Foilin’ – Part 1

I have pulled out my foiling supplies again, recently.  So, thought I would go through some how tos with you.

There are different brands of foil (the type you put on art, as well as the type you cook with and use for oh so many things.  Here I’m talking about the colorful ones you put on art projects.).  The first type I got was many years ago and was sold in a set from Tonertex.  I still have some of that.  They also sell the right type of glue for it in pens, though I haven’t had a lot of luck with those lasting very long – not that I use them up, they seem to dry out, or just quit working.  Anyway, Therm-o-Web has come out with Deco Foil in many different colors, some patterns, and recently released sequin looking ones.  The Deco Foil is easy to find, pretty inexpensive and you get quite a bit of it, which is nice.  For these projects, I used Deco Foil, though you can see the Tonertex foil in one of the pictures, too.

For my first project, I used some “Foil-Mates” or “Foilables” sheets that I got from Gina K Designs.  They have a few different styles.  As she worked with Therm-o-Web on a line, there are not several more styles to choose from.  What it is, is a nice smooth paper with toner images on it.  You can cut it to size, put a piece, or several pieces, if you want different colors on your project, over it.  Put this inside a folded over piece of parchment paper, on top of a piece of card stock, which helps you move it around and run it through a laminating machine on the heat setting.  It does need to be quite warm, so let your machine warm up for a while, first.  Some machines have different heat and depth settings, so just figure out what works best for you.  Usually high heat and good pressure works best.  My laminator came from an office supply store, which had them on sale near the beginning of a school year.  I think I spent about $12 for it and it really works well.  Here are the pictures of the foiling done with heat.

Deco Foil Foils

The foils.  The tube going crosswise has lots of different patterns and is the Tonertex foil.

Deco Foil Toner Sheets

The “Foilables” from Gina K. Designs.  These are some of the old ones, not the newly release “Foil-Mates” from Therm-o-Web.

Deco Foil Heat Sandwich

This is the “stack” for heat foiling.  The image done with toner (you can print your own if you have a TONER printer, or get something printed in toner at a copy place).  A piece of foil cut a little larger than my toner paper sheet, put in a folded piece of parchment paper and laid on top of a piece of card stock.  Make sure the foil is covering the whole toner image.  If it moves, you can run it through again, with the foil covering what was missed.  In fact, most people recommend running this through your laminator at least twice.  Also, make sure the dull side is what is on top of your image and the fun foil image/pattern/color is what is facing you.

Deco Foil Heat

I ran mine through twice, just because I wanted to make sure it looked right the first time.  Do make sure you run the “fold” of your parchment paper through first.  That way it doesn’t shift/slip.

Deco Foil Heat Peel

You can see the foiled piece and the back of the foil, where the image is missing.  You can actually use that piece and just glue it down on card to get the reverse image, if you want.

Here is the finished project.  I ran the sentiment, which was also one of those “Foilables” through with gold foil, as that went with the fun shaded green foil (“Emerald Watercolor” Deco Foil) that I used on the background.

Deco Foil Heat 1

Obviously, this looks much better in person and is difficult to get a picture showing all the fun shadings in the foil.  The “house” I heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

So, that was using heat and toner images.  Now we’re going to take a look at how you can use these same foil sheets and use adhesives.

To do this, I took a piece of card stock, lightly drew a line where I wanted to put my double sided adhesive and then laid down the adhesive.  Now, you want to use a pretty strong adhesive for this.  I used some Scor-Tape, as it is strong, and I don’t have to uncover the adhesive for all of it at once, if I don’t want to.  I also used some double sided adhesive that I cut into shapes.  The hippo was cut with my Silhouette.  The bird and wing were cut with dies in my Cuttlebug.

Deco Foil Tape 1

I used scissors to cut the Scor-Tape, as I wanted sharp ends, rather than ripped ends.

Deco Foil Tape 2

For this, I put the pink foil on top of the adhesive rectangle that I made.  I pressed the foil down with my finger, then put it inside a folded piece of card stock to run through the Cuttlebug, so it would have lots of pressure.

