Welcome back to the blog, it’s so good to see you again! I’m currently writing this post whilst I am up in Edinburgh, visiting family and seeing a couple of shows at the Fringe. It’s a great way to see other people show off their creativity in different forms other than arts and crafts. In today’s post, I’m showcasing how you can create a foil stamped background. To do this, I have used decofoil transfer gel and WOW! embossing powder’s foils. This card was created and entered into the August monthly challenge on their blog. You can found out more about it here.
Materials required for foil stamped background card:
- A patterned stamp- the stamp used in this project is from the by Concord & 9th
- Thermoweb Decofoil transfer gel
- Wet wipes or a bowl of water nearby to clean your stamp quickly
- Make up sponges
- WOW! Fab Foil – Bright Silver
- Minc machine or a laminator
- Alphabet dies – this project used docrafts lowercase script alphabet
- Die cutting machine and plates
- Cardstock – plain colour and mirrored
- Card base – this card measures at 6″ x 6
- Scrap card
- Sentiment stamp – this sentiment is from the More Essential Sentiments from MFT
- Versamark ink
- Acyrlic blocks
- Embossing powder – this project used fine silver from WOW! Embossing powders
- Double sided tape
Foil stamped background Card details
First of all I selected a stamp which works well to create a repeating pattern. Before stamping, I drew a small cross in the middle of the cardstock. As a result, this cross acted as a guide to position the stamped pattern in the middle. It is easiest to apply a light coating of transfer gel to the stamp with a make-up sponge. Most importantly, make sure there is another gel on the stamp to transfer onto your card stock.
When you are ready, stamp onto your cardstock and wipe your stamp with a wet wipe to clean it. Keep repeating this process until you are happy with the background. Most of all, make sure you clean your stamp after each use. Consequently, if you don’t the gel will dry on the stamp, and a thin coats dry quickly! After you have stamped the background, cover this with foil and send it through the minc machine on heat setting 3.
Once you have created your foil stamped background, you can create the rest of the card. Position you alphabet dies on top of the background, spelling out a sentiment and die cut this. In addition, die cut 3-4 of each letter out of scrap card. By layering the die cuts with double sided tape we can create a raised die cut inlay sentiment.
Next I mounted the background onto mirrored card with “1/8 border. Having applied double sided tape to the back of the raised die cut letters, I inserted the letters back into the letter voids in the background. Finally, I finished this card by heat embossing a sentiment onto a scrap of black card. I trimmed the edges of the sentiment strip creating fishtails and mounted onto the card flat. This was done so to not distract from the dimension of the die cut sentiment.
One last note.....
Stamping with transfer gel has opened up a whole other avenue of adding foil to my projects. As you know, I do love foil! This technique has given a distressed look on a bold block pattern. It will be interesting to see if this technique will work with a more detailed stamp.
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*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not work for these companies.