Couture Creations | Seaside & Me Card featuring Hot Foiling

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today which is a card I have created using the Seaside & Me collection – with a softer more feminine feel.  To achieve this softer feminine feel to the card I have used a peach ink that tones with the beautiful papers and a simple set of embellishments that I have created with Hot Foil, Chipboard and Ephemera.  

I have used foam tape to layer the elements in the embellishment cluster to add texture and dimension to the card, without making it cluttered and heavy.

I have gently distressed the edges of the papers prior to inking them to help soften the edges.

After foiling the sentiment chipboard I have coloured the letters with a brown pen and sanded the surface – once again softening the edges and helping it to co-ordinate with the rest of the card.

The flowers were left from a previous project and complimented the Seaside & Me collection without taking over or competing for the star role.

I have used the Medallion cutting die as a Hot Foil Stamp to create the background embellishment for the cluster on the card.  I use two pieces of cardstock (not thick) as shims when putting the Hot Foil Platform through my Go, Cut & Emboss Machine to help ensure that the foiling works perfectly every time.

I always audition the pieces I am using during the creative process – helping me to ensure that each piece is in the perfect place and fits the overall design.  The sentiment just didn’t work above the cluster, and had to move.

The Copper Hot Foil from the Seaside & Me Hot Foil set was the guiding influence in my choice of the edging ink colour – which I applied with a Sponge Dauber (a very well used one at that).

I did make some Pigment Powder into a watercolour solution that I used to add some shimmer to the embellishments I created, helping them to work well together.

Couture Creations products I have used:

CO726205 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #12
CO726198 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #05
CO726195 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #02
CO726152 Seaside & Me Ephemera Set
CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack (Copper)
CO726193 Seaside & Me Chipboard Flourishes Set
CO726188 Seaside & Me Chipboard Sentiments Set
CO726176 Seaside & Me Seashell Hot Foil Stamp
CO726168 Seaside & Me Medallion Cutting Die
CO725034 Foil Me Hot Foil Set (Silver)
CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors

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Couture Creations | Seaside & Me Scrapbook Layout featuring Hot Foiling

Hi everyone and welcome to my post today which is a layout I have created for you along with a process video that will give you an insight into how I create my layouts.  This layout is very clean and simple, allowing the photograph to be the star of the show.  This particular photograph is of me when I was a teenager fishing with some friends on the Boyne River.  

I started my layout by cutting paper for the layers and working out which pieces from the Ephemera set I wanted to use.  I have cut the borders from the shell and coral Ephemera pieces prior to inking them.  My process video actually starts after this when I painted White Acrylic Gesso onto the background paper, mostly to save you watching me for a whole day.

I have used scissors to distress the paper edges before inking them with a sponge dauber and brown ink.  Fussy-cutting titles I have Hot Foiled is one of my favourite layout embellishments at the moment, especially when they are inked and raised on foam mounting tape.

I have used two different types of Glue Dots to attach the flower and charm, making them into easy to apply stickers.  The Seaside & Me Ephemera set is actually printed on similar paper to the patterned papers in the collection, so they blend beautifully with the patterned papers – and can be inked cut and foiled as well.

As mentioned I also created a process video whilst I put my layout together, in which you will occasionally see a little hand with a pink sleeve (Amelia-Ann) off to the right helping Mummy to create…..

Couture Creations products I have used:

CO726205 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #12
CO726196Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #03
CO726198 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #05
CO726195 Seaside & Me Patterned Paper #02
CO726152 Seaside & Me Ephemera Set
CO726234 Seaside & Me Charms
CO726218 Seaside & Me Heat Activated Foil Pack
CO725830 Everyday Sentiments Hot Foil Stamp – Life is Beautiful
CO725032 Go, Press & Foil Machine
CO723828 Non Stick Craft Mat
CO725159 Stainless Steel Scissors
CO724871 Acrylic Gesso – White

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Couture Creations | Sea Breeze Scrapbook Layout

Welcome to my post today which is a simple and elegant layout I have created with the Sea Breeze collection.  The Sea Breeze collection of papers and embellishments are timeless and still remain popular even though they were released some time ago. 

This design would also look just as stunning created with either the C’est la Vie or soon to be released Seaside & Me collections.

