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Video : How to Make Print & Cut Foil Acetate Embellishments

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

When you create foil elements using the heat activated method of running a laser printed piece through a Minc, a heat laminator, or other type of hot foiling machine, you need a nice, smooth surface, one that will not allow too much of the laser printer toner to absorb into the paper. This is why it’s difficult to get great diy hot foiling results with uncoated and textured papers, like watercolor paper and kraft cardstock.

Acetate is an ideal surface for diy hot foiling. It’s slick, glossy, and non-porous, so the laser printer toner sits right on top of the surface, ready to bond with the foil as it’s run through your foiling machine. In the video below, I’ll show you how to hot foil acetate and cut it using a digital die cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo) to create some very cool, foil embellishments that you can use for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and many other types of craft projects.

I’ve been die cutting acetate for years, but this was the first time that I attempted a print and cut project on acetate, and I initially ran into some challenges with the registration process because of the shiny, reflective surface of the acetate, but I figured out a technique that has worked perfectly every time I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t require much effort at all.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

My Technique : Open a blank document in Silhouette Studio, activate the registration marks for your die cutting machine (just like you’d do for a regular print & cut project), and print the page with just the registration marks. After the page is printed, cut out each of the registration marks, trimming the cut pieces where necessary so the paper doesn’t overlap any of the areas on the acetate that will be die cut.

Then, hold the acetate up to a lamp, with the paper registration mark (with double-sided tape on the back of the paper) held over it, so the light shines through both and allows you to line them up perfectly. Tape the paper registration mark in place over the corresponding registration mark on the acetate and repeat the process for each of the registration marks. You can also use a window (if it’s daylight) or a lightbox to line up the registration marks. Once all of the paper registration marks are taped in place, register and die cut the acetate with your die cutting machine.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

A Note About Hot Off the Press Heat Resistant Acetate : This is a craft supply that many of us have in our stash, and I thought that it might work well for hot foiling since it’s heat resistant. Unfortunately, when I printed on it, lines of toner came off of the printed areas as it was being run through the printer and remelted around the printed areas. You can see what I’m talking about in the video below, starting at around the 1:50 mark.

Check out the video to see the step-by-step process for creating awesome hot foil acetate embellishments:

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

C-Line Transparency Film for Plain Paper/Laser Printers
Heidi Swapp Minc Light Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper
double-sided tape
craft scissors

New in the Shop : Background & Stencil Cut Files

I just added 9 new background and stencil cut file designs to the shop! Each design is actually a set of 7 different background and stencil sizes, and 3 of the sizes include both round and square corner options.

Sizes included with each design:

– 2” x 3.5” (both square and rounded corners)
– 3” x 4” (both square and rounded corners)*
– 6” x 4” (both square and rounded corners)**
– 6” x 6”
– 12” x 12”
– A2 horizontal (5.5” x 4.25”)
– A2 vertical (4.25” x 5.5”)

* actual size is 2.9” x 3.9”
** actual size is 5.9” x 3.9”

So, with just one set, you can make everything from journaling and pocket scrapbooking cards to scrapbook pages, stencils, and handmade cards!

Check out previews for all of the designs below:

Bowtie Stencil & Background Die Cut Files (SVG included)

Diagonal Stripes Stencil & Background Die Cut Files (SVG included)

Hearts Stencil & Background Die Cut Files (SVG included)

Horizontal Stripes Stencil & Background Die Cut Files (SVG included)

Large Circles Stencil & Background Die Cut Files (SVG included)

Medium Circles Stencil & Background Die Cut Files (SVG included)

Small Circles Stencil & Background Die Cut Files (SVG included)

Triangles Stencil & Background Die Cut Files (SVG included)

Wafers Stencil & Background Die Cut Files (SVG included)

Video : Die Cut Rainbow Mini Banner Cards

Video Tutorial : Rainbow Mini Banner Cards

Earlier this week, I added these new folding mini banner card cut files to the shop and, in today’s video (below), I’ll share one technique that you can use to add color to the cards. This is far from the only way to embellish the banner cards, though. You can use solid colored cardstock, patterned cardstock, glitter or glitter cardstock, and more to decorate the interior areas of the letters on the cards. Or you can leave the interiors of the letters empty for a minimalist, modern look. There are so many possibilities with these little cards, and you can fold them up when you’re finished and tie a ribbon or twine around them to make them look like little gifts, too!

