A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

An Embossed Butterfly and Foiled Stars

Using my friend Darnell's word, today you are getting a Twofer.

First up for The Paper Players challenge "Turn Up the Heat" (use heat embossing).


I love heat embossing - it's what got me hooked on stamping in the first place.  Here's my card:

I sprayed a piece of mixed media cs with two different sprays. When dry, I put it in my MISTI and stamped the butterfly and sentiment, then heat embossed in white.
Trimmed the panel and popped it up on fun foam.

And now for the Twofer, here's a card for The 52 Christmas Card Throwdown "Foil" challenge:

I recently bought the new version of the Deco Foil Transfer Gel - this one is called Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo.  It means you can add foil without using a laminator (darn it all, I wish I hadn't bought a laminator last year!!).

Using a star stencil, I applied the Transfer Gel Duo, then set it aside for a few hours.  It then laid Deco Foil "Lapis" foil over it and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I burnished it with my fingers and then removed the excess foil.  Here's the foiled piece before I turned it into my card:

And here's the finished card:

I die cut the deer family circle, laid it over the starry background, added a sentiment, and popped it up on the card base.

The foil changes colour depending on the light.  Here's another shot:

I'll definitely be doing more foiling with this much easier method!

Thanks for dropping by today and looking at my cards.

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Visible Image butterfly, Magenta sentiment
Ink - Versamark
Paper - mixed media cs, cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tattered Angels Black Cherry spray, Adirondack Cranberry spray, white embossing powder, fun foam

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Make an Impression sentiment
Ink - Versafine Clair Twilight
Paper - white and navy cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box Deer Family Circle die, Funky Fossil Designs star stencil, Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo, Deco Foil Lapis foil, fun foam


  1. Wow, both of these cards are stunning! I love that butterfly image, it embosses so beautifully! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Players this week!

  2. I love the wonderful background of the butterfly and what an outstanding job you did of the foiling! How neat you are! They look like they were heat foiled. It makes the perfect backdrop for your lovely die cut deer.

  3. Oh my! That embossed butterfly is stunning - and what a cool background. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Paper Players - and for giving us a look at your foiled card, too! Gorgeous! :)

  4. And what a really brilliant Twofer you've made, Susan! The background on your embossed star design is so intriguing and gorgeous. I'd love to see how you did that in June. It looks like chiseled metal! And well done on making those schparkly foil stars! Another fantastic card!! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Susan, both of your cards are gorgeous! Wow! I just love the rich background on your embossed butterfly card. So much fantastic detail. Thanks so much for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  6. Your embossed butterfly is gorgeous over your sprayed background. I love the look of texture you got from your sprays! And the colour is beautiful!

    Great work with your new transfer gel, it worked so well. I love the two-toned foil you've used to create the gorgeous starry night sky for your Christmas card. xx

  7. Both so beautiful....great scene and the colour on your butterfly card is just amazing.
    xx Karen

  8. The white heat-embossed butterfly beautifully pops against the gorgeous and rich background, Susan! Such a dramatic card!
    The foiled stars are sooooo pretty with all the different colors and shine! You caught them so well in the photos. Both cards are fabulous!
    Hideko xx

  9. Gorgeous colour on the first card and a striking heat embossed butterfly. Fabulous foiling on your second card and the lapis looks beautiful and stunning x.

  10. Susan you won this challenge. We invite you to be our guest designer on 52CCT. contact me at scrappingnetta@gmail.com if you are interested! Congrats


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