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Foil Resist – Time for a Technique Tutorial

June 25, 2013

Yep! It’s long over due to do another tutorial! I got caught up in quite a few things to do the tutorials weekly so I’d like to do them at least once a month. There’s a bit of work snapping the photos after each step along with editing, etc. Doing a video is MUCH faster but I tend to be a little bit of a perfectionist and I kept doing re-takes! ACK! I can’t win! Oh one day I’ll just let go and do a few videos! LOL

Alrighty! Onto today’s technique tutorial! I’ve called this technique Foil Resist. (remember you heard it here first! LOL)
What’s great with this technique is that you make a positive and a negative image.

Now I haven’t done extensive searching but Clearsnap have a few different colours (including a holographic) of transfer foils. The one disadvantage is that they only come in the size that you see here. It’s approximately 2 x 7 3/4″. I know there’s others out there (and if you’re a transfer foil supplier and would like to send me some to test…drop me an email 😉 ) but I’ve heard that not all transfer foils are equal. Some need heat, some don’t release the same way. (I can’t really say first hand, this is what someone had told me.) With these Clearsnap ones you just need something sticky.

Here’s what I used…flourish embossing folder, Purple Microfine Glitter by Glitter Ritz, one piece of green transfer foil cut in half (approx 2 x 3 7/8″), brayer, 2 pieces of card stock covered with Be Creative tape that measures the same as the foil (approx. 2 x 3 7/8″).

Place ONE piece (DON’T emboss the second piece) of the card stock in the embossing folder and run it through an embossing machine. I like to place it on an angle, it give the piece more dimension rather than just aligning it. Of course it depends on the pattern too!

FoilResist4b_SpikeAhhhh, here we are! Nicely embossed! Now remove the release paper from the adhesive. Don’t touch any exposed areas of the adhesive. It picks up oils from your fingers. The oil affects how glitter sticks to it and looks uneven.

FoilResist5_SpikePLACE the piece of release foil on top. Try not to press down on it. Be Creative tape is stinkin’ sticky and we want only the embossed areas to pick up the foil.

FoilResist6_SpikeGently brayer over top. Take care to keep the brayer on the raised areas. A couple of passes will do.

FoilResist8_SpikeWAHOO!! Tear off the foil and here’s what you’d get. The transfer foil with swirly bits removed and this lovely piece of sticky card stock with foil green flourishes. Now you can see where I got foil on the flat areas, the brayer had rocked a little. Now in most cases there’s a lot of blingy-ness going on where it may not be as noticeable.

FoilResist9_SpikeNow add the microfine glitter over top and spread around with your finger, taking care not to come in contact with the adhesive. The glitter will not stick in any of the areas where the foil is stuck. So yes…it’s resisting the glitter. Hey…it works for me! 😉

FoilResist10_SpikeRemove the excess glitter then with a few fingers burnish (gently rub) the glitter all over the piece of card stock. Now this technique does a couple of things. First you ensure that the glitter is well stuck to the adhesive. Second, the oils in your fingers polish the glitter making it shinier! This technique was developed by Deanna Pannell and Haroldine Wingfield. Two creative friends of mine…Deanna supplied the glitter and Haroldine supplied the adhesive! (kinda sounds like putting together a Reese peanut butter cup! LOL) If you’re looking for more microfine glitter techniques check out Deanna’s website.
Brush off any excess glitter. That’s one piece done! YaY!

Now, grab the second piece of card stock and remove the release paper (save it for the next step though) then place the rest of the foil transfer over top. For this piece you can press down or roll the brayer over as you want to transfer all the foil over.


Remove the acetate and use the piece of release paper (from the step above) on the card stock to help you separate the acetate. It may feel like it’s really stuck on there and it is! But keep at it and it will give.


Now sprinkle the glitter over top and burnish it into the areas where the adhesive is exposed. Brush off the excess glitter and there you have it!


Two pieces of beautifully, blingy card stock (it may not look like it in this photo but it’s tough to take photos of blingy things)…two pieces…the same, yet different!

Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial. If you do give this technique a go, I’d LOVE to see what you’ve done with it! Let me know in the comments area with a link to your project and I’ll check it out!

Thank you for visiting today. Have a blingy day! 🙂


Adding some sparkle and zest to embossing paste

May 3, 2013

When I thought to try this technique idea, I was trying to figure out if I could colour embossing paste other than painting it over top when it’s dry? What if I wanted it to be a uniform colour throughout? What if I wanted it to be blingy? Oh these crazy questions I ponder just before going to bed which sometimes keeps me awake wondering… I hope I’m not the only one that does! LOL

Alrighty, let’s jump in!


