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Making Christmas Cards with Silk!

Merry Christmas Cards – Using Hot Foil Techniques with Silk – (Welcome to the shiny side)!

Hi there,

I’m Sue, a crafter living in Gloucestershire.  I have crafted all my life (…and that is now a lot of years)!  I work for Whimsy Stamps and Dies To Die For designing greeting cards as examples for the crafting community.  I am also a member of the Design Team at Warner’s Group Publications and Practical Publishing.

I am thrilled to be here to show you some ideas of how silk can be incorporated into cardmaking.  I found making these cards really good fun and the silk is a dream to work with!

I love making Christmas cards, I make them all year round so that is where I started for inspiration.   


  • Hot Foil Machine (Gemini Foil Press Machine by Crafter’s Companion)
  • Die Cutting Machine (Gemini by Crafter’s Companion)
  • Selection of Silk Swatches approx. 14 cm x 18 cm
  • Spray Adhesive (Hobbycraft)
  • Double Sided Tape (Hobby Craft)
  • Light Weight Wadding (I use Hobbs Heirloom from The Cotton patch)
  • Selection of Hot Foil (Spellbinders Glimmer Rolls from Dies To Die For)
  • Rectangle Cutting Die (Tonic Studios Rectangle Layering Die)
  • Rectangle Frame Die (Whimsy Stamps Rectangle Shaker Maker)
  • Merry Christmas Sentiment (Whimsy Stamps Assorted Merry Christmas Clear Stamps)
  • 300gsm Card (I use Concord & 9th from Dies To Die For

I have a Gemini Hot Foiling Machine – foiling is proving to be an exciting and addictive process.  I thought I would try foiling onto silk.  Oh my word – the result is beautiful!  I expected some hiccups but the silk works perfectly with the Gemini Foil Press, the foil sticks really well to the silk and the result is so colourful and shimmery.

I created a backing for the foiled silk to be mounted onto using a piece of strong card and some lightweight quilt making wadding.  The wadding is attached to the card with adhesive spray. 

The important thing to remember is that glue and silk are not a good combination!  If you use any ‘wet’ glue at all near the silk it will bleed through and mark the fabric.

I folded the foiled silk around the piece of card and secured the silk at the back with 1cm wide double sided tape.

I finished the card off by adding a black frame and the Merry Christmas sentiment. (Again, using only double sided tape

The finished design is mounted on to a 13.5cm x 10cm card blank with the fold at the top.

*I only work with products I love and my opinions are my own. 

Thank you to Sue, for creating beautiful Christmas cards to share with you, I hope they have given you some inspiration of what you can do with your left over silk off cuts. If you would like to see more of her makes, here are some link to her blog/ instagram and Facebook pages: https://tanglemousecards.blogspot.com/?m=1 https://www.instagram.com/tanglemousecards/ https://m.facebook.com/tanglemouscards/

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