Hot Foil Leftovers and Watercoloring for Valentine’s Day Cards with Emily!

by Emily

Hi, friends! Anyone else preparing their Valentine's Day cards yet?

Emily Midgett here, and today, I have some Valentine's Day inspiration for you using the new Dainty Hearts Hot Foil Plate.

This intricately patterned hot foil plate is absolutely scrumptious on its own, but I've paired it with the gorgeous layering rose dies from the Craft-A-Flower: Garden Roses die set to create these vivid cards with lots of shimmering, shining gold. I even used the foil leftovers so that nothing went to waste!

Let's get started with the details!

Creating the Foiled Sections of the Valentine's Day Cards

@altenew_ Valentine's Day Cards with Hot Foil Leftovers & Watercolor

To start, I hot foiled the new Dainty Hearts Hot Foil Plate onto some Altenew Hot Press watercolor paper using shiny gold hot foil. The smooth surface of the Hot Press watercolor paper works beautifully for hot foiling, even with the intricate design on the Dainty Hearts plate.

I made sure not to throw away the leftover sheet of hot foil, however, because I was able to get double duty out of the negative images left on the hot foil sheet with a solid hot foil plate! I have found that coated papers (like the Brushed Gold Metallic Cardstock that I used here) work wonderfully with these large solid hot foil images.

Project #1: Hot Foil and Watercolor Magic for Your Valentine's Day Cards

@altenew_ Valentine's Day Cards with Hot Foil Leftovers & Watercolor

For my first project using the Dainty Hearts panel, I taped down the hot foiled watercolor panel to my watercolor board using Satin Masking Tape. I then used the red, pink, and purple shades from the Palette Perfection watercolor tubes to watercolor an ombré down the front of my hot foiled piece.

Watercoloring over hot foil is similar to watercoloring over a heat-embossed piece: the watercolor resists the hot foiled lines! I left the panel to dry while still taped to my board to minimize warping because I had saturated the entire panel with quite a bit of moisture.

@altenew_ Valentine's Day Cards with Hot Foil Leftovers & Watercolor

While my panel was drying, I die cut a red rose with shimmering gold foliage using the Craft-A-Flower: Garden Roses, ink blending in the center of the deep red rose with Velvet Fresh Dye Ink to add a little extra shadow to the center of the flower.

I also die cut a greeting from the XOXO & More and Timeless Sentiments die sets, using gold glitter paper for the detailed “love you” and deep eggplant for the chunky “friend” die cuts.

After I'd removed the watercolored panel from my board, I trimmed it slightly and mounted it on a full A2 panel of coordinating red cardstock, popping up the greeting and floral die cuts using Instant Dimension Foam Tape. Finally, I added some shimmering red gems for a bit of extra texture and sparkle!

I love the Moroccan feel of this hot foiled background… so intricate and beautiful.

Project #2: Hot Foil Leftovers = More Valentine's Day Cards!

@altenew_ Valentine's Day Cards with Hot Foil Leftovers & Watercolor

For the second one of these Valentine's Day cards, I used the “leftovers” from my hot foiled panel on the previous card.

I simply used a solid hot foil plate with the leftover foil featuring the negative design. Pairing this intricate and fairly solid hot foil piece with the smooth surface of the Brushed Gold Metallic Cardstock allowed the design to adhere beautifully, while the metallic matte finish of the cardstock contrasted splendidly with the shiny gold foil!

After I had hot foiled the panel, I used one of the Ornate Nesting Dies to die cut a unique shape that I thought worked beautifully with the Moroccan feel of the background pattern.

@altenew_ Valentine's Day Cards with Hot Foil Leftovers & Watercolor

I mounted the shiny gold foil background onto a red A2 panel of cardstock and adorned it with another deep red rose from the Craft-A-Flower: Garden Roses. This bright cherry red rose accompanied by pops of purple and shining gold is perfect for Valentine's Day!

I popped up the rose and golden shimmer foliage using more foam adhesive, then added the reverse version of the “love you friend” greeting that I used on the first card, cut from more gold glitter and eggplant cardstock using the XOXO & More and Timeless Sentiments die sets. Finally, I added a few more shimmering red gems for more texture and shine!

Well, that's all for my Valentine's Day cards today! I hope seeing the negative “leftovers” in use inspires you to not throw away your leftover hot foil sheets. It's so wonderful to be able to get double the use out of your supplies!

Thanks so much for joining me, and have a marvelous day!

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Tara C Prince January 13, 2024 - 4:29 PM

absolutely gorgeous!!

Sandy S. January 13, 2024 - 8:46 PM

I’ve never had much luck foiling my leftovers. I assume I have to peel away the acetate cover piece after foiling? Maybe a super-smooth car stock is the key. I’ll keep trying.


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