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Deco Foil Metallix Gel Card Making Ideas

Deco Foil Metallix Gel Card Making Ideas #cardmaking

The Deco Foil Metallix Gels are a new product this year, and they’re currently available in 6 different colors. In this video, I’ll test out 4 of the gel colors ( Champagne Mist, White Pearl, Pure Gold, and Black Ice ) as stencil backgrounds for cards.

These gels all have a shimmery, metallic finish, and I really enjoyed working with them. They were nice and creamy, and they’re easy to work with and spread around on a stencil. I used the new Stencil Pal, also from Deco Foil, to work with the gels on all of the cards but one, and I really like how this tool made it much easier to scrape off excess gel and create a smoother surface with the gel. It’s a little too large to use with smaller stenciled areas, but if you make stenciled backgrounds and larger stenciled designs like this, then it’s perfect. You get 2 Stencil Pals in a package at under $10, which is a pretty good price, too.

Deco Foil Metallix Gel Card Making Ideas #cardmaking

I combined the Metallix Gel card backgrounds with print & cut images from the Cake Day Digital Stamps set and foiled many of the images using a Heidi Swapp Minc and a variety of different foils to coordinate with the different cards. The Minc Matte Champagne Foil is actually almost a perfect match for the Metallix Champagne Mist Gel, so that was awesome!

Check out the video below to see a step-by-step tutorial for making all 4 cards:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Polychromos Colored Pencils Used in the Video:

FOR THE CAKE / CAKE STAND CARD

– Cobalt Green, 9201-156
– Rose Carmine, 9201-124
– Deep Scarlet Red, 9201-219
– Cadmium Orange, 9201-111
– Light Cadmium Yellow, 9201-105
– Grass Green, 9201-166

FOR THE FROSTING BOWL / SPOON CARD

– Pink Madder Lake, 9201-129
– Cobalt Green, 9201-156
– Cobalt Turquoise, 9201-153
– Green Gold, 9201-268

Small Circles Stencil Background Cut Files

Hearts Stencil #2 Cut Files

Dots Stencil from Skinny Stencils, Set 1 Cut Files

Leaves & Berries Stencil Cut Files

– Cake Day Digital Stamp Set (link coming soon)

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

Grafix .005 Matte Dura-Lar Film

iCraft Deco Foil Metallix Gel, Champagne Mist

iCraft Deco Foil Metallix Gel, White Pearl

iCraft Deco Foil Metallix Gel, Pure Gold

iCraft Deco Foil Metallix Gel, Black Ice

Deco Foil Stencil Pal

Loew Cornell Palette Knife

Strathmore Bristol Smooth Pad, 9×12 Inch (for the stenciled card front panels)

Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. Cardstock (for print & cut pieces and card bases)

Minc Foil, Matte Champagne

Thermoweb Deco Foil, Gold (20 Pack)

Brutus Monroe Deco Foil, Tide Pool

Faber Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils

3L 3D Adhesive Foam Squares Variety Pack – White

Fiskars Non-Stick Scissors

Duck Brand Double Stick Adhesiver Roller

Tonic Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Brother HLL8360CDW Color Laser Printer (for the print and cut digital stamps)

Heidi Swapp Minc 12″

Minc Non-Stick Craft Mat

Gelly Roll Metallic Gel Pen (Gold)

Tombow Mono Sand Eraser

– washi tape

– a small plastic tub / container with water to soak stencils after use

Deco Foil Metallix Gel Card Making Ideas #cardmaking

Foil Quill Watercolor Cardmaking Ideas

Foil Quill Watercolor Card Making Ideas #foilquill #silhouettcameo #cardmaking

One of my favorite things about the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill is that it can foil on surfaces that are difficult, if not impossible, to foil with the laser toner / heat laminator foiling method. I love both of these methods for foiling, but each has its strengths and weaknesses, and foiling on surfaces such as watercolor paper and wood veneer is definitely one of the Foil Quill’s strengths.

In this week’s video, I’ll show you how to make two lemon-themed cards with the Foil Quill and the new Lovely Lemons Digital Stamps & Dielines set. The video includes a complete, step-by-step walkthrough of the design process in Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition. For the sketch fill method that I use to fill the digital stamps to make them Foil Quill-friendly, you will need the Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition or above since the sketch fill panel is not available in the free edition of the software. This method has made a world of difference in my Foil Quill results with filled shapes.

Foil Quill Watercolor Card Making Ideas #foilquill #silhouettcameo #cardmaking

As I mention in the video, there has been some inconsistency with my results with the Foil Quill and the Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. I did a bunch of testing before I made these cards, and my test results were awesome. When I tested, I only foiled a single image, but when I foiled a full page of images for the cards, the foiled results had some lighter coverage in some areas and looked a little bit weathered.

