Making Foiled New Year’s Cards with the MINC Mini Machine

In the early evening yesterday I thought it would be nice to get some use out of my MINC mini and make some last minute New Year’s Cards.

Using a free program called Inkscape I was easily able to make my vision come to life. I googled “Happy New Year” and found a nice sentiment for the front. Then I googled ” Champagne Bubbles” and found another image I liked. I used the trace feature in inkscape to manipulate the bubbles how I wanted and then rearranged them to create corners similar to the bubbles in Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Bokeh Stamp Set  . When I am creating for a card I like to make a 4.25 x 5.5″ box to make sure I am scaling everything properly.

This is what I ended up with:

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You can perfectly fit four A2 sized cards on a single piece of paper. Next I printed these images out on a laser printer. It has to be a printer with toner to work with the MINC foil! I printed on Copier Transparency Film , White Cardstock and some thicker textured cream cardstock as well. I wanted the bubbles to be on the transparency in the foreground, but you can put them on the paper in the background if you prefer that.

All that was left to do was run them through my MINC Mini machine and assemble. Simple as that!

Here’s a photo of how they came out:

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The foil really doesn’t like textured cardstock, but I wanted to try it out anyways. For best results, use a smooth cardstock of 110 lb or less.

Here’s the LiveStream I did when I was making these cards:

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful New Year’s!

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Coffee Lovers Bloghop for National Coffee Day!

Today is National Coffee Day and I had the PERFECT stamp set to celebrate with! Lawn Fawn’s Love you a Latte set.

Which looks like this,

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I wanted to make it look like the coffee mugs were sitting on a granite counter top, so I tried making a counter top by marbling my Luster Mica Spray Mists. I used Hawaiian Shores and Black Sand Beach. To get them to marble all you need to do is spray them and then spray water while you are drying it with a heat tool. I use the heat tool and water simultaneously to move the Luster Spray Mist in the desired direction. I stamped the mugs using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noire Alcohol Markers. I will warn you that I know nothing about alcohol ink coloring. I gave it my best shot, but I feel that I failed miserably. The faces I used are actually from another Lawn Fawn Set (possibly multiple other sets). The “+” is the cross from the little nurse bird in another Lawn Fawn Set as well. The “=” was just drawn in using a PITT pen. I used the steam that says “smile” on it, but I just wanted the steam and not the “smile”, so I masked that part off and stamped it twice. The gold embossed hearts are also from another Lawn Fawn Set. I used a ever so slightly larger one on the mug than with the sentiment. I ended up spritzing the black cardstock because I still do not own a embossing powder anti-static tool and I made a mess. I think the Luster Spray Mist hid my boo boo pretty well!

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I’m playing along with the Coffee Lovers Bloghop because I LOVE coffee. I drink it 6 out of 7 days of the week and sometimes drink too much of it. HAHA. I hope you will play along too! To check it out, just click on the badge below and it will link you to the rules and the hop. Thanks for stopping by! 

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Shabby Chic Room Laser Cuts

Shabby Chic Room Laser Cuts

Hey everyone! I just wanted to share some more laser cuts that are posted for sale. These are made of MDF wood and they are 1/8″ thick. The wood means that there will be no more black char to deal with or worry about ruining a light colored project. I plan on making more shabby chic type cuts pretty soon. I hope you like them! Want to buy? Just click the picture and it will take you to E-Bay!

Welcome Christmas into Your Heart

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Hey everyone. I just wanted to share another Christmas card real quick. I have a few more that I need to take pictures of as well. If I only make cards once a year, it is always Christmas cards that I make sure to get done. I found the “Welcome Christmas into your heart” saying on the internet and designed my own word art using Inkscape then printed it on cardstock. Designing word art in Inkscape is the easiest way to get a new “stamp” without actually having to buy anything! I inked it using three different green distress inks and flicked some water on it then blotted it up. The small trees were made by folding half of a circle. I am not sure of the size since I just traced my Bare Minerals container (LOL). I believe those papers were some 7 Gypsies papers I had in my stash. I cut out a few pieces of snowflake paper from A DCWV mat stack that I have had since last year. Then I inked the edge with broken glass distress ink. I made one tree different and added a green rhinestone as a “star” to the top. This little tree is welcoming Christmas into it’s heart :-). Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

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Another Men’s Birthday Card

I just finished making this birthday Card for my boyfriend. I’m really happy with how it came out and I’m very excited to give it to him next week! Here are some pictures. I’m not going to get into the techniques too much, but if you want to know how I did something better, just ask in the comments and I’ll be very happy to answer you !
Here are all of the pictures:

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I cut this out using my new eclips machine. I made this using ecal software. I cut it out on white 65lb cardstock .

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I dabbed distress inks on my craft sheet and spritzed them with a mini mister.

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I blotted up the ink onto the die cut shape. I wanted it to match the patterned  cardstock one that I also cut with my eclips. That shape and the grungepaper shape were cut using some free files I got from http://www.svgcuts.com .

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I also used distress inks to make my grungepaper match by just swiping them directly onto the grungepaper and patting it on the ink pads too.

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At that point I put my top shape onto the patterned cardstock and noticed the colors were too close, so I added a darker blue to the happy Birthday saying .

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Using an ATG gun I attached the two together .

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I used dimensional adhesive to add the top saying .

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I then cut a piece of lightweight chipboard to 12″ x 6″ and scored at 6″. I distressed the edges with a tonic paper distressing tool.

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I painted the front with  vintage white acrylic paint, not worrying about having full coverage . This was good enough since I am adding inks .

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I picked a couple different colors (actually 4 I think) of distress inks and started swiping the ink pad onto the chipboard .

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Next I added ribbon by measuring the middle of the card and cutting a slit to feed it through.

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After gluing the ribbon down, I pierced holes in all of the pointed corners of the frame.

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I put brads through the pierced holes to hold everything down.

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This is what the inside looked like after, so I knew I’d need to add something to cover that .

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I adhered some of the same patterned cardstock that I used on the front onto the inside of the card . I also used a distress ink around the edges.

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I cut out a piece of white cardstock, used the paper distressing tool on the edges and used  a small sponge wedge with forest moss distress ink.

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I stamped this bike from a Tim Holtz stamp set using Archival Ink .

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The back of the card has a quote from a Tim Holtz stamp set and a stamp I had custom made . I’m going to write my own message on the inside, but liked that quote, so I added it to the back.

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Hope you enjoyed this post ! Now go create something 🙂