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Masked stencil hot foiling

Do you love to hot foil and stencil, but want to change things up a bit? Well, why not try masked stencil hot foiling to create one layer panel cards without having to die cut your background. Today I’m showing you just how easy it is with three cards using Fab Foils from WOW! Embossing powder. With this technique, you can create an array of cards with different stencils, foils and ink colours for any occasion. The possibilities are endless!


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masked stencil hot foiling

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masked stencil hot foiling

For the masks for the cards, I’m using clear acetate as it is durable and reusable, but you can just use thick cardstock if you prefer.  To make the mask, use shaped dies to die cut a window out of a piece of acetate. I trimmed my acetate down to the same size as a card panel making it easy to line up with my card panel later. Next, I used a circle, a square and a rounded stitched rectangle for my mask windows.

For the first card, I’m using the tiny bubbles stencil by Altenew along with kraft card. Using washi tape, I adhered the stencil to the card panel, and the adhered the circle mask over the top.

To add dimension, I’m using decofoil transfer gel and applied this through the mask and stencil with a palette knife. Once completely covered, I removed the mask and stencil to reveal the pattern beneath which of course is the fun part. Remember to make sure you clean your stencil, mask and palette knife straight away to prevent the gel drying on them.

I repeated these steps with the other two cards. For the second card, I used a grey card panel along with the round stitched rectangle mask with a tribal chevron pattern from Kesi’art. I just love the look of this when you remove the stencil and mask.

On the last card, I used the Altenew spring garden stencil and a square mask for a framed foiled area. The card panels need to dry and were left for a couple of hours until the gel had gone from white to clear. When the gel is clear it is ready for foiling.

Before foiling the panels I wanted to add some colour to the masked areas. The gel will resist ink and allows you to blend ink over the top. Therefore, I repositioned the masks back over the panels to add some colour. For the Spring garden card, I used Garden party by Catherine Pooler along with some blending brushes to add a vibrant green background.

On the circular bubbles card, I used Over Coffee ink by Catherine Pooler. My masked slipped slightly and I used a smaller brush to added in the ink around the edges to fill the gap in. However, there is a slight mistake still visible and I do correct this later on.

For the last card, I used twilight ink over the stencil area as I was going for a more masculine look to this card.

Hot foiling the stencilled designs:

To add the foil, you need to trim down some of the fab foil so it covers the gelled areas. Place this over your card panel where the gel area is located and put it in a carrier sheet with the colour side of the foil facing up. Next, run this through your minc machine or laminator. I used heat setting 3 for these cards on my minc machine. For the spring garden card, I used spearmint fab foil as this pairs well with the green background. On the kraft card, I used rose gold fab foil to blend well with the brown tones. And for the grey card, I used the Bright silver fab foil to pop against the dark grungier colours.

To fix the mistake with my circle card, I just die cut the panel out and foam mounted it onto another kraft card panel. All the card panels where foam mounted onto white card bases with an 1/8 border all around.  Next, I added a stacked die cut MFT happy birthday to the front using my t-ruler to ensure it was straight.

For the grey card, I used a stacked die cut celebrate from Lil’ Inker Design along with a small heat embossed sentiment strip which is from Altenew Celebrate stamp set. Of course, I used Opaque bright white powder from WOW Embossing to help it pop.

On the green card, I used a stacked die cut thanks from Lil’ Inker Designs along with another heat embossed sentiment strip from Altenew Leaf Canopy stamp set. 

Lastly, the cards were finished off with a selection of Nuvodrops in Apple green, Silver lining and White gloss.

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wHERE YOU’LL FIND Full details on how I made this card AND LINKS TO SUPPLIES

Supplies sent to me as part of my various Design teams creative work:
Supplies purchased at my own expense:
  • Garden Party – Catherine Pooler Designs
  • Over Coffee – Catherine Pooler Designs
  • Twilight – Catherine Pooler Designs
  • Tribal Stencil – Kesi’art
  • White gloss Nuvo Drops – Tonic Studios
  • Apple Green Nuvo Drops – Tonic Studios
  • Silver Lining Nuvo Drops – Tonic Studios
  • Thanks die – Lil’ Inker Designs
  • Celebrate – Lil’ Inker Designs

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Masked stencilled foiling adds such a beautiful elegant and sophisticated texture to your backgrounds without overtaking the panel. The combination of coloured foils, inks, stencils along with different shaped masks, means you could create many many different cards with just one technique.


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This post was produced as part of my design team work for WOW! Embossing Powder have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from WOW! Embossing Powder to use. However, I create projects with creative control and produce projects I am proud of and with products that I love.   The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert. 

About Me

Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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