I re-foiled one of the lemon designs individually and separately from the rest, and the results for that design were pretty much perfect. So, it seems like the Foil Quill has trouble maintaining a consistent heat temperature throughout the foiling process when you’re foiling a bunch of different images. But if you’re foiling a single image or just a few images, the results are just about perfect. This may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been powering my Foil Quill with a USB cable that’s plugged into my computer, when I need to be using a pluggable power bank for the USB for more consistent heating and better foiled results. I don’t currently have a power bank but am considering getting one to test it out.

I used the Standard Tip Foil Quill for these cards because the foil coverage was better on these non-single line images; whereas, I’ve gotten better foiled results with the Fine Tip Foil Quill for single line and sketch designs. The Silhouette Studio settings that gave me the best results on the Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper are:

Speed : 3 // Force: 5 // Single Pass

Check out the video below for the complete tutorial for making the lemon-themed foil watercolor cards:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

DECADENT PIES WATERCOLOR COLOR MIXES USED IN THE CARDS:

– Lighter Yellow : #29 & #31
– Darker Yellow : #31 & #33
– Lighter Green : #29 & #34
– Darker Green : #33 & #34
– Turquoise* : #33 & #36

* for a more greenish-blue, I added more #33 to the mix, and for a more blue-ish green, I added more #36 to the mix.

Lovely Lemons Digital Stamps & Dielines

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Standard Tip (Scrapbook.com)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Standard Tip (Swing Design)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Scrapbook.com)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Swing Design)

Foil Quill Foil Sheets, Shining Starling

Prima Watercolor Confections, Decadent Pies

Strathmore Bristol Smooth Pad, 9×12 Inch

Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock (for the card bases)

Nicapa Cutting Mats for Silhouette Cameo

3L 3D Foam Squares Variety Pack, White

Duck Brand Double Stick Adhesiver Roller

Fiskars Non-Stick Scissors

– #5 & #14 round watercolor brushes

– washi tape

– a jar of water

– paper towels

Foil Quill Watercolor Card Making Ideas #foilquill #silhouettcameo #cardmaking

Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

Today I’m taking a look at how the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill performs on surfaces besides cardstock, including clear acetate, vellum, Dura-Lar (an acetate alternative), and wood veneer sheets. I tested all of the surfaces with both the fine tip and standard tip Foil Quill tools, and the settings that I used are a speed of 10, a force of 22, and a single pass. I used the Foil Quill brand foil for testing.

Overally, I’m really happy with how the Foil Quill performed on all of the different surfaces, and I was very pleasantly surprised by how it performed on the more textured wood veneer sheets. This means that there are SO many additional creative possibilities with the Foil Quill if you want to go beyond using it on paper and cardstock. Gotta love that!

Check out the video below to see all of the test results, and keep scrolling in this post to see photos of all of the results.

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Handwritten Birthday Sketch Phrases

Art Deco Mandala Sketch Files

Good Luck Cut Files

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Fine Tip (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Fine Tip (Swing Design)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Standard Tip (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Standard Tip (Swing Design)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Swing Design)

– Foil Quill Foil, Gold / Rose Gold / Silver (I used the sample rolls that come in the All in One Kit)

C-Line Laser Transparency Film / Acetate

Grafix .005 Matte Dura-Lar Film

Bazzill Basics Vellum, 40lb.

– Colored Vellum (I used the Sax Wyndstone Colored Vellum Paper, which I purchased a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, no one seems to stock it anymore.)

Silhouette Wood Sheets

Photos of the Test Results with Different Materials

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We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

The silver was kind of hard to see straight on with this vellum, so here’s a photo at an angle:

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results on Acetate, Vellum, Dura-Lar & Wood Veneer #foilquill #silhouettecameo

 

Foil Quill Standard Tip Test Results with Other Foil Brands – Minc, Deco Foil, Glimmer Foil, Gemini & More

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Test Results with Other Foil Brands - Minc, Deco Foil, Glimmer Foil, Gemini Papercraft & Multi-Surface & More #foilquill #silhouettecameo

Last week, I shared results with the We R Memory Keepers Fine Tip Foil Quill, and this week I’m sharing my results with the Standard Tip Foil Quill. The results do vary a little bit, so if you’re thinking about purchasing or have purchased the standard tip, you’ll want to check this video out, too.

I tested the standard tip with exactly the same foils as with the fine tip, and testing includes heat transfer foils (like the Foil Quill brand foil) and adhesive / toner transfer foils (like the Minc & Deco Foil brand foils).

Overall, the results with the standard tip were very good with most of the foils (and excellent with some), but the wider tip does tend to give the lines a somewhat less crisp appearance than with the fine tip. The results with the Heidi Swapp Minc foil, in particular, weren’t nearly as good with the standard tip as with the fine tip. There was less variation between the results for the fine tip and standard tip with most of the other foils though, again, the wider tip does tend to give the lines in single line sketch style designs a less crisp appearance.

