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Aluminum In Your Paper Crafts
Who would have thought to use foils in embossing folders to add extra dimension to greeting cards? There are so many delightful colors to add that touch of glamour to your cards.
Who would ever think of recycling aluminum for paper crafts? I would for sure. But there are a lot of us who like the glitzy touch that aluminum brings to our cards, scrapbook pages, and art journals.
Aluminum foil is the more reasonable alternative to more pricey foils. But either way, you are going to get stunning results without a lot of effort
The aluminum foil will mold to the embossing folder molds around the detail of the embossing folder. You can choose to use either the dull side or the shiny side. It's up to you!
Prep The Foil
Tear off a piece of clean aluminum foil that is a little wider and taller than the embossing folder that you are using. It does not have to be perfect. You can always trim it later.
You can fold a large sheet of heavy-duty foil (about an 18" strip ), in half three times to get 8 layers. Try between 6-8 layers to see what works best for you. A single layer of aluminum foil, even the heavy-duty kind, may get squished in the mail. So, consider using multiple layers on each card.
Aluminum Foil Layers
How To Emboss Aluminum Foil
Piece of card stock the size of your embossing folder
Piece of double sided adhesive sheet the same size as your card
Piece of aluminum kitchen foil sized to card stock
- Remove one side of the backing of the double sided adhesive sheet
- Attach that side of the adhesive sheet to the card stock
- Remove the other side of the adhesive sheet
- Place the aluminum foil on the adhesive sheet, dull side down
- Run through your embossing machine, using the embossing sandwich specified by the manufacturer
- Remove the paper and foil from the embossing folder.
- Cut to fit your card
Aluminum Foil Embossing With An Index Card
You can use less aluminum foil by embossing it using an index card as a backer.
- Cut a piece of aluminum foil a little larger than the index card.
- Spray the index card with a light mist of spray adhesive
- Wrap the foil around the back of the card.
- Lay the foil-covered index card in the embossing folder.
- Place it between the correct plates for your machine and run it through your Embossing and Die Cut Machine.
Stamping On Embossed Foil
Embossing Foil Tape
- Trim the card stock to the size of the embossing folder
- Cut strips of the foil tape to fit the piece of the cardstock
- Carefully apply each strip of foil tape to fit the card stock pulling off the backing as you go.
- Flatten each tape carefully with a bone folder.
- Make sure that there is no space between the lines of tape
- Trim off excess edges of tape
- Place the card stock with the foil tape into the embossing folder. Close the lid of the folder.
- Run it through the embossing machine of your choice, following the directions for embossing folders
Embossed Tin Foil Without An Embossing Folder
This gives the foil a forged metal look. It is perfect for a more masculine look
Light cardboard or card stock
Decoupage glue (like Mod Podge)
A small paint brush
Dark color acrylic paint or metallic paint
- Cut a piece of card stock or light cardboard
- Cut a piece of aluminum foil larger than the paper piece
- Crumple the aluminum foil making a ball in your hand
- Straighten out the foil
- Cover the piece of paper or card stock with decoupage glue
- Place the crumpled foil on top of the paper, pressing gently
- Allow to dry
- With a small paint brush, apply either the dark acrylic paint or the metallic paint over the foil
- Wipe off with a paper towel
- Allow to dry
Coloring On Foil
Did you know that you can actually color on your embossed foil back grounds?
Alcohol markers are your best bet. But remember, you need to have a very light hand when coloring these projects. Test the markers that you have on a scrap piece of aluminum foil before you give it a try.
- Stick to just a few colors to highlight. Adding too many colors will only add confusion to your piece.
- Start with the light color first so that you do not contaminate your darker color nibs.
- Try to use a brush tip if you can with a very light touch. Leaning too much into the design will just flatten it
Color Your Embossed Aluminum Foil
Foil Embossing With Stencils
- Place the aluminum foil on top of the stencil
- Secure with non stick tape
- Rub with the paper stump until you see the design
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