Card-Making Techniques: Foil Applications
Give your handmade cards the look of expensive stationery with metallic foiling.
Love the look of fabulous foiled accents? Good news! Rich, gorgeous metallic foiling is no longer reserved for expensive stationery—you can achieve the same effect in your own craft room!
The process is easy. You’ll simply combine a foil sheet with special foil adhesive, apply pressure, and then lift off the sheet. The metallic color transfers from the foil onto the adhesive.
You can use a foam adhesive, a heat-activated adhesive or a liquid adhesive. All three are easy to use, and choosing one is just a matter of your design.
For these projects, I’m using the iCraft® Deco Foil™ stash from Therm O Web. Designed to work together, they make it easy to create beautiful foiled effects. Best of all, the foil and the adhesive will go a long way and every bit can be put to use. It’s a great way to add metallic sheen to your cards quickly and easily!
Technique #1: Foiling Die-Cut Shapes
Add instant shine and dimension with this easy technique.
This technique works best with silhouette shapes and dies that don’t have a lot of detail or intricate areas.
For die-cut or punched shapes, the foam adhesive is a good choice. It’s also the easiest to use! This is a double-sided transfer adhesive; it’s much like foam tape, but thinner.
Simply make your shape by punching or die-cutting the foam adhesive. The foam works in most die-cutting machines; I used my Sizzix Big Shot and had no problem. My standard punches went through easily too.
Remove the liner from the cut piece (Photo 1).
Place the foil on top of the adhesive and apply pressure. For a smooth effect, rub with a soft cloth. For a more distressed look, use a bone folder as I’ve done here (Photo 2).
Peel away the foil, and your shape will be covered with gorgeous shiny color (Photo 3).
The slight thickness of the adhesive is an added benefit; it gives the shape substance and dimension.
You might wonder, “Could I use regular foam tape?” I gave it a try and found the foil didn’t stay on quite as well (Photo 4).