Reactive foil pt. 2

So yesterday I posted the results of my “experiments” with gold reactive foil by Heidi Swapp. They didn’t turn out so good. 😦

Today, I tried the most popular laser toner + laminating machine method. First, I printed out a design using a laser printer onto some white cardstock. Then I sandwiched the cardstock and gold foil in between a folded piece of regular printer paper. (The printed image faces upwards, and the gold foil sits on top, with the gold side facing upwards.) I ran the whole thing through a laminator and let it sit for 5 seconds before pulling away the foil. Et voila!

I love how this turned out so much and I cannot wait to do more foiling work. I was unsure if it would work with this design because the lines are so fine and the image wasn’t the best resolution. I’m happy to report that it turned out great!

I probably won’t bother trying the stencil and spray adhesive method because this works a treat! No need for a MINC machine – just equipment you probably already have in your office or home.

One last thing before I end today’s post – I recently purchased a Cuttlebug from the US to satisfy my embossing cravings. I already have a Cricut Explore Air for die-cutting and my sister has a Texture Boutique which I borrow for small embossing work but I wanted something that could take 5×7 folders. Well, I got a C plate and a set of dies for my birthday, so I had to take the Cuttlebug on a die-cutting spin. Here’s what I cut out of glitter craft foam:

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I think I love using the Cuttlebug for die cutting. It’s so much quicker than my Explore because I don’t have to hook it up to a computer. Literally a 5 second job. Unfortunately dies tend to be quite pricy so I will be limited to whatever dies I have on hand, whereas the Explore has a lot more flexibility in the images and silhouettes I can create.

If you are interested in die cutting machines in Singapore, Paper Market sells the Evolution (don’t have the exact price but it’s in the $2-300 ballpark I believe), Mapletreehouse sells the Silhouette Cameo (close to $400) and Spotlight recently has the Sizzix Big Shot on sale for $169.

Reactive Foil

Foil is all the rage right now and many crafters are finding really creative ways to incorporate foil in their projects. Today, I stopped by Paper Market at City Hall to pick up a couple rolls of Heidi Swapp’s reactive foil. This foil is very thin and lightweight, and when adhered correctly, results in a beautiful gold leaf effect. There are so many different ways you can creatively use this foil, and depending on the outcome you want to achieve, there are a few different application methods.

The rolls I bought were 6 inches by 5 feet for $9.90 each. The larger rolls were $15.90. Paper Market also had Heidi Swapp foil that came in tube packaging and included 2 different colours, as well as Deco Foil brand.

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MINC Foil by Heidi Swapp in Gold and Rose Gold

As I do not have a MINC, I watched this video for some ideas on how to adhere my foil to my design with items I already had around the house:

Method 1: Glue stamping

Quick verdict: FAIL

2015-11-19_09-14-08 I attempted doing this with mod podge, which may have been the reason for the fail. I used a paintbrush to cover my stamp with glue, then stamped my cardstock. As you can see, the gold foil did not adhere to my cardstock. One possible reason is that my glue dried out too quickly. 2015-11-19_09-12-45

The good news is it was really easy to clean my stamp afterwards with stamp cleaner (I was a little worried). However, this method was not effective for me at all.

Method 2: Double sided tape

Quick verdict: It worked…sort of…
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I ran a length of double sided tape at an angle on the edge of my card. I removed the release paper then applied the foil. I made sure to rub the back and front of the foil to ensure the foil would stick. It worked, but the tape made the foil look rather ripply. The sticky residue on the tape also bled through the foil so if this had been a card, it may have snagged on the inside of an envelope.

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As the video warned, if you scratch the foil, it will flake off. I tested it on the upper corner and you can see the marks my nails left. While this worked better than the glue stamping, I wouldn’t use this method on future projects.

Tomorrow I will try using spray adhesive with stencils and the laser printer + laminator trick. I’ll update with how those go over the weekend!

Etsy store opened!

Happy Sunday everyone!

I’ve decided to open an Etsy store. Up till last week I’ve been selling through word of mouth and via friends and family. One thing many people have asked for is the ability to pay via credit card. I did some research and found out that 70% of money spent today is spent online! 70%!

One Crafty Kitten does not want to be behind times, so it was an easy decision to switch to Etsy. Click here for the link to our store: OneCraftyKittenSG ETSY STORE!!

Some FAQs are listed below:

  1. I still want to pay in cash, can I do that? ANS: Absolutely. Just arrange to meet during one of our pick up times and we can do a goods for cash exchange.
  2. If I buy via Etsy, are the prices higher? ANS: Nope. We absorb the cost of doing business on Etsy.
  3. I don’t want to buy on Etsy, are there any other options available for me? ANS: Yes! You can pick up in person and pay in cash, or you can ask for a PayPal invoice instead.

Hope this is good news for all who have been asking to make card payments. Yes, there is a cost to us, but it is worth it if it means easier, safer transactions for all. 🙂

My Journey into Crafting

Growing up, I was never a crafty person. My art projects were completed for me by my sister and I remember even my aunt stepping in to help when I brought home some cross stitch homework.

Some time in 2010-2011, I watched a video of someone sewing her own clothes with no patterns – just pins and a sewing machine. I can do that, I thought (I might have been high on teh tarik). So I started sewing. I taught myself, through lots of trial and error (mostly errors) and churned out failed garment after failed garment. Finally I made my very first “wearable” project – a Washi dress (patterned and sold by Rae Hokstra). Something *clicked* for me then and my “experiments” suddenly turned into clothes – even ones I dared wear out in public!

After sewing came repurposing – I reupholstered our dining room chairs with home decor fabric, pliers and a staple gun. Then came “crafting” – mod podge, decoupage, xacto knives, sealant, paint…my craft room started getting a little crowded, and I had to mediate some terse interactions about cubby space between the sewing and non sewing equipment.

Finally, this year, I invested in a cricut machine. It’s made the world of difference in the quality of my finished items. I’ve made banners, cards, recently started working with vinyl. Someone said to me in passing, “wow, you’re really crafty!” – my jerk instinct was to laugh and say oh god, not a chance in the world. Then I thought about it – and I looked at my shelves, filled with washi tape, ribbons, rolls of vinyl, mounts of cardstock, random wood pieces shoved in tight, my desk overrun with half finished projects, and glue stains here and there (oops, gotta clean those off soon!). I guess I *am* crafty, after all.

It’s been a long path, from dreading art period in school, to looking forward to the buzz of my cricut at the end of a long day at work. I’m always learning something new every day and hope to share that with anyone else who happens to read this blog. Enjoy your stay!