How to Use Foam Adhesive to Customize Your Die Cuts

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
There are so many ways to create a custom look using foil, especially when you pair it up with adhesive foam. Learn how to make a custom foiled die cut that will work with any project.

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Foiling is so hot right now and with good reason! There are so many ways to create a custom look using foil, especially when you pair it up with adhesive foam. Learn how to make a custom foiled die cut that will work with any project!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • iCraft Deco Foil Foam Adhesive
  • iCraft Deco Foil Rainbow
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy Stamp Set CMS212
  • Sizzix Framelits Bird Crazy Coordinating Dies
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink
  • Die'Sire Die Cut Special Day
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Foam Adhesive Squares
  • Waterbrush Pen
  • Adhesive Tape Runner
  • Stampers Anonymous Stencil Scribbles
  • Rhinestones
  • Micron Pen .05
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen Crystal Clear
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers (Kingfisher, Sunset, Bud Green, Meadow, Orchid, Purple, Aquamarine)
  • Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
  • White Cardstock

For this particular project, I wanted to use the iCraft Deco Foil Foam Adhesive. I love the foam because not only does it give dimension, you can stretch, shape and distort it if you want to. It's more flexible than paper, so that gives you more options! I die cut the sentiment from the Foam Adhesive using a manual die cutting machine. TIP: If you are using an older die cutting machine, you may need to shim the foam a bit. I added 2 pieces of cardstock over the die and it cut perfectly.

Stamp the image and cover with clear embossing powder on watercolor paper. Use a heat gun to activate it and emboss the image. I chose the one of the birds from the Bird Crazy set because I knew it would be looking up towards where I wanted to place the foiled die cut, drawing more attention to it.

And.. we are die cutting again! :) Place the coordinating die on the bird. I like to hold it in place with washi tape so it does move while cutting. If you don't have the die, you can fussy cut out the bird by hand. Once it is cut, set it aside.

Remember the awesome foam die cut we created? Grab it and peel off the FRONT side. Choose your foil color and trim it to fit over the die cut. Place it, silver side down (so the color side it facing you), and press it onto the sticky side of the die cut. You can use a bone folder to lightly burnish it if you need to. I have found that just pressing with my hands and using the bone folder in more intricate or detailed areas works the best.

Now, peel off the foil, slowly. Just like magic, the foil stays on the die cut!

Since this is a sentiment, we don't really have a need to stretch or distort it, BUT keep that idea in mind. Since foam will move, you can warp it if you'd like, maybe to stretch it around an image or pull it to look like it's moving off the page!

Now that our foiling is done (and wasn't that super easy?!?!?), color in the bird image. You can always do this first, before die cutting, BUT I prefer to do it after it's cut, just in case it doesn't cut properly or the die happens to move. This way, I don't have to recolor everything if something goes wrong.

I used Spectrum Aqua markers with a waterbrush to color the bird in. I chose blues and purples, similar to the colors in the rainbow foil.

I cut a panel of watercolor paper to 3.75 x 5 inches and flicked some Bud Green (Spectrum Aqua Marker) onto it, by scribbling the color onto an acrylic block and adding a little water with a brush. I love the splattered look this creates. Allow this to dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.

Next, place a stencil over that panel and using the same Spectrum Aqua marker, loosely color in a few areas of the stencil. Then spray with water to soften everything. This still leaves the structured art of the stencil, but the water spreads out the ink and gives that true watercolor look!

I grabbed a Micron pen and drew a border around the edges by hand. This does not need to be perfect! I didn't even use a ruler; I think it's more fun that way.

Then I adhered the bird with foam adhesive and added the die cut by pulling off the tape to remove the adhesive on the back. I'd recommend using tweezers to place the die cut - that adhesive is really, really sticky! The tweezers work better than fingers. :)

I also added a few sequins to finish everything off. I used clear glue to add them on, so everything would be 100% clear when the glue dried.

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