I have blended some turquoise ink over the edges of the Hot Foiled and fussy-cut title – which I have created with a piece of patterned paper and deliberately taken from the Go Press & Foil early so that it had a softer finish that didn’t compete with the photograph.

Many of the Couture Creations collections have coordinating embellishments and charms which are perfect for tucking into a cluster of flowers and ribbons.

The strips along the top of my layout are 5.75″x1.5″ and are cut from the Seabreeze 6×6 paper pad.  The thin strip of paper along the bottom of these strips is the barcode from the background patterned paper.  The strips are stuck 1″ from the top of the layout and the photograph has been double-matted with patterned papers from the same paper pad.

Below are linked images of some of the products I have used….

        

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Couture Creations | C’est la Vie Scrapbook Layout featuring Nouveau Dies and Hot Foiling

Welcome to my post today which is a layout and process video I created with the Couture Creations C’est la Vie collection and some Hot Foiling.  I have used a full sheet of paper for the background and lots of scraps to make up the rest of the layout.  

I used the Nouveau collection Bodice Cut, Foil and Emboss die with pink Hot Foil and a Metal Trinket to finish the left-hand embellishment cluster.

I have also Hot Foiled the chipboard title and flowers with the same pink foil and the Go, Press & Foil Machine. 

Really this layout is very simple to re-create as it uses minimal paper and embellishments, allowing the photograph and Hot Foiling to be the superstars.

Below are linked images of the products I have used….

                  

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Couture Creations | Seaside & Me Card with Hot Foiling

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a card I have created with the soon to be released Couture Creations Seaside & Me collection.  I have used a 6×6 paper pad and Kraft A6 Cards & Envelope to create my card, along with the beautiful Silver Hot Foil that comes as a bonus when you purchase a Go, Press & Foil Machine.  

I have kept my card design clean and simple to make the Silver Hot Foiling the hero.

I started by Hot Foiling the Angel Fish Hot Foil Stamp with the Silver Hot Foil onto the bottom left-hand corner of the envelope I intended to use.  You will need to use a single piece of cardstock as a shim when Hot Foiling Envelopes as they are very thin.  You will also need to make sure that as soon as you remove the envelope from the Go, Press & Foil Machine to open the envelope, or it could seal shut. 

It is also essential to make sure that your envelope cools fully before removing the Hot Foil sheet.

I think that the resulting embellished envelope speaks for itself, however I am a super fan of Hot Foiling with the Go, Press & Foil Machine.

My next experimental technique with the Go, Press & Foil Machine that I love using to create that extra Pop of Foil on my projects is diecutting a shape from cardstock or patterned paper (as in this case) and then Hot Foiling it with some texture.  For this card I have used the Seaside & Me Branching Coral cutting die and the Swirling Seas Hot Foil Stamp with the Silver Hot Foil that comes with the Go, Press & Foil Machine.

I find that Die-cutting prior to Hot Foiling gives a cleaner and less damaged finished embellishment.  As I have used patterned paper to cut the Branching Coral I have once again used a single piece of cardstock as a shim – adding the bonus of a slight emboss to the finished design.

I have also used the Go, Press & Foil Machine to apply the Silver Hot Foil to the chipboard banner words (which I then distressed) and another Angel Fish on patterned paper (which I also fussy-cut and matted before raising on foam tape).  I have also used some of another A6 Kraft Card that I had previously cut apart with the Scaley Embossing Folder on the front of my card.

Below I am going to share some linked images of the products I have used….

                  

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Couture Creations | Seaside & Me Treasures Scrapbook Layout with Bonus Sketch

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a layout I have created with the new release Couture Creations Seaside & Me collection.  I have used a 6×6 paper pad to create my layout, along with three shades of cardstock and some Hot Foiled Chipboard from the Seaside & Me collection.   

To unify the layers and elements on my layout I have distressed and inked all of the edges.  After layering my background pieces I have mixed the Pigment Powder with Acrylic Gesso and some water and flicked it over the background with a fan brush.

I used a sander to slightly scuff the Hot Foiled Chipboard pieces before adding some ink with a sponge dauber – helping these elements to unify with the other distress page elements. 

The Seaside & Me paper pad includes some fun elements and images that are perfect for fussy-cutting and adding to projects with foam tape.

As a Bonus today I have created a sketch of my layout, and would love to see what you create with it too…..

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to share some linked images of the products I have used….

