Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Foil Tape Technique

No kitchen is complete unless you have a roll of aluminum foil.

Have you ever tried using it in an embossing folder? No? You haven't. The world awaits your creativity.

The embossed foil is great for masculine themed cards, embellishments, die-cuts, etc. It is also good for stars, party scrapbook layouts, and New Year's Eve/Christmas cards and scrapbook pages.

If you choose to use aluminum foil, you will need to mount it to cardstock prior to using it in any embossing folder.

What my husband introduced me to this morning is self-stick foil tape. It has the shininess of the aluminum foil, but is is thicker and more durable. You can purchase this foil tape at any hardware store like Home Depot or Lowe's.

So let's experiment!

From trial and error, the foil tape must be cleaned first. There seems to be an oily film on it. The alcohol inks would not adhere to the tape.

Using a cotton ball or paper towel soaked with isopropyl alcohol, wipe the entire surface until it is clean.

Now you are ready to dry emboss.

This is what happened when we didn't clean the foil first. The alcohol inks did not dry or adhere.
When I dabbed the inks with a cotton ball to absorb the extra ink, they wiped off.

It is that dirty! 

Depending on your embossing folder's size, you will need to tape two pieces of the foil tape together.

Line it up closely so there are no gaps.

Now you ready for embossing!
See! The alcohol inks dried on the aluminum foil.

The cleaned self-stick foil tape: the alcohol inks dried much better.

An example what you can do with the inked foil: I cut the hearts out free handed. 

1 comment:

  1. Very cool! Those hearts you cut out are so cute! I'm guessing we can get foil tape at a hardware store? I know what's going to be in my cart next time I'm at Home Depot! :)


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