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Foil and Stamping

Foil and Stamping

Hello, this is Jennifer. Lately I have been
addicted to foiling techniques and I’ll link to a few videos that I’ve shared in the past.
However I really wasn’t pleased with the foiling that I was doing with my stamping, so I spent
quite a bit of time and a lot of experimenting trying to figure out the best way to combine
my stamps with foiling. That’s what I’m going to share with you today. I will tell you that,
as I mentioned I spent a lot of time, wasted a lot of foil. But it was definitely worth
it. The best part is you need to do firing with your stamps is probably a product that
you already have. I apologize because it’s hard to photograph these foil cards, but you
will be able to see the foil in action here in a little bit. Okay so let’s get our stamped
images ready for foiling. I have a stamp set here from Tim Holtz. Some Fineline Flowers.
I find this works best with outline images, but you could play around with what you have.
I have white are stock ready to go. We’re going to do some heat embossing. I want to
make sure that I rub this well with my anti-static tool, because you want to make sure that you
don’t get any powder where you don’t want it. So I am stamping my image here with VersaMark
Ink. You won’t be able to see it. That’s just a clear sticky ink. Then I’m going to add
regular old white embossing powder. This is the trick to getting foiling to work with
stamps. What I’ve seen is the Ranger White super fine embossing powder. I found this
works best with the fine powders. But you can try it with any that you may have. Really
I’m just using white, because I’m using a white background. You could use clear if you
wanted to too. Now I’m adding powder here. Again you want to make sure that you brush
away any excess of the powder, because anywhere you have powder on this piece of paper you
will end up with foil later on. If there are any spare bits of powder there will be spare
bits of foil on your final image. So there I went ahead and heat set that. So basically
all I have is a white heat embossed image on card stock. I also wanted to foil my sentiment.
I have a stamp set here from Clearly Besotted. I love this set. I’m going to use the messages
You are the Best and You are Amazing. I’m stamping this once again with VersaMark ink
on the bottom of this white piece. Again you want to make sure you use anti-static. If
you don’t have a powder tool like this for anti-static you could also use a dryer sheet
and that should work okay. Now I’m adding that white embossing powder making sure to
kind of flick off any of the extra and also brush away any. You really want to make sure
to get rid of that extra powder. I’m going to go ahead and heat set that and now this
whole piece is ready to do foiling. So I have a flower white heat embossed and a sentiment
white heat embossed. Next let’s talk about the foil that I’m going to use. I haven’t
gotten my hands on the Heidi Swapp foil yet and the Ranger foils also work. But the foils
I’m using today are from Thermoweb. They’re called Deco Foil. I really like this because
there are many colors. Many gorgeous colors and there are five sheets of foil in these
packages. So you really get a lot in these packages. You want to be careful to pull them
apart because they kind of stick. So you just want one. Now I’m going to cut a little strip
from the gold. This will be for my sentiment and then I’m going to cut from the pink melon
color, which is just gorgeous, a square for my flower. Now you’ll notice the back side
of this foil is like a matte silver. But the color you will end up with is whatever color
is on the front. So I have to pieces of foil to do onto our little piece here. So I have
two pieces of foil ready to go on our little piece here. Again the flower will be pink
and the sentiment will be gold. Now we need a way to make our foil stick to the embossing.
You can use an iron for this technique. I find much better results if you use a laminating
machine. I have laminator here that’s very inexpensive. It’s like $19. I am going to
use to stick that foil onto our heat embossing. So this is just a plain laminator. You can
try whatever laminator you have on hand. Now I have my white heat embossed flower and I’m
going to lay my pink foil on top that. Then I’m going to lay the gold foil on top of our
sentiment. In past videos you’ve seen me put this in a folded typing paper, as kind of
a carrier. This is the trick to making this work. Put it in my laminator with nothing.
I just carefully start feeding it into my laminator, before you know it the laminator
will kind of grab it and pull it all the through to the other side. If you use a carrier sheet,
like a folded piece of paper, you won’t get as much foiling. I’ll show you what that looks
like in a moment. Now I don’t know if it’s okay to feed this through here without a carrier
sheet. I didn’t break any rules in high school, so I guess I’m doing it now. I don’t know.
I didn’t find any problems. Let me tell you I did this many times, so I was just careful
to make sure that the foil was on top of the heat embossed images before I fed it through
and every time it out just perfectly okay. So I don’t think you have to have that carrier
sheet. Now the piece will come out the other side. I’ll let this cool for a couple of seconds.
Then I peel off the foil and then get ready to do a happy dance because this looks incredible.
