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Simple No-Heat Foil Techniques

Hi there! It seems that foiling is becoming popular again… so I thought I would share several simple no-heat foil techniques.

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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Many months ago I did several videos on adding transfer (or heat activated) foil to your cards for the ultimate shine. (If you missed those videos you can find them HERE.) However, many of those videos require special tools, products, or heat (laminator). So today I am sharing several simple techniques for using foil with supplies you likely already have.

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#1: FOIL WINDOWS

The easiest way to use foil with the best results is to hold it behind a die cut window. This way you don’t have to use anything to adhere is. For my example, I added color with Copic Markers (you can use anything permanent, such as Sharpies or alcohol ink) to the gorgeous Gina K Sparkling Silver Foil. I just used tape to hold it up against white cardstock cut with the new Simon Says Stamp Sprinkle Heart Die.

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Simple Sentiments 1 Stamp Set. Simple and sweet! And look at the shine of that colored Gina K Sparkling Silver Foil!

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#2: FOIL STRIPES

Another simple way to add foil is to use double-sided tape. My favorite is Be Creative Tape, which comes in many widths. I applied a few stripes of tape and pressed my foil onto it. When I removed the remaining foil (and the clear backing), the shine was left behind. I used a few colors of foil to create a fun rainbow. The hearts are from the Simon Says Stamp Sprinkle Heart Die and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Here For You Die.

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I mostly used Gina K Foil (it is my favorite!), but also a bit of Deco Foil. (They are made by the same company and work the same.) It is nearly impossible to photograph this well, so be sure to watch the video!

Keep in mind that this foil can be scratched because it is on adhesive. However, I haven’t had a problem with it. If you want to “protect” the foil, you can leave the backing on it and trim it down. (Be sure to watch the video to better understand this.)

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#3: DIE CUT FOIL

My favorite way to use foil is for die cutting. For this card, I covered a piece of cardstock with Stick It Adhesive. After removing the release paper, I pressed Gina K Sparkling Silver Foil onto the exposed adhesive and didn’t peel the foil backing off. (Leaving it there protects the foil. No need to remove it here!) I then cut the foil-covered cardstock with the new Simon Says Stamp Streaming Heart Die. I colored each of the foil-covered pieces with Copic Markers.

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a Simon Says Stamp Take Care Die stacked black die cut… covered with Tonic Crystal Glaze. Isn’t the shine of that foil incredible!

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

#4: FOIL DOTS

A super simple way to add foil details is with a Quickie Glue Pen. For this example, I added tiny dots and let it dry. Even though the adhesive is dry, it is sticky. When I pressed the foil generously on the dots and pulled the backing away, I am left with shiny spots. I again used the Gina K Sparkling Silver Foil . (This technique is great for using foil scraps!)

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the die cut border, I used the Simon Says Stamp Cupid’s Border Die… and the sentiment is from the Simon Say Stamp Best Ever Stamp Set.

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here are a couple more examples using the foil window and foil dot techniques from above. I die cut windows with the Simon Says Stamp Shiny Hearts Die and added Gina K Sparkling Radiant Red Foil to the back. I then added tiny dots with my Quickie Glue Pen before adding gold foil.

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I love the shine! And that great sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Simple Sentiments 1 Stamp Set.

Easy Foil Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

RELATED VIDEOS

Looking to learn other ways to add foil to your projects – with and without a laminator? Check out my video playlist HERE.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or that are SSS branded. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Simon Says Stamp Sprinkle Heart Die
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Simon Says Stamp Here For You Die
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Simon Says Stamp Streaming Heart Die
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Simon Says Stamp Take Care Die
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Simon Says Stamp Shiny Hearts Die
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Simon Says Stamp Cupid’s Border Die
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Simon Say Stamp Best Ever Stamp Set
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Simon Says Stamp Simple Sentiments 1…
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Gina K Foil
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Gina K Sparkling Silver Foil
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Gina K Sparkling Radiant Red Foil
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Deco Foil
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Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
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Stick It Adhesive Sheets
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T-Ruler
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Be Creative Tape
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Micropore Tape
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Tim Holtz Scissors
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Sizzix Big Shot Express Die Cut Machine
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Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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Sketch Copic Markers
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Adhesive
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Darice Ultrafine Tip Bottles
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Altenew Adhesive
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Darice Foam Adhesive Strips
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Tonic Crystal Glaze
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92 thoughts on “Simple No-Heat Foil Techniques”

  1. You made beautiful cards (as always!). Thanks for sharing all your ideas. I hope you know that you are making a lot of people happy with your videos!

