Handmade by Linda Fields

I finally got out my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil machine and used it for the first time to create this elegant Christmas gift tag. There is a learning curve! I had a lot of trial and errors before I found this sweet spot but it was so worth it. I love the end results.



I cut 2 tags from one sheet of Neenah cardstock. With the scrap paper left over, I stamped the gift sentiment using clear embossing ink, covered it with embossing powder and used a heat gun to melt the powder. I cut the paper down to a square shape to fit on the tag. This would become the “present” on the back of the tag. I turned it over and framed it with foam tape. Cut gold thread to wrap around the front twice and let the tape hold the thread in place.

Heat your hot foil machine with your plate on it. When ready, take it to your die cutting machine, place the foil over it (pretty side down), then your tag (front side down), then your shim and cover plate. Note: Not all set ups are the same so I highly recommend you experiment prior. Your paper, your plate, and your machines all make a difference in whether you over-foil, under-foil, or get it just right.

Once you run your sandwich through (slowly 2x) then set it aside and let it cool or you could risk removing the foil from your project. When cool, slowly pull the foil off in a gradual peel off way.

Now glue the backs of your tags together, add the present to the back, and create a gold thread bow to the top of the present. Last but not least, add pretty ribbon for your tag. Now you have a beautiful tag for that special someone.


Handmade Card & Poem by Linda Fields

Imagine a stone tablet, etched by the veins of a flower long since past. Delicate petals and sweet green leaves returned to the earth but not before leaving their beautiful mark. “God bless all who seek the stones, memories of what used to be. May they spark your creative soul to remember. Once blind but now you see.”

AECP Level 2 Homework – With A Twist Course


Techniques & The Twist

I aimed to create a card but made this matted framable instead. A beautiful 5×7 piece ready to hang on the wall or put on any flat surface using the built-in stand! This is sure to become a favorite.

I used Spellbinders Betterpress System with Altenew’s Dainty Flower Garden Press Plate on the thick, white, cotton paper that came in the Betterpress box. Tape your paper to the acrylic plate and arrange your plates on the magnetic base. Ink the plates well with the included black ink by pressing down and slightly twisting the pad to get good coverage. Let the magnets snap in place before putting it through your die cutting machine. I left all 3 shims in place to get a nice, deep impression. No second pass needed. Yes, it’s that easy.

For that finishing touch, I created a grey mat 1/8 inch larger than the front and a black mat base 1/8 inch larger than the mat. I tri-folded black cardstock and glued it to the back, the surprise stand that could pop out, or flatten to put in an envelope. Stand it up, or hang it on the wall, this framable is sure to make a beautiful impression the one you adore will never forget.