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Monday, 23 August 2010
Oh, this turned into a review!
Some time ago on a Wednesday, a few readers spotted this material on my desk; some thought it printed paper or vellum. It's actually a really rigid acetate (by Kanban) and it's very pretty. Also lends itself to be being left pretty much to itself, which is a gift for a quick or unusual card, huh! I used a DO Crafts foil starter kit - traced some of the pattern with the glue and foiled that and then used their 'Bonding Powder' to stamp and foil the image. (the Bonding Powder isn't part of the kit). Whatcha do is stamp the image in a pigment ink and emboss it with the Bonding Powder. Then you lay the foil over it and rub gently, lift the foil and *pouf* foiled image. It worked really well for me (even though it doesn't photograph brilliantly.) However in the Workshop where this was being repeated, it became obvious that my technique was a bit lucky. Should I wait for the embossed image to cool or hurry and get the foil on whilst still warm? If you aren't using black card, how easy would it be to tell that the powder was embossed? Because it went right for me first time, I didn't do the usual fiddling about and 'trials' that a new product usually causes me. Anyway, because it's £4.50 a pot and because at that price you want to know it'll work well, I've done what any normal person would do. I put on my glasses and read the label. Of course there isn't much room on the label, so I immediately did what it suggested and visited DO Crafts' website for more information. There wasn't any. It's listed as a new product. Helpful. No 'how to' information or hints and tips nor nothing. I am a bit surprised by that, but also I'm not. Now see, I'm more than happy to road test products (aren't we all) and review them, but you kinda need to know what to do with them first, huh! The best tip I can give you is this: it doesn't 'emboss' to a shiny raised surface....the white of the powder simply melts under the heat. It works most effectively if it's warm when you apply the foil...and we discovered in the workshop that re-heating a spot that may not have taken much foil initially is often all that's needed. Not a bad product, but I can see it being tossed to the back of a cupboard in disgust - and at that price, it shouldn't be!