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Folding Mini Banner Card Die Cuts (I used “Happy Birthday” in the video)

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Colored Cellophane Sheets
craft glue
scissors
white cardstock
an old paintbrush (for the glue)

DIY Rainbow Mini Banner Cards

DIY Distress Ink Watercolor & Gold Foil Mini Cards

DIY Distress Watercolor & Gold Foil Mini Cards

I’m a sucker for pretty much anything “mini”, and these bold and colorful mini “xo” cards are so versatile. You can use them as gift tags, or you can tuck them into boxes of chocolates or other goodies for loved ones. You can also use a hole punch to create a place to thread ribbon or twine and tie them onto gift bags or even bottles of wine.

In addition, you can change out the color palette in lots of different ways. You could also use patterned paper instead of painting a watercolor background for a completely different look. I couldn’t resist using shiny, pretty gold foil cardstock for the letters and frame details on the cards. I thought that I might be starting to get over the whole gold foil thing, but then I saw this paper and was instantly back on the gold foil love train.

One of the best parts of this project is that, after you have all of the pieces cut, you can assemble each card in under 5 minutes.

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Spun Sugar Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK)
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Painter’s Tape
#8 Round Paintbrush*
3/4” Filbert Paintbrush*
Gold Foil Card Stock ( MFT )
My Favorite Things Stitched Alphabet Die-namics**
Scor-Tape (I used 5/8” inch, but you can use whatever size you have on hand)
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
white cardstock
a double-sided adhesive runner
a manual die cutting machine
a solid, non-flexible base to tape the paper to (I used an old cutting mat)
a sheet of clear acetate or a large acrylic block (to use as a palette for the inks)
a cup & water
paper towels
a heat tool (optional)

* The brushes that I used are both from a set of Craft Smart brand brushes, which can be found at Michael’s.

** These dies sold out very quickly and are difficult to find in stock, but MFT does have other, non-stitched alpha dies that would also be great for this project, and you could also digitally die cut the letters using a tall, thin font like Bebas Neue or Ostrich Sans Black, which are both free fonts.

DIY Distress Watercolor & Gold Foil Mini Cards

Make a Copper Glitter Layered Good Luck Card

Make a Copper Glitter Layered Good Luck Card

Today’s card project was inspired by an unexpected source, the Scenic Safari Die-namics that I received as a free gift with purchase from My Favorite Things a little while back. At first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but then I got started thinking about those soil / rock charts that show all of the different layers of Earth down to its core, as well as the marbling trend that’s so hot right now, and this is where I went with it.

I was itching to use this very cool copper glitter cardstock, also from My Favorite Things, and I think that it added a nice yet subtle touch of glitz. The “Good Luck” sentiment can be found in the shop, and I was so happy with how it turned out for this project. I added a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of the cardstock before cutting it, and the Silhouette Cameo did a bang up job! I’ll definitely be using this technique in the future.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for this project : Depth = 8 // Speed = 2 // Light Hold Mat // Triple Cut (a double cut, then another single cut)

You can check out the video below to see how I made this glittery “good luck” 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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Good Luck Cut File

white cardstock
Copper Sparkle cardstock
Gmund Dark Teal Blue cardstock
manual die cutting machine
washi tape
a double-sided adhesive runner
Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets ( SBK // AMZ )
My Favorite Things Scenic Safari Die-Namics ( SSS // MFT )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo Light Hold Mat
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Fiskars 5 Inch Non-Stick Scissors (or regular craft scissors)

Make a Striped Card Background from Gold Foil Washi Tape

Make a Striped Card Background from Gold Foil Washi Tape

Have you ever seen a product that instantly makes your heart skip a beat? Well, that’s what happened when I spotted Little B’s Gold Foil XO washi tape. When it arrived, it was super teeny and so neato, and I knew immediately that I had to use it to make some stripes on something. Anything!