               

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Couture Creations | Foamiran Flower Card with Bonus Video

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a card that has a Foamiran Flower on it, and as a bonus I have created a video showing how I have created this flower.  My video is a warts-and-all affair where I show how I use imperfect and torn flower layers.   

I have used two cream cardbases in the creation of my card – one for the base and the other has been used for the embossed layers and the Hot Foiled Sentiment.  I have also incorporated a Cut, Foil & Emboss Feather from the new Nouveau collection in my card.

The Hot Foil colour I have used is the new Pale Gold Mirror finish from the new release Hot Foil colours range.  And yes I have fussy-cut around the Hot Foiled ‘Celebrate’ Sentiment and then raised it from the surface of my card using tiny pieces of Foam Tape. 

I share in my video how I alter brads to use as Flower centres that co-ordinate with my projects – so I never have the wrong colour flower centres because I make them co-ordinate with this technique.

I also share in my video that there is no shame in using some strategically placed glue to dictate how a flower sits on a project.

So without further discussion here is my Foamiran Flower Tutorial video, which you can also find on YouTube——>here.

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to share some linked images of the products I have used….

                      

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Couture Creations | Bonus Mothers Day Card featuring Hot Foiling

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is the bonus Mothers Day Card I shared last week that I created with the leftovers from my Hot Foiled Patchwork Scrapbook Layout —->here

I have simply used three of the leftover 1.5″x1.5″ Hot Foiled squares, a layer each of White and Vervain cardstock, a clump of blue roses and one of the beautiful chipboard titles from the C’est la Vie collection.

The pink foil on the title and the blue on the centre square are two of the 16 new release Hot Foil colours.  There is also an awesome new Case available to store your Hot Foils in.

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to share some linked images of the products I have used….

                       

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Couture Creations | Hot Foiled Patchwork Scrapbook Layout

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a layout I have created using Embossing Folders and Hot Foil combined.  Collette Mitrega has a wonderful tutorial video on the Couture Creations Blog explaining how to using Embossing Folders with the GoPress & Foil machine ——> here.  

I started by cutting all of the layers for my layout – and don’t forget that if you can’t see it then it may not be there.  Meaning that I have cut the middle out of the pink and white cardstock layers that are behind my main white cardstock background.  Once I had cut what I needed I cut my scraps down and proceeded to Hot Foil various co-ordinating colours of Foil with four of my favourite embossing folders (listed below).

Whilst I had my GoPress & Foil Machine going I used it to foil the Chipboard title which is from the recently released C’est la Vie Couture Creations collection.  To unify all of the layers, embellishments and foiled squares I have inked everything with a lilac ink and a sponge dauber. 

The Hot Foiled squares are all 1.5″x1.5″ with even gaps all around – that I have eyeballed because I didn’t want to have pencil marks on my layout that needed to be removed.  I know that the Hot Foiling isn’t perfect on every square, however I am happy with this as it brings a lovely softness to the layout.

I had some scraps leftover from my layout and have used them to create a bonus Mothers Day Card using another chipboard title from the C’est la Vie collection.  I will share this card with you later in the month.

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to share some linked images of the products I have used….

                   

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Couture Creations | Foamiran Flowers Scrapbook Layout

Hi Everyone, and welcome to my post today which is a layout I have created with a photograph from Milton’s Prom using just two colours – white and silver.  I have used the new Couture Creations Foamiran to create the cluster of flowers and an Amazing Hot Foil Stamp on Silver cardstock for the title.   

I started my layout by mixing White Gesso and Silver Grey Pigment Powder with water to create a silver flicking liquid, which I also used with a sponge dauber to edge the background and colour the centres of the Foamiran flowers.

The Hot Foil Stamp and the beautiful Hot Foil I have used are both new release products.  Like all of the other feature products I have used on my layout I have images and links at the end of this post, along with a process video that my wonderful son Milton helped me to edit (it was originally three hours long). 

I have used two shades/textures of the metallic silver cardstock as the layout was very flat with a single shade/texture – a handy trick when using a limited palette on a card or layout.

As I mentioned earlier I have a process video to share, and I hope you enjoy this peak into my creative process.  Please note that I will be sharing several videos dedicated to creating with Foamiran, as the process is highly edited in this process video.

Well I guess that is it for me today, except to share some linked images of the products I have used….

              

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