Check it out; you get very smooth foil results with this. This is just gorgeous. I was so
excited when I finally figured this out. Now if you have tiny bits of foil where you don’t
want it, like if there was that one tiny bit of embossing powder that grabbed some of that
foil, you can scrap it away with a craft knife. Remember I said all of the embossing powder
will grab that foil. The shine here is very smooth. In past videos I showed how to stamp
with glue and then do foil on top. That doesn’t give as smooth of results as this. I mean
this is perfectly smooth super shiny and I just used regular embossing powder. Or a fine
embossing powder. Now this is a mess up. This is along the way. I just wanted to show you
it doesn’t scratch off. It’s a lot more durable then some of the foiling techniques I’ve shown.
So I’m scratching my finger nail on it and it seems to be okay. This is nice and durable
on it and I don’t have to worry about it rubbing off when it goes through the mail. I wanted
to show you something else. Before we did use a carrier sheet through the laminator
I wanted to show you the results when we do use a carrier sheet. Because the results are
pretty cool too. I’ve positioned my foil on top of another heat embossed image here and
I’m putting it inside a piece of folded typing paper. I’m going to run this through my laminator.
So this time the foil doesn’t get heated or press down as much, because that carrier sheet
on. I guess less heat makes it to it. So you get more of a fine bit if foiling at the end
results. I think it’s still cool. It’s just different. I wanted to be able to show you
the two options so you can decide what you like better. Also maybe one of these ways
works better for certain stamps than others, so you can either try with or without a carrier
sheet. I also found when doing this technique with your piece inside a carrier sheet, it’s
best to run it through twice. Just to give it a little more heat and really makes that
foil stick to the embossing powder. Now a lot of people have asked about the Heidi Swapp
Mink Machine which is great for foiling techniques. I just got mine, so I promise I will check
it out and do a video on it soon. Okay, so now I’ve gotten this to go through the laminator
twice. I’m going to go ahead and peel off the foil. This time you’ll see a little bit
less of the foil. You can a little finer detail with this technique. Really just depends on
what you’re going for. Check out that fine detail you get. Super thin lines. Again, you
want to experiment with different stamps and see what works well for you. I happen to like
it better when we don’t use the carrier sheet, but this is another option. Okay so let’s
go ahead and do these backgrounds. I wanted to show you that you could do foil on colored
card stocks for a great shine in the background. I have a piece of pink card stock here, putting
my anti-static powder tool on there making sure that I don’t get powder where I don’t
want it. I have a background stamp here from Tim Holtz. I thought this worked really well
with the flower image that we have in the focal point. I am inking this up with VersaMark
ink. Then I will stamp this onto that pink card stock. Now, earlier I used a super fine
white embossing powder, this time I’m going to use a super fine clear embossing powder.
Because if there are any areas that don’t foil after we do our technique I don’t want
white showing up I want clear showing up. So again I’m using a clear super fine embossing
powder. If you don’t have super fine, try what you have, it may work out just fine.
So I’m going to go ahead and heat set this and you get this lovely shiny tone on tone
result, but we’re going to add foil to it. Adding the foil to this background is very
easy. I’m going to use the technique I showed you at the beginning of this video. Just taking
the foil, laying it right onto our background. I cut the foil a little bit bigger than our
background and I’m going to carefully feed it into my laminator without a carrier sheet.
I found that I got better results again not using the carrier sheet and just running it
directly through our laminator. I let it feed it all the way through, let it cool for a
couple seconds and just peel it off you get this gorgeous foil that’s tone on tone, because
we use this pink foil on a pink card stock. It’s just beautiful. You’ll see, I really
do keep a lot of the detail using this technique. So you could use any of your background stamps
to get this great foil. It looks like a paper that you bought. The shine that you get is
just hard to beat. Now I assembled these into basic cards. I just matted the floral pieces
on a little bit of black card stock and then glued them onto white card stock note card.
I also made two others. This is a blue. This is turquoise on turquoise and the last one
I think would be great for wedding card. It’s silver on gray card stock. So I combined some
silver with some gold. I’ll be doing more with these techniques in the future so be
sure to subscribe so you can catch those. If you are interested in the products I use
here for using foil for good old fashion embossing powder, you can check my YouTube description
below where I will link to multiple sources. Or you can go over to my blog at
where I’ll have much more information and a fun giveaway. If this video is helpful,
please give it a thumbs up so YouTube knows you want to see more from me and we will see
you soon.

