How to Use Foil as an Embellishment

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
Learn how to add a custom and sparkly element to any DIY cardmaking project with foilling!

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Foiling is a huge trend right now! There are several ways to add touches of foil to your projects, but today I'm going to show you how to use it on a die cut!

Supplies You Will Need:

Avery Elle Stamp Set: Ellie
DecoFoil: Silver
Die'Sire Classiques Only Words Die: Thank You
Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers
VersaFine Ink Pad: Onyx Black
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Spectrum Noir Markers: IG3, IG5
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Cuttlebug (or any die cutting machine)
iCraft Deco Foil Peel N Stick Toner Sheets
Heidi Swapp Striped Stencil
Tape Runner
Foam Squares
Dreamweaver White Embossing Paste
White Cardstock
Dreamweaver Palette Knife

I die cut the sentiment I chose out of the Peel N Cut toner stock. This is awesome because the foil will adhere to the toner, so with these sheets, I can take any shape or die cut and foil my heart out!

I wanted to create my own rainbow background. So, I grabbed my Distress Inks and blended one color at a time onto my front card panel. I did this in a circular motion, very light-handed, using an Ink Blending Tool.

Once I had the colors the way I wanted them, I flicked some water onto the panel. Water reacts with Distress Ink, so wherever the splatters hit, the ink disappears.

Next up, I grabbed that die cut, put some foil on it and placed it inside the parchment paper that comes with the toner sheets. Then I ran it through my laminator. The result is a fully foiled die cut!

Remember that card panel we just inked up? Once the water droplets dried, I placed a stencil over it and added some embossing paste using a palette knife. Embossing paste is awesome - it adds so much interest and texture. Just remember to clean it off your stencils, supplies and/or surface ASAP. Once it dries, it will stay there forever!

I stamped this cute little elephant and colored it in using Spectrum Noir Markers. I generally lay down the lightest color first, then I come in with the shadows (darkest color) and then blend with a medium tone. When I was done coloring, I trimmed him out with some scissors.

I adhered the panel to a standard card base. Then I peeled off the back of the die cut (the toner sheets have adhesive on the back!) and adhered it to the panel. I also used a tape runner to stick the elepant to the front of the card.

For the final touch, I added some sequins that were close to the colors in the background.

Foiling is a simple way to really make your project stand out in a crowd! If you want some more inspiration, make sure to check out the Ideas Section on then website! It's all free!

Happy Crafting!