The supplies to start… Lemon Zest Dylusions Ink Spray (but of course any colour works), white Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste, Tropical Tangerine Dry Glitter (yes, any glitter will do), tiny cup (I used the cap of a Dylusions spray bottle), palette knife and a pipette. Just a note: I have only tried this with Wendy’s white paste and I think as long as it has the same consistency and texture as Wendy’s, it would work. I cannot vouch if it would work with any other as I have not tried it.


I scooped out some embossing paste about the size of a chick pea and placed it into the cup. (If you need more then use more but if you’re using it on a stencil keep in mind a little goes a long way. Although you do want to make enough because it may not be the same if you need to remake it.)


Start with 1 drop first, Dylusions ink is pretty concentrated. In the end, I used 2 or 3 drops of the Dylusions Ink.


Mix it up until the colour is thoroughly blended. Check to see if the colour is to your liking, you may need to add more.


(I had a glitteralanche when I tried to remove the protective seal so I had more glitter than I needed. Note: when removing the protective seal…maybe have something underneath to catch any stray glitter…I learned that today, the hard way!) I used about the same amount of glitter that’s sitting on the craft mat. Mix it up and if you feel you need more, go for it!


I couldn’t resist using this wonderful sparkly goodness in my art journal using the Crafter’s Workshop Stencil #171, The Tree of Life.


It’s tough to capture the sparkle in a photo, I tried best I could but that’s almost as tough as herding cats!


It’s a titch better in this photo but it may be that I’m just trying to see things! Give it a go and you’ll see what I mean 😉

If you do, I’d LOVE to see what you did! Just leave a link in the comments of this post and I’ll come by and check it out!

Thanks for dropping in today and hope you get inky soon 🙂


Supplies used (which you can find at Inspiration Emporium)

A Dylusional Resist

April 26, 2013

I received a few questions for the technique I used for last week’s Easy Peasy card and since I had taken photos along the way, I thought I could put together a photographic tutorial for you today. I do write/describe the steps down on the Easy Peasy’s posts but it’s always nice to see it in action!


I just used 100 pound white card stock, Distress Embossing Ink (any embossing ink will work) and the snowflake stamp from the mini Holidays set.


Stamp snowflakes in embossing ink all over card stock.


Sprinkle clear OR white embossing powder all over.


Melt embossing powder with heat tool to set


Spray Dylusions Spray Ink, I used London Blue, over cardstock


(apologizes for the next few blurry photos)
Quickly blot spray ink with paper towel. If you leave it too long, the ink can seep underneath the embossed snowflakes but not if a heavier card stock is used.


Wipe over the embossed snowflakes with a baby wipe to remove the excess spray ink. Wait to air dry. I don’t suggest using a heat tool as the embossing powder may re-melt and change the look.


Once dry, stamp snowflakes in Cobalt Archival ink over top in open spaces


Voila! It’s done!


Here’s the card again with it all together

I only used one colour of Dylusions Ink spray but of course you can use more! I also suggest using pearlescent or incandescent embossing powder to add decadence.

Have fun with it! 🙂

I was reminded last week if I had done the draw (Apologies!! I had honestly forgot!) from the Faux Cloisonne Technique post from a while back.
I wrote everyone’s names who commented from both this blog and the tutorial blog on pieces of paper (I was feeling a little ‘ole fashioned!) and had hubby do the draw….*drum roll please* and the winner is…JESSI!!! Wahoo!! Congrats Jessi! Just drop me an email and I’ll get the extra Faux Cloissone wing plus a few extra crafting goodies to you 🙂


(Don’t forget you can pick your supplies at the Inspiration Emporium and use the code: spikealicious for 10% off!)

How to personalize your heat tool using Alcohol Inks

April 19, 2013


A while back someone had asked if I could do a tutorial on how I coloured my heat tool. It’s been a looong time coming but here it is! I had recently picked up a gorillapod which is a wonderful anywhere and amazing tripod which now makes my filming just a little bit easier. I do have several devices that do film video and I’ll be figuring out which will be the best for this application.

It’s my third video and I’m so, so about it but I know that the more that I do, the better they become 🙂

Have a looksie then after you’ve coloured your heat tool…leave a link to a pic of your new heat tool in the comments, I’d love to see it!

Thanks for coming by today!


