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.
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
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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.
– 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)
– Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock (for the card bases)
– #5 & #14 round watercolor brushes
– washi tape
– a jar of water
– paper towels