Foiled Backgrounds – Stencils and Stamps


– Hi there it’s Jennifer, I
hope you’re having a great week, today I’m going to share with
you a way to create foiled backgrounds using both
stencils and stamps. Now I’ve done many foiling
videos over the years, and I will link to a playlist
of all the different ways you can add foil to cards here. So be sure to check those
out if you haven’t before. Today I’m using a new product
all you need is the product, some foil and a laminator,
any kind of inexpensive laminator works and you can
get beautiful shiny backgrounds using stencils or stamps. Now I need to apologize
about a few things before we get started. First this video is a little
disjointed and that’s because I had some folks working
at my house today, so I was in and out of the craft room,
so I apologize for that. Also the video is longer,
because I have so much to share and finally, keep in mind
that this was an exploration for me, the first time I
did these techniques, so you’re learning along with me. So let’s get started by creating full backgrounds using stencils. I’m using three new stencils
from Simon Says Stamp. And I am in love with the
detail of these stencils. I will provide the names for
these as we use them later in the video, but I just
wanted to show you real quick how detailed each of these are. I like that they’re round so
you can make a focal point in the center, and these are
beautiful with just simple inking over them. I also have a bunch of
pieces of cardstock. I just dug through my
scraps and cut down a bunch to four and a quarter by five and a half. So all the pieces today, I’m
going to be using that side. So for the first example,
I’m using Simon Says Stamp Star Medallion Stencil. And I’m taping it onto a
piece of cardstock to hold it in place. I will be applying over this,
the deco foil transfer gel. This is the product I’m
using today, it’s inexpensive and what you do is you
apply this over the stencil, let it dry and then you can
add foil to it and it sticks to this gel. So this gel is kind of like
the consistency of maybe like a wet icing or ketchup
or mayonaise or something like that so I’m just going to
spread it across my stencil, trying to get as even coverage as I can. I’m using a little spatula
for this, this is from Ranger. It’s inexpensive, but you
could use the edge of a credit card if you wanted to. So I’m going to smooth it out
and wipe all the excess back into the jar, and then remove my stencil. Now I will wash the stencil
immediately in soapy water or soak it in water
until I can scrub it with soapy water later on. You want to make sure
you don’t let this dry on your stencil. For the next example, this
is craft cardstock, I’m using the circular lace stencil
from Simon Says Stamp. Again I’m applying the transfer
gel over the top of this. And I will wash my stencil immediately. Now this gel is white at first. You need to let it dry completely
before you do the foiling and you’ll know it’s
dry when it turns clear. So I’m gonna set it aside
and it does take some time to dry, so keep that in
mind you want to kinda plan ahead of time. Now for the final stencil
from Simon Says Stamp, doing this on a light pool
cardstock, just smearing the gel across it, removing
the stencil carefully and there you can see the
beautiful detail we can get. Again I’m gonna set these
aside to dry, for quite a while and while that dries, I’m
gonna go ahead and show you how you can use the transfer
gel for stamped backgrounds. Now keep in mind, if you’re
using stencils, you’re gonna get a really solid great
foiled result, because you’re putting on a thick layer
of the transfer gel. With stamps, you’re gonna
get kind of an artsy look, it’s not gonna give you a
perfect image, but it’s pretty forgiving, and I’m gonna
share some tips for getting the best results you can. To test this out, I decided to use a super detailed background stamp. If I could make the foiling
work with that I think I could make it work with a lot of regular thing-lined images. I’m using my Misti
today, you don’t have to. I removed the black foam so
that I could use this large cling stamp, this is
a new Simon Says Stamp Rebecca Lace stamp, this is
super fine detailed I mean the finest lines, and it’s just beautiful. Now there are many ways you can center up this piece of four and a
quarter by five and a half inch cardstock in the Misti
so that it’s at the center of that background stamp. This is the easiest way I’ve found. I just center my cardstock
onto the stamp itself, and then I close my Misti
upside down, so it’s gonna be upside down. Then I flip it over and
carefully open the Misti back up and where that cardstock is
is center on that background stamp, so I’m gonna put
a little piece of tape to hold it in place, and now
it’s time to ink up our background stamp, using that transfer gel. Now I showed two different
ways to do this today. One is I used an empty
Distress Ink pad, this is a DIY ink pad, and I spread some
of the transfer gel onto it. Now this inkpad does not