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100 thoughts on “Foil and Stamping

  1. Jennifer, I didn't have a machine like you did this, but when you mentioned an iron, I thought, Oh, I have a little iron from Heidi Swapp! So I did the 1st one, not good, melted most of the foil onto the paper. Then I used the only detail embossing powder I had, w/c was black. The tried it w/out moving the iron across it, just up and down to cover the image, Used silver foil and it worked!!! That's Jennifer for all your great videos you do for us!!!

  2. These cards are SO beautiful +Jennifer McGuire Ink!! I've got all the tools…just need the foil…and will try this technique! Love these cards! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  3. Jennifer, I've been doing heat-embossed foiling slightly different. I stamp the image with VersaMark, add the fine embossing powder, cover it with the foil and send it through the laminator. The image doesn't "flatten out" if I don't melt the embossing powder first. And it saves a step in the process!

  4. Have you tried Tim Holtz Sticky Embossing Powder? Essentially, it is "powdered glue". You stamp with versa mark, or your favorite pigment stamping ink, apply the sticky embossing powder just like you would if you were embossing something, heat it up, and apply the foil. Easy as pie 🙂

  5. I watched Paper Wishes video yesterday and they used a foam piece that had sticky on it and just peeled back or cut the paper from the part they wanted to foil and just rubbed it and lifted the foil off and voila! You can use one color for flowers and one color for the leaves. It looks easy to do! Mercy! YouTube is breaking my piggy bank! Thank you for your time!! And still free!!

  6. This looks so awesome! Do you think this would also work as well with the heat and stick embossing powder?

  7. I tried it with some text stamp and it didn't work. It foiled the whole area like a blob not each letter. Why didn't it work?

  8. can you emboss with the foil and would you emboss before or after foiling thank you enjoy watching I keep coming back for reference thank you

  9. Excellent video so helpful, I would like to just say I have seen a few laminaters break without using a carring sheet, but I all so see what you mean, the results are better with out. I just wondered if you try using a newspaper sheet ( not the reading ones) the white block ones as they are so fine yet able to carry the foil through, and maybe allow more heat to get to the card and foil. … Just a thought. Thank you very much for your videos.😀🌲

  10. Excellent video so helpful, I would like to just say I have seen a few laminaters break without using a carring sheet, but I all so see what you mean, the results are better with out. I just wondered if you try using a newspaper sheet ( not the reading ones) the white block ones as they are so fine yet able to carry the foil through, and maybe allow more heat to get to the card and foil. … Just a thought. Thank you very much for your videos.😀🌲

  11. I was wondering if you have used or heard of anyone using a heat press in place of a laminator? A heat press I have, a laminator, not so much. Just don't want to have to buy another tool!

  12. I've been watching a lot of these videos, and learning a lot! When you are making the pink flower using embossing powder, you showed using a carrier sheet and none, but I wonder if using a carrier just on the bottom (to help the machine accept it without risk of shifting) and nothing on top would make a third result?

  13. Over the past few weeks I have discovered your YouTube channel, and I have had a blast learning many different techniques, I have to say, these foil backgrounds, tone on tone, are probably the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Brilliant, thanks so very much for all you do. I am truly inspired.
    God Bless

  14. Help. I have tried SEVERAL times to do the Tim Holtz Botanical Garden Stamp Project. I used all the very same products Jennifer did and it does NOT work for me. The finished product looks like gobs of foil fused together. No definition at all. I can't figure out what I am doing wrong.

  15. Jennifer I love every technique you come up with on here. Amazing work and I love this foiling. Keep them coming.

  16. Me parece una forma tremenda de gastar dinero .
    Gastar foil para un TAG de mariposa pues si que quedó precioso.Pero usar un TAG red y foil Pink lo veo lo más tonto del mundo mundial

  17. Thank you, gotta try this. I picked up a laminator on clearance for $6.00 at Staples. I hope it works. Love the backgrounds.

  18. i was doing foil stamping over cloth using laser printer, foil and laminator. the foil sticks all over the cloth. what's the problem? can you suggest anything?

  19. Helloo!!
    What if you foil into shimmer paper? I mean shiny paper/cardstock, like pearled, have you tried it? Have you the same results? Would you try one and make a video with this kind ig paper for your recommendations?
    I would be so thankful.

  20. Great techniques Jennifer thank you so much. I will see if I can get a laminator in the Uk for £20. Thank you for sharing your skills with us all, you are amazing!

  21. There must be an emphasis on the SUPER FINE embossing powder. I've tried this 4 different ways and it was an epic fail. I'll buy some super fine and give it another shot. Your cards are absolutely stunning, as always. xo

  22. well done video. I knew you could use embossing powder. I had purchased a kit once that had the foils and the powder with it for the same methodology. Thanks, your creations are inspiring

  23. Jennifer im sure learning alot from you today. Im loving this foil stuff. Im going to get my son to get me a laminater. Today!!

