Hello! Welcome to a special trifecta blog hop! Today the teams from Picket Fence Studios, Therm-O-Web and My Sweet Petunia are sharing projects made using products from each of the three fabulous companies.
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Today I'm sharing this card, which is created with the MISTI and Cut-Align from My Sweet Petunia; the Bear Family stamp set, Sunburst stencil and Life Changing Blender brush from Picket Fence Studios; and Therm-O-Web's Pixie Spray temporary adhesive, Decofoil Transfer Gel, Gold Sequins foil and Decofoil Blue Diamond Flock Transfer Sheets.
For this card, I used my Original MISTI to stamp the Bear Family onto a piece of white cardstock, as well as choosing one of the bears to highlight and stamp onto a piece of similar sized scratch paper. I left my stamp in place, still lined up in my MISTI to use again later.
Using a craft knife and scissors I carefully trimmed out the center of my bear from the scratch paper one to create my own stencil.
I applied a coat of Pixie Spray temporary adhesive to the back of the scratch paper and let it dry about a minute.
I lined up the scratch paper directly over my stamped cardstock piece and used a palette knife to add a very thin layer of Transfer Gel over my single bear. The Pixie Spray gave me the seal I needed to contain the gel within the single bear image. I carefully removed my makeshift paper stencil, and set the cardstock aside to dry for about an hour.
Since the Transfer Gel was open, and my background piece also need an hour of drying time, I decided to make this one as well. I added Pixie Spray first to the back of my stencil, then after it set up/dry about a minute, i adhered it to my piece of white cardstock and added a thin, smooth coat of Transfer Gel. I carefully removed the stencil and washed my stencil and palette knife. I set my panel aside to dry and also cleaned my craft mat.
While the gel was drying, I used my second MISTI (it's always good to have a spare!), to stamp the greeting from Bear Family on black cardstock with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I used my large Cut-Align ruler and a craft knife to trim out a thin sentiment strip to be added later.
After 55-60 minutes had passed, by Transfer Gel had dried adequately to turn clear and glossy. I knew it was time to heat up my laminator. I let my Mini Minc preheat for about 15 minutes to get good and hot. I cut a small piece of turquoise Flock and placed it flock side down over my Transfer Gel covered bear and added it to my folder (which is just a piece of very thin copy paper).
I inserted the folder, fold side first into my Mini Minc and let the rollers slowly pull the folder through. I immediately ran it through a second time too, to allow the Transfer Gel to warm and the flock to fully adhere.
Once it had cooled, I slowly peeled the flock backing from the panel. The flock was adhered to the gel.
There was a tiny bit of flock that had stuck outside of the lines. I used a sand eraser to very gently remove the errant flock.
Next, I foiled the background sunburst panel that I had prepped with Transfer Gel. To foil, I cut a piece of Gold Decofoil just slightly larger than my cardstock panel. This time, I place the foil, pretty side up, to the panel, and using the same paper folder, ran it through my Mini Minc one time. When cool, I lifted the backing from the panel. The foil remained on the areas where the Transfer Gel was.
OOPS!! I realized very quickly that had I rushed my Pixie Spray. I hadn't let it dry well enough before adhering it to my panel. If you don't let the spray "set up" for close to 60 seconds, it can leave a tiny trace of residue. The residue is not visible, but must have left just enough tackiness from the spray that the heat from my laminator allowed tiny bits of foil to stick in places I didn't want it to stick! It was not firmly adhered though. I was able to remove almost all of the tiny foil flecks by VERY lightly rubbing a sand eraser on the surface. I was very careful not rub too hard to damage the paper surface, since I wanted to keep the surface very smooth for inking.
My next step was to ink my foiled panel. I used a Blender Brush to add pale inks to the sunburst panel, cleaning the brush between ink colors by first brushing excess ink on a baby wipe, then on a dry micro fiber towel until clean and dry.
After adding ink, I used a dry soft towel to clean any excess ink from the foiled areas. You can see the shine that revealed from the sun rays where I've wiped the excess inks off, but it's still a bit dulled on the actual sun and lower right corner.
Next I went back to my flocked panel. I put the panel back into the corner of my MISTI so I could stamp the bear's details again onto the flock. My stamp was still lined up on my MISTI lid, so I knew that once I had my panel tucked back into the top corner of my MISTI, it would stamp in the exact same place. Rather than ink up the whole stamp again, this time I selectively added ink only to the bear's face and arm on my stamp with a sponge dauber. This allowed me to only ink the flocked bear.
I then used scissors to carefully cut out my bear family.
All that is left is the assembly. I trimmed my background panel down to leave room for a black border, and added my bear family and trimmed the bottom level before adhering to a black top-fold card base. Finally I added my sentiment strip, trimming the edges even with the card base.
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