Simply foilbulous!

Chapter: Projects   Series: Bookmarks & Cards

Not long ago I bought a small box of decorative aluminium foil to try them out as backgrounds for cards. As I began to unroll the foil I realized that there were creases here and there, some conspicuous, some not. I just had to accept that condition, kept calm and carried on with the work.

Die cut alphabets and hand lettering on foil.

The roll of foil measures 10 cm by 4 m. The best way to get a sheet of foil to cover the front of a card panel I found is to wrap the cardstock with the foil sheet and stay away from adhesives (whether glue, tape or sheet). Wrapping is truly the easiest and safest when handling flimsy foil. I used glue to stick down the sides behind the card panel.


Card #1 (landscape, left on first image)

  1. Trim a lightweight card panel to be 3.5″ x 5.5″. I made the size to be smaller than the width of the foil.
  2. Trim a piece of foil to be 6″ long. The reverse side of the patterned foil is just plain silver. Wrap all around the cardstock with the silvery side showing.
  3. Paste double-sided tape onto craft foam then remove the release paper and paste smaller pieces of foil onto the foam. Next, die cut letters from the foam.
  4. Align the letters onto the card panel and stick them down with white glue. I used a ruler to line the letters straight.
  5. Cut out many small pieces of foil measuring about 3/4″ x 3/4″. Next scrunch them up into balls. Disperse these balls on the panel and adhere with white glue.
  6. Trim a second panel to 4″ x 6″. That’s the size of my card base. Wrap along the edges with smaller pieces of foil. I used the tape runner to secure the places where the foil pieces overlapped.
  7. Centre and adhere first panel onto the second panel.
  8. Finally, adhere to a card base.

Card #2 (portraits, right on first image)

  1. Trim a piece of cardstock to be 3.5″ x 5.5″.
  2. Trim a piece of foil to be 6″ long. Wrap the cardstock with this foil, patterned side showing.
  3. Unroll more foil and trace a circle on the foil. I used a circle die for this purpose. Then cut out the circle.
  4. Write the sentiment on the circle with an oil-based marker.
  5. Paste double-sided tape onto craft foam and paste the foil onto the foam, with the silver side showing.
  6. Die cut with the letter “0” a couple of times. The middle die cuts from the “0” were used to attach the circle onto the card panel. This helped prevent creases from showing through if I had adhere the circle down with tape or glue.
  7. Adhere panel onto a 4″ x 6″ card base with tape runner.


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