How to: Shimmery Go Press and Foil Christmas Card

Hello, hello!

As promised we have an amazing card that uses several techniques and your Go Press and Foil Machine! What’s great about this card is that you get a foil outline,  embossed foil layers and the regular foil stamped images. This project may be a little complex, but the outcome is definitely worth it! You’re going to create a card that is elegant, intricate and packs a serious holiday punch! At the end of the post be sure to read through some of our favorite tips and tricks for perfect results every time.

Are you ready to get started?

Shimmery Christmas Card

Finished Size: 5”x 7” card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Go Press & Foil Machine, 529-122
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday Art Hot Foil Stamps, 572-701
  • Anna Griffin® Baubles and Bells Embossing Folders, Scattered Holly
  • Anna Griffin® Holly Cutting Dies
  • Anna Griffin® Terrific Tags, Stamps and Dies, 505-094
  • Anna Griffin® Pocket Embellishment Christmas Die Cuts
  • 1, 5”x 7” ivory card base
  • 1, 5”x 7” light green cardstock
  • 1, 4”x 6” and 1, 3”x 4” green cardstock
  • 1, 4”x 5 ½” dark green cardstock
  • 1, 3”x 4” ivory cardstock
  • Metal shim
  • Cardstock shim
  • Red bow
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ die cut the largest Terrific Tag die from the 3”x 4” green cardstock and die cut the 2nd largest Terrific Tag die from the 3”x 4” ivory cardstock.

Follow the steps in the Go Press and Foil instruction manual for the following:

2. Green foil on the light green cardstock using the Holly cutting die.

3. Gold foil on the dark green cardstock using the holly Hot Foil Stamp.

4. Gold foil on the ivory cardstock using the “Season’s Greetings” Hot Foil Stamp.

5. Use the Scattered Holly embossing folder to press the red foil to both pieces of green cardstock. Place in the Go Press and foil machine in the following order: metal shim, foil (colored side down), cardstock, embossing folder (open, embossing side down), cardstock shim.

6. Using scissors, fussy cut the Pocket Embellishment as shown.

7. Fussy cut around the dark green frame with scissors.

 

Assembly:

Adhere the light green cardstock to the ivory card base using a tape runner.

Using foam squares, adhere the green cardstock, then the dark green cardstock to the center of the card.

Attach the ivory cardstock tag to the green tag with a tape runner.

Using foam squares, attach the red bow to the tag.

Adhere the tag to the center of the card with foam squares.

Attach the fussy cut pocket embellishment pieces as shown.

Tips:

  • Cut the foil to roughly the same size as the surface to make a more even impression.
  • If the foil is not making a clear enough impression, use an extra layer of cardstock or poster board as a shim.
  • Place a piece of thin cardstock closest to the lid to keep the foil from getting on the lid of the Go Press and Foil Machine.
  • When using a foil stamp or cutting die, heat it in the Go Press and Foil machine for 1 minute before adding foil or cardstock.
  • When using an embossing folder, let the metal shim, foil, cardstock and embossing folder sit in the Go Press and Foil machine for about 30 seconds with the lid closed before running it through the Cricut® Cuttlebug™.
  • When using an embossing folder, do not close the embossing folder. Leave the embossing folder open, with the back fold of the embossing folder on the cardstock, embossing side facing down. It is okay for the front fold of the embossing folder to hang out of the Go Press and Foil machine.

Here are a couple more examples of the professional results you can easily acheive with this machine and accesories!

Friday we will have another project for you to follow along and create with us! Be sure to tune in, and happy crafting!

Bye for now,

Anna

HSN September 15th, 2017 Product Preview 3 Winner + How to: Tips and Tricks for your Everyday Acetate Card Layers

Hello, hello!

Can you believe it? There are only 7 short days until September 15th and Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting on HSN! We will be on at 10am, 7pm and 10pm (on HSN2) EST. This week, from reading the comments, it feels like everyone is ready to start Christmas crafting! You are loving all the versatility of the Go Press and Foil machine and its accessories! Jennifer Huang this Go Press and Foil machine, foils, Hot Foil Sentiments and Hot Foil Dies are yours!

We are so excited for all the ways you will be able to add the Go Press and Foil to your Christmas crafting! The September 15th bundle is an incredible package that you are going to love creating with!