Deco Foil Tape 4

This is where I peeled off the foil and it left my pink foiled rectangle.

These are the pieces I did with the double-sided adhesive sheets.

Deco Foil DS Adhesive 1

It was easier to get the white side off than the yellow (which was supposed to be the first off), so did it that way.  You can see the adhesive, then I just pressed the foil onto it with my finger.  Didn’t run this one through the Cuttlebug.

Deco Foil DS Adhesive 2

Then I peeled off the other side of the release paper and stuck it to a piece of light card stock.  I did the same with the bird body, then adhered the wing to the body and used a different color foil on the wing.  I actually adhered the wing to the bird body, removed the release paper and pressed the other foil right on top, using my finger.

Deco Foil DS Adhesive 3

There was a small spot on the hippo that the silver foil didn’t adhere to, so took the same piece of foil, put a section that hadn’t had the foil already used over the spot and pressed some more, until it was covered.  I just cut these pieces out with my trusty scissors and they were ready to use on a project.  I could have stuck them to the project as I was making them, but wanted to show how to do it, step by step and I wasn’t sure how my project was going to go together, yet.

Now, the last way that I am going to show using the foil sheets is with glue.  Basically, you can use any glue that is tacky after it dries.  Here is a Deco Foil pen by Therm-o-Web, a Tonertex pen, and a bottle of The Rubber Cafe Scraphappy Sheer Glue.  I used the Scraphappy Sheer glue for this one, as I was stamping with it.  You can draw with the Tonertex pen, or the Deco Foil pen, fill in spaces on a stencil, etc.  I could have used the Deco Foil pen on my stamp, as it has a wider tip, but wanted to use the glue.

Deco Foil Adhesives

To use the glue, you put a small puddle of it on a scrap of paper, or something you can throw away and use a sponge to apply it.  The idea is that less is more with this.  I’m not sure if I did way less, or just didn’t cover the whole stamp adequately.  Anyway, it didn’t work as well as I have seen it work, in the past.  Granted, I’ve only stamped with mine a few times.  It does work better with rubber stamps and I used a photopolymer stamp.  Anyway, you want to make sure you clean your stamp right away with Tub O’ Towels (used for cleaning cars).  It is the cleaner that can mess up the clear stamps, but works wonderfully on rubber ones.  So, back to the instructions. . .make a small puddle of glue (tiny), dab a sponge in it (I used a makeup sponge), and tap that onto the stamp surface.  Then “roll” your stamp across the paper.  (I’m not so good at rolling, but if you press it down, it sticks to the paper and rips the paper.)  Then, wait for it to dry completely and go back and press foil onto it.

Deco Foil Glue 2

Deco Foil Glue 3

I used pink foil on the bottom, then used the blue on the top of my sentiment.  As you can see, there were areas where the foil didn’t stick really well, which makes me think I may not have used quite enough of the glue.

Here is the finished project with the Scor-Tape and the glue.

Deco Foil Example 2

I did the pink rectangle with the Scor-Tape first, then the outer, blue rectangle with a thinner tape.  When I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the pressure, it pressed some of the blue into the pink.  I actually thought it gave it a fun distressed look, which is what inspired my dual toned sentiment.  Had I done the outside rectangle first, then the inner one with a piece of foil smaller than the outer rectangle, they wouldn’t have gotten pressed together, like that.  There was enough pressure using the Cuttlebug that the adhesive seemed to kind of go through the foil a bit, which made it a little sticky.  I mounted the sentiment piece on some pink card stock and mounted that in the middle of my rectangle piece.  That was mounted on another piece of pink card and put on the white card base.

Here is the last project that I did with the hippo and bird pieces.

Deco Foil Example 3

The images in this are the sentiment.  Think of words little kids would use and those are female sheep.  Did you get it?  (hippo birdie 2 ewe)  I’m really hoping my mother gets it, as this will be her birthday card.  She loves hippos and I have had this idea running through my head for a while.

If any of this didn’t make sense, please leave me a comment and I’ll try to better explain.  It really is fun to work with these foils and they come in so many different colors and patterns, that you can get fun looks.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.   Now, go enjoy your weekend!


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