With Valentine's just around the corner, I tried out some foiling on my own and fell in love! It creates the most beautiful backgrounds. I used the Deco Foil Transfer Gel and my stencils from the shop to make my own backgrounds but you can also buy printed paper that you can foil on if you don't want to go through that process.
I first cut out some cardstock using a Gina Marie Designs die in a couple different sizes. You could do this after also, it just personal preference.
I then took the Deco Foil Transfer Gel and used a palette knife to apply over the stencil. I first taped with washi tape my paper if needed and then taped the stencil on top so it wouldn't move around. I put the excess gel back in the jar and removed the stencil. I would advise having a pan or bowl of water with a little soap to clean the stencil right away. I waited a little too long and it dried on the stencil.
I had a couple different stencils that I used for this process. Once I applied all the gel, I set all the paper aside to dry until the gel was clear and dry which was about an hour.
Here are the different Deco Foils I used. They come in a plastic tube with 5 sheets and are 6" x 12" in size. There are so many pretty colors to choose from!
Next you cut the foil sheet down so it's a little bigger than the sheet you are going to foil. I just lay my paper over the foil and then cut it out.
Next you take your paper and place the foil so the color is facing away from the gel, seems backwards but this is how it adheres to the gel. Then take either some copy paper or parchment paper and fold it over both like a sandwich so it covers them. This is so the foil does not get jammed in your laminator. Pictured below is a sheet from Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates. You can purchase these if you don't have your own designs or stamps to use with the transfer gel or you want to use their images, which are gorgeous!
Next step is to run it through your laminator. Any lamintor should work just fine. Make sure to put the folded end in the laminator first so it does not get jammed.
Once it comes through the other end, take it out and I let it cool for a couple minutes. You can then peel off the foil from the paper and reveal the foiled image!
You can use these backgrounds for shaker cards or as a background and stamp an image on another piece of paper and cut it out. There are so many options.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Crafting has always been a passion of mine since a child. I love photography, painting, drawing, stamping, mixed media, and browsing other sites for ideas. My passion is also in horticulture so I love to grow my own fruits and vegetables and houseplants.