The Foil Files: Custom Mason Jar Toppers

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

You can letterpress paper. Sure. That’s been done. Let’s try something a little different, mmkay?

The Foil Files series continues today with another project featuring a creative take on crafting with foil. Today though – we’re crafting with real foil. Like the foil from the grocery store. That stuff in your pantry. Grab it and take it to your crafting table. This is a good one.

I was inspired to try this project while I was walking the floors of the 2014 Craft & Hobby Association Tradeshow. I saw a display by Sizzix, featuring a die specifically made for customizing mason jar lids. I loved it…and immediately began brainstorming ways to recreate the look at home with supplies that I already own. Here’s how I did it:

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

{1} Aluminum Foil: Just grab what you have on hand. I used the regular stuff, although I’m sure you could use heavy duty foil as well.

{2} Letterpress Plates: This is what you’ll be using to customize the lid. We R Memory Keepers has a ton of different designs to choose from. For my projects, I used the Homemade Letterpress Plate set for the floral circle image, the Journaling Letterpress Plate set for the leaf image, and the Scholastic Printing Plate set for the monogram.

{3} Flat Letterpress Notecards: There are lots of companies that make letterpress weight paper. I like the Lifestyle Crafts Flat A2 Letterpress Notecards. They are thick enough to create a nice impression.

{4} Double-sided adhesive: The wider the adhesive, the better. If you have a full sheet of double sided adhesive like THIS, even better!

{5} Circle Cutter: I am a big fan of the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter. I’ve used it HERE and HERE, in case you need some convincing!

You’ll also need traditional mason jars for this project…but considering the never ending mason jar trend, you probably have one, two or ten on hand…or is that just me?

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

{1} Cover the letterpress notecard in double sided adhesive. If you are using tape, like me, adhere the tape in rows right next to each other to create a seamless layer of adhesive. If you are using full sheet adhesive, this step is much easier. Just apply it to the notecard.

{2} Peel off the adhesive backing

{3} Place aluminum foil over the exposed adhesive and smooth it into place.

{4} USe your circle cutter to cut a circle from the foil covered paper. If you are creating a lid for a standard mason jar, this circle should be 2 5/8″ in diameter.

{5}…You should get a clean cut circle like this.

{6} Arrange the letterpress plates on the foil circle

{7} Run the letterpress plate and the foil circle through your manual die cutting machine using the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Starter Kit. The pressed foil will fit under the mason jar ring.

The finished product is a customized topper for your mason jar that is way prettier than the generic one.  You can add a monogram or simple design. I’m thinking these would make beautiful place settings for Thanksgiving, or maybe just a simple way to package up homemade treats.

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

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The Foil Files: Stamped Laser Foil Cards

Stamped Laser Foil Cards Stamped Laser Foil Cards

Day two of The Foil Files and this one is so fun.  Me thinks you’re gonna love it more than that time you had breakfast for dinner…because we all know that breakfast for dinner is the best thing in life.

The inspiration for this post came from Shae via Twitter, who told me that she’d love to see the Damask Love take on foil stamping. Well, Shae – here it is! I hope this is what you had in mind!

Foil stamping is nothing more than applying metallic foil…usually gold or silver …to paper. If you are a seasoned stamper, you are familiar with heat embossing – a technique that allows you to achieve a similar foiled look. Today I’m going to walk you through the real deal – how to create simple foil stamped stationery at home using heat reactive foil transfer sheets. The process is not difficult at all, but you will need a few specialty tools:

Stamped Laser Foil Cards

{1} A Laminator: Here’s the deal. When I was a kid, I was absolutely obsessed with the laminator in my elementary school classroom. I wanted to laminate every damn thing in sight. So a few years ago, I went ahead and gave into my childhood love of laminators and bought one of my own. Turns out they are really affordable. I’ve used it to make all sorts of stuff – and for this project it’s a must have. I own THIS one and love it. It’s compact and lightweight and works great for my needs.

