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. Very stunning cards, nice to know we don’t have to spend £100’s on machines to have a go at it. Thank you for all the information.

  2. Thank you so much for these! I tried different glues with foil and had bad results. The double sided adhesive is a fabulous idea!

  3. Beautiful cards and great technique! I’ve been trying to ask you a question on a different technique on your “contact” tab but have been getting an error message. What would be the best method to reach you to ask my question?

  4. Beautiful!! And I’m excited about giving these techniques a try. I’ve been wanting to use foil on my cards as I love the look of it but I didn’t want to buy another machine that I’d have to find room for in my craft room that’s already full, lol. Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Beautiful cards as always. Just want to thank you for all the time and effort you put into making the videos for us. I have been home bound the last five days with a horrible cold and sore throat. Your videos have kept me same.

  6. All the designs are gorgeous. Thank you for giving us an alternative method to using the laminator. It’s so generous of you to be considerate of everyone’s needs.

  7. Thank you so much Jennifer! I love the look of foil on certain cards but don’t have a laminator of any sort so didn’t think I could ever use foil. I appreciate your taking the time to do this video for those of us on a budget.

  8. I love these ideas! Especially the tiny little dots of glue on the last two projects. I never thought to do that, but it would be a lot easier to control than my stickles (which I still have a lot of fun with!!!). Thank you.

  9. These are beautiful and I love having so many different ideas to use products and make cards! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful video!!

  10. Thanks for showing us more ways to use foil without a laminator. I don’t have one, and honestly don’t think I’d use it enough to get one to justify the space it would take up in my craft room. Thanks for all that you do for us! I hope your back is better–and wish I lived closer to you so I could help you out.

  11. Jennifer,
    I just love how you used the foil without laminating it to the cards. It’s such a great idea especially for those who don’t have a Minx or laminating machine. Using the double sided tape is really simple and get the same results. I never thought about coloring the foil before so that’s another great tip. The cards are beautiful.

  12. Another wonderful tutorial. Thanks Jennifer. To be clear, is it the same foil you use for this method and with the laminator? Thanks.

  13. What a gorgeous cards and great heart die from SSS. I love that you showed us how to use the Foil techniques with out heat. The foils look stunning!

  14. Oh how pretty! I haven’t ever tried foil, but I’m glad to know I could try it without getting a laminator. 🙂 Really pretty cards. I love the heart window (and how you colored the foil!), and the stripes too!

  15. Thank you very much for sharing more foiling techniques! So many great ideas. I really like the new dies from Simon Says Stamp. I hope you had fun at the show and I’m glad your back😍 Take care

  16. Granddaughter gave me several rolls of foil she and her mom found as our LSS was closing out just before Christmas. We had watched your foiling videos together, and she found a way for us to try them! We are ready! These are great new ideas!

  17. I bought the laminator Gina K uses in her videos & I’m still not getting perfect results with her transfer sheets–very disappointed. At least now, I can go back to using my foil (have tons!) without heat. Didn’t know how to use the Quickie glue pen or to color that gorgeous silver (one I do have) with Copics. LOVE your cards! Thank you for the inspiration, once again!

  18. I cannot thank you enough for all of the inspiration you give to me. I watch your videos over and over again. I had 2 small rolls of foil in my craft area. I tried the technique with the Scor-tape and it was so easy and looked so great that I went out and bought more foil. I’ll be busy creating after dinner tonight. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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