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I've had a fun week getting started on some Christmas and Hanukkah projects but today I'm sharing the cards I made for friends and family for Thanksgiving. For us, this year won't be much of a chance. PhD Man hasn't come home for Thanksgiving since undergrad since he comes for an extended stay over Christmas. Hoping that's the case this year! But, I know for many this will be a different Thanksgiving as we continue to make our way through this pandemic. Since I've always been remote from a lot of friends and family for whom I'm thankful, I've always made cards to send to them.
- Marsh Flower Stack (Michaels)
- Recollections Gray, Cream, Brown 110lb Cardstock (Michaels)
- Cricut Foil Tool for Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
- Cricut Foil
- Gold Foil Cardstock ( Recollections, Michaels)
- Tape Gun and Foam Tape
I found this paper pad during one of Michaels "Buy One, Get Two Free" promotions on their Hot Buy papers and decided I really loved these colors and patterns for Thanksgiving cards.
I've been anxious to use the new Cricut Foil Transfer Kit I ordered in October, I'd already done my Halloween cards so I knew I was going to use it for my Thanksgiving cards. If you have a Cricut Explore or Maker YOU NEED THIS TOOL! It works with the Cricut foil which is pressure based vs some foils that interact with a medium. This kit comes with three tip sizes which easily pop in and out of the housing which in turn pops easily in and out of the machine.
It was very straightforward to use. Follow the instructions that come with it or there are multiple tutorials on You Tube.
The first thing to decide is your design. I went with a simple "Thankful" word and simple leaves and designed this in Cricut Design Space. Right in the SW you can choose "Foil" which makes things easy.
The kit comes with a selection of different foils but I also bought a standalone pack of 12x12 gold foil since I knew I'd be foiling all the things! You place what you want to foil, in this case I used a self adhesive cardstock on your mat then this is the only tricky part: you lay the foil on top and then tape down the edges either with the tape strips that come with the foil packs or you can also use Washi tape. It is important to make sure your foil is taut since the tool will tug on it a bit so lock it down!
Once your machine is done, peel back the foil and look how cool! I then cut these into the sizes I needed for my cards, mounted on gold mirror panels, and mounted in the middle of my cards.
The Marsh Flower paper collection already had some foiled papers so these coordinated nicely. I selected my papers and cut out panels to make my cards:
- 5x7 Cards made from 110lb cardstock
- 4.75 x 6.75 panels made from selection of papers with another layer cut 3.5x5.5 and mounted on gold foil panels cut 3.75x5.75
- "THANKFUL" focal adhered with foam tape
- Layer as shown
This tool is a game changer for me and I'm sure I don't yet know in how many ways!