{2} Toner Reactive Foil: Chances are you don’t have this on hand, but it’s another must have for this project. I suggest purchasing the Starter Pack which contains 19 different colors of foil and each piece measures 8″ x 36″ – plenty of foil to make a grillion cards! This foil is designed to react with an ingredient contained in laser toner. Once placed on the toner and when heat is applied, the foil transfers over to your design. Keep scrolling and you’ll see what I mean!

{3} Stamps: You’ll need stamps to create your design. I prefer woodblock stamps for this project, since they give a really crisp impression. If you opt for clear stamps, just make sure you use a good pigment ink.

{4} Cardstock: The beauty of this technique is that you can get a beautiful foil design on pretty much any color cardstock. You’ll want to be sure the cardstock is smooth, though – otherwise the foil will not apply smoothly. My recommendation is to start with the My Favorite Things Smooth White Cardstock. I tried several types of cardstock and this one gave the best finished product. The My Favorite Things Kraft Cardstock also works beautifully with this technique. It’s the only kraft cardstock that I could find that left a smooth foil impression.

{5} A pencil. Pretty sure you have one of those

{6} Ink. If you are stamping with woodblock stamps, I recommend Staz-on ink in Jet Black. If you are stamping with clear stamps, I recommend Memento Luxe Ink in Tuxedo Black.

{7} not pictured: A folded card

{8} not pictured: a good paper trimmer.

Stamped Laser Foil Cards

 

You’ll want to start by creating a template for stamping your card design. Do this by simply tracing the edge if a folded notecard. Also , make small tick marks at the fold of the card. This will help you later when it’s time to score.

Stamped Laser Foil CardsNow, stamp your design onto the right side of your template. Those tick marks will help here since you can visualize where the fold of your final card will be.

Stamped Laser Foil CardsWalk (or drive) yourself over to the nearest Kinkos and make laser copies of your design. Do not erase your pencil lines before copying…you’ll need those!

Stamped Laser Foil CardsTrim a piece of the toner reactive foil so that it is large enough to cover your design. It does not need to cover the entire paper.

Stamped Laser Foil CardsTape the foil onto the laser copied design. I opted to place my tape outside the edges of the card to avoid any scarring or residue that the tape might leave once I peeled it off.

Stamped Laser Foil CardsMake sure your laminator is on and ready to go, then simply place the paper and foil through the machine and let it do it’s work. I like to run mine through twice just to be sure enough heat is applied.

Stamped Laser Foil CardsThis is the fun part! Peel away the foil and you’ll see the magic happen! The foil will adhere to the design and you’ll see the negative image left in the foil.

Stamped Laser Foil CardsLast up – use those tick marks to score and fold the paper in half. Then use the pencil lines to trim the card down to size. Done!

KeepitSimpleOnce you’ve created one design, you can easily duplicate it with several different colors of foil.  Just make a bunch of copies of your design and have fun playing with all the colors available.

Stamped Laser Foil Cards

Stamped Laser Foil Cards

Stamped Laser Foil Cards

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: No.14

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Foil Striped Stationery
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If I had to pick a favorite color – I’d have to say sparkly. Or shiny. Or both.

I’m a sucker for anything gold, gilded or foiled, which is why this week’s posts have one thing in common…
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Foiled stationery and gifts are kind of everywhere – so I figured we’d might as well take a minute to dissect the doability of crafting with foil. There are a ton of products and techniques out there that you can tackle, ranging from incredibly simple (like today’s project) or a bit more involved for all your expert crafty girls (and guys).

Today, I’m combining two of my loves: gold foil and stripes. The looks of striped gold foil is one you’ll see all over the interwebs, but it can be tough to execute on your own with perfection…until right now.

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Foil Striped Stationery

{1} Heart Punch – I am particularly smitten by THIS punch. The curves of the heart are just so perfect.

{2} Adhesive gold foil. You’ll wanna go ahead and add THIS to your stash.  It’s printable. It’s adhesive. It’s gold foil. It’s everything you never knew you needed. And, oh yeah…it comes in silver too!

{3} Assorted cardstock in bold colors

{4} Not pictured: A good paper trimmer. I swear by my Fiskars ProCision Trimmer. It easily cuts slivers of paper and the blades doesn’t need to be replaced…it just continually self-sharpens.