Check out the video below to see all of the test results, and keep scrolling in this post to see photos of all of the results.

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Handwritten Birthday Sketch Phrases

Art Deco Mandala Sketch Files

Good Luck Cut Files

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Standard Tip (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Standard Tip (Swing Design)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Swing Design)

Foil Quill Foil, Gold (I used the sample roll that comes in the All in One Kit)

Spellbinders Glimmer Foil Variety Pack (I tested with the shiny gold foil from the pack)

Gemini Foilpress Papercraft Foil, Gold

Gemini Foilpress Multi-Surface Foil, Gold

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil, Gold

Thermoweb Deco Foil, Gold (20 Pack)

Gina K Fancy Foils, Red Velvet

Brutus Monroe Deco Foil, Tide Pool

Silhouette Transfer Foil, Gold

We R Memory Keepers Heatwave Foil, Gold

Recollections 65 lb. Cardstock, White (Michaels Brand)

Recollections 65 lb. Cardstock, Black (Michaels Brand)

Photos of the Test Results with Different Foil Brands

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We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Results with Foil Quill Brand Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Results #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Results #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Results #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Results #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Results #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Results #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Results #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Standard Tip Results #foilquill #silhouettecameo

Foil Quill Fine Tip Test Results with Other Foil Brands – Minc, Deco Foil, Glimmer Foil, Gemini & More

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results with Other Foil Brands - Minc, Deco Foil, Glimmer Foil, Gemini Papercraft & Multi-Surface & More #foilquill #silhouettecameo

One of the first question that many of us, including myself, had when the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill was announced was whether the Foil Quill works with other brands of foil. In the video below, I tested the fine tip Foil Quill with several different brands of foil, including heat transfer foils (like the Foil Quill brand foil) and adhesive / toner transfer foils (like the Minc & Deco Foil brand foils). I have another video coming soon with test results for the standard tip Foil Quill.

Generally, the results with heat transfer type foils were great. The one exception was the Gemini Foilpress Papercraft Foil, which had a more weathered look than the other heat transfer foils. So, if you’re going for this kind of look with your project, than the Gemini Papercraft is a good choice.

The results with the adhesive / toner transfer type foils was a mixed bag. My initial results with the Minc brand foil were noticeably weathered looking, with spotty foil coverage. But when I changed the settings for my machine (I tested everything with a Silhouette Cameo 3) and bumped up the force + made 2 passes, the results were much improved. The downside is that the foil broke in several places during the second pass, so just be aware that the Minc foil and probably a number of these other foils can possibly break or tear if you increase the force too much and/or make a second pass. If you can keep the Minc foil in one piece, though, the results are pretty darn good.

Check out the video below to see all of the test results, and keep scrolling in this post to see photos of all of the results.

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Handwritten Birthday Sketch Phrases

Art Deco Mandala Sketch Files

Good Luck Cut Files

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Fine Tip (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Fine Tip (Swing Design)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Swing Design)

Foil Quill Foil, Gold (I used the sample roll that comes in the All in One Kit)

Spellbinders Glimmer Foil Variety Pack (I tested with the shiny gold foil from the pack)

Gemini Foilpress Papercraft Foil, Gold

Gemini Foilpress Multi-Surface Foil, Gold

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil, Gold

Thermoweb Deco Foil, Gold (20 Pack)

Gina K Fancy Foils, Red Velvet

Brutus Monroe Deco Foil, Tide Pool

Silhouette Transfer Foil, Gold

We R Memory Keepers Heatwave Foil, Gold

Recollections 65 lb. Cardstock, White (Michaels Brand)

Recollections 65 lb. Cardstock, Black (Michaels Brand)

Photos of the Test Results with Different Foil Brands

Click any of the photos below to enlarge.

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Fine Tip Results with Foil Quill Brand Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Fine Tip Results with Spellbinders Glimmer Foil Brand Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Fine Tip Results with Gemini Foilpress Papercraft Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Fine Tip Results with Gemini Foilpress Multi-Surface Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Fine Tip Results with Minc Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Fine Tip Results with Minc Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Fine Tip Results with Deco Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

 

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Fine Tip Results with Silhouette Transfer Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Fine Tip Results with We R Memory Keeprs Heatwave Foil #foilquill #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Test Results with Other Foil Brands - Minc, Deco Foil, Glimmer Foil, Gemini Papercraft & Multi-Surface & More #foilquill #silhouettecameo

Sketch Files vs. Regular Cut Files + How to Make Sketch Fills in Silhouette Studio

Sketch Files vs. Regular Cut Files + How to Make Sketch Fills in Silhouette Studio #silhouettecameo

Sketch files for digital cutting machines are a smaller sub-niche within the larger SVG file category, and these files work with sketch pens, gel pens, markers and, more recently, the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill to create everything from sentiments to ornate patterns and designs.