Supplies Used:

Faux Cloisonne

March 31, 2013

Here’s the tutorial I promised a couple of days ago from this blog post. As we were in the middle of the challenge, I was so absorbed that I didn’t take pictures. I had a quiet moment last night where I could redo it while taking photos along the way. I first learned this technique from Rachel O’s tutorial on YouTube.

This tutorial is my take of the technique using Rachel’s as inspiration 🙂


Supplies pictured above. I’ll have more deets in my supplies links below.


As these were going to be used for wings, I used a 1/32″ thick card stock. I don’t know any further details, it’s thicker than regular card stock. It feels like it’s over 100lb but I can’t be sure.


Die cut card stock.


Ink up the card stock with embossing ink. (just ignore the fact that I need a long overdue manicure!) lol


Cover with black UTEE and heat set with a heat tool. (my jar is older hence it doesn’t have the cool black and red packaging)


Don’t worry if the UTEE doesn’t cover the entire piece


After the UTEE is cool, apply embossing ink over top.


You’ll see the ink bead on top, that’s okay. Cover with UTEE and heat set.


After the 2nd coat, it’s evened out a little more. Add more embossing ink and another coat for a total of 3 coats of UTEE.


Here’s the wing after the 3rd coat, the UTEE looks uniform throughout. After cooling perfect pearls can be applied directly on.


Adding the first colour, Forever Green Perfect Pearls. Adding directly onto the UTEE, I didn’t add any embossing ink nor perfect medium. (Why? I didn’t like the way the ink beads up.) I found that a mix of patting the perfect pearls on as well as spreading it worked well.


Be sure to wipe the brush off before dipping it into your next colour. Here I’ve used Grape Fizz. The pictures do it no justice whatsoever, it’s quite shimmery and pearlescent.


Last colour, Forever Blue. You can see more in this picture how the blue was patted on. I could have filled it in a little better but with this technique it doesn’t matter.


Using a pigment ink that will stay wet but dry when heated and pigment ink is perfect for this. I didn’t have gold but used Cosmic Copper instead.


You’ll want to be prepared and ink up the stamp first BEFORE heating the UTEE. Set the stamp aside, away from the heat but within reach.


Re-melting the UTEE…if you look at it closely when you’re heating it, you’ll see tiny bubbles and may even see the Perfect Pearls move a little on top of the molten UTEE. (Yes my heat tool is blue-y, I personalized it with alcohol inks) IMPORTANT: Make sure that the entire piece has re-melted!
You may want to practice this beforehand.
(Now usually with Perfect Pearls you need to set it with water. But I found that after re-melting the UTEE, the Pearls become incorporated into the UTEE so wetting is unnecessary.)


After the UTEE is completely re-melted, set the stamp on top with very little pressure. Keep pressure straight down as the stamp may slide. Don’t pull up, let the stamp sit in the UTEE while the UTEE cools. About a minute or so.


Remove the stamp and admire your work!

Here's another look at the final project

Here’s another look at the final project

I have other ideas for this technique on my crafty to do list of things to try!

As I had to make a wing to photograph for this technique but currently don’t have a project for it, leave a comment (perhaps of a tutorial you’d like to see me make) below by Monday at 11:59pm. I’ll randomly draw for someone to receive the single Faux Cloisonne wing made in this tutorial and perhaps a few other things I’ve got kicking around such as leftover green tracing paper that I used for curtains in my Drunken Stamper’s Card yesterday. lol

To make it easy to find again you can always click the Tutorials Tab at the top of my blog or go to where I keep all my tutorials in one handy place.

Thanks for checking out my tutorial and have a Happy Easter!!


Supplies I used for the entire card: (plus others, Bronze Brilliance Ink and Steampunk Debutante from Graphic 45)

A Pearlescent Technicolour Thank You

December 3, 2012

**This is a repost from The Blog that Spike Built**

I had dropped into Be Creative in Pitt Meadows this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised when Sharon mentioned that someone had come in saying how much they liked reading my blog. I am touched that you enjoy my blog so much that you shared it with someone. That’s cool and you’re cool! 🙂
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to my mysterious reader! *waving* As I want to thank all my fabulous readers!! If it weren’t for you, I’d be chatting to myself which would get my husband worrying! hahaha…


It’s fitting that I received that cool piece of news while planning out this particular post! This card is another that I had entered into the Chilliwack Agri-Fair this summer into the embossing category. Now whenever I see the word “embossing” I often wonder…well, which one do you mean? Good ‘ole fashioned heat embossing? Or dry embossing, like when you run it through a Big Shot?
While contemplating this, a cool idea for a technique popped into my head. I took pictures but wanted to teach the technique first before sharing it with y’all. I know it’s silly but I am sharing this fun and easy technique with you today.


