Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September 2019 - Forgery on the Fourth

The Secret Not Secret Kit Club has custom curated our kit for the September Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

Lisa's criteria for our kit included the following:

'September is the end of summer - a whiff of autumn in the air. Maybe something a little more muted - not grungy though! Love some nature elements, fun embellis & something a little unexpected. Looking back on summer holidays is a good time to feature travel elements.'

 As you get into the details of this kit there is more color than one might think at first glance, especially from the Vicki Boutin elements. The kit starts with a cool color palette & there are lots of black accents, so the pops of bright color make great accents.

Here's a look at what the Design Team counterfeiters came up with to inspire you!

Here is a free viewfinder cutfile:

Download HERE

MF Lisa - as always - took the easy route for some look-alike epoxy elements. After embossing some elements in white and punching these out, she offset them on some white cardstock and then covered them in Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. 

With more care, patience (to price out the bubbles for example) and attention, they would be really successful! You can find more details over on her blog here.

You could also make an even easier version of these if you had some clear epoxy stickers that you could place on the top of paper circles!

She also put her trusty Silhouette Cameo to good use to reproduce the die cut viewfinders and the airplane element.

This is what it looked like on her design template before cutting.  It took her some time to work out how to create the plane element but after a bit of looking online for tips and tricks to produce the outline effect, it turned out really successfully. By trying out embellishments such as this, her knowledge of using the Cameo is growing all the time - win/win!

She purchased her plane design through the Silhouette store, but has a set of plane shapes for free (see here)

You can find more details about this month's makes over on her blog here.

A quick search on brought up lots of free electronic die cutting files for words to produce your own set of embellishments such as in the inspiration file and you can see what Lisa did to make up her own sets in previous kits here and here

She also found this online tutorial for making your own. It's in Spanish but even though she doesn't speak a word, the process is very clearly shown - ha ha! -

MF Leslie had a lot of forging fun this month!

Blog post HERE

And like Leslie, MF Laura also made her own digital versions of some of the papers to use with her digi kit.

"I absolutely love the Heidi Swapp Wolf Pack collection, so was really excited to see some in the kit. My version of the tree paper is actually from an Echo Park Fall line, and originally was beautiful shades of orange and green. I simply opened the digital file in the basic photo gallery on my computer, picked the edit button and then used the basic sliders the play around with the colour. I desaturated it with a preset filter and then played around with the other slider settings to bring a bit of colour back. I like how it turned out."

MF Cindy forged a couple of the papers and a few more elements

You can see more on her blog here.

There's more to come this month as we aim to give you some tips, ideas 
and challenges as you put together and use your kit.  

Here's what we have coming up:
  • September 6th:  We'll reveal a couple of mini-kits and projects, in case you're a little limited for time this month and would prefer a more petite kit.
  • September 12th & 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made.
  • September 24th:  I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month
  • September 30th: We'll be offering another installment in our {Killing Kits} series to help you find ways to use up all of your kit.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us.
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2019).

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month! 


  1. Great ideas everyone! This was a good months for "forging"!

  2. Well done ladies, there's some good ideas there.


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