Tutorial - Embossed Foil

You probably remember this shiny card from the Memorial Day blog hop. It was created by Stampin' Sher from Smiles for Everyone. I'm always looking for ways to bring the shiny to my OWH cards without using glitter, so I asked Sher if she would tell us how she made this card. She posted her tutorial on her blog. I wanted to give it a try and I've put together some photos of my first attempt here.

Start with a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. Emboss it with whatever embossing plate you like to use. I used a Cuttlebug folder in my Big Shot. I didn't try embossing this by hand, but I assume it would work just as well.

Remove the foil from the template, and apply your ink directly to the foil by sliding the ink pad across the surface of the foil. I tried both classic/dye ink and craft/pigment ink. The craft/pigment ink worked better for me, because the dye ink beaded up on the surface of the foil. Hint - try to keep your motions all going in the same direction so the "strokes" on the surface are all uniform.

While the ink is still wet, sprinkle clear embossing powder on the entire surface and heat with a heat gun. This will give you a shiny "wet" look. Hint - Hold the foil with tweasers or a glove, or keep the foil flat on your work surface while heating.

Thanks to Sher for teaching us this new technique! Here is the video she made for her tutorial:

You may also try a matte look by using the duller side of the aluminum foil and skipping the heat embossing. Here is the video that inspired Sher to try this technique.

Thanks again to Sher for today's technique. Please leave a comment and let us know how it works for you. If you have any suggestions for a Tuesday Tutorial, please also comment with those, or write kate@operationwritehome.org. (I got a mailbox!)

Unknown  – (June 8, 2010 at 4:51 AM)  

Neat. I'm going to have to try this.

Jan Hunnicutt  – (June 8, 2010 at 7:38 AM)  

Very Cool! I can't wait to try that! BTW those embossed stars look great, wish I had that folder too.

Ann  – (June 8, 2010 at 8:29 AM)  

Awesome tutorial--thanks!

Donna  – (June 8, 2010 at 8:57 AM)  

Excellent! Love that folder!

Debi Rice, otherwise known as Sparky!  – (June 8, 2010 at 10:16 AM)  

Just tried this ... and I love this technique! Card will be on blog asap! I will link to this article!!
Thanks so much!

Sprout  – (June 8, 2010 at 10:22 AM)  

I'm one of those that asked for this so am really happy to see it. Going to try it soon.

ScrappinCntryGrl  – (June 8, 2010 at 10:39 AM)  

love it...i was just wondering the other day if that would work..thanks now i have to try it!

Paula S.  – (June 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM)  

Great tutorial and a great way to ad some shine and sparkle without glitter. Thanks!

Sandy Hentzel  – (June 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM)  

I'm all over this one!!!! Can't wait to try it tonight!

CARO  – (June 8, 2010 at 2:11 PM)  

I love this.. not too difficult or time consuming but the results are great! Really looks good with the stars folder

Velda  – (June 8, 2010 at 4:36 PM)  

Fun tutorial. My sample is in my picturetrail gallery. http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/22094856

Unknown  – (June 8, 2010 at 9:47 PM)  

What a neat tutorial...I liked this card when I seen it during the blog hop...LOVE the Cuttlebug folder...another one I have to go buy! LOL

Louise Fox  – (June 9, 2010 at 7:55 AM)  

Very nice tutorial Sher! That is indeed a great folder, but the process works for so many things. Love, love, love it! Please think about doing another tutorial - you do a great job! L...

StampinSher  – (June 9, 2010 at 3:49 PM)  

I want that folder, the STARS!!! I have to check out my store next time. Can't wait! That card is fabulous, great job!!!!

I was just getting to my emails and oh my gosh! I'm red, blushing. Thanks everyone! I'm so happy you are all happy with the results. It is fun! Make sure you emboss the ink or it will ink up everything. That heat gun, heat tool, is HOT! Thanks! I'm honored!

Anonymous –   – (June 10, 2010 at 12:05 PM)  

Whenever I use my heat gun, I hold the paper with a clip-on clothespin so I don't burn my fingers. Those guns get hot!

Kristen H  – (June 12, 2010 at 12:45 PM)  

We did a project at a class where you roll the ink onto the embossing folder, and the the ink lays on the debossed portion of the paper and raised part stays the color the paper originally was. This is much neater and just as effective! Thank you for the awesome tips and tricks!!!

Sandy Hentzel  – (June 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM)  

Great tutorial! Here is mine:


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