Swallowtail Foiled

I have really chased my tail today trying to find some creative mojo.  It got so bad that I was reduced to cleaning.  This was an emergency situation that could not be allowed to go on.  The only solution?  Turn to the internet and see if I could find some inspiration.  Whew!!  After a few minutes of surfing, I was ready to try my hand at creating.

#tgifc06 Watercolor Challenge

I tried something new today and combined with an old favorite, watercoloring for TGIFC06.  This is something I’ve been wanting to give a try since I watched a product reveal from CHA back in January.

Swallowtail foiled card from theartfulinker.com

I tried foiling.  I’ve had this pack of foil in my supplies for 2 or 3 years.  By the time I purchased it, I had forgotten why it was on my list.

The base is Basic Gray followed by a piece of the Basic Gray designer paper in the Neutrals Stack.

Then, I added a piece of Shimmery White that I watercolored with Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride and So Safron ink refill mixed with a little alcohol.

Once the watercolor layer was ready, I inked the Swallowtail with Versamark and stamped.  Then, I added Heat and Stick and heat set it.

After adding my sheet of foil, I ran this layer through my hot laminator and voila I had a foiled Swallowtail.

Swallowtail foiled card detail from theartfulinker.com

Due to the fine detail of the stamp, I ended up with all over foiling.  And where I hadn’t gotten good ink coverage, the foil didn’t stick, giving me a distressed look that I liked.

Over the Swallowtail are a piece of a Tea Lace Doily and Jute Ribbon through which I’ve sewn a piece of Black Bakers Twine.

A few of the smallest Basic Rhinestones seemed like the finishing touch.

This was fun!

Expect to see me try this with other stamps and die cuts.

Create something today,


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  • Reply
    Teneale Williams
    June 6, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Looks so interesting Sara. I have seen so many idea with foil of late, I think I need to play with it.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      June 6, 2015 at 6:09 am

      I think you do too Teneale. I’ll keep my eye out for what you create.

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