In the video below, I’ll talk about the major differences between sketch files and regular cut files and show you how you can use BOTH for sketching with your digital cutting machine. There’s so much that you can do with these files in cardmaking, paper crafts, and more!

The main difference between sketch files and regular cut files is that, with sketch files, the thin lines that make up the design ARE the design. With regular cut files, the thin lines in the design create the BORDER of the design. Regular cut files need to be bolder and open enough to be cleanly cut from vinyl, paper, and other materials, so there tends to be a good bit of interior white space in these designs. Silhouette Studio offers multiple options to fill that white space for sketching, if you desire to do so. I’ll show you a quick tour of Silhouette Studio’s Sketch Panel and share a step-by-step tutorial for creating sketch fills for cut files using the Internal Offset feature, too.

Check out the video below for the step-by-step walkthrough:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Handwritten Birthday Sketch Files

Good Luck Cut Files

Hello, Fall Digital Stamps

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

Chomas Creations Adjustable Marker Holder for Silhouette

Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock, Coconut Swirl

– Smart Color Art Gel Pen (see my review here – the set that I have is no longer in stock, but this brand has other sets available)

Sketch Files vs. Regular Cut Files + How to Make Sketch Fills in Silhouette Studio #silhouettecameo

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Unboxing, Setup & Initial Testing

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Unboxing, Setup & Initial Testing #foilquill #video

The We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill is the hottest tool to hit the craft market in a while, and I’ve really been looking forward to trying it out. In the video below, I’m testing out the Foil Quill All in One Kit, which includes all 3 tip sizes that are currently available for the tool.

The We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill is USB powered heat pen that inserts right into the tool slot on a number of popular brands of digital die cutting machines ( Cricut, Silhouette, Brother, and Sizzix ). It works like a sketch pen to create hot foil designs with whatever image you send to your machine, which is very cool!

The Foil Quill All in One Kit retails for $99.99, which is definitely an investment for many of us, but you can also purchase the tips individually if you don’t want all three. The individual Foil Quill tips ( Fine = 0.5mm // Standard = 1.5mm // Bold = 2.5mm ) retail for $39.99. In addition, there are also a number of different foil colors available in 6 inch wide and 12 inch wide options. Sample rolls of the gold, rose gold, and silver foils are included in the All in One Kit.

At the time that I’m writing this post, the Foil Quill is sold out at most places online. The only online shop that I know of where it’s still available is Joann.com. I’ll link to the Joann product listings below, as well as to Swing Design, which currently has it on backorder but is expecting a shipment from the manufacturer in April sometime (that’s subject to change). I trust both of these shops and have purchased from both.

Okay, let’s talk about the results of my initial testing with the Silhouette Cameo. I’ve gotta say that I’m impressed, especially with the fine tip Foil Quill. The level of detail that it’s capable of foiling is just amazing! I scaled down a pretty complex mandala design to really put it to the test, and it surpassed my expectations. Here’s a look (apologies for the slightly blurry photo):

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Unboxing, Setup & Initial Testing #foilquill #video

The standard tip is also pretty impressive, and the bold tip … well, I think that the designs that I used for testing were too detailed to be a good fit for this tip. The bold tip is, I think, meant for less detailed and larger scale images, so the foiling results with these images were fuzzy and not well foiled.

All of the testing was done using the default sketch settings for the Silhouette Cameo (Speed: 10 // Force: 18 // Single Pass).

Here’s a photo of all of the initial test results with the fine tip (top), standard tip (middle), and bold tip (bottom) – click on the photo to enlarge it:

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Unboxing, Setup & Initial Testing #foilquill #video

Tips & Notes:

  • As I mention in the video, be sure to have a USB extension cable ready if your machine is more than 2 feet away from a USB power source. The USB slot on my Silhouette Cameo did not power the Foil Quill, so I needed to power it using a USB slot on my computer, which is several feet away from where I keep my machine. Luckily, I had a USB extension cable already, but you’ll want to pick one up if you’re in a similar situation and don’t already have one on hand.
  • Be sure not to touch the metal tip of the Foil Quill when it’s heated because it’s very hot and will burn you. The colored plastic housing along the sides gets pretty hot, but not nearly as hot as the metail tip.
  • When taping the foil to your cardstock (or whatever material you’re foiling), tape it as taut as you can. It doesn’t have to be super duper taut, but I think that taping it loosely will negatively affect the foiling results.
  • If I could only buy one of the Foil Quill tips, I’d buy the fine tip. I still can’t get over how crisply it foils every little detail. But the standard tip wouldn’t be far behind, as it gives pretty darn good results, too.

