Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Foil Play end of year sale - 15% off everything!

The Foil Play sale is now on with 15% off EVERYTHING (whilst stocks last) – why not bag a few bargains and stock up for 2010!

To receive the discount, just enter and apply the code SALE1 when checking out.

The web site will remain open for business over the festive period, however, no orders will be posted between 23 December 2008 - 3 January 2009. The next despatch date after Christmas will be Monday 4 January 2010, any queries or questions over the festive period will be answered by 4 January.

Thank you very much indeed for your custom during 2009 - wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2010!

Monday, 14 December 2009

More Christmas cards made with Hunkydory die cut toppers

Another selection of Christmas cards, this time made with Hunkydory die cut toppers from the Buttons & Boots and Cosy Christmas topper sheets and foiled A4 card blanks. I cut the card and mirri backing mats using Go Kreate and Nestabilities dies.
For the first five cards, I used A4 sheets of Snowfall Flourish foiled card, folded in half to make A5 cards.


The next couple of cards were made using velour flocked card blanks.

For the next three cards I used A4 sheets of Plaid Snowfall foiled card, folded in half to make A5 cards.


For the last few cards, the toppers are mounted on pastel coloured A6 cards. The first is finished with a Card Art greetings banner and the last three with Dufex Christmas greetings stickers, currently available as a free gift if you spend over £20 at Foil Play.



You can save 20% on many Christmas items at Foil Play, including Hunkydory topper sheets. To receive the discount, just enter and apply the code XMAS20 when checking out. Click here for all the Christmas categories included.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

More Christmas cards made with Kanban die cut toppers

Here's another selection of Christmas cards made with Kanban toppers, which make an ideal focal point for beautiful festive cards.
For the first few cards, I mounted the toppers onto co-ordinating card mats, then onto 5 x 7 inch base cards, with a little sheer organza ribbon to finish the cards.

The next three cards were made using some lovely velour flocked card blanks that I got from Create & Craft a couple of years ago.
I made a mistake with the card above and mounted the topper upside down on the card - doh! Not to worry, I cut off the card front and mounted it onto a larger A5 red card.

For the last few cards, I used the cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder to produce background mounts in a mixture of plain and pearlescent card.
I used A4 card folded in half to make A5 base cards and for a finishing touch, I've rounded the corners of both the cards and the embossed mats using a corner chomper.


You can save 20% on many Christmas items at Foil Play, including Kanban Christmas topper sheets. To receive the discount, just enter and apply the code XMAS20 when checking out. Click here for all the Christmas categories included.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Quick Christmas cards with Hunkydory toppers

Another selection of quick and easy Christmas cards, this time using Hunkydory toppers from the Buttons & Boots and Cosy Christmas topper sheets. Again I've used Papermania A6 patterned cards and layered up the toppers with mats cut from nestabilities dies.

You can save 20% on many Christmas items at Foil Play, including Hunkydory topper sheets. To receive the discount, just enter and apply the code XMAS20 when checking out. Click here for all the Christmas categories included.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Quick Christmas cards with Dufex stickers and toppers

Another selection of quick and easy Christmas cards, this time using Dufex stickers (pictured above) and toppers cut from an A4 Christmas motif sheet (pictured below). Again, I've used patterned Papermania A6 cards, the stickers have been layered up with mats cut using nestabilities dies.
You can save 20% on many Christmas items at Foil Play, including Dufex stickers. To receive the discount, just enter and apply the code XMAS20 when checking out. Click here for all the Christmas categories included.

Most Dufex A4 topper and texture sheets have been reduced to 49p at Foil Play - the motif topper sheets are particularly good value as you can make many cards from one A4 sheet.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Christmas gift ideas at Foil Play

Looking for a gift for a crafty friend? Foiling kits are particularly popular at this time of year. Foil Play has a great selection of kits available in a range of colours. Each kit contains all the recipient needs to start foiling - a taster pack of foils, a glue pen and instructions. For more hints and tips, check out previous blog posts for Foil Play Design Team creations.

