Card How-to, Cardmaking, Product Review

Hot Foil Systems: Glimmer vs Cricut and Foil Quill

Glimmer Hot Foil Card
Cricut Hot Foil Card
Cricut Hot Foil Card
Glimmer Hot Foil Card

Hello crafty friends. This week I’m sharing a look into foiling with the Glimmer Hot Foil Machine and foiling using the We R Memories Foil Quill with the Cricut. I know when I see a product being used, I often wonder if I needed it in my craft room. That’s when I look to other crafters to see what they’ve been doing with it and if I’m inclined to use it the same way. This is why I thought it would be fun and informative to share this comparison.  

I created two cards, one using the Glimmer and one using the Cricut. Essentially, I tried to create similar cards in style and look. I started off by creating my floral pieces. I used the Joyful Peony hot foil plate from Pinkfresh Studio to create the foiled elements. I used a shimmer metallic card stock in a Champaign color and then I foiled a Spellbinder’s “Happy Birthday” on a light pink card front. I used a coordinating die to cut out my flowers and then I used foam tape and liquid glue to assemble the card.

For the Cricut card, I chose a floral pattern with the cut and draw function from Cricut’s Design Space program. As I create, I like to make a mockup of the card I’m working on. This gives me an idea of the proportions I need to uses and offers me a more accurate idea of where my elements will be on the card. I can adjust the size of both the images and text as I go and I can also mass produce items, as long as they can fit on my cutting mat. Once everything was completed, I sent my designs to the Cricut for foiling and cutting. I, then, put the card together in much the same way as the first to compare them side by side.

Both cards came out beautiful, although if I’m honest, the Glimmer did a much better job with the coverage on the flower. When it comes to the sentiment, both machines did very well. Over all, both machines create lovely cards and it comes down to preference and need. I like the ability to customize my design and make my own sentiments, which the Cricut makes possible. However, the Glimmer creates really professional looking results.

For details on how I made these cards, and a deeper look at the Cricut and Glimmer systems, please see my video here:

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