So far, I’m very impressed with the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill and will definitely be doing more testing with it in the coming weeks and months.

Check out the video below to see the unboxing, setup, and initial testing:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Handwritten Birthday Sketch Phrases

Art Deco Mandala Sketch Files

Good Luck Cut Files

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Fine Tip (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Standard Tip (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Bold Tip (Joann)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All in One Kit (Swing Design)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Fine Tip (Swing Design)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Standard Tip (Swing Design)

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill, Bold Tip (Swing Design)

Bazzill Cardstock, Licorice Twist

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

Plugable 5 Meter (16 Foot) USB 2.0 Cable, Type A Male to Type A Female

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill Unboxing, Setup & Initial Testing #foilquill #video

Acrylic Pouring for Beginners : American Crafts Color Pour Paints

Acrylic Pouring for Beginners : American Crafts Color Pour Paints #acrylicpouring #pourpainting

I’ve been curious about the American Crafts Color Pour paints for a while now, and in this week’s Acrylic Pouring for Beginners video, I finally got to test them out!

The Color Pour line includes several different, pre-mixed pouring paint kits, including the Galaxy Surge kit that I used in the video. It also includes a wide range of individual colors. The pouring paint kits include 4 oz. bottles of 4 different paint colors, and the great thing about the Color Pour paints is that they come pre-mixed with pouring medium, so they’re ready for pouring right out of the bottle. The paints are more pricey than using regular craft paints with a DIY pouring medium like the Elmer’s Glue All and water medium that I’ve been using for many of my paintings, but they’re a very good choice if you’re looking for convenience.

A couple of notes about the Color Pour paints : I noticed that the paints have a stronger smell than any of the other paints that I’ve used for pouring. It’s not overpowering or anything like that, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re sensitive to smells. Also, when the paints dry, they have a more plastic-like look than the other acrylic paints that I’ve used. They seemed to fill in and smooth out the texture on the canvas more than regular craft paints. This isn’t really good OR bad. It’s more a matter of your personal preference and how you like your paint to look on the canvas.

Acrylic Pouring for Beginners : American Crafts Color Pour Paints #acrylicpouring #pourpainting

As you can see above, I had two very different results with the paintings I made with the Color Pour paints. The painting on the left has more subtle color variations with large areas of solid color, while the painting on the right (I added silicone oil to the paint for this one to help create cells) has a more “classic” acrylic pour look, with lots of color variation and cells here and there.

Check out the video below for the step-by-step pouring process for both of the Color Pour paintings:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Husky Plastic Sheeting (or a large garbage bag / old newspapers / a bunch of plastic grocery bags / a painter’s dropcloth)

Foil Cookie Trays (to catch most of the excess paint as it runs off the edges of the painting – I purchased a set of 2 for $1.00 at the dollar store)

Vinyl / Nitrile Gloves (if you don’t want to be cleaning acrylic paint from under your fingernails for days, then use gloves – I buy mine by the box at Walmart in the cleaning supplies aisle)

American Crafts Galaxy Surge Pouring Paint Kit

Plastic Cups (to hold the paint / pouring medium mixture – you can use any small plastic cups for this, or you can save yogurt containers or even plastic cat food containers and use those)

Wood Craft Sticks (to stir the paint / pouring medium mixture – I picked up a package of 100 for $1.00 at the dollar store, and once the paint is completely dry on them, you can reuse them)

Artist’s Loft Brand 12 x 12 Inch Canvas (Michael’s brand)

Plastic Shot Glasses (to raise the canvas off of the work surface so the paint can flow off the edges after you pour – I bought a package of 24 plastic shot glasses for $1.00 at the dollar store, but you can use food service containers, plastic yogurt containers, cat food containers, or even a small box under the canvas)

Spot On 100% Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant to create cells in acrylic pour paintings. I used about 20 drops / 1/8 teaspoon to about 3 Tablespoons of the Floetrol/paint mixture.

Silhouette Sketch + Watercolor : Quick & Easy Cardmaking Idea (Video)

Silhouette Sketch + Watercolor : Quick & Easy Cardmaking Idea (Video) #silhouettecameo #cardmaking

I’ve really been getting into sketching with my Silhouette Cameo lately, and in this week’s video I combine sketch designs with watercolor for this quick & easy watercolor wreath card. A project like this is really just the beginning when it comes to all of the different creative options that you have when you combine Silhouette’s sketch function with watercoloring. I’ll definitely be exploring this more in the coming months!