Don’t you think the colors in our Go Press and Foil Christmas Hot Foil Bundle are absolutely gorgeous? Foil stamp your Hot Foil sentiments and Hot Foil Dies in festive silver, green, blue, red and gold foil. They are sure to bring an elegant shine to your Christmas cards and scrapbook pages.

Our New Trends Hot Foil Bundle includes 5 fashionable colors you’re going to fall in love with including shades of purple and rose gold. We can’t wait to see your projects with this bundle of fun colors!

This collection of 5 Christmas Hot Foil Stamps work with your Go Press and Foil Machine and embossing machine to make professional quality projects. Create jolly, foil stamped reindeer, wreaths and more on your cards and scrapbook pages this holiday season.

To send Christmas cheer to friends and loved ones, we have just the set of Hot Foil Christmas Sentiment stamping dies! Sentiments include warm, heartfelt greetings like Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth. We love the effect of combining these foil stamped sentiments with our holiday patterned cards, die cuts and stickers.

To use the Metal Shim with your Go Press and foil machine, make the following sandwich: Hot Foil Stamp, foil face down, paper or card, metal shim and then run through your Cuttlebug.

We’re down to the final quantities of our Kodak Verité Craft 6 Anna Griffin edition craft printer. This first of its kind printer makes creating projects so easy! Use the printer along with your phone, tablet and computer to design t-shirts, print custom magnets, create coasters and more!

Next, our Glorious Greetings Card Making Kit is one of our favorites for the holiday season! Create 30 traditional holiday cards with bows, rosettes, gold foil flourishes, an assortment of flat and 3-D themed die cuts, festive holiday sentiments, gorgeous patterned cards, layers and envelopes. Give one as a gift, or start the tradition of a holiday card making party today!

Our Xyron Sticker Makers, in stunning Anna Griffin patterned packaging, make up to 20 feet of stickers to use on projects! Run any diecut up to 3 inches through to make instant stickers! Edge to edge, permanent adhesive has never been so easy.

Now we have a few tips and tricks when it comes to using your Acetate Cards for Everyday!

Tip #1: Ribbon

Attaching the acetate card overlay to a card base using ribbon is a fun way to attach the the two without using adhesive.

Tip #2: Matching Die-Cuts & Acetate

Acetate Cards for All Occasions and Vintage Garden Die-Cuts are designed to go together to create a layered, three-dimensional effect on your cards. Choose your favorite die cut from the set, and layer on top of the coordinating design on the acetate layer.

 

Tip #3: Embossing

Emboss a card stock layer and place it underneath the acetate. The texture shows through beautifully.

Tip #4: Add Volume, Dimension and Texture

Gently curl the edges of the die-cuts using the barrel of a pencil for a tighter curve.  Use larger barreled pens or markers to get a more gentle curve on your die cuts.

 

Tip #5: Brads

Using brads or grommets is a creative way to fasten sentiments and embellishments to the acetate layer while also holding layers together.

Tip #6: 3D Acetate

To give your card a three-dimensional effect, fussy cut a design out of the acetate and layer it over the duplicate design on the acetate card layer. Add height with foam adhesive to give your card texture.

Tip #7: Shaker Card

Acetate cards are great for making shaker cards! Follow the easy steps below to make your own shaker card. See full step by step from a previous how to here.

  1. Cut off the front or back of the acetate card.
  2. Fussy cut a border from card stock.
  3. Adhere card stock layer on top of acetate layer using double-sided tape.
  4. Place foam strips on a card stock card base in a rectangle. The strips should be placed about a half-inch in from each side.
  5. Die cut confetti.
  6. Fill the rectangle with confetti.
  7. Attach your acetate layer to the foam strips. The card stock border should cover the foam strips.
  8. Add embellishments and a sentiment.

Now that is a fun filled Friday! Join us right here on Monday for the last Product Preview before our shows and later in the week for your shopping list!

Love,

Anna

 

HSN September 15th, 2017 Product Preview 3

Hello and holiday greetings!

We are counting down to HSN on September 15th and our hours for Anna Griffin Elegant Paper Crafting are 10am, 7pm and 10pm (on HSN2) EST. Today’s preview is all about Christmas crafting with the Go Press and Foil Machine from Couture Creations! It’s coming back to HSN with all new art dies, sentiment dies, foils and more to make your holiday cards and scrapbook pages shine bright! Let’s get started!

