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Foil Die Cutting

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!

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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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.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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!

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And one last card with the Rainbow Shattered Deco Foil. These letters were created with the Simon Says Stamp Rounded Alphabet Dies. This foil looks amazing on black!

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another great foil is the traditional Rainbow Deco Foil. Here, I used it with the Simon Says Stamp Filigree Heart Die and a foiled Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example of adding your own color to silver foil with permanent markers. This features the Simon Says Stamp Filigree Message Circle Die and Simon Says Stamp Stop Drop Party Stamp Set.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I wish I could photograph this better…

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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!

Foil Die Cutting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

NEW RELEASE

Today I used lots of products from the new Simon Says Stamp release… and will use even more in my next video. You can find the full release HERE.

I appreciate the time you have spent with me today!

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the SSS-branded products and the productswith asterisks which were received from the company with no expectation. 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 Leafy Frames Stamp Set
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Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet Stamp Set
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Simon Says Stamp Stop Drop Party…
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Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Combo
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Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Rounded Alphabet Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Filagree Border Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Filigree Heart Die
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Simon Says Stamp Filigree Message…
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Simon Says Stamp Filigree Butterfly Die
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Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bloom Stamp Set
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Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Die
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Simon Says Stamp All My Heart Stencil
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Simon Says Stamp You’re Doing Awesome…
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Simon Says Stamp I Love You Dies
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Memory Box Classic Heart Dies
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*Hero Arts Infinity Circle Dies
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Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp
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Simon Says Stamp Circle Doodle Stamp
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Therm O Web Transfer Gel
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*Therm O Web Stencil Pal
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Therm O Web Pixie Spray
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Palette Knife Set
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*Therm O Web Toner Sheets
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Royal Sovereign Laminator
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Thermoweb Parchment Paper
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Therm O Web Rainbow Shattered Deco Foil
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*Therm O Web Gina K Sparkling Silver…
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*Therm O Web Gina K Glimmering Gold…
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*Therm O Web Gina K Shimmer Deco Foils
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*Therm O Web Brutus Monroe Silver…
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*Therm O Web Rainbow Deco Foil
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Them O Web Opal Deco Foil
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Therm O Web Gina K Teal Deco Foil
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Therm O Web Silver Deco Foil
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Therm O Web Gina K Opal Deco Foil
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*Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips
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*Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips 2
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Sketch Copic Markers
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Therm O Web Purple Tape
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Therm O Weby 1/2 Inch Purple Tape
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Gina K Connect Glue
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Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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Anti Static Powder Bag
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Mono Sand Eraser
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Tim Holtz Trimmer
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White Craft Foam
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
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*Hero Arts Adriatic Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass Cardstock
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*Gina K Sea Glass Dye Ink
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*Studio Katia Midnight Blue Crystals
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27 thoughts on “Foil Die Cutting”

  1. These cards are so BEAUTIFUL! Loving the Hello with all the colored flowers but my FAVE is the one on the Adriatic colored cardstock just gorgeous

  2. Beautiful cards Jennifer, I love to see this technique but never quite got into foiling as I don’t own a laminator. But they are so gorgeous to look at! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. So cool and beautiful. I have had the transfer gel for a while now but have never used it… I think this weekend will be the time to rectify that!!! 🙂

  4. OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY GOODNESS! Jen…this is incredible! What a WOWzer effect! I learn something new from you with every video you post. I always wondered what the toner sheets were used for and now I know…thanks for all the tips and tricks. AMAZING cards with so much fun…

  5. Love these cards and these techniques! Can hardly wait to give them a try. The results you achieved are amazing. Thanks for all the tips and tricks, including the one about using the laminator to straighten out any warping of the paper!

  6. So many beautiful cards. I really enjoyed learning this technique. You are such a good teacher Thanks for the video too.

  7. Love these cards never thought I would want get involved with foil but you have changed my mind. Thank you for inspiring and challenging us to try something new.

  8. Thank you Jennifer. You have such great ideas. I am going to try this as soon as the craft room is cleaned. I appreciate you so much.

  9. Thank you for another GREAT technique. I have everything I need to do this, or so I thought. I’m having trouble finding a die that will work for this tech. ( to use it as a stencil) I have LOTS of dies but they all cut out wrong. How can I figure out if a die will work for this tech.

  10. I loved these cards. I have all the materials to make some and will do so with your inspiration. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the “messy coloring” cards turned out. My next purchase is the transfer gel.

  11. Great and beautiful cards Jennifer. The transfer gel looks so easy to use and gives great results. Thank you so much for this great tutorial with a ton of inspiration.

  12. Have not had good luck with the transfer gel, but am going to try again as I just received the Stencil Pal tool. Thanks for the video, Jennifer!

  13. Jennifer,
    I really enjoyed this video. Using dies to make stencils is ingenious . Using the Deco Foil transfer gel is a perfect way to use the foiling and coloring the foil is such a great idea. Thanks for all your great ideas and tips.

  14. Jennifer,
    Thank you, as always, for sharing your talent with all of us. My family and friends always enjoy receiving a handmade card. Your videos have taken my cards to the next level. Thank you and God bless!

  15. You make the most beautiful cards ever, I swear! I don’t have a die cutter or a laminator so none of this is possible for me. However, I have seen some paper that comes in a roll that looks like what you used. It’s for a die cutter but it looks like foil. Could I use it in some of my better paper punches?
    I also used to have some foil stuff that you could put on with a popsicle stick, like rub on’s. I wonder if they still make that? Then if I could do both of those things I could have cards as good looking as yours.
    I don’t have faves because I love them all equally but you know how I feel about yellow so those would be faves. I am loving trying to do cards like these. I hope I can!

  16. WOW! I just can’t stop saying that when I see all of these great cards! I am so in love with soooo many of the new Simon Says Stamps goodies….awesome new release! Great fun today!
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work…big hugs!

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