The main things to keep in mind when you’re watercoloring sketch designs are 1) use a watercolor-friendly paper. I used one of my favorites, the Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. And 2) make sure that whatever pen / marker / pencil you use is water resistant or waterproof. I’ve been using Sharpie Precision Ultra Fine Point Markers, and they work beautifully with watercolor but, as I mention in the video, some of the other Sharpie markers that I have aren’t water resistant and will bleed and smear when used with a water-based medium.

My watercoloring style tends to be very loose, so my intention was to go outside the lines, but if you’re into a neater look, then you can certainly do that for a project like this, too.

I used the Prima Decadent Pies Watercolor set for my card, and the paint numbers for the color mixes that I used are: 26 & 28 // 26 & 35 // 33 & 36 // 35

Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create this quick and easy sketch + watercolor wreath card:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Laurel Wreath Sketch Files

Handwritten Hello Sketch Phrases

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

Nicapa Cutting Mats for the Silhouette Cameo

Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper

Sharpie Precision Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point (Set of 24)

Prima Watercolor Confections, Decadent Pies

Scotch Foam Mounting Tape

Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock (for the A2 card base)

Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops

Chomas Creations Silhouette Marker Holder

– a wood popsicle / craft stick

– a #5 round brush

– paper towels

– a jar of water

 

Silhouette Sketch + Watercolor : Quick & Easy Cardmaking Idea (Video) #silhouettecameo #cardmaking

Acrylic Pouring for Beginners : My First Stretched Canvas Pour with Floetrol + Silicone Oil (Video)

Acrylic Pouring for Beginners : My First Stretched Canvas Pour with Floetrol + Silicone Oil #acrylicpouring #pourpainting

Up until now, I’ve only used canvas panels for acrylic pouring, but I thought it was time that I graduated to stretched canvas. In this video, I’ll show you how it turned out and the things about pouring on stretched canvas that were a little bit of a change from what I’ve been used to with the canvas panels.

My main concern was mixing enough paint / Floetrol to cover the entire canvas since it was a larger surface than I’m used working with. I ended up deciding to do a double flip cup technique at the last minute, instead of using just one cup, to make sure that I had enough paint. I actually ended up with more than enough paint to cover the canvas, so yay to that!

Check out the video below to see the step-by-step process for making my first stretched canvas acrylic pour painting:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Husky Plastic Sheeting (or a large garbage bag / old newspapers / a bunch of plastic grocery bags / a painter’s dropcloth)

Foil Cookie Trays (to catch most of the excess paint as it runs off the edges of the painting – I purchased a set of 2 for $1.00 at the dollar store)

Vinyl / Nitrile Gloves (if you don’t want to be cleaning acrylic paint from under your fingernails for days, then use gloves – I buy mine by the box at Walmart in the cleaning supplies aisle)

Acrylic Craft Paints (in the video, I used DecoArt Crafters Acrylic White + Craft Smart Vanilla (for the off white), Americana Ultramarine Blue + Apple Barrel Wild Iris + a little bit of Americana Carousel Pink and Delta Ceramcoat Black (for the purple-y blue), and Americana Saffron Yellow + Apple Barrel Wild Iris (for the mustard yellow))

Floetrol (I used a ratio of 1:1 Floetrol to paint, but if you have a thicker paint, you might want to go to 60/40 Floetrol to paint or add a little bit of water to thin things out to a good consistency)

Plastic Cups (to hold the paint / pouring medium mixture – you can use any small plastic cups for this, or you can save yogurt containers or even plastic cat food containers and use those)

Wood Craft Sticks (to stir the paint / pouring medium mixture – I picked up a package of 100 for $1.00 at the dollar store, and once the paint is completely dry on them, you can reuse them)

Artist’s Loft Brand 12 x 12 Inch Canvas (Michael’s brand)

Plastic Shot Glasses (to raise the canvas off of the work surface so the paint can flow off the edges after you pour – I bought a package of 24 plastic shot glasses for $1.00 at the dollar store, but you can use food service containers, plastic yogurt containers, cat food containers, or even a small box under the canvas)

Spot On 100% Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant to create cells in acrylic pour paintings. I used about 20 drops / 1/8 teaspoon to about 3 Tablespoons of the Floetrol/paint mixture.

DIY Domed Stickers with the Silhouette Doming Starter Kit (Video Tutorial)

DIY Domed Stickers with the Silhouette Doming Starter Kit (Video Tutorial) #silhouettecameo

We’re taking stickers to the next level in today’s video tutorial! I’ll show you how to make custom DIY domed stickers with the Silhouette Doming Starter Kit, which includes everything you’ll need to make domed stickers like the little lemon above. Doming involves using a two part epoxy resin to add a clear, dimensional area to the stickers, and the final look is really special … and super cool, too.

To learn how to make the sticker sheets that I use to make the domed stickers, check out my tutorial on How to Make Kiss Cut Sticker Sheets in Silhouette Studio.