  2. These are beautiful. Thanks for the great tips for using foil with glue. I don’t have a laminator so this was most helpful!

  3. Oh my gosh, these have to be some of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen! I am in love so bad! The only problem is I don’t own a die cutter so boo hoo and sob, I can’t make any of these cards! That bums me out! However, a long time ago I bought some shiny foil paper that you put on your cards with a bone folder or popsicle stick. You rubbed it on. I haven’t used it yet because I lost it and just found it. Maybe I could do something like you did with that paper but maybe the rainbow because I could cut out pieces of the paper to look like that. I am going to watch your video and see if I can do something similar. Hey, I made a shaker card just by watching one of your video’s and I don’t have a die cutter. It came out so cool and I did it all because of you! I hope I can say the same thing again!

  4. These cards are absolutely gorgeous Jennifer and well worth the wait (I’ve been going through Jennifer withdrawal while you visited your pals at Creativation! lol)! Your creativity in giving us so many easy-to-do options simply amazes me. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you enjoyed your visits. Have a great weekend! ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters
    #HappyFridayEve

  5. I love foiling, it is so beautiful, but I seldom do it no my cards. I have the laminator, but I don’t have a laser printer, so end up not going for copies. I’m too impatient to wait to get to the store to have the copies done. I love these techniques, that Take Care card is my favorite, but they are all wonderful. Thanks for another amazing video.

  6. Thank you for showing these foiling techniques. I don’t have a laminator so I didn’t really think about foiling, but this is something I could do. I love the results you got and your cards are so pretty!

  7. You are so talented. Thank you again so much for sharing! I absolutely love the heart border die. I see I am going to have to place another order. Oh no! And the foil look is so cool!

  8. Gorgeous cards Jennifer! So fantastic that these techniques don’t need a laminator! Can’t wait to try this on the weekend. LOVE these new heart dies from SSS! I am partial to hearts as it is, so I always flip out every year when new heart dies appear. Thanks for another awesome video!

  9. Thanks for showing this Jennifer. I don’t have a laminator and wasn’t ready to get one. Now I can find a way to use foil.

  10. Fantastic use of foil, all the cards are so pretty! The foil dots cards are just lovely. I don’t have enough hours to try them all but will add them to my list 😍 Great video, I always enjoy them, Lisa xx

  11. Thank you for sharing your idea as Jennifer. The cards are beautiful and I will now be purchasing these foils. Do you know if they work on embossing folders?

  12. Ad you posted this instructional technique video! I would love to be able to use that last method you demonstrated to get little hints of color on my projects without having to get a machine. Thanks!

  13. These are great tips with the foils. Beautiful, as always! I’m loving all of the Simon Says dies and stamps you’re sharing!

  14. Hi Jennifer!
    Just wanted to say thank-you for all the wonderful videos and information you share, I really appreciate it.
    You are a beautiful person.
    Thanks heaps,
    Suz

  15. Thank you for the beautiful cards to see and new video! Love the inspiration and seeing your works of art come to life. You do a fabulous job and are so kind to share with us. Thank you!

  16. Sooo so pretty! I do have a foiling machine but its great to know there are other options. And the Gina K foils are lovely, I saw your Instagram Live 🙂

  17. WOW Jennifer, you NEVER disappoint! These are all gorgeous cards and you’d ideas are fantastic. I absolutely L♡VE this release from Simon (well, I actually always love their releases…) as these dies are so beautiful and extremely versatile, they go way beyond Valentine’s, obviously.
    Beautiful job as always.

  18. Thank you! These are beautiful cards and I will try the no-heat foiling method. I bought the Royal Sovereign laminator and am very happy with it, but today’s video techniques will be fun to try.

  19. Thank you, Jennifer, for the great informative video! I don’t have a laminator but do have some foil that I picked up at a clearance sale. I thought I might be able to figure out a way to use it & now I know! Love all the gorgeous cards & I love your blog!!

  20. Love all your tutorials Jennifer and love the new Gina K foils and how you used them. I feel I know her and her lovely family from watching her tutorials for a few years now. I’ve only recently discovered your tutorials and boy, how glad I am as I’ve picked up so many wonderful tips. I really love the Altenew Crafty Friends Clear Stamps. What fun for all of us “Crafty” folk and our “Crafty” friends. Hope your are keeping warm in the U.S. We are melting away here in Sydney!

  21. Beautiful cards. How did you get such clean blending of the foil on your first card. Mine are coming out with lines and not very neat. Any suggestions?

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