Other gift ideas include sets of ultrafine glitter (a crafter can never have too much glitter!), rubber stamps, crafting tools and sets of decoupage.
If you choose a gift voucher from Foil Play, the recipient can have all the fun of choosing what they would like for themselves from the thousands of crafty goodies available on the Foil Play web site.

Vouchers are available in £5 denominations up to the amount of your choice - so for example, if you would like to give a £25 voucher, purchase five.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Quick Christmas cards with Kanban toppers

Sometimes it's great to spend a long time on a special card, at other times (especially as Christmas is fast approaching!) what you want is to make lots of cards quickly.

Kanban toppers are ideal for making great cards quickly. Above is a selection I made using a selection of toppers from different Kanban sheets on Papermania A6 patterned cardstock.

You can save 20% on many Christmas items at Foil Play, including Kanban Christmas topper sheets. To receive the discount, just enter and apply the code XMAS20 when checking out. Click here for all the Christmas categories included.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

DC Comics die cut and step by step decoupage: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superman - along with Batman and Wonder Woman too. You may have seen it demonstrated recently on Ideal World and Create and Craft TV, DC Comics decoupage has now arrived at Foil Play.
The DC Comics range features a great selection of traditional decoupage sheets (designed for larger cards), die cut invertage and pyramage sheets, retro design backing papers and topper sheets too with pictures, icons and sayings to produce a completely co-ordinated look.
As ever at Foil Play, you don't have to invest in a huge kit, you can instead pick the individual sheets of your own choice, with free p&p on orders over £5.00.
For inspiration on how to use these sheets, check out the brilliant card samples made by Fabrizio and Vince, members of the Hobby Habit design team, on Fab's blog.

Monday, 30 November 2009

20% savings on Christmas items at Foil Play - Kanban, Dufex, Hunkydory, G18 & more!

Save 20% on many Christmas items at Foil Play, including goodies from Kanban, Dufex, G18, Hunkydory, Redhotbed and many more!
To receive the discount, just enter and apply the code XMAS20 when checking out. Click here for all the categories included in the sale. There are hundreds of individual items on offer, from many of your favourite brands, including: Kanban, Dufex, Hunkydory, G18, Redhotbed, Stack-Its, Crafthouse Press, Studio Light, traditional decoupage, peel offs and more.
I'm unlikely to be restocking Christmas items again before the big day, so I'd recommend snapping up bargains when you see them, to avoid disappointment.
Even if you've been ultra organised and made all your cards for this year, now would be a great time to stock up on bargain Christmas crafting goodies ready for next year!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

New from Dufex: die cut pyramex and decoupage, toppers, large cards

Lots of new Dufex goodies are in store at Foil Play, including new everyday die cut decoupage designs, die cut pyramex and floral shimmer cascades.

All of the new decoupage and pyramex sheets are die cut, no scissors or cutting are required - all you have to do is pop out the shapes and layer them up with foam pads or silicone adhesive to create stunning toppers for your card and craft projects.

The new die cut decoupage designs are motorsports (pictured above), ballet dancers, romantic bears with roses and flowers in jugs.
There are four new die cut pyramex designs: Christening (pictured above), new baby, wedding and Easter. Pop out all the different sized shapes of the image, then layer them on top of each other with foam pads, starting with the largest at the base and the smallest at the top, to create a 3D pyramid effect. Each sheet contains a diagram showing how to position the pyramid layers.
There are eight beautiful designs in the new range of die cut Floral Shimmer Cascades, which bring a new look to decoupage. They have been produced using an innovative new technique which creates a shimmering foil effect on selected areas of the design. This series of colourful photographic floral images have been specially selected for these sheets to complement the Dufex Shimmer effect. These can be used to create beautiful pyramid style decoupage pictures in a variety of different shapes. The decoupage elements have been die cut, with all layers both colour coded and numbered.
There are lots of new individual toppers, including larger designs. The large toppers can either be used as the centrepiece for a large card or for traditional 3D decoupage if you purchase several prints.