The Go Press and Foil Machine uses heat activated foil and your diecutting/embossing machine to achieve professional foil stamped designs on materials from paper to ribbon! You’ll get the machine, a silicone surface protector mat, a pick n’ lift 3 in 1 tool, 5 colors (green, blue, silver, pink and gold) of foil, 3 foil stamp dies to get you started and instructions on perfecting your foil stamping!

New for the holiday season is the Go Press and Foil Christmas HotFoil Bundle. These seasonal colors are perfect for bringing the snowflakes, Christmas trees,  reindeer and more to life on your projects! This set includes silver, green, blue, red and gold foil that will bring a special, festive shine to your cards and scrapbook pages.

Our New Trends HotFoil Bundle includes 5 gorgeous colors to foil with: Pearl, Petal Pink, Chocolate, Rose Gold and Phantom Purple. These fashionable colors are on trend, and will add lovely tones and interest to your projects (we’re particularly in love with the rose gold!).

Speaking of bundles we have new Christmas Hot Foil Stamps for you! This set of 5 metal stamping dies work with your Go Press and Foil Machine to imprint stunning foil designs. We are so impressed with the professional results, and we think that your holiday card recipients will be too! Create perfect, foil stamped Christmas trees, snowflakes, reindeer, holly frames and wreaths on your cards and scrapbook pages this season.

To send the perfect holiday wishes, we have a bundle of Hot Foil Christmas Sentiment stamping dies. Phrases in this set are Happy New Year, Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth. This set works beautifully with all of our products to create holiday masterpieces. These sentiments will help you create cards that will be saved and treasured for years to come.

To create added pressure and a more even foil application, the Metal Shim gets added to your Go Press and Foil sandwich. This shim is going to be available on September 15th, and we’re excited to show you more!

A few of our favorite items will be available in limited quantities on September 15th. Get yours before they’re gone!

The Kodak Verité Craft 6 Anna Griffin edition craft printer prints on all kinds of different materials, from vinyl and iron on, to cork and leather! With this machine you will be able to print wirelessly, scan and print old photos, print addresses on envelopes and even print photos from social media! For easy use, there’s an app for your iPad and tablet that makes printing custom projects a piece of cake! As an added bonus the printer is loaded with Anna Griffin custom templates for printing greeting cards, photo cards and thank you notes! Included is the printer, 1 3XL black ink cartridge (prints 1200 pages), 1 3XL tri-color ink cartridge (prints 1080 pages), quick start guide, AC cord, USB cable and craft materials sample pack. You’re going to love this printer!

Our Glorious Greetings Card Making Kit is an easy way to make gorgeous, opulent cards for the holiday season! In this box is everything you need to make 30 traditional holiday cards and more. You’ll get bows, rosettes, gold foil flourishes, an assortment of flat and 3-D die cuts, beautiful holiday sentiments, holiday patterned cards, layers and envelopes. Glorious Greetings also makes an excellent gift for fellow craft lovers, and is the perfect kit for your holiday card making party.

Turn your die cuts into an instant sticker with our Xyron Sticker Makers! Each stunning Anna Griffin patterned package makes up to 20 feet of stickers to use on all your card making and scrapbook pages. There are just three quick steps: 1. insert your item, 2. pull and tear upward and 3. rub, peel and stick. This sticker maker is just what you need for adding edge to edge, permanent adhesive for labeling, school projects and crafting.

So many wonderful goodies today! Let us know which is your favorite, and we will give away the Go Press and Foil Machine, two colors of foil packs, Hot Foil Sentiments and Hot Foil Dies this Friday.

News flash about Cricut’s Make Something You Love event in Atlanta next Sunday! The event is sold out and the location has changed. If you are a ticket holder, the event will now be held at The Hyatt Regency. The address for the hotel is 265 Peachtree Street NE  Atlanta, GA 30303.

Enjoy today, and have a safe, relaxing holiday weekend; you deserve it!

Xoxo,

Anna

HSN July 11th, 2017 Shopping List

Hi everyone,

Can you believe we’re almost ready to start Craft Day on HSN? Join us tonight at midnight, then 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm and some of the 8 pm hour July 11th for all the crafting fun. As promised, here is your Shopping List with links. We’re busy prepping for the show, and we’ll see you there. Be sure to be a part of all the fun over on our Facebook page. We will be sharing projects and behind the scenes looks at HSN! We have also added tons of pins to our Pinterest page to inspire you, so go take a look!

