Thursday, January 9, 2020

how to make a foiled handmade card with the freestyle pens

If you're a crafter you've likely heard about the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill line. There are heat pens that work with your electronic cutting machine (Foil Quill pens), and then there's a set that you can use by hand (Foil Quill Freestyle Pens). The Freestyle Pens are perfect for larger objects that won't fit in your cutting machine, for on the go crafting, and for crafters who don't have an electronic cutting machine. They're great for calligraphers and handletterers, but no worries if you aren't great at drawing, calligraphy or handlettering! There are SO many ways to use these pens that don’t require mad lettering or drawing skills. Here’s an easy and very cool way: create a modern gold foil brush stroke background for your handmade cards!

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Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers

Adding gold foil details to your projects doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. For this card I used a ruler and the Bold Tip Freestyle Pen to create a modern brush stroke pattern on plain cardstock as the background.
Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
The process was easy and I love the results. Let me show you how I did it!
Bold Tip Freestyle Pen by We R Memory Keepers
First, I plugged my Bold Tip Freestyle Pen into my USB Battery Pack and let it heat up for 10 minutes. I love that there’s a light on the handle of the pen so I know it’s getting power.
Foil Quill Magnetic Mat by We R Memory Keepers
Next, I prepped my cardstock by trimming it to size and placing it on the Foil Quill Magnetic Mat. The mat isn’t necessary for using the Freestyle Pens, but it sure is handy and saves on tape! I placed a piece of gold foil over the cardstock and secured it with two of the magnetic strips that come with the mat.
Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Then I placed my small magnetic ruler over the foil and started drawing rows of brush strokes across the cardstock. The cool thing about a brush stroke pattern is that it isn’t meant to be perfect or completely straight. The imperfections are what make it look modern and stylish, so that’s perfect for a freestyle pen, right? I just used the ruler to keep my lines somewhat uniform and separated.
Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
I covered the entire piece of cardstock with brush strokes, and it only took me a few minutes. It turned out to be a cool, modern and stand-out background for this birthday card!
Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
To complete the card I added a strip of patterned paper and some die cut ephemera pieces from the Dear Lizzy New Day collection. Then I added a few gold sequins to tie in the gold background.
Gold Foil Handmade Card with the Freestyle Pens by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers
Thanks for stopping by today! If you’d like more project ideas and tutorials for the Freestyle Pens, be sure to check out THIS blog post. Have fun creating!


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