Hi lovely crafty friends, foiling is such a cool technique and the results are amazing. But the thing with foil is those leftover bits with lots of pretty foil still on it. What to do with them? Obviously, you can’t throw them away:-)
I am going to show you a bunch of ways to the foil scraps to get the most out of those fancy foils and have less waste at the same time!
All techniques and ideas are shown and explained in the video tutorial. Make sure to watch it to get all the best tips and tricks.
If you haven’t seen the Foiling Without Fancy Tools video yet, make sure to check it out.
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Foil is available in multiple colours from different brands. I tried even the ones that say hot foil or use with laminator work with the following techniques.
They also come in dots and regular complete tape, make a random pattern on your card and add some foil, that’s it, easy peasy.
The thing with foil combined with tapes and double-sided adhesives is that they can stay a bit sticky or tacky.
Of course, I have a way to fix that for you. Just use an Anti-Static Pouch ( SBC | SSS ). After applying the foil simply go over the pattern and then wipe away the excess powder with a Nuvo – Surface Sweep ( SBC | SSS ) or other soft brush to de-stick the adhesive.
This is one of my favorite products to use with foils, Therm O Web – Deco Foil – Transfer Gel – DUO ( SBC | JGG | SSS | THR ). It can be used with stencils and can be easily washed off , a good thing in my book, easy cleaning:-)
But you can also apply it with a Palette Knife ( SBC ). The Vicki Boutin Silicon Palette Knife is my go-to one because it’s so easy to work with. I have used it for a few years already and still looks new.
Adding the little details are a great way to use up those smaller foil scraps and make your design a bit more special.
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Let’s wrap it up with the last tip in case you want to use a complete foil scrap. On those leftover pieces can be an incredibly cool pattern but the shiny plastic isn’t quite appealing.
Just add the complete piece with Double Sided Adhesive ( SBC | JGG | SSS ) to a card or other base. And then add a layer of Texture Paste – Transparent Matte ( SBC | JGG | SSS ) to get rid of the plastic look, keeping the pretty foil shine.
I hope you are inspired to not only save those foil scraps but also use them. Thanks for stopping by and make sure to keep on crafting!