Hi! Today I am sharing several techniques for combining foil and die cutting. These techniques are easy to do and great for making clean and simple cards a little more fun!
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I have done many videos on using foil in the past… you can find a playlist of them HERE. Today I am focusing on my favorite ways to combine foil and die cutting. These methods require a laminator (which I use for many other things in my craft room) for heat and pressure. If you are looking for non-laminator techniques, check out THIS video.
I apologize that the photos of these cards aren’t the best. I am not good with photography… especially with shiny foil.
My first few examples start by creating a “stencil” from cardstock and a die. I then apply Therm O Web Transfer Gel over the “stencil” (using a bit of Therm O Web Pixie Spray to hold it in place temporarily) onto cardstock. After letting it dry for about an hour, I added a piece of Deco Foil and ran it through a laminator. This gives great foiling with a bit of dimension!
This first card features foiling with over a “stencil” created with the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Die and Therm O Web Gina K Sparkling Silver Deco Foil. The sparkle is such fun! I added a white heat embossed sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Leafy Frames Stamp Set and lots of Studio Katia Midnight Blue Crystals.
Here, I used the Simon Says Stamp Filigree Message Circle Die to create a stencil to apply Therm O Web Transfer Gel followed by Therm O Web Teal Deco Foil. I die cut another panel with the Simon Says Stamp Filigree Message Circle Die and then stamped on top with the Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp. This piece fits over the first to reveal the foiled areas. (Be sure to watch the video to see how this is done!) I also added a foiled sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips.
One of my favorite Deco Foils is the Opal version. Here, I used it with Hero Arts Adriatic Cardstock and the Simon Says Stamp Filigree Border Die. So elegant! I also white heat embossed a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet Stamp Set.
Another favorite Deco Foil is the Rainbow Shattered. WOW! Soooo sparkly. This card features the Simon Says Stamp All My Heart Stencil (instead of a die cut DIY stencil) and Simon Says Stamp I Love You Dies.
I used that Rainbow Shattered Deco Foil again on this next card, but teamed it up with the Simon Says Stamp Filigree Border Die and a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Stop Drop Party Stamp Set. This is one of my favorite designs… and so fast to make!
Another fun way to use foil with die cutting is to create your own custom colors. After foiling with the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Die and Therm O Web Brutus Monroe Silver Sketch Deco Foil (so much sparkle!), I used my Copic Markers to add different colors to the foil. Swoon! The “hello” is from the Simon Says Stamp Leafy Frames Stamp Set.
I wish I could photograph this better…
I used four different colors of foil on this next card. I really like the shimmery Gina K Deco Foils! This Simon Says Stamp Filigree Butterfly Die is so pretty… and I added a foiled Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip.
Here is another card using multiple colors of foil. This is a great way to use up your foil scraps… even tiny pieces. I was able to quickly form the letters on this using the Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Dies… and used the Simon Says Stamp Circle Doodle Stamp on the background.
Keep in mind that most of my cards show tiny foiled areas, because of the dies I chose to use. However, you can use any dies you have!
Another fun way to use foil with die cutting is with Therm O Web Toner Sheets. Simply die cut your shape and run it through your laminator with foil. You will end up with a perfectly foiled die cut! That is what I did for the circle die cut on this next card. (I used the above technique with the Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bloom Die for the flower in the background.) The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet Stamp Set.
And my last card shows a die cut I created with a Therm O Web Toner Sheet, Therm O Web Rainbow Shattered Deco Foil, and the Simon Says Stamp You’re Doing Awesome Die. I plan to make more this way – so fast to do – and so much shine!
I appreciate the time you have spent with me today!
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