Step 1 – Onto watercolour paper using distress blending technique (with a craft sheet), added Mowed Lawn, Picked Rasperry and Salty Ocean Distress Inks.


Just showing you the backside of the watercolour paper although I’ve added a ton of colour on the front, the back is clean. (I really don’t know what I was trying to show you here! lol)


Step 2 – HEAT! Use a heat tool to dry, dry, dry the ink. (Distress ink remains “wet” a little longer than regular inks.)


Step 3 – Ran it through Kassie’s Brocade embossing folder. (You can see a bit of the white of the paper, I could reduced the pressure by decreasing a tab on the multipurpose platform on the Big Shot)


Step 4 – Using Distress embossing ink, inked up a brayer until it was really nice a wet and ran it over top. You may need to re-ink the brayer to ink up the entire surface.


Step 5 – Sprinkle clear embossing powder on top. (I just used regular clear embossing powder.) This is where it was important that you had dried it completely in Step 2 to make sure there wasn’t any stray bits of embossing powder. If there are stray bits don’t fret, you can carefully brush it off with a small paintbrush.


Step 6 – Heat with heat tool to melt the embossing powder.


Step 7 – Spray, spray, spray with Pearl, Perfect Pearls Mists OR your own Perfect Pearls mix.


Step 8 – Make sure you’ve sprayed enough, you want to see little puddles of pearl 🙂 You can move the pearl puddles around too by tilting the watercolour paper back and forth. (The watercolour paper will hold up to the amount of pearl spray, other card stocks may not be able to withstand it.)


Step 9 – After tilting and letting it soak in for oh, about 30 seconds or so…dab/blot don’t wipe with a paper towel. By dabbing/blotting you’re keeping the colour in place below it.


Step 10 – By either taking a baby wipe or a fresh moistened paper towel wipe off the pearl from the embossed areas. (You can see the pearly goodness on the background and all the heat embossed areas keep their original colour)


Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! To find this tutorial quickly, feel free to pin this on your Pinterest board! 🙂

Thanks so much for visiting, have a great week!


Burnished Velvet Cool Highlight Glitter with Scenic Stamps

June 1, 2012

What inspired me to quickly whip up this tutorial was that for Easy Peasy Christmas cards, I had used this technique and it’s been a while since I’ve done it. I’m sure many of you have too but I thought, what the heck let’s rediscover it! LOL

Using the microfine highlight glitters by Glitter Ritz really make scenic images and detailed images stand out.

I’m using an old Cornish Heritage Farms, Thomas Kinkade Stamp Vintage Christmas Expressions.

Because the stamps are so intricately detailed (they were “laser” cut), I’ve hauled out the spongy stamping mat (that burgundy mat) to ensure the image stamps evenly.

The image was stamped in Ranger Archival Ink, Cobalt Blue. I then took a yellow tombow marker and added some colour to the street lamp and moon. I could have left that out or coloured it in a little more. I just wanted a little colour but not too much as I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on it. (remember, it was for Easy Peasy Christmas cards)

I didn’t take a pic of the next step as I didn’t have an extra hand but cover the image with Be Creative tape. I LOVE, LOVE the super wide tape 🙂

I thought to try a close up of the cool microfine highlight glitter just because.

What I like to do is pull back the release paper a little (rather than removing it completely) and hold everything firmly down while adding the glitter and burnishing. Now when you burnish (rub it in), you don’t just move around the glitter. You DO want to apply a little pressure and rub it into the tape and around.
Why burnish? To make sure the glitter sticks to the tape AND the oils from your fingers polish the glitter making it brighter. (I usually use a few fingers and get right in there but I didn’t want to get glitter on the camera when moving it around hence the wussy burnishing pose)

I love it!! It looks like a sparkly snowstorm!!

Here’s the finished card:

Pictures just don’t do it justice!!!

You’ve got all the deets here but if you’d like you can find the Easy Peasy Christmas Cards post here.

I just wanted to thank Deanna Parnell and Haroldine Wingfield as they are to credit for this technique. It’s like the…hey…you’ve got your peanut butter in my chocolate! LOL As Haroldine had the Be Creative tape, Deanna had the glitter and together they came up with the technique. Thanks soooo much ladies!!!

Thanks for dropping in today!!


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