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Foiling on patterned paper using Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System

Finally, I got myself the Glimmer hot foil system from Spellbinders. I just played with it a little bit, and so far, I like what it does :-) I can’t wait to play with it a little more and share inspiration with you guys. Here’s what I created so far and what I learnt along the way.

By now I think you will know, that Glimmer hot foil system is a new system by Spellbinders that lets you use your regular die cutting machine to add foiling details. This system comes with a platform that gets heated up – you connect it to an electrical outlet – and then you can create the foiling sandwich on top of it, disconnect from electrical outlet and run it through your die cutting machine. This adds beautiful foiling details to your projects. Spellbinders and created a very informative video for various techniques you can try with this. You can check it out here.

I was so intrigued with the fact that we can use our own dies for foiling, I started by doing just that. Here I used the large heart die from Spellbinders Large Die of the month kit to add foiling details on a patterned paper that says ‘I love you’. For this project, I used the red foil that came in Jan 2019 glimmer foil kit club (yes, there is a new club for that! And yes, it included a foil roll in Jan 2019 :-) ). For the sentiment, flower and leaves, I used some of the older dies and some new+old ephemera pieces.

Something I learnt while doing this first project:

  1. Go slow when you are working your die cutting machine with the foiling sandwich.

  2. Cut off as much access foil as possible to avoid overfoiling

For this second one, I used the foil plate that came with the Glimmer machine. To embellish, I used some older dies and a piece of silver foiled paper from my stash.

Here’re some things I learnt while working on this project:

  1. My patterned paper for this one was thinner than the one I used earlier. I used another piece of heavier paper (some brochure that came in mail as shim and that helped give it some good pressure.

  2. I added the frame and the sentiment in the middle all at once while foiIing. I did get some overfoiling near my sentiment, which I could have removed with the help of a sand eraser. Well, I don’t have a sand eraser (planning to get one) so I just let it be. It is not too bad.

For this third project, again I used the thick brochure as my shim. And this foil plate set came in Jan 2019 Glimmer Foil club kit.

What I learnt:

  1. With this one I ended up making a boo-boo. I did get a whole lot of foil on my shim. After trying various cleaners, I found that the Stazon stamp cleaner worked the best for taking off all that foil from my shim.

So, there you have it – three cards using Glimmer Hot Foil System and things I learnt along the way while playing with it. For detailed list of supplies, check out the list below.


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Happy Crafting! ~Varada

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