The result is this clean and simple card, which also features a “love you” sentiment die cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Alphabet Die-Namics* and one of my current favorites, shiny gold foil cardstock.

I’ve already been scoping out some more of Little B’s 3mm washi tape designs because I just love how teeny tiny and sweet they are. I made a love-themed card here, but you could easily switch up the washi tape that you use and have a birthday, hello, or whatever other type of sentiment you’d like.

To make the card, I first cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 inches wide by 5.25” tall. Then, I lined up a t-square along the top left corner of the cardstock and used a pencil to make little dot markings on the cardstock at every quarter inch.

I tore lengths of washi tape that were about an inch or so longer than the cardstock on either side, and I lined each up at the top of one of the pencil markings and pulled the tape straight across the front of the cardstock to make a stripe.

After I was finished with the stripes, I pressed my fingers all over the front of the card to adhere any loose washi in place, and I folded the ends of the washi over the sides and onto the back of the cardstock. Then, I die cut letters spelling “love you” from gold foil cardstock and glued those to the front of the card, using the washi tape stripes as guides so I could easily line the letters up at the bottom.

Once all of the letters were glued in place, I cut a piece of fun foam to slightly smaller than the size of the cardstock and added strips of Scor-Tape to both sides, making sure to have the far left and far right strips less than an inch from the edge of the fun foam. Then, I pressed down any washi tape that had popped up on the back of the card, removed the backing paper from the strips of Scor-Tape on one side of the foam, and pressed the foam down onto the back of the cardstock, covering those loose ends of washi to permanently hold them in place.

To finish the card, I removed the backing paper from the Scor-Tape on the other side of the foam and mounted it onto a top fold A2 card base.

You can check out the video for this project below:

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

white cardstock
Little B Gold Foil XO Tape
a pencil
a t-square or ruler
My Favorite Things Stitched Alphabet Die-namics ( SSS // MFT )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Gold Foil Card Stock ( MFT )
a manual die cutting machine
craft foam (also known as fun foam)
Scor-Tape (I used 5/8” inch, but you can use any size)
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
a sticky tool, like the Quick Stik or Pick Me Up (optional)

DIY Rainbow Letter Die Cut Thank You Card (with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens)

DIY Rainbow Letter Die Cut Thanks Card

There’s just something about rainbows that’s endlessly magical, and I’ve been lovin’ on them since I was a kid. I was lucky enough to grow up in the 80’s, so there were rainbows (manmade, at least) all over the place. I even had rainbow legwarmers, which were one of my prized possessions. And don’t even get me started on my sticker book.

This thank you card features rainbows in letter form, with awesome colors courtesy of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. The colors on these brush pens are so wonderful and vibrant, and they don’t seem to dull at all when they’re dry. Big thumbs up to that!

For this card, I used the negative areas of the die cut letters to make a template that helped me quickly glue the colored letters in place. Clear dimensional adhesive foam popped up the “thanks”, which I cut from gold foil cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo.

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Thanks Cut File

Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Gold Foil Card Stock ( MFT )
My Favorite Things Stitched Alphabet Die-namics*
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Kool Tak Clear Foam Adhesive
white cardstock
a double-sided adhesive runner
a manual die cutting machine
a silicone craft mat (scrap paper or cardboard also works)

* these dies sold out very quickly and are difficult to find in stock, but MFT does have other, non-stitched alpha dies that would also be great for this project, and you could also digitally die cut the letters using a tall, thin font like Bebas Neue or Ostrich Sans Black, which are both free fonts.

Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (individual colors used):

026 // Light Pink ( DKB )
202 // Peach Pink ( SBK )
021 // Light Carmine ( DKB // SBK )
020 // Red ( DKB // SBK )
002 // Fluorescent Orange ( DKB // SBK )
070 // Orange ( DKB // SBK )
050 // Yellow ( DKB )
052 // Bright Yellow ( DKB // SBK )
053 // Yellow Green ( DKB // SBK )
046 // Mid Green ( DKB // SBK )
045 // Pale Green ( DKB // SBK )
047 // May Green ( DKB // SBK )
036 // Light Blue ( DKB // SBK )
042 // Turquoise Green ( DKB // SBK )
031 // Cobalt Blue ( DKB // SBK )
032 // Persian Blue ( DKB // SBK )
081 // Light Violet ( DKB )
082 // Purple ( DKB // SBK )

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen Sets

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 60
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 48
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 36
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 24
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 12

DIY Rainbow Letter Die Cut Thanks Card

Make a “Hello” Card with a Custom Die Cut Pattern

Make a "Hello" Card with a Custom Die Cut Pattern

I used cut files from the Hello Conversation Bubbles set to make this fun, handmade “hi” card. This is one of those projects that has been rolling around in my head since I released the Hello Collection, and I’m so glad that I could finally get it out of my head and make it into a card.

This is a great card project for using up all of those paper scraps that you have lying around, and it actually doesn’t use many supplies at all, so you probably already have most everything on hand. Woot, woot!

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Hello Conversation Bubbles Die Cuts

cardstock in a variety of colors
white cardstock
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a sticky tool, like the Quick Stik or Pick Me Up (optional)
a double-sided adhesive runner
craft scissors

K.becca Exclusive Stamp Designs for Sweet Stamp Shop!

I’ve been bursting at the seams for months to be able to share this news with you, and today is the big day! My very first collection of exclusive stamp sets for Sweet Stamp Shop is officially available on June 15th (that’s today!), and I’ve gotta tell you, it’s been so much fun working with the awesome peeps at Sweet.

If you’re not already familiar with them, please head on over to sweetstampshop.com and check out the many, many totally fun and clever stamps that they have available for planners, paper crafters, and cardmakers.

Here’s a peek at some of the sets that I designed for their June 2016 release:

Exclusive Stamp Set Designs by K.becca for Sweet Stamp Shop's June 2016 Release

And here’s a card that I designed using the Peekaboo Cats set from the release:

Cardmaking with Peekaboo Cats from Sweet Stamp Shop

To make this grrreat (hehe) tiger-themed card, I first cut a 4″ W x 5.25″ H frame (interior cutout dimensions are 2″ W x 3.25″ H using a Silhouette Cameo. Then, I centered the frame on the front of a top folding A2 size (4.25″ W x 5.5″ H) card. I lightly marked along the inside of the bottom of the frame with a regular pencil, removed the frame, and stamped the tiger from the Peekaboo Cats set at the center of and just slightly below the pencil line with Versafine Onyx Black ink. After that, I stamped the thought bubble with the same ink, carefully erased the pencil line, and colored the tiger using Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils.

When I was finished coloring the tiger, I randomly stamped all over the frame using the heart stamp from the set with VersaMagic Mango Madness Chalk Ink. To finish the card, I attached the frame to the card front with 3D foam adhesive to give it a little bit of dimension. Then, I stamped the “more pounce to the ounce” sentiment from the set above the tiger’s head (also in Onyx Black ink) and added a little heart to the thought bubble with Hero Arts Neon Pink ink.

Video Tutorial : Make Cute Halloween Print & Cut Cards in Silhouette Studio

Cute Frankenstein's Monster Print & Cut Halloween Card

I love Silhouette’s print and cut option, and in this video tutorial I’ll be showing you how to make this super cute Halloween print and cut card in Silhouette Studio. Then, I’ll color the card using Distress Inks for the background and my new favorite, the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, for cute little Frankie.

