04 December 2016

Foiled Christmas Card Tutorial

*Nothing to Disclose. I am not affiliated with Heidi Swapp or American Crafts.

Christmas time can become quite busy and I know I always want to make my own greeting cards. It gives a personal touch when handing them to loved ones. But nearly every year I just run out of time!!
 Not this year!!!
 I decided that with some amazing files from Designbundles.net  and my Minc Foiling machine I could whip up some quick Christmas cards.

To make these cards you will need the following-

* A design to place on your cards- I used the Christmas overlays from designbundles.net As they are all ready to use in an array of colours.
* A Laser Printer (or print out your images with an inkjet and get them photocopied (as we need the images printed in toner)
* Foil in various colours.
* Heidi Swap Minc Machine (at a pinch you can get away with an iron )
* Cardstock
* Adhesives
* A frame die; I used Mama Elephant All Prettied Up Die set (you could also hand cut your images out)
*Manual die cutting machine

I am using Silhouette Studio for printing. I use this program over other programs as I have found that for whatever reason things tend to print better with the silhouette software.
It is a free program you can download HERE. And you do not need a Silhouette machine to use it.


1- Open up Silhouette software. Click on the open folder and locate where your unzipped files are.

2- Pick the file you would like to use and open it.

3- Your file will open in the design space.

4- Resize the  file to fit the die you will be using to cut them out and then duplicate as many as you need to fit your page.
 *note If you have a electronic die cutting machine you can use the print and cut function on this software and remove the manual die cutting part of this tutorial.

5- Print your images onto card stock using a laser printer. Make sure your printer is set to the highest quality and you are using a smooth card stock.

6- Cut your designs to fit through your manual die cutting machine. Cut your designs.

7- Your design will look like the pic below. If you do not have access to a die cutting machine or a metal die that will work for you, you can use a trimmer and cut manually.

8-  Place your design into your transfer folder. Cut your foil and place over your design.

9- Close your transfer folder. Once you have closed it you will find the static from the folder will keep the foil flat and in place.

10- Run through the Minc Machine to foil.
(If you do not have a Minc Machine .....which I do recommend to purchase if you are planning to foil often ...... you could use baking paper and an iron on a low setting instead of the transfer sheet and machine.)

11-  Slowly remove the foil from your design.

Your image should be fully foiled.
If you have issue with the foil make sure you check out my post on foiling Here.

Cut some card stock that matches the size of the die cut image and fold to make a card.
With double sided 3D foam tape, adhere the image to the front of your card.
You Christmas card is finished.

This technique is great to quickly make cards. I managed to make over 20 cards in only 30 mins!

Until next time....

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