Recently I came across a card idea that was a stamped sentiment in the middle of a card, and then a watercolor wash that added some color. I wanted to try this idea but with the Minc. The idea was to use a digital sentiment centered on a card, printed with a laser printer and then a gold foiled sentiment.
Here’s how this came together:
Found this great digital brush stamp online at Big Pictures Classes. I liked the brush text. The description says it’s a brush, but it’s actually a png file. Super easy to use in your photo editing software.
Here in Photoshop Elements I have opened a new document.
Rotate document once, in order to have a landscape image.
I wanted to look at this document as it would look as a card. So I pulled the guides over from the left margin to divide the paper in half at 5 1/2-inches.
Then I pulled the top guides over to half the paper again at 4 1/4-inches. Now I have a card front in which to place my png sentiment.
Having already downloaded the Every Day Digital Brush Stamp to my computer, I navigated to that folder and opened the HELLO png file.
I am going to drag and drop the HELLO onto the front of my ‘card’.
Using the move tool the HELLO was placed on the ‘card’ front. I sized it down just a tad. It’s literally a digital stamp doing it this way.
I will repeat this process and ‘stamp’ the other card front.
Now that I am happy with the placement of my digital stamps, I am going to rotate the document right side up and then print on my laser printer.
This is how it will look right before time to print.
And this is how the document looks printed on cardstock and run through my laser printer. Because remember, this image will be foiled with the Minc. So that requires a toner ink, which a laser printer supplies, in order for the heat reactive foil to adhere.
Trim the printed document in half creating two cards, and fold. Now foil.
Place card in carrier sheet.
Place foil over the printed word.
Next, run through the Minc Machine at setting 3.
A tip here: make sure to dust the printed image plus the foil and have no dust before foiling. You’ll thank me later.
I went ahead and had several cards printed and foiled so I could just play with a few concepts.
Watercolor was my original intent for this Minc technique. But a couple of thoughts to go along with using a watercolor wash on these foiled cards.
When I was playing with the idea of this concept, I really wanted to use watercolor paper to print and then paint. But my laser printer had other ideas. It would not take the thickness of the watercolor paper. So…plan B.
I just went with smooth cardstock. But this poses a problem with watercolor. The weight of the cardstock is not friends with the water. So after the wash was applied, I allowed it to dry. Then I wanted to run it through the Minc Machine again to ‘iron’ it out. Make it flat from the warp. To do this I covered the foiled sentiment with cardstock, and then ran the card through the machine as normal, inside a carrier sheet.
Another thing to be mindful of, is that after the watercolor wash has dried on the card, to go back with just a tiny bit of water on the brush and clean up the foiled image. It dulls just a little after having been watercolored. You will be happy with the results.
A couple more ideas I was playing with here that I want to share with you.
I pulled out my trusty gelatos. OK…who am I kidding…I hardly ever play with those mediums. But today was the day to just play and have fun with them. So I grabbed my little stash of gelatos and added color with this medium.
First, I covered over the foil sentiment with a gelato, sort of like a crayon..
Then I used the brush, I am using Heidi Swapp’s brush #12 here, with water to lighten up the effect.
The gelatos create a beautiful pearl sheen and up against the glam of gold foil makes for simply a beautiful card.
The last medium I played with are truly my ‘trusty’ Color Shine colors.
This technique was just a matter of spraying a trio of colors on the card. Nothing special here at all, but the results are wow! Remember, even with the Color Shine application, run the card through the Minc Machine after all has dried to flatten.
Here’s to a happy Minc It Monday. Creating digital stamped cards that can be foiled opens up all kinds of endless creativity on cards, scrapbook pages, and even planners. Be inspired to play.
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