Hello there sweet friends and Happy Thanksgiving! You still have a day or so to leave a comment to be in the running to win an Amazing Paper Grace die on this post——->HERE. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog hop we kicked off on Tuesday to cover the Spellbinders Glimmer Foil System and as promised I wanted to pop in and answer some questions I’ve received in emails about the Foil System. For those who are new here, I’m not a stranger to foil but I’ve finally found a way to get consistent results (without having to buy a printer and rely on the quality of toner). The new Foil System is a staple on my desk and will be for some time to come.
My Card Today
My card today is simple, just foil plates from Glorious Glimmer and dies with an added sentiment. I’ve used Glorious Glimmer Elegant Rectangle and Flourished Square Die from Romancing the Swirl. No bow, can you believe it? Yep. All that is to say that Glimmer Plates are just like rubber stamps except they are made out of metal which queues them up for additional uses like Letterpress and Deep Embossing. I’m really so smitten with this machine and have already developed plates deep into 2019 that are pretty darn cool if I must say so myself.
Without further ado, let me get to some of the questions I’m seeing again and again:
Foil System Questions
- Do you need a Die Cutting Machine in order to glimmer?
Answer: Yes, you need a die cut machine with the same tall aperture it takes to cut steel rule dies. The perfect pairing is the Spellbinders Platinum and Platinum 6 however there are other die cut machines on the market that are compatible. For a list, check the Spellbinders website.
- How does the Glimmer Machine work?
Answer: The Glimmer Machine works with heat and pressure in an amount that is available with a slower pass through the Spellbinders Platinum and Platinum 6. The spacing in the Platinum with the combination of Glimmer spacer plate and Glimmer shim give the exact thickness needed to transfer to the foil.
- If I add on more and more shims and more and more heat, will my transfers be better?
Answer: The “s correct spacing actually feels loose and doesn’t have the same binding feel as when you die cut. That is because too much pressure will over transfer foil as will too much heat. The Glimmer Base along with the Spacer Plate and Shim are calibrated for the optimum transfer.
- Can I use other foils with the Glimmer Machine?
Answer: The Glimmer Machine is designed to work with “heat” transfer foils while other machines may be designed to work with toner to fuse foil to paper. As long as you are using a “heat” transfer foil you should be okay, but I recommend testing it out before investing in other foils.
- Do the Glimmer Plates cut like dies?
Answer: No, the glimmer plates are just like stamps except they are metal. They can also be used for letterpress, stamping them with ink and deep embossing. Many of my sets include matching dies so that you can cut out what you have glimmered.
- What comes with the Glimmer Machine?
Answer: The Glimmer Machine comes with a dock and base plate as well as an electrical cord. (There is a US version and a UK version of this machine). Inside there is a silicone mat, a magnetic tweezer tool, a glimmer plate, a set of 2 foils, and clear Glimmer Space Plate, an opaque Glimmer Shim and an instruction booklet that outlines all of the materials you can glimmer on and which shims are needed for those materials.
- Why isn’t the shim attached to the Glimmer Base with a hinge and can I simply use my Platinum 6 shim?
Answer: In my opinion, not having the shim attached gives you a lot of latitude to glimmer different materials. Plus if anything happens to your shim, you don’t have to replace the whole base, just the shim. No, you cannot use the Platinum 6 shim, they are different thicknesses.
- How large is the Glimmer Machine Rubber Surface:
Answer: That gridded surface (1/2″) increments, is very handy. It will accommodate a plate that is 5-3/4″ x 6-3/4″.That does it! If you have any more questions, don ‘t hesitate to ask!!
Stamps: From my stash
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, Bazzill
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Amazing Paper Grace Dies by Spellbinders, Spellbinders Foil System, Glorious Glimmer Elegant Rectangle, Spellbinders Flourished Square
Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you are having a lovely time with your families!!