Also new, a selection of special purchase greetings cards, printed on 360gsm Dufex material and pre-scored. Cards are slightly smaller than A5 when folded, each stunning card has the beautiful Dufex engraved finish. These can be used as greetings cards, with no further finishing needed, alternatively the front of the card could be used as a topper.
I have stocked up on existing Dufex designs too, where available, as Dufex are discontinuing some designs, particularly traditional, non die cut decoupage designs.

If you are looking for a bargain, traditional Dufex decoupage sheets are on special offer at 79p a sheet at Foil Play at present, with selected designs reduced to 49p. Many A4 topper and texture sheets have been reduced to 49p too - the motif topper sheets are particularly good value as you can make many cards from one A4 sheet.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Harley Davidson card using Kanban Dream Machine concept card kit

I made this motorbike themed card using elements from a Kanban Concept Card kit. For the base card, I used a 10 x 8 inch card and covered it with a dark blue, slightly distressed looking K & Co paper.

I embossed some silver mirri card with birthday messages, using a cuttlebug folder. I then mounted the largest topper and a greetings topper from the Concept Card kit onto the co-ordinating leather effect cardstock with self adhesive foam pads. To stop these blending too much into the background paper, I inked the edges with a silver ink pad.

I finished the card by decoupaging and mounting the wings and speedometer design elements from the topper sheet.
The Kanban Concept Card kit that I used is pictured above. The kit contains a foiled, die cut sheet, a co-ordinating sheet of leather effect card and two envelopes.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Autumn card with foiled leaves

I enjoyed making this Autumn themed card for a card swap on the Craft Telly forum.

The base card that I used is a large 8 x 6 inch card, covered with a sheet of leaf patterned paper from a DCWV photo images pad and co-ordinating ribbon. I mounted a clear sentiment sticker onto mats cut using labels nestabilities dies, for the centre of the card.

I took another sheet of larger leaf images from the same DCWV pad, and traced around the edges of four leaves with a Sakura Quickie glue pen, I also traced some of the vein patterns in the leaves.

When the glue had dried, I foiled the leaves by pressing rub on foil (shiny side up) onto the glue, rubbing over it, then lifting off. I used a different foil on each leaf - red, copper, gold and matt gold. I then decoupaged the leaves, and mounted them using self-adhesive foam pads. I used the Sakura Quickie glue pen again to secure the stems, which are very narrow.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

New Kanban goodies - Big Head card kits, Woolly Bears, Loralie Paris, Spring Garden, Bird of Paradise

Lots of great new Kanban goodies, as seen on the QVC shopping channel, have arrived in store at Foil Play! Check out these cute Woolly Bears die cut topper sheets. Have fun creating your own scenes by dressing up the bears, and placing them on the die cut postcard backgrounds, with additional co-ordinating topper elements, including sentiments.
Also new and unusual are these big head cards - each pack contains a die cut card in the shape of a head, and a sheet of die cut toppers to complete the finished card. Designs available include fireman, policeman, soldier, guardsman, hair stylist, rock chick, gardener and nurse.
The Birds of Paradise collection has a selection of gorgeous and classy monochrome foiled toppers, sentiments and co-ordinating cardstock.
The Spring Garden collection includes a selection of gorgeous floral and butterfly toppers, with co-ordinating cardstock.
Also available for the first time from Kanban, two sets of beautiful clear stamps, in a choice of Autumn or Spring Garden (pictured). Check out those lovely swirly trees!
Lorelei Designs have a Paris Holiday theme this month, with a great selection of topper and stacker sheets and co-ordinating foiled card stock.
As always, at Foil Play you can pick and choose the designs that you like and will actually use, rather than investing in a huge kit. If you already have a kit, you might like to stock up on a few extra of the designs you particularly like.