Joan Bardee and Dala Horse

Hey everyone!  Our June guest designer, Joan Bardee, is back today to share a wonderful set of CAS foiled cards!  Here's Joan:

Super talented Miriam Prantner designed several Scandinavian-influenced stamp sets for Neat & Tangled and each one is fantastic.  As soon as I saw Dala Horse, I knew I “needed” it. (Hint:  I need more Scandinavian influenced sets. Please design more!).

Decided to use the large Dala Horse and a few of the teeny tiny leaves in the set to whip up a trio of blue cards, using foil on each one. These might work as Christmas cards, but I think I’ll use them as thinking of you cards.

The first one uses a pale blue duplex cardstock (the inside is white) and Hologram Foil.  Very hard to photograph!

Next card uses medium blue duplex cardstock with gold foil.

The last card uses navy duplex cardstock with gold foil.  

If you don’t foil, you can get the same effect by using metallic embossing powders.  But I was determined to use the Mini Minc that has been collecting dust and I’m glad I did. The foil and the dala horse look great together.

They were pretty easy to make and the process was identical for each one.

  1. Take a sheet of 8.5 x 11 white cardstock and score in the middle of each side, making 4 A2 sized spaces.  This allows you to see where you should stamp. Do not cut.
  2. Stamp the dala horse and the leaves with Hero Arts Intense Black ink (or other very dark black ink with good coverage) in one quadrant of the sheet of white cardstock.
  3. Copy the stamped white cardstock once each on dark, medium, and light blue cardstocks.  You MUST use a laser printer. Inkjet will not work.  If you don’t have a laser printer, make copies at places such Staples, or Kinkos.  
  4. Trim, score, and fold the blue sheets of cardstock in half so that you have 3 horizontal A2 cards.  Save the unused halves of each blue cardstock for another use.
  5. Turn on your Minc to #4 (or laminator) and heat up.
  6. Place each folded blue card with the shiny side of the foil on top of the stamped images in a holder and run through the Minc or laminator.
  7. Stare at the cards and decide they need something.  (I call this the Danger Zone because I often ruin my cards at this stage.)  Let’s not do too much damage here and keep them simple.
  8. Add a foiled strip of cardstock on the bottom of each card. To do that, make a solid black square with your Word or other graphics program and print out the square using black ink on a laser printer. This black square will now accept foil.
  9. Cut the strips of black toner cardstock and foil in the same way as described above.
  10. Adhere to each card.
  11. Do not tell non-stampers how you did this.  Let them wonder!!  

MOOD WHEN DONE = Accomplished! Have a great weekend!

Thanks Joan!  These are simply lovely!  Joan will be back next Friday with another project to share!


  1. WOW that is so awesome.. totally love

  2. Yay Joan!!' These are amazing!!!

  3. I love the dark blue with the foil. ☺

  4. I love the dark blue with the foil. ☺

  5. Really gorgeous in foil on the blues!

  6. So pretty! I love all the color schemes.

  7. Beautiful - gold on blue is just so effective! I love the Scandinavian sets too!

  8. Yes, that horse is fantastic and the foiling looks great! You and your Mini-Minc seem to be getting along quite well!

  9. What a super cool and awesome idea - love this!!! Joan - you did an incredible job on these shining, brilliantly done cards!!

  10. WOW! love that style!!! looks so sofisticated!

  11. These are awesome Joan. Now I need a mini minc so I can make these I think...


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