  24. Do I have to use the carrier sheet on the minc machine. I purchased one but the results are not exactly what I was hoping

  25. these are so pretty ,i,m going to try this way of foiling for definate ,thank you Jennifer for sharing .

  26. Wow, oh wow Jennifer. I have some foils but never thought to heat emboss them to get them to stick ! Great job and thanks for sharing.

  27. Hi Jennifer, I know this video is a few years old 😜but I'm a newbiee to foiling, and just found your channel ( which I love 😍😍)
    I only have an ink printer, but did I hear you say if I copied an image on my scanner, saved and printed it , it would be the same as a laser, or am I loosing it !!!!!!!

  28. can you run it thru with the carrier sheet first then , take it off and send it thru the laminator again without carrier sheet, do you think it still will come out like without carrier sheet like you did?

  29. my laminator didn't work… it was set on hot anf the ready button was lit bummer 🙁 my versa mark ink left a light grey stamp what's wrong?

  30. You get a lot better results than I get with my Go Press machine, thank you so much.
    Jennifer you are amazing.

  31. That was awesone! The cards look great with the foil..thank you for dojng all that experimenting for us so we get the best tutorial!!

  32. I don't get this result at all. I am using Crafter's Companion Deco foil and I've bought a brand new laminator specifically for this job. The foil is depositing all over the card not just wear the embossing is. I let the laminator heat until the green light on, then tried it leaving it long after the green light had come on. I've used casing paper and parchment, put it through as is (just the piece of card and foil) with the same results each time. What is happening? Is the laminator too hot?

  33. I just got my laminator in the mail yesterday and am expecting my foil on Monday. Can hardly wait to try these techniques. Thank you for figuring out ways to do foiling using stamps, laser printers and inexpensive laminating machines. You are so creative and innovative and if I could only follow one paper artist it would be you.

  34. Stunning Jennifer.  As always, so many tips and showing us different results for different techniques.  You're amazing.  TFS.

  35. Thank you for expanding the use of the laminater! I always thought you had to use laminated sheets! Eureka! Thank you! I can now experiment without causing a fire! Appreciated!

  36. Hello Jennifer, hope all is well.
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    We hope you enjoyed using our Royal Sovereign products.

  37. I've just tried this and am having problems. The foil sticks to the whole sheet not just the embossed area. What am I doing wrong?

  38. Well if really small item is it possible to use just plain old aluminum foil as a carrier sheet? Would transfer the heat better than papers one would think.

  39. Beautiful cards! I just bought a Go Press and Foil machine. Would love to see what you do with one of those. I wonder whether there would be a difference using a carrier sheet or not with that machine. I don't have it yet so I haven't had a chance to test it out.

  40. Jennifer;

    Thank You soooo much for teaching us how to foil all these different ways of foiling. You have given me confidence to do it now!! Thanks again!!

  41. Just wanted to say this video is VERY helpful. I have been youtube'n all kinds of 'how to' and craft stuff lately.. its going on two weeks of non stop rabbit hole click-a-thons… and yours is the most clear, concise, straightforward forward, and helpful. The organization of it, the list of materials you provide.. everything. It's spectacular. Too many folks are wasting time, like to hear themselves speak, and just go on and on with bs.. NOT you. It is a ray of sunshine in a tedious yt world. thank you for your input here!

  42. I was steered to this video after watching your current foiling technique video using stamps, clear embossing, and a laminator. All the card are just absolutely gorgeous Jennifer. I spend more time watching you show me how to do stuff than I actually implement the techniques. I keep buying all the stamps, dies, inks, powders, etc. and don't get around to using them. I have decided I am a "stamping collector". You have the best videos. I am hard of hearing but I can hear you very clearly without having to use a headset. You are the best and I thank you for all the sharing of your talent. You are a very special woman.

  43. Thanks so much, Jennifer. I've been wanting to try the foiling but wasn't sure how to get started. I'm going to get started today. Thank you.👍💕

  44. Hi Jennifer, I love the technique and your work is beautiful as always, thank you so much for making these teaching videos!! I need some help, my foiled images are coming out smooshed and looking like a blob. I am using fine line stamped images, it looks good after embossed, nice skinny defined lines but after it goes in laminator its a blob. I tried both with and without carrier sheet, with it skipped too much, without the unrecognizable image. I tried two different embossing powders. Help!! Thank you

  45. I didn’t break any rules either, now I break them all….within limits of course. Did you try wax or parchment paper?

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