This was actually my third time making domed stickers with the kit, and during my first two “test” runs (in other words, I really messed things up), I learned some tips that I hope will help you get great results on your first try.

Tips for getting the best domed sticker results:

  • The clear sticker paper and doming laminate sheets are not interchangeable, which I thought might be the case at first. The sticker sheets are much thicker, and when added over the white sticker paper (you only need the doming sheets if you’re using the white sticker paper) the two layers are tough to cut cleanly through with a Silhouette machine. Also, the clear sticker paper creates a sort of textured look over the white sticker paper. It’s not necessarily bad, but I prefer the much smoother look of the doming laminate sheets.
  • If you need to set the filled epoxy syringe down at any point while you’re working, be sure to keep the syringe tip elevated or resin will start to run out of the syringe onto your work surface. I set the syringe down on top of one of the bottles of epoxy with the tip up, and this prevents any resin from leaking out of the syringe.
  • Part A of the epoxy resin (the base) is much thicker than Part B, so be sure to actively push down on the syringe plunger while you’re adding the epoxy to the stickers. Otherwise, what runs out will be mostly Part B of the epoxy since it has a much thinner consistency than Part A and the epoxy won’t cure or set up.
  • A heat tool can be used to pop any bubbles in the epoxy, but it can also blow some epoxy off the edges of the stickers, so be careful to add epoxy further from the edges on stickers if you’re planning on using a heat tool. If any epoxy runs off the edges of the stickers, it will soak into the sticker sheet backer paper and look somewhat like a grease stain. It doesn’t affect the stickers, but it doesn’t look great.
  • The instructions in the Doming Starter Kit say to allow the epoxy to cure for 12 hours, but I’ve found that it can take up to 24 hours for it to fully cure sometimes. So, the curing time seems like it may be dependent on things like the temperature and humidity in the environment where the stickers are curing.
  • To store the epoxy syringe when you’re finished with your stickers, hold it (plunger side down), pull the plunger out a bit to get some air space between the epoxy and the tip end of the syringe, remove the syringe tip (use a paper towel to wipe off any epoxy resin that bubbles out of the tip), and place the pink cap back onto the tip and twist to lock it closed. I’ve been storing the epoxy syringe plunger side down like this, and there’s no sign of crystallization after about a week (at the time that I made this video).

Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on making your own diy domed stickers with the Silhouette Doming Starter Kit:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Fun in the Sun Elements / Stickers

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

Canon iX6520 Inkjet Printer

Silhouette Doming Starter Kit

Silhouette Scraper Tool (an old credit card/gift card will work, too)

Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer (optional)

– paper towels

Also mentioned in the video :

Silhouette Epoxy Resin Set

Silhouette Doming Laminate Sheets

 

DIY Domed Stickers with the Silhouette Doming Starter Kit (Video Tutorial) #silhouettecameo

 

 

Testing Cheap Gel Pens as Sketch Pens for Silhouette Cameo (Video)

Smart Color Art Gel Pens Review / Sketch Pens for Silhouette Cameo #silhouettecameo

I’ve been using the sketch feature on my Silhouette Cameo machine much more often recently and have been building my stash of gel pens as a result. In today’s video, I’m testing out a set of cheap gel pens from Smart Color Art to see how well they work as sketch pens.

Overall, I was happy with how the pens performed. When I was swatching them out, there were a few pens that were dry and scratchy, but the set comes with refills for all of the pens, so I’m hoping the refills will work better.

My biggest disappointment was that the pens weren’t as opaque as I thought they would be. The metallic pens are the most opaque on dark cardstock, but the milky pastels were kind of streaky and not as opaque as I expected. Also, while the glitter pens have a nice, subtle glitter payoff, the inks aren’t opaque at all, so only the glitter and a hint of color shows up on dark cardstock.

At the under $20 price point, I’d defintely purchase this set again. I really like the range of colors, and they work well on white cardstock. The pens that I tested also performed very well as sketch pens, much better than I expected. However, if you tend to use black or darker colored cardstock for sketch, I don’t think I’d recommend this particular set because, except for the metallic pens, these gel pens just aren’t that strongly opaque and don’t tend to show up that well on dark cardstock.

Swatches

Sketch Pen Results

Check out the video below to see the swatching and testing process:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Sprinkled With Love Sketch Phrase

Snowflakes Sketch Files

Smart Color Art 160 Colors Gel Pens (unfortunately, these went out of stock right after I made the video, so I’ve linked two similar sets from Smart Color Art below)

Smart Color Art 140 Colors Gel Pens

Smart Color Art 320 Colors Gel Pens

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition (optional)

Chomas Creations Adjustable Marker Holder for Silhouette

Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock, Coconut Swirl

Bazzill Cardstock, Licorice Twist

 

Testing Cheap Gel Pens as Sketch Pens for Silhouette Cameo #silhouttecameo

How to Make Kiss Cut Sticker Sheets with Silhouette Cameo (Video)

How to Make Kiss Cut Sticker Sheets with Silhouette Cameo (Video) #printandcut #silhouettecameo

Stickers are one of my absolute favorite things to make with my die cutting machine, and in this Silhouette print & cut tutorial, I’ll show you how I make kiss cut sticker sheets with a Silhouette Cameo.