For even more fun, now through Tuesday, HSN is hosting Ask the Expert! Ask any questions that you have about crafting, products, inspiration and more! Log into your HSN.com account, and ask away! We would love to hear from and interact with you! https://community.hsn.com/forums/crafts-and-sewing/what-questions-do-you-have-for-anna-griffin/667792/ 

Hopefully you subscribe to our youtube channel and have already been watching the Kodak Verité Craft 6 Anna Griffin edition printer in action over the weekend. Here’s a look at Cricut print then cut + Kodak!

Now, on to the the Shopping list for July 11th!

New Items

563154- Anna Griffin Kodak Verité 6 Anna Griffin Edition Printer

546217- Window Frame Card Kit

552838- Delicate Engravings Card Toppers

552836- Floral Cardstock

552857- Vintage Halloween Card Making Kit

552845- Sending Sympathy Stickers

552843- Frame It Coloring Scenes

540477- Anna’s Pop Up Digital Cartridge for Cricut

562658- Anna’s Printable Library Digital Cartridge for Cricut

553436- 3D Flower Cut and Emboss Dies

552846- Tutti Frutti Stamps and Dies

552848- Tutti Frutti Colorbox Inks

551295- Deco Flock Vintage Palette

552844- Favorite Flowers 3 Stickers

553435- Bird Cage and Branches Dies and Folders

552853- Chameleon Color Tops

555601- Xyron Sticker Makers Set of 4

552859- Elegant Instant Scrapbook

Returning Favorites

532431 – Chameleon Anna Griffin Perfect Palette Markers

522251- All About Birds and Butterflies Diecuts

542056- Perfect Pattern Cards for Him

528923- Pretty Pockets Cut and Emboss Die Set

532385 – Pretty Pocket Embellishments

538144- Wishful Thinking Die Set

542073- Die Storage Binder

522568 – Xyron | Anna Griffin Mega Runner Bundle

522556 – Xyron | Anna Griffin Creative Station

529122- Anna Griffin Go Press and Foil Machine

489145- Summer/Fall Card Layers

489139- Seasonal Stamps (Summer/Fall)

489140- Seasonal Ink Pads (Summer/Fall)

442900- Spooky Glitter Cardstock

499596- Halloween Stickers

509357- Deco Flock Everyday

There you have it! Make sure you rest up because we have so much to show you!

Xoxo,

Anna

 

 

How To Series: Gracious Giftables Cricut Cartridge

Hello!

We hope your week has been as fantastic as ours. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you all this past Tuesday on HSN for Craft Day. We love our fans! Thank you for every single phone call, Facebook/blog post and skype call! Guess what? We will be back on HSN June 16th for 2 clearance shows and mark your calendars for our next 24 hour Craft Day on July 11th! More news to follow on Monday.

As promised here’s a look at all of the lovely Cricut Gracious Giftables Cartridge designs and the sizing needed for wrappers. This cartridge includes 12 adorable cards, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can create! You can make everything from teapots and tool kits to gift bags and mortar boards! Give friends and family the gift they want, but spice up the packaging and personalize the holder to fit the recipient.

Below are the dimensions for the grouped measurements of each design. Select your image and insert it on the mat. Then select the image group and size it in the edit palette as a group to be sure that the designs are scaled properly.  Please note that the dimensions below are the measurements before they are folded. A standard gift card size 3.375″ x 2.125″ and it will need to fit in the inner pocket on each design.

Teapot Holder – 17.73” W x 10.6” H

Paper Tote Bag Holder – 23.96” W x 7.03” H

Wallet Holder – 17.17” W x 9.03” H

Hangable Tag Holder – 17.1” W x 10” H

Apron Holder – 16.18” W x 8.08” H

Baby Diaper Holder – 29.36” W x 8.65” H

Coin Purse Holder – 17.61” W x 9.6” H

Shirt and Tie Holder – 22.48” W x 6.65” H

Graduation Holder – 18.67” W x 10.51” H

Handbag Holder – 17.87” W x 9.78” H

Gift Box Holder – 27.02” W x 6” H

Tool Box Holder – 12.65” W x 7.36”H

Now that’s a present that packs a serious punch! These gifts will bring creativity and happiness to all, and you can get yours from HSN.com right here.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms out there! You deserve the world and so much more.

Xoxo,

Anna