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Stepped up stenciling with Fab Foils

Hello, good to see you over on the blog. Do you love to create backgrounds using stencils, but what to step up your stencilling? Stepped up stencilling with fab foils is a great way to take your stencil designs up a notch and create beautiful striking backgrounds. Fab foils work so well for this technique, pairing with an array of ink colours and stencilled designs. 

I have used a stencil from a new to me company – Thirsty Brush & Co – a fairly new stamp, die and stencil company here in the UK. Head over to their website here to see more! So sit back with a cuppa and enjoy the video.


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Stepped up stencilling with fab foils

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Stepped up stencilling with fab foils

For the first card, I’m ink blending through the stencil like you normally would using Rose petal and peppermint scrub Catherine pooler inks for an Ombre look. Make sure the ink is dry before you move onto the next part of the card.

To give the background some variation and interest, I’m going to offset the stencil from the ink blended background and adhere this down – moving it slightly to the side and up. Using the Clear Ultra Slow drying embossing pad from WOW! I am smushing the ink pad down through the stencil. Once you’ve covered the background in ink, you need to remove the stencil.

Next, cover the panel with bonding powder from WOW! You use the bonding powder just like an embossing powder, sprinkling it over the wet ink. Make sure you wipe off any stray powder and then heat set this with your dual speed heat gun.

There are several tips I picked up whilst making these cards and using the bonding powder for foiling. For the first card, I heat set the background all in one go, and this was a big background. So by the time it was completely heat set and I put the Rose Gold Fab foil down, the melted powder had cooled quite a bit and not as much foil was adhering. Don’t worry though, you can reheat the melted powder and then reapply the foil.

Burnish the foil down over the powder – you may wish to use an tool to do this to protect your fingers, but I didn’t find the powder too hot. Allow the powder to cool slightly before you peel the foil off. In the end with the large background, I heated and added the foil in smaller areas moving around until I had covered the background completely.

Now if you get any stray foil in areas you don’t want it, you can easily remove it with a mono sand eraser.

For the second card, I rotated the stencil and ink blended Juniper mist and All that Jaz Catherine pooler inks, masking off a little section two-thirds of the way down. This time, I added clear ink using a sponge dauber – allowing you to add the ink in smaller areas.

I used the Teal Fab foil for this card, heating the powder and applying to foil in small sections for a smoother foiling. You will find you get a more distressed look using the bonding powder compared to other methods of foiling.

For the last card, I went for a more grungier look with the stencil and positioned it at a diagonal across the card. The ink colour selection I used was  Twilight, stone blue and seafoam Catherine pooler inks and I didn’t completely fill the panel with my ink blending. I wanted to emphasise the distressed look, and therefore add the clear ink with my small sponge dauber randomly across the panel.

After heat setting the bonding powder, I also added more texture and distressing by applying the Silver Fab foil in a more haphazard way. This silver worked really well with the colours used for the ink blending.

To finish the cards, I added heat embossed black sentiment strips using my favourite white powder – Opaque bright white embossing powder by WOW! Along with a selection of sentiment dies. For the teal fab foil card, I used a Lil’ inker designs Thanks die, with a black offset shadow to make it pop out from the background. The card was finished with Caribbean ocean Nuvo drops.

For the more Grungier background, I added a happy die cut sentiment using the Altenew Fine alphabet die set and a selection of Nuvo drops in Blue babe, faded denim and liquid mercury.  For the last card, I added a stitched vellum rectangle over the top with an MFT friend dienamic sentiment. The vellum adds a different texture where it overlays the foiling.


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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:
  • Rose Gold Fab Foil
  • Teal Fab Foil
  • Bright Silver Fab Foil
  • Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder
  • Nennah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb and 110lb cardstock
Supplies purchased at my own expense:
  • Thirsty Brush & Co – Handpainted Chevron stencil
  • Rose Petal – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Peppermint Scrub – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Juniper Mist – Catherine Pooler inks
  • All That Jazz – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Stone Blue – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Twilight – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Seafoam – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Blue Babe – Tonic Nuvo Drops 
  • Liquid Mercury – Tonic Nuvo Drops 
  • Faded Denim – Tonic Nuvo Drops 
  • Carnation Pink – Tonic Nuvo Drops 
  • Carribean Ocean – Tonic Nuvo Drops 

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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. 

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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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