Saturday 15 February 2020

Feb CAS Stencil Reminder

Today I am here to remind you about the CAS Stencil February challenge you still have plenty of time to enter as the challenge doesn't close until the 24th. The prompt is foil, I have had a lot of fun learning how to foil with my stencils as it is not something I have done before.

After watching the videos which are linked on the challenge post I decided to see if I could get hold of some of the new Decofoil Tranfer Gel Duo here in the UK, I have found 2 stockists so far: Barnyarns and Bumbleberry's. Once I received it I started practicing and it does indeed work well with an ordinary die cutting machine.

This card was made using a Funky Fossil stencil, which was too wide for a portrait A6 card so I turned it on it's side as I didn't want to lose the edges of this wonderful stencil. I dry embossed a couple of lines on each side in order to add some interest to the white space and wrote the sentiment with my Scan n Cut.

You can see the shine here:

What I have learnt about using transfer gel duo:
  • Don't spread it too thick or it will splay out when you run it through the die cut machine
  • Don't use a very intricate stencil for the same reason
  • You will get less splaying out if you let the gel dry for a long time
  • Make sure you cover the foil with a sheet of paper before you run it through the die cutting machine or you will get the  impressions from the plate in your foil

Here are a couple of cards I made during the learning process:

This card turned out well, I think.

This card shows the issue with using a very detailed stencil and how it can splay out.

If you haven't already done so I hope you take the time to join us for our February challenge using foil.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it.


Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful stencil with the trunk of the tree looking like outstretched hands Hilary - love it! beautiful color foil on this and pretty detail with the scored lines on the sides - thanks for sharing your insights during your learning process - this is a first for me as well but a fun technique to learn! xx

Barb Ghig said...

Beautiful cards, Hilary-Jane! I love the shine with your foiling and how you dry embossed the first card...such a great detail!

KandA said...

Three beautiful cards, I love the tree stencil on the first and super panels on the other two, and the shimmer of the foil looks amazing xx

Cat Craig said...

All of them look fabulous!

Linda said...

What a gorgeous collection of cards. I love the tree stencil, and the foiling looks amazing xx

Christine Alexander said...

So many beautiful cards Hillary, it looks like you've been having fun foiling. So hard to just pick one but if I had to I would say the little note :)

Loll said...

LOVE your foiled large tree Hilary. It's gorgeous. And I love your experiments that you shared too. Your litte note turned out really well. I can see where your transfer gel spread on the last blue foil when you put it through your die-cutting machine. Susan and I played with the same transfer gel last week and found the same problem. Thin layers is the way to go or the image gets distorted. Great learning experience and glad you shared to warn others! xx

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous foiled tree, Hilary. Loved your little note card too and I am sure your 3rd is pretty with all the shine. TFS all your tips...very helpful. Hugs..Nancy

Sarah G said...

The stencil looks beautiful with the foil, Hilary! I love the section of the Petal Burst stencil too :) I'm going to have to try the Transfer Gel out - thanks for the tips on getting the best results x

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous effect with the foiling Hilary and both cards are amazing. The foil sure does look unique and absolutely beautiful x. Thanks for the tips too x.

Cathy said...

Gorgeous foiled projects Hilary. I haven't heard of the duo gel, only recently bought the transfer gel. TFS your hints, I'm hoping to try this technique again when I have my craft space back as it's a lot of fun! Cathy x