Blendabilities Class: Coloring on Embossed Foil

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I've got just one more card to share with you from my Blendabilities Class coming up on Wednesday, August 20, and it's a fantastic one!  Interested in joining us?  Please RSVP before 5pm tomorrow, August 19.

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Tin foil coloring - two cool  

My final Blendabilities Class card features another fun technique you can do with these very versatile markers—Coloring On Embossed Foil!  Ooohh!  Don't you love the look of this super-shiny background?!  

Foil - lovely lace congratulations      

Embossed Foil—I had been wanting to try texture embossing on aluminum foil for awhile to see how different it was from embossing on the Stampin' Up! Silver Foil.  So, the cards I created are using Aluminum Foil right out of my kitchen.  For a sturdy base, I stacked 4 layers of foil together, trimmed them down to my 4-5/8" x 3/3/8" size, then embossed them with the Lovely Lace Texture Impressions Folder.  

Tin Foil v. Silver Foil Embossing Review: I thought that the aluminum foil worked well for the actual technique, but I did have some issues when I adhered it to the card base.  First, you have to apply the SNAIL to the card stock you want to mount it on.  If you apply it to the foil, you would ruin the embossed design.  Second, the layers did start to come apart at the edges a bit, so I would recommend adhering them together before embossing. 

Bottom Line: I recommend using the Silver Foil over the aluminum foil for texture embossing, because it is sturdier and much easier to add it to your project.  However, either foil produces great results.

Foil - lovely lace congratulations 2   

Coloring On Foil—The alcohol-based Blendabilities markers are permanent on both porous and non-porous surfaces, so I couldn't wait to try them on foil!  This is definitely a technique that earns the Too Cool seal of approval!  I had so much fun altering the color of the silver and I'm looking forward to trying this technique with other colors and different embossing folders. 

For both of my projects, I used the medium and dark Night of Navy, as well as the medium Old Olive, Blendabilities Markers.  I love the colored look on the Lovely Lace floral texture! 

Background Details—I couldn't resist adding a Rhinestone Jewel to the flower centers.  I kept them white, but you could easily color those, too for coordinating bling.  The foil is mounted on a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Night of Navy card stock, then adhered to the Basic Gray card base.

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TIPS For Coloring On Foil

  • Start with the lightest color markers first, so you don't accidently contaminate your light color nibs with darker inks. 
  • Use the side of the brush tip end and paint on the ink in light strokes to keep color on the raised areas only.  A heavy hand will dent the texture embossing.

Foil - silver foil oops  Foil - silver foil oops 2 

  • If you make a mistake, use the Color Lifter To pick up the color.  You'll need to wipe off the nib of your Color Lifter on scrap paper until it runs clear again, just like you do with Blender Pens.

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Foil - lovely lace congratulations 3    

Sweet Sentiment—The sentiment is from the Bravo Photopolymer stamp, inked in Silver Encore Ink and stamped onto a strip of Night of Navy card stock.  I fish-tailed the end and added a couple Rhinestone Jewels for more sparkle.

Foil - alphabet press way to go   

My second version uses the Alphabet Press embossing folder and has a more masculine look. 

Foil - alphabet press way to go 3

I added the blocky lettering of the "way to go" sentiment, also from the Bravo set, and again stamped in Silver Encore Ink. This sentiment is die-cut with the Banners Framelits, then cut down to a shorter size.  I added the Rhinestone Jewels in a line across the top of the greeting for the sparkle on this card.

Foil - alphabet press way to go 2

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Foil - silver foil two cool 
Coloring On Tin Foil v. Silver Foil Review—Along with the embossing, I wanted to compare the difference between coloring on both the aluminum foil and the Silver Foil.  The photo above shows the coloring on Silver Foil and you can see that there really isn't much difference in the results compared to the aluminum foil I used on my cards. 
Foil - aluminum pooling 
Tin Foil: I noticed that when I colored on aluminum foil, the color tended to flow and blend a little bit better, with less overall streaking, but more overall pooling of color. You can see a good example of the pooling on the dark blue "8" above.
Foil - silver streaking
Silver Foil: In comparison, the ink seemed to "stick" better to the Silver Foil paper, so the color is a little more intense, but you can see the marker strokes a bit more.  There is a coating on the paper that absorbs the color better, but I also noticed some of that coating collecting as a crumbly residue on the marker nib and I had to keep picking it off.  The dark blue color streaked the most, as you can see on the blue "Q" in the photo.
Bottom Line: I still like the overall ease of using the Silver Foil for the coloring and embossing better than aluminum foil, but either one will give successful results.  We'll be using the Silver Foil in my class!
Are you ready to try out this fun technique at my Blendabilities Class
Contact me by tomorrow to sign up!
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Blendabilities - ensemble small 

Today's project is just one of the 5 cards we'll be creating at my TC Stamper Sampler Class Featuring Blendabilities on Wednesday, August 20. 

I've already posted details on the other cards: Blended Bloom Cards, Neon Flower Shop Cards, Bloom With Hope Cards. and Monochrome Poppies Cards.

See my Blendabilities Class post for complete class details and sign up today!  Space is limited for this class.

Class-To-Go Kits are available, and you can receive a FREE class kit when you purchase 4 or more Blendabilities Markers using the GQDEHG3D Hostess Code.  See details.

Hope to see you there!



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