at her email address: koalatcrafts@gmail.com        

  Patrons


When you make a monthly, or one-time pledge, for as little as a $1.00, you are able to access special videos, additional swaps and challenges like the Envelope Challenge, receive free monthly digital stamps and just hang out and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue her tutorials! Sign up with Patreon!



https://www.patreon.com/koalatcrafts 

Remember, great things happen to those that create!  Artistically Yours,
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AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:
When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place,
that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs
including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, 
I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like 
the content of my blog, you will support me by clicking through these links to make your purchases. 
Thank you!
Jen xoxo






Thursday, May 31, 2018

DECO FOIL SERIES: WEEK #1

Simple & Easy Foiling Techniques: No Heat

It's the first LIVE video in a new series about using foil in your cardmaking! Now, I don't mean kitchen aluminum foil. Although there are uses for that too! 

See Jen's playlist on Koala T Crafts YouTube Channel and type in 'aluminum foil'. Several videos should come up using aluminum foil techniques!
Koala T Crafts YouTube Channel
So, the foil I'm talking about is Deco Foil. There are other brands out there but this is the one that we get to play with! It is a decorative foil that is attached to a plastic film that gives this fragile item the ability to be handled and the foil transferred to many of your projects! Deco Foil comes in many colors as well as watercolor blends and a rainbow design which is absolutely GORGEOUS!! 

Deco Foil - Transfer Sheets - Green, Ocean Blue, Magenta, Purple, Red & Vibrant Rainbow - Bundle of SIX "Vibrant" Colors





Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive (Glue)

This first video of the Deco Foil Series is full of ideas for using the foil without having to heat it at all! That's right! No foiling machine or laminator needed to make your card beautiful!  Deco Foil's Liquid Adhesive, or Glue, has a narrow tip suitable for writing with. The secret to quick drying times is to apply smooth, thin, even lines. Try to avoid "blobs" where lines meet or turn. These will take longer to dry. When dry, the glue becomes clear and tacky. This is when you can apply your foil, always shiny side up.  

You can use your finger or bone folder to burnish the foil onto the paper but the cleanest, clearest image happens when even pressure is applied, like through a Cuttlebug or Big Shot.
Draw with Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive (Glue),
let dry, then press foil with even pressure.



Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive (Glue)

The foil creates a barrier, providing the perfect spot for a little water coloring with the new Distress Oxides!




Deco Foil Glue vs. Alternative

This is fabulous! Beautiful, easy foiling! But what if there was a possibility of an alternative to Deco Foil's Liquid Adhesive (Glue)? Something in a larger amount for all the Christmas Cards you are going to start on? Something that may be less expensive? Regular glues won't work, for once they are dry, they are no longer sticky or...tacky.

Enough clues! You'll have to watch the video and see Jen do a little comparison! (What is really neat is that you are able to see the comments and notice how Jen interacts with the viewers! FUN!) 



Items from YOUR craft room!

One of the simplest ways of adding foil bling is using Pop Dots. Simply apply the foil (shiny side up) and you have instant spots of splendor!
Glue Dots Removable Dot Sheets Value Pack, Contains 600 (.5 Inch) Adhesive Dots 

Why not try stripes? Any of your tapes will work just as instant and slick as the glue dots!!

Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, 0.25 by 27-Yard

Scotch Advanced Tape Glider with 2 Rolls 

of 1/4-Inch by 36-Yard Acid-Free Tape


How many of you have a Xyron Sticker maker? I have seen one that has an opening of about 6 inches! A piece of cardstock, cut into any shape, can be fed through the Sticker Maker and made into an element that has a sticky side. HINT: Make sure to burnish thoroughly prior to exposing the stickiness for best results. Press the foil onto the sticky, shiny side up, and then slowly peel off the excess. Beautiful Bling! You can make up some ahead of time, have fun just foiling! Or when you need that extra 'something-something', it will be right at your fingertips!

Xyron Sticker Maker "X" 1.5 i


Free-hand and Stencils

Deco Foil makes a pen that is similar to a paint pen but has the same liquid adhesive in it that was used earlier to apply foil.  The pen creates an even line of glue continuously, making it easy to write with!

 Therm O Web Deco Foil Adhesive Pen, 0.34 fl. oz.

Deco Foil also has an adhesive that comes in a small tub. It's called Transfer Gel and it is fun to play with! Smooth it thinly over your favorite stencil. After removing the stencil, rinse the stencil immediately or have a tub of sudsy water nearby. You will ruin your stencil if it dries on it. Let your project dry completely. This is a great craft for the end of the day when it can sit overnight to dry. Once dry, lay foil over it and carefully press, without moving the image. 
 Deco Foil Transfer Gel, 4 oz

Crafters Workshop Template, 6 by 6-Inch, Fancy Feathers


Using your fingers or a bone folder to smooth the foil, in any of these examples, is fine. Just remember, smooth, even pressure will give the best result. Using the Cuttlebug or Big Shot works perfectly.
Cricut Cuttlebug Die Cutting & Embossing Machine


 Pulling off the carrier sheet and extra foil to reveal your masterpiece is breathtaking! I love the look of the feathers in the video! You should see it!
Stenciled feathers in rainbow, gold and watercolor foils, double-sided tape lines and Pop Dot foil spots made into a card front!


And this is only the tip of the iceberg, my crafty friends! Jen will be exploring many more ways to add foil to our cards and other paper crafts!  If you are interested in collecting a bundle of some of the items that will be used in the series, check out the link below.

                                 
Foil Transfer Accessory Bundle Transfer Gel, Parchment Paper, Deco Foil Adhesive Pen, Deco Foil Peel N Stick Toner, Palette Knife, Bone Folder, Silver And Gold Deco Foil Sheets
                                                                        

Take a look at the Amazon page where Jen shares the items she highly recommends! 


LIVE video Foiling: WEEK #1

Watch Deco Foil Series: WEEK #1: Simple and Easy Foiling Techniques, NO HEAT !!

You are cordially invited to join our Facebook Community where you can hang out, always get help and advice from other community members and be inspired by
         like-minded crafters!       
Koala T Crafts Facebook Page


Thank you so very much for the support of the Koala T Crafts Youtube Channel, Facebook Group, Patreon Group, and the Blog! Please remember that you can always ask questions;

1. On the Facebook page, many in the Community are willing to help you out! 
2.  Private Message (PM) Jen Evers (Admin.) or Penny Jo Ratcliff (Admin.), Pamela Wilbur (Moderator) or Susan Baker (Moderator)
3.  If you are a Patron of Koala T Crafts, you can post your question and the Patron Community will help happily!
4.  Jen Evers is always available at her email address: koalatcrafts@gmail.com                                                                                  

Patrons


When you make a monthly, or one-time pledge, for as little as a $1.00, you are able to access special videos, additional swaps and challenges like the Envelope Challenge, receive free monthly digital stamps and just hang out and have fun! Your support helps Jen continue her tutorials! Sign up with Patreon!


https://www.patreon.com/koalatcrafts

Remember, great things happen to those that create! Artistically Yours,

Koala T Crafts Original Store



Koal T Crafts NEW Store


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AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:
When I need certain supplies I turn to Amazon because they have a great range of supplies, in one place,
that's easy to navigate, and I am able to find what I need with ease. I am part of various affiliate programs
including Amazon – when you click on an affiliate link and then go on to make a purchase, at no cost to you, 
I receive a small commission. I use the money raised towards the cost of running this blog. I hope if you like 
the content of my blog, you will support me by clicking through these links to make your purchases. 
Thank you!
Jen xoxo