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Mixing it up with Hot-foiling and Distress-Inking!
by Sphoorti

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Hello Poppy Peeps!

 

It's Sphoorti again!

 

A while back, I busted out my hot foiling gear and went all in on a creative binge. While in the zone, I whipped up this absolute beauty using the PSF809 Leaf and Tendril Hot Foil Plate, and some stunning Opal foil on a white card panel. Now, if you haven't dipped your toes in the magic that is Opal foil, prepare to be mind-blown – it's like the holographic unicorn of foils! When the light hits it just right, it possesses this ethereal quality. But, and here's the catch, when it's not vibing with the lighting, it practically disappears into the background.

 

In a moment of doubt, I came this close to ditching this beauty, thinking it was a total bust because the foil's wow factor on plain white card stock just disappeared. I wished there was a way to induce some serious color into that panel.

 

Then it hit me! Distress inks! Duh!

 

I reached for my beloved distress inks, including Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, and Candied Apple, and went to town with some serious inking. I gotta say, the panel turned out absolutely gorgeous!

 

For the next step, I used the 2530 Large Stitched Envelope and Postage craft die to cut an envelope from vellum. Additionally, I utilized the 2464 Marzipan Alphabet craft die set to create a set of letters.

 

I stuck the vellum envelope onto the opal-foiled, distress-inked panel, and creatively arranged the alphabet letters both inside and outside the envelope, and bam - I ended up with this!

 

 

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I shared it with a friend and she asked about the intention behind the letters. I clarified that I had intended for only the silver X and O to be prominent, The other letters were picked randomly to give it a cool, abstract vibe without any particular meaning. To lessen confusion for the recipient, I carefully mixed in different letters, letting them overlap so that it made it hard for anyone to try and figure out secret messages. That seems to have done the trick!

 

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I had these cute puffy heart stickers leftover from a previous project, and I decided to scatter a bunch of white hearts to make it look like they were spilling out from the envelope.

 

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After that, I just used foam to give the X and the O a bit of dimension, and I was good to go!

 

Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Would you want to remake this card? Would you do anything differently? Let us know in the comments below! Also - heads up! The Poppystamps Winter 2023 Release is out and it's absolutely amazing. Be sure to check it out!

 

Thank you for visiting!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

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Comments

Hi Sphoorti, I love the leaf foil plate, and I love it even more with the distress inks you have blended on the background, the vellum envelope and the alphabet letters tumbling into the envelope have created a fabulous card.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

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