Okay. Now that you’ve got your supplies, here’s the deal: there is nothing terribly earth shattering about this project, but here’s the secret. Simple stationery is all about perfect execution, because you don’t have many places to hide your flubs. For these cards, the adhesive gold foil makes it incredibly easy to quickly create a striped pattern and the foil is thin enough that is almost appears are one layer on the card.  Here’s a quick rundown of what you do:

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Foil Striped Stationery

 

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: Foil Striped Stationery

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Foil Striped Stationery

See you tomorrow for a tutorial that was requested via Twitter! It’s a bit more advanced, but the technique is awesome. You’re gonna love it.SupplyListHEader


Damask Love Faves from MFTStamps

 

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For the last couple of days, I’ve been sharing projects using product from My Favorite Things - and tonight they are releasing their entire July collection which includes a few items that I am particularly fond of….so here’s a quick round up of my faves.
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You know how much I love simple stationery, so these products are especially great for creating strikingly easy cards like the ones I made HERE and HERE.
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Birthday Chalkboard Greetings: I love chalkboard. Don’t believe me? Check out this tutorial and this post. The stamps included in the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamp set give me one more reason to break out my chalkboard themed supplies!

Diagonal Stripes Background: This stamp is so versatile. HERE’s a look at a post from the Damask Love archives showing several ways to use diagonal background stamps. The Diagonal Stripes Background stamp from MFT would be absolutely PERFECT for recreating those looks!

Bring on the Cake Die-namics: These dies combine to create elaborate cake embellishments that are certainly perfect for birthday gifts and cards…but I’m also thinking it’d be great on a wedding gift too.

Tag Talk: Never too many tags. Never. And this one is free with your order of $60 or more. Nuff said.

Pinking Edge Circle Stax: I can think of at least two ways to use this die…I bet you can think of way more!

Confetti Background: Feeling festive? This background stamp is so on trend and so versatile. Of all the products in the July release, this one is my very fave.

“Happy” Die: If Pharrell Williams were a crafter, he would buy this die. So, it goes without saying that you need it! It will make you feel like a room without a roof.

Happy Everything Stamp Set:…and as long as you have the die, you should probably have the coordinating stamp set right!

Which goodies will you be picking up from the My Favorite Things July Release?

Embossing Folder Letterpress

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask LoveProject-Ranking-Format

It is taking everything in my not to post a video of storytime in this house.

Let me back up.

When I was a kid, I was a voracious reader and I have visions that our baby will have lots and lots of books to choose from. With that in mind, we’ve started reading to him at night before bedtime. Some of our favorites are Time for Bed, Little Blue Truck, and quite possibly the cutest book that every child needs: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. Usually, I do the reading. I read in typical motherese. Soft. Soothing. Lullaby-esque. Andrew on the other hand? When he reads, it’s sort of a cross between Ludacris and a old southern baptist reverend standing at the pulpit delivering the climax of his Sunday sermon. In a word? Hilarious. I can only hope that our baby will come out with the rhythmic, rapper-ific  reading skillz of his daddy. Yes. Skillz. For the sake of my marriage, I’ll spare you the full video reveal of our storytime routine. Instead all I’ve got for you is a crafting tutorial. It’s not nearly as awesome as my husbands nursery rhymez – but it’s pretty awesome nonetheless.

Seems like we crafters are on a never-ending mission to recreate the beauty of letterpress within our homes. It’s a tough art to replicate without the real deal equipment, but you can get close. With products like the L Letterpress Starter Kit  and the beautiful new two-step letterpress plates like this one, you can make really impressive letterpressed projects. Turns out with today’s tutorial, you can also recreate letterpress with a few supplies that you may just have in your craft room.

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

 

1.  Squeeze a small drop of pigment ink onto a large acrylic block

2.  Roll the brayer through the pigment ink creating a very thin layer of ink.

3. Roll the inked brayer over the raised side of the embossing folder pattern.

4. Place the front of the blank notecard onto the inked embossing folder.

5. Close the embossing folder around the card front.

6. Run the plate through your die cutting machine as you usually would to achieve the look of letterpress.

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love
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Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

Faux Letterpress with Embossing Folders | Damask Love

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