Friday, 15 November 2013

Foil as an embellishment

Back in September I did my first tutorial for Scrap Friends. It was using foil as an embellishment. I thought I'd show it here as well.

Here is the layout that used these foil embellishments - as the cogs:

Step 1:
  • Grab a piece of cardstock and some kitchen foil - enough to cover the cardstock.
  • In the example below, I squirted some thick glue and tried to spread it, but the best result is using a foam brush and spreading some more fluid glue, one that seals and glues is usually more flowing. 
  • As you can see in the last example, the foil with the more fluid adhesive gives a smoother finish; the thicker glue, is of course, more bumpy

Step 2:
  • Select your dies
  • Cut a piece from the foil covered cardstock to accommodate the dies. I have also punched a few circles.

Step 3:
  • Run the dies through your machine - not only does it cut out the shape, but also presses the foil and cardstock more firmly together. I use my Big Shot which I just love!
  • In the last photo, I also ran some of my circles through an embossing folder. I love this effect and it's great for punched out shapes. Try to use an embossing folder with a close-knit design.
  • Also, just be aware that the foil embellishments are rather fragile, so need a little care when handling.

Step 4:
  • When all your pieces are cut, you can experiment with adding some colour if you wish.
  • In these examples, I added some alcohol ink followed by some wax-based crayon. Water-based products will not work - you need a product with some grip.
  • The brown cog was dabbed with acrylic paint.
  • The blue cog is a little hard to see, but it was stamped with Staz-on and painted with a fluid acrylic.

Step 5:
  • With the rosettes, due to the crease, the foil started to break away a little, so I dabbed the edges with some Mod Podge (what I had at hand) - or any glue will do.
  • Then I added some Distress Stickles along the perforated edge before adding some silver glitter. I was thinking it would make a great Christmas embellishment!

Instead, I made this card:

Thank you for looking!

The new colour challenge for Scrap Friends will be released later today as well (probably late tonight or sometime tomorrow for Aussie readers).
Here's a sneak peek at my layout:

Can you guess the colour palette? Come back later to check it out!

Thank you for coming by.


  1. Foil looks amazing and I would not have thought about putting it on the dies before you cut the dies.. very clever idea and looks so effective!

  2. Wow wow wow!! These are gorgeous!! I would have never guessed that is what you used!! I am loving the colors, the way you used them as embellies ... just WOWWWWWWWW!!

  3. Brilliant tutorial!! I am not patient with die-cuts!!!

  4. Such a super idea Zeneva...I must really go and try this! Love your page and card...and thanks for the super tutorial! ;-)


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