Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Christmas Foiled Basics by Yana Smakula

Hello crafty peeps,

I'm stopping by to share a few projects with you with the new Spellbinders Christmas Foiled Basics collection by my uber talented and gorgeous friend, Yana Smakula! Everything this girl creates is magic, and this collection is no different!

I've said it before but I'll say it again: red is not my favorite color hehe! However, from all the Glimmer Hot Foils the Crimson Stars is one of my most favorites - it just has something so elegant about it. Especially for Christmas. 

So I've kept it simple today, red and white - inspired by Nordic design. I wish I could take better photos, that show all that shine better!

I turned on my Glimmer Hot Foil System, waited till it was hot, and foiled everything I wanted in one go - because I don't have enough space for the machine and working on cards at the same time. So generally when I take the machine out, I'll foil a lot of things at once! It takes time, but then next time I want to add some foil to a project, I have some ready to go. Especially sentiments! 

On the first card I've used the Christmas Foliage Circle Border as well as the Holiday Sentiments Series 2 plates (the latter is from the Sparkling Christmas collection, not Yana's). To create a full wreath, I foiled the foliage 3 times and the circle once. I didn't do a great job on the foiling, but to be honest it doesn't bother me - I've let go of perfection a long time ago! :D

For the background I embossed a piece of red card stock with my favorite embossing folder, Love Stripes. I also embossed some white card stock with snowflakes. I then adhered these papers onto my A2 size, top folding card base. I glued together the 3 partial wreaths, and adhered them down with foam adhesive. To finish off this card, I popped on a foiled sentiment and added some twine.

On my second card I've used the Christmas Foliage Background, which is undoubtedly my favorite from this collection! To create a full background, you'll have to foil the same panel twice, you just turn around the plate. I'm not good at foiling, but even I could line this up easily, this panel you see here was my first try! The one thing I've noticed is that I would have needed a shim for the areas in the middle to foil nicer - however I knew I was going to add some circles on top so I didn't redo it. 

I die cut a larger circle from red card stock and a smaller one from white - which I then embossed. I used the Nestabilities Hemstitch Circle Etched Dies Romancing the Swirl Becca Feeken set for the circles.

Again, I finished off the card with a sentiment and some twine.

On my last card I'm featuring the Christmas Foliage Circle Border set again. I adhered the red grid paper to my A2 size, top folding card base, then I added a piece of embossed white card stock on top as well as two thin red strips. 

I added foam adhesive to the circle and attached it to my card panel. I then arranged the poinsettias and leaves the way I liked it, and using liquid and foam adhesive, I glued everything down. Last but not least I tied a twine bow around the card front.

That's it guys! I hope you like this collection as much as I do!

Thanks for stopping buy! Happy crafting!