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Today I have a super simple card using the Stellar Snowflake stencil from Gina K. Designs. This is a big, bold snowflake that is just gorgeous ink blended, embossed or applied with any paste products. However, today I’m going to be using the Transfer Gel Duo and a laminator to add flocking to my stenciled image, so fun!! Transfer Gel Duo allows you to add foil or flock to your stenciled images using a heated laminator or pressure from your die cutting machine. It’s hard to capture in the photos but the flock gives a soft, fuzzy texture to the image and adds a unique look to the card. All of the products I use on today’s card are from Gina K. Designs, with the exception of the flock which is from ThermoWeb. Let’s get started!!
I will be doing all of my work today on my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat.
To start I take the second largest die from the Master Layouts 1 Die Set and cut out of In The Navy Cardstock, running them through my Big Shot Die Cut Machine. I then take my Stellar Snowflake Stencil and adhere it over the panel using some painters tape. I then tape the stencil onto my work surface. *A better way to attach the stencil onto cardstock when using gels or pastes is to spray the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray. This spray has a light tack to it which is meant to be used with stencils. Keeping the stencil adhered against the cardstock around all of the details will prevent the gel or paste from seeping under the stencil. I didn’t think of using the spray until after I was done, ha!
Next, I carefully remove the stencil from the panel. As the panel sat for a few seconds I noticed there were some air bubbles in the gel so I took my Retractable Craft Pick and gently popped them then sat the panel aside to dry. The gel goes on milky white and will dry clear when it is ready to foil or flock.
When my panel is completely dry, meaning the Transfer Gel Duo is clear it is now time to add the flock. I turn on my laminator so it has time to heat up. I then cut a piece of White Latte Flock to be the same size of my panel using my Guillotine Paper Trimmer. I place my stenciled panel into a folded piece of parchment paper design side up then place the White Latte Flock piece over the panel with the fuzzy flock side against the gel design. I then fold the parchment paper over the panels and run them through my laminator (I like to run it through my laminator twice). *If you were to use a die cut machine instead of a laminator you would place the flock piece over the stenciled panel, fuzzy side against the design and run them through the die cut machine as you normally would when die cutting.
I remove the panel from the parchment paper and wave the panel in the air for just a few seconds to cool it down. I then gently peel the flock piece from the panel to reveal the beautiful image!! The look of this flocked image in real life is so beautiful, especially against the dark cardstock. I’ve added a close up photo to better capture the look.
For a greeting, I cut a 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ strip out of Vellum using my Guillotine Paper Trimmer. I then place the Vellum into my MISTI Stamp Positioner and prepped it with my Anti Static Powder Bag. Next, I center a greeting from the Seasonal Greeting Stamp Set and stamp it with White Pigment Ink, add White Embossing Powder then heat set with my Heat Tool. *When using white embossing powder I like to stamp with white pigment ink for a more solid, bold embossing.
To create a mat for my panel I take the largest layering die from the Master Layouts 1 Die Set and cut out of White Cardstock, running them through my Big Shot. Next, I add Terrific Tape to the back of my stenciled panel and adhere it onto the white panel.
Next, I place a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of In The Navy Cardstock into my Scor Buddy and score it at 4 1/4″ creating a side folding card base. I add Foam Tape to the back of my panel and mount it onto the card base.
I love the simplicity of this card!! The saying “Less is more” is so true with this card and allows the flocking to stand out. Dark navy is one of my favorite holiday colors paired with white and or silver. This card would look beautiful using any dark jewel tone colored cardstock… or aqua or pink!!! Gina carries a couple other stencils – Snowflake Mandala and Mandala which would also be perfect for this look. If you like the look of sparkle or shine, ThermoWeb sells a huge line of foils that can be used with toner ink or the transfer gel I used today. They also carry a line of Gina K. Designs Glitz Glitter Gels, including neon colors that can be used with stencils to give a beautiful glittered look.!
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