Kiss cutting just means that the machine makes a cut through only the sticker sheet and not the whole way through the sticker sheet backer paper. We cut the rectangle sticker sheets separately, and those ARE cut the whole way through, so you end up with professional looking sticker sheets with individual stickers that you can peel from the sheets.

In the video, I also share step-by-step tutorials for making cut files for high resolution PNG images both with and without margins, plus I show you how to use tracefiles to create cut lines for images.

Cut Settings : In the video, I used the default cut settings for the Silhouette Brand White Sticker Paper (Blade Depth : 2 // Speed : 8 // Force : 14 // Single Pass), but the Online Labels sticker paper that I use is a little bit thinner than the Silhouette brand. If my blade is on the dull side (like now), I use a blade depth of 2, but if I have a new blade I’ll bump that down to 1. To cut the rectangle sticker sheet the whole way through, I typically set my ratchet blade to a blade depth of 6 or 7, and sometimes I have to do multiple passes to cut cleanly through.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make kiss cut sticker sheets with Silhouette die cutting machines:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Fun in the Sun Elements / Stickers

Silhouette Cameo 3 Electronic Cutting Tool

Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition

Online Labels Full Sheet Standard White Matte Sticker Paper

Canon iX6520 Inkjet Printer

How to Make Kiss Cut Sticker Sheets with Silhouette Cameo (Video) #printandcut #silhouettecameo

Acrylic Pour Painting for Beginners : Testing DecoArt Pouring Medium

Acrylic Pour Painting for Beginners : Testing DecoArt Pouring Medium (Video) #pourpainting #acrylicpouring

In today’s video, I’m testing out the DecoArt Pouring Medium. This medium is a little bit more expensive than Floetrol and pricier than the DIY glue and water pouring medium that I’ve been using, but it already has an additive in there for creating cells, so that’s a bonus.

This medium was thinner than the other mediums that I’ve worked with so far. I used a 1:1 ratio of craft acrylics to pouring medium, and this was the recommended ratio on the jar of pouring medium. If you like your paint/medium mix to be on the thicker side, you could probably get away with a 60/40 mix.

Acrylic Pour Painting DecoArt Pouring Medium #pourpainting #acrylicpouring

Overall, I like this medium so far. It doesn’t create huge cells, but it definitely does create cells. I didn’t add heat to them, so I don’t know how their size would’ve increased had I done so. When the paintings dried, I did notice that the colors tended to be more muted and less saturated than they tend to be with Floetrol or the DIY glue and water pouring mediums, but it could just be the colors that I used in these paintings. I’ll have to do more testing to see if this is typical.

Check out the video below to learn how to see how DecoArt Pouring medium performs for acrylic pouring:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Husky Plastic Sheeting (or a large garbage bag / old newspapers / a bunch of plastic grocery bags / a painter’s dropcloth)

Foil Cookie Tray (to catch most of the excess paint as it runs off the edges of the painting – I purchased a set of 2 for $1.00 at the dollar store)

Vinyl / Nitrile Gloves (if you don’t want to be cleaning acrylic paint from under your fingernails for days, then use gloves – I buy mine by the box at Walmart in the cleaning supplies aisle)

Acrylic Craft Paints (in the video, I used DecoArt Crafters Acrylic White, Martha Stewart Cloud, a mix of DecoArt Americana Light Avocado + DecoArt Americana Saffron Yellow (for the olive green color), and a mix of Folk Art Aqua + Craft Smart Campground + Delta Ceramcoat Black (for the dark aqua color) craft acrylic paints)

DecoArt Pouring Medium (I used a ratio of 1:1 pouring medium to paint as recommended for craft acrylics)

Plastic Cups (to hold the paint / pouring medium mixture – you can use any small plastic cups for this, or you can save yogurt containers or even plastic cat food containers and use those)

Wood Craft Sticks (to stir the paint / pouring medium mixture – I picked up a package of 100 for $1.00 at the dollar store, and once the paint is completely dry on them, you can reuse them)

Art Alternatives 8×10 Canvas Panels

Plastic Shot Glasses (to raise the canvas off of the work surface so the paint can flow off the edges after you pour – I bought a package of 24 plastic shot glasses for $1.00 at the dollar store, but you can use food service containers, plastic yogurt containers, cat food containers, or even a small box under the canvas)

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