Friday morning rolled around quickly this week… so much going on! Although I had been playing with a new card fold, I simply haven’t had enough quality time to work out the dynamics! Retiring to my stamp room, my mind befuddled, I began playing around with various older techniques… and then the old light bulb came on and the Faux Foil Technique practically developed on it’s own.
A result of creative play, I wondered if this had ever been published before, so I took a moment to use the Google Search to see if I could find any such technique… and although there are faux foil processes, faux foil stickers and faux foil metal… there is no faux foil technique like this one… YEAH!!
The Faux Foil (No Ink) Technique just lends itself to Clean and Simple Cards (CAS)…. so I think you’re really going to like today’s Super Saturday Tutorial!
Stamps and Supplies the Faux Foil Super Saturday Tutorial:
- Four the Holidays #116921 wood-mount 4pcs $13.95
- Serene Snowflakes #115438 wood-mount 4pcs $20.95
- Whisper White #100730, 40 sheets $8.50
- Stampin’ Glitter #114286 5 colors $13.95
- Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 $3.95
From Your Home:
- Dryer Sheet, Toothpick, Paper Towel, recycled (flat) plastic container, recycled clear plastic baggie, toothbrush or nail brush, a little dish soap and water
- Heat Tool, Adhesive Eraser, Powder Pal Embossing Trays
Step By Step Faux Foil Technique:
- Cut and fold Whisper White Card Stock to desired card size. For this tutorial, I used a standard A2 card measuring 4.25” x 11”, scored at 5.5”
- Place approximately 1/8” of warm, soapy water into your clean and empty recycled container.
- Squeeze out a thin layer of Multipurpose Adhesive onto your recycled plastic bag… it doesn’t have to be a totally solid puddle of glue, but you do want it to be fairly thin.
- Now… you’ll want to work quickly…. and, I know this is the scary part, LOL… stick your stamp into the glue! Move it around as you apply the glue, and turn it over to check that there is enough glue on the stamp.
- Again, working quickly, place the stamp directly onto your whisper white card stock, picking it back up quickly so that the stamp is not glued to the card stock. Now, re-apply the glue and stamp as many times as you would like. IMPORTANT: DO NOT LET THE GLUE DRY ON YOUR STAMP (not the end of the world, you just have to work a little harder to clean it off!)
- Repeat process using alternative stamp images and greeting. As you finish using each stamp, place in your bowl of warm, soapy water… you want to keep the rubber moist.
- The image below is intentionally darkened so that you can almost see the glue stamped images. TIP: If you want to be able to see your images better as you stamp, go ahead and ink up your stamp first with a light color such as Sahara Sand or Pretty In Pink… then when you apply the glue and stamp, you’ll see the images better.
- Take your stamps, recycled plastic container with soapy water, and toothbrush or nail brush to the sink and clean them well. I use a little dish soap and a nail brush to thoroughly clean all crevices, rinse and then pat dry with a paper towel.
- Now, returning to your stamped project… sprinkle your card stock with Silver Super Nova Fine Stampin’ Glitter, tap off excess, and set aside to dry completely.*
- Once dry, your card will be very sparkly… and a bit dimensional… we’re not done yet!
- If there are areas you feel you need to ‘touch up’… use a household toothpick dipped into Multipurpose Adhesive to draw in missing image lines and/or dots, etcetera. You can also use an adhesive eraser to remove any over-stamping of the images, and no-one will ever know!
- Let any touch up work dry completely… then burnish the entire surface with a wadded up paper towel. (Scary, huh?) You’ll be surprised by how much glitter comes off the card stock…
- LOL… that was a pretty scary step for me, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen… but I did recover quite a bit of glitter which could be put right back into the container!
- Now… you’ll probably notice some lagging glitter… so take your unused dryer sheet, and buff the surface of the card stock to remove the static. Here’s a single snowflake image I stamped onto Very Vanilla Card Stock so that you could see what the faux foil looks like after being buffed and polished with a dryer sheet.
That’s it… clean and simple Faux Foil… and my newest Super Saturday Tutorial! Scroll down to view tips, and more photos/samples!
- If you want to speed up the process, use a heat tool to dry the Multipurpose Glue stamped images. Glitter can still be applied after the glue is dry as it remains tacky.
- Mass production? Stamp all your cards, let dry over night, then apply glitter, burnish, and then use the dryer sheet.
- If the idea of applying glue to your red rubber thoroughly scares the living daylights out of you, try using a retired, older stamp first… or maybe one that you have fallen out of love with!
- After completing my card… my brain was still whirling… I did the same faux foil technique on Basic Black Card Stock using different images, and found that more delicately drawn images work best.
- Stampin’ Up! Stamps are perfect for this process because they are deeply etched. I think you’ll find that inexpensive or shallow etched stamps will not perform as well.
- Use this same technique with Dazzling Diamonds! Gosh, I wish we still sold Hologram Glitter!
Photo of burnished card stock, before using dryer sheet:
And after using the dryer sheet:
Totally burnished, any over stamping removed with adhesive eraser, smooth and faux foil images!
Hmm… Dazzling Diamonds with Lovely as a Tree!
Very wintery and sparkly!
Well it’s my birthday weekend… and I was going to post blog candy today… but this post is already a bit too long. So, check back tomorrow and find out how you can win my birthday weekend BLOG CANDY!
I look forward to reading your comments, and remember you can order all the supplies for today’s Faux Foil Technique at my Online Stampin’ Up! Store HERE!