In the video, I talk a little bit about printing onto watercolor paper. Because I’m using water-based color mediums for this project, a laser print or other water-resistant or waterproof ink is necessary. If you don’t have a laser printer and aren’t in the market for one, then you can always use whatever coloring mediums you’d like : Copic markers, colored pencils, etc. – the possibilities are pretty much endless.

My absolute favorite paper for mixed media and watercolor is Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Its smooth finish makes it the perfect choice for printing digital stamps, and the Zig pens blend beautifully on it.

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!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick

This Is Halloween 2 Digital Stamps
This Is Halloween 2 Phrases Digital Stamps

Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Pumice Stone Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
a double-sided adhesive runner
white cardstock
a no. 8 round paintbrush
a cup & water
an acrylic stamping block
paper towels

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen Sets

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 60
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 48
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 36
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 24
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 12

 

Zig Color Listings for Each Design Below

Cute Frankenstein's Monster Print & Cut Halloween Card

Frankie

053 // Yellow Green ( DKB // SBK )
046 // Mid Green ( DKB // SBK )
043 // Olive Green ( DKB // SBK )

010 // Black ( DKB // SBK )
090 // Light Gray ( DKB )
095 // Dark Gray ( DKB // SBK )

082 // Purple ( DKB // SBK )
027 // Dark Pink ( DKB // SBK )

070 // Orange ( DKB // SBK )
052 // Bright Yellow ( DKB // SBK )
023 // Scarlet Red ( DKB // SBK )

Cute Witch Print & Cut Halloween Card

Witch

027 // Dark Pink ( DKB // SBK )
003 // Fluorescent Pink ( DKB // SBK )

064 // Dark Oatmeal ( DKB // SBK )
071 // Flesh Colour ( DKB // SBK )
222 // Pink Flamingo ( SBK )

010 // Black ( DKB // SBK )
090 // Light Gray ( DKB )

053 // Yellow Green ( DKB // SBK )
046 // Mid Green ( DKB // SBK )

Cute Cat Trick or Treater Print & Cut Halloween Card

Cat

024 // Wine Red ( DKB // SBK )
065 // Mid Brown ( DKB // SBK )

072 // Beige ( DKB // SBK )
064 // Dark Oatmeal ( DKB // SBK )
071 // Flesh Colour ( DKB // SBK )
202 // Peach Pink ( SBK )

010 // Black ( DKB // SBK )
090 // Light Gray ( DKB )

070 // Orange ( DKB // SBK )
052 // Bright Yellow ( DKB // SBK )

Cute Superhero Print & Cut Halloween Card

Superhero

072 // Beige ( DKB // SBK )
052 // Bright Yellow ( DKB // SBK )

064 // Dark Oatmeal ( DKB // SBK )
071 // Flesh Colour ( DKB // SBK )

010 // Black ( DKB // SBK )
090 // Light Gray ( DKB )
095 // Dark Gray ( DKB // SBK )

024 // Wine Red ( DKB // SBK )
023 // Scarlet Red ( DKB // SBK )

092 // Blue Gray ( DKB )
036 // Light Blue ( DKB // SBK )

070 // Orange ( DKB // SBK )

The Hello Collection

Sometimes you just want to say “hey” to someone, and it doesn’t happen to be their birthday or Christmas or some other occasion. This is where the Hello collection comes in. Inspired by the humble “hello” card, I designed this collection of printable patterns, die cuts, and digital stamp elements that contain all sorts of hellos, heys, and how you doin’s. The designs in the collection are perfect for cardmakers, but there are also many, many creative possibilities for hello-themed scrapbook pages and packaging projects. I can’t wait to see what you create!

The Hello Collection by k.becca

Hello Digital Printable Patterns | k.becca

Hello Words & Phrases Die Cuts | K.becca #diecuts #svg

Hello Words and Phrases Digital Stamps | K.becca #digital #cardmaking #hybrid

Hello Conversation Bubbles Die Cuts | K.becca #svg #diecuts #cardmaking