Hiya, today we are taking a look at the ‘new’ Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Machine. I have a review/introduction video for you plus a separate project video so you can see how it really looks when working for a real life project.

So starting off bye taking a look at the machine:- whats in the box and how you work it. Basically the machine is a clever idea where you have a platform that is heated, you then add to it a metal design plate which in its turn heats. To this you add your foil and card and then to get the foil to transfer to the card in the shape of the design plate you pop it through your die cutting machine *

Its a simple concept and one I have now seen done by a couple of  companies. What I like about this one is the name behind it makes me feel confident that we will get a tonne of plates to use with it. After all look at how many dies they produce. However you can apparently use some dies in the machine to foil with too, however be aware that the metal design line is mostly the cutting line (unless you have a die with heavy embossing features too) which means your finished foiled line will be thin too.  I haven’t checked with Spellbinders cos of the warranty issue, nor have I actually checked if it would even work, but since there are other companies that have similar machines I do wonder if their design plates could be used in this machine?  It certainly would widen the design choice even more if they could.  Anyway here is the first video for you showing Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System Review video:-

*make sure your die cutting machine is a compatible machine.

So as you can see it is a really cool machine, but I thought the best way to really see how it works it to make some cards, so I decided to make some Christmas Cards using the fab Glimmer Plates that you saw in the last video of the Snowman, Tree and Ho Ho Ho. What I learnt was that for plates like these, where there were large areas of foiling, you need to use the supplied Shim as well as the plate.  There just wasn’t enough pressure to get a clean foil otherwise. However if using the shim, do make sure you trim your foil fairly tight to the size of your glimmer plate otherwise you may get foil transfer places you don’t want it to be. I have to say the foiling was so great with the shim added I may be tempted to use it all of the time whatever type of glimmer plate but I will let you know as I experiment. So here is my Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System Christmas Cards video:-

So as you can see adding that shim really made the foiling perfect. When I didn’t have it in place it really was unusable as there were big sections not even foiled.   Now as always here are the photos of the finished cards:-

So that is it for today, I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at this machine with me, and hope you enjoyed making the cards too. A bonus two videos instead of one 🙂 But for now hugs and have a great craft day,

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Amanda Evans

2 Comments on Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System

  1. I have the go, press and foil by culture creations, I have bought some spellbinders foiling plates, I love the entire concept

  2. Yes i saw that couture creations had made one, I think that was the main one I was referring to here and was wondering if their plates would work in the spellbinders machine. Did I understand you correctly to say you had some of the Glimmer Spellbinder plates? and if so are they pretty similar in the idea of them? do you think they would be worth me getting some of the CC plates to try? They look great designs xx

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