What better way to spend a rainy day (which, by the way, was a very welcome break from the slightly too warm weather of late), than exploring something new. A while back my copy of Papercraft Inspirations arrived, along with a free Christmas embossing folder and foil set. Now, I’ve never used foil in craft, at least not like this. To me it is something you put over the top of food in the oven so you don’t cremate the outside whilst cooking the middle, or the thing you use to wrap the kids lunch in when you’ve lost their sandwich boxes.
Before starting I had a quick look at the magazine for inspiration. There were some lovely designs, and I had a look through my (rather too large) stash of Christmas card making materials for some suitable papers. The foils in the kit were pink, red and gold and I had some fairly contemporary coloured papers in my collection which I though coordinated well with the pink foil.
For the first card, I cut a strip of foil the height of the greeting and embossed it, with the intention of using it as the focal point of the card. I cut it too big, which meant I had to do some trimming after I had embossed. Because I didn’t want to squash the embossing I used a steel ruler and craft knife to cut it to size. I cut a square of card and layered it with backing paper, adding a layer of ribbon. (Pro tip-stick the end of the ribbon inside the card and not to the back, otherwise you can’t open it. You’re welcome!) I added purple gems to embellish it, I’m still undecided on whether they were a good or bad idea but they do colour coordinate quite well (ish).
After that I upped my game a bit and embossed the Christmas tree, which I then fussy cut and stuck to backing paper layered on mirror card. I added gems again, and a silver glittery greeting. I am beginning to take a shine (sorry, pun intended) to the pink foil.
For my final card of the day, I decided to go a bit more traditional and use the gold foil. I embossed the Christmas tree again, and fussy cut it as well as I could. This was the biggest challenge for me as the foil was a bit tricky to cut neatly. I’m also quite bad at judging an even border around it when cutting by hand, but I’m pretty certain the recipient won’t be measuring. I chose a red stripy paper and a gold coloured backing card, along with a gold and cream ribbon to continue the traditional colour scheme. I’m not sure whether the bow should have been stuck on at an angle or not, as it covers the tree. However it also covers the glue splodge I made when sticking the tree on so it’ll have to stay there!
The greeting was another peel off, and I used one of my favourite card making tips to put the (very thin and delicate) greeting on neatly. I used washi tape, but have used masking tape in the past too. First of all I firmly applied the tape.to the greeting whilst it was still attached to the backing sheet. I then lifted it, still attached to the tape, and carefully stuck it to my card before removing the washi tape. Ta da, neatly applied, non crinkled or stretched peel off greeting!
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by foil. It gave a lovely shine to the cards and wasn’t as temperamental as I thought it might be. There is plenty left from my free kit so I’m sure I will make some more! The foil was quite thick, so I don’t think my Poundland kitchen foil would work quite as well. (Maybe only run it through the embossing machine once!)
Have you ever crafted with foil? Do you have any tips?