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Memory Box, Foiling and the Minc…


Pam Sparks Elliana Ornament with Poinsettia Corner



Happy Thanksgiving week! I know, I should be posting something with pilgrims on it!  I did love studying about Pilgrims and all they endured to come to American!  Amazing! I don’t know that I could’ve been that strong a person.  Thankful they were!

Here’s a fun, festive card using dies again… I did something different with them though.  I foiled everything!  A couple months ago, I needed a new printer so I went ahead and got an HP laser jet, so I could foil of course too! I ‘leaped’ into the beauty of foiling with the mini 6×6 Minc after a friend demoed her’s at stamp club.

Here’s the scoop. If you photocopy the back side of your dies with a laser printer, then run them through the Minc foiling machine, then die cut them, you get this neat edge like you see on this Elliana Ornament.  You’ll see it on the next card below too.  One trick I figured out though, you have to photocopy your die twice.  So when it spits out, just copy again, to get it black enough because the dies are silver… if you can’t figure out which way to put it back in, put a mark on your paper, you won’t use that part anyway.  I also found that smoother cardstock works the best.  I used Hammermill Color Copy Cover cardstock.  I use it a lot for coloring with Copics too.

I really love the look of foil and it really is easy!  😀  I used Heidi Swapp Red Foil on the Ornament… I die cut a piece of vellum with the Drop Ornaments die to put behind the Elliana Ornament die.



Pam Sparks Elliana Ornament and Poinsettia Close 2



and Heidi Swapp Gold on the Poinsettia Ornament and Plush Poinsettia Corner dies. Pine Needle Distress ink sponged on with the ink blending tool.  What a gorgeous color.  I need to use it more!



Pam Sparks Elliana Ornament and Poinsettia Close 1



Here’s a card I made with the Elliana Ornament last year and some posts with the Plush Poinsettia here.



Linking up to some challenges…
Simon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

SSS is also having a one day sale on their brand!  YAY! 



The Challenge #52 – Create a Christmas Card

Christmas Card Challenges – Anything Goes



Then how about a silver foiled snowflake! This is the Limoges Snowflake die and Lindeman Snowflake dieI photocopied both for foiling.



Pam Sparks Limoges Foiled



Can you see how the silver is just on the edges of the cut?  That’s because there are holes in the die, so the holes leaves white when you photocopy it.  cool.  My photos don’t do it justice.  Here’s a couple pictures of the parts, photo taken under the ott lite.






I did run these back through the Big Shot to get the embossing too.






I layered the Modern Tile Backgound die cut from white cardstock to a piece of navy cardstock that I’d spattered with white ink and the Ink splatter tool and then to a white top folded A2 card base.  The snowflake was mounted with thin mounting squares cut to fit and the center flake mounted with regular thickness mounting squares.  The Lindeman snowflake is stuck on with a dot of glue in the center.

Crazy but fun seeing what you come up with!  : )


I used the Limoges Snowflake die on a couple cards last year too… here and here. Three different looks between the three cards.


Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate it! Happy Thanksgiving Day!


Dies and Supplies I used to make these cards… be sure to check out my links for the Big Shot and the Minc machine…great prices @ Thank You!

29 thoughts on “Memory Box, Foiling and the Minc…

  1. Oh my heavens!!! These are beyond beautiful!!!! WOW!! I’m stunned seriously! That first one is gorgeous with the subtle blending and all of that whatever you did with the foiling and such! I’m not leaving out the second one, it’s stunning too!! I’m just speechless!!

  2. This is such an amazing effect Pam!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Will remember the tip about photocopying twice – thank you!!

  3. Beautiful cards…I recently bought the corner die you used on the first card and I love it. BTW, I also bought the ribbon poinsettia die you used a while back, too, and it’s so beautiful. I love the foiling machine…I don’t have one, but this is the second time I’ve seen creations using it….unfortunately, my copier is inkjet and I had just purchased it before seeing the foiling technique the first time….. boo hoo Anyway, amazing cards…you never disappoint….Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  4. Stunning! Breathtaking! Elegant! Meticulous composition! Wowzers….I could go on and on about your incredible card! I’m so glad that you shared it with us at ‘the challenge’ 🙂

  5. Beautiful cards Pam. I have the poinsettia corner and I would love to try your foiling technique as well. I love how you layered the snowflake dies, absolutely gorgeous. Great techniques on the modern tile back ground as well and the splatter is so pretty. Hope you and your family had a joyful Thanksgiving Day!

  6. GULP, my goodness these are AMAZING!!!! I love anything shiny and these are just perfect! I don’t do foiling, I take the lazy way and use shiny card stock 🙂

  7. Absolutely stunning, I have a heat laminator but have just not found the time to play YET. I have a problem with setting priorities I guess. But now that Thanksgiving is over, I have my Christmas cards made I hope to have more time in my craft room. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  8. Love your foiled cards and ideas. I seem to show people how to do it but then don’t use it.
    You have inspired me to get busy and use it. Thanks dear friend…

  9. These are absolutely stunning. The foil makes them breathtaking. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving some comment love. I do hope you will return.

  10. PS Oops, in my inbox the winning cards follow the DT cards in Lesley’s posts, so I thought you were on the DT. But when I went back, I see that you are a winner! No card was ever more well-deserving!!

  11. Wow, Pam … what a fantastic duo … such gorgeous shimmer and shine on all that wonderful foiling … elegant and so lovely! That minc machine’s been nibbling at the edges of my wish list … think it’s due to take a big bite out of it! Thanks so much for coming by … and for your fabulous words … it’s lovely to have you visit! Anita 🙂

  12. I am back Pam, when I tried to comment on my iPad it wouldn’t let me,must be the connection or something. Well I had a long comment on these cards had my jaw on the floor! Oh my goodness these are gorgeous! The shimmer and close ups are beautiful, Pam!

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