absorb the transfer gel. It was just a hard surface
with a little bit of give and I thought that it would
give me the best results for inking up the stamp. You don’t have to buy one of
these inkpads, I had one of these empty inkpads on hand
so I thought I would give it a try, I’ll show you another
way you can do it also and the results are pretty similar. Now that gel will dry on
there over time so you need to kind of reink it often. So I’m using this to dab all
over the background and I found that this gave me
pretty good coverage. I don’t want globs of the
transfer gel in different places because that’ll give me globs of foiling. And so that ink pad was pretty
good at helping me give a nice even coverage. Now you can’t see it really
here, but I’m just gonna set that aside to dry for
some time, it doesn’t take long at all. And I stamped another one
on this dark teal cardstock, I tried to put more transfer
gel on for this example, they both worked out great. Now if you don’t have an
inkpad like that, here’s another thing you can do. I just smeared some of
the transfer gel onto an acrylic block, just kind
of put some on there and now I’m just using a makeup
applicator to kind of dab into the transfer gel and then dab
all over my background stamp. Now you want to try to get as
good of coverage as you can without having globs of the
transfer gel in the creases of the stamp. Also, this dries, it’s sticky
and it dries sticky, so you want to make sure that
you do it as fast as you can so that you can still
stamp it while it’s wet. Once you’re done, you’re
gonna want to scrub your stamp with some dish soap and some
water, I just use my fingers to rub it off, you could use
a toothbrush if you wanted to. So there we have a stamped
image on some shimmer carstock. You can kind of see it
there, I’m gonna let that dry completely. Okay so once all of my stenciled
backgrounds and all of my stamped backgrounds were
completely dry, it’s time to add the foil. Now I have used many different
types of foil over the years and I usually end up using
the Deco Foil the most. Now I have a bunch of old
colors of Deco Foil and also some new absolutely beautiful
luscious colors from Gina K, there our new line
of Deco Foil colors and I will link to those too. Keep in mind these are
heat transfer foils, these are a special type of foil that is meant for this technique, you
can’t use aluminum foil for this one. Since I know my stamped
backgrounds are dry by now, I’m gonna start with foiling
the stamped backgrounds, then we’ll do the stenciled backgrounds. Here are some of the Gina K
designs new colors of foil. There are many in a pack. Gonna start with the
turquoise one this is such a beautiful pool color. I’m using an inexpensive
laminator for this and I’ll talk more about that in a moment. I have a folded piece
of parchment paper here, and an extra piece of
white cardstock, just for a little bit of a shim. I’m taking one of the pool
pieces of carstock that we stamped that transfer gel
on, have the transfer gel facing up, and I’m going to
put the foil on top of that with the pretty side facing up. I will fold the parchment
paper over it and put it into my laminator. Now this is the Royal
Sovereign laminator, this is very inexpensive, it comes
in a nine inch and 12 inch this is the nine inch. I have it set to the five
mill setting and I let it get hot for about 20 minutes
before I went to do this. Even when the ready button
was on, I wanted till 20 minutes so it was good and hot. That really makes a big difference. After it runs through, I’m
going to remove the foil from this and you’ll see
the beautiful results. Now there are some extra
bits of foil here and there. You can leave it like
this, but I find you can really show that fine detail
of the background by taking a stencil brush and going back
and forth lightly over it. Or you could just use a plain
paintbrush of some sort. Just to knock off the extra
foil and check this out. You get this beautiful fine
foil detail on the back of your cardstock. Such a gorgeous look. Remember that background
stamp is very detailed, so my foiling is detailed also. Now you can use the Heidi
Swapp Mink machine for this, or any laminator you may have. So just try what you may
have already on hand. Here’s a piece of craft
cardstock that I stamped the transfer gel on, putting
a white shim carstock behind it, and some
gold foil on top of it. And then I’m going to put
that in the folded parchment and run this through to
show you another example. I found out about that
cardstock shim on a package of Deco Foil and I thought
that was a huge help. I found that when I use
that extra cardstock shim, I actually get better results. Okay so once this runs
through you don’t have to wait for it to cool at all, you
can just go ahead and peel off the foil and I really love
the look of that gold foil on that kraft card. This time I’m just using a
clean paintbrush to knock off that extra foil and you
can see the beautiful results you get. Now I normally don’t have
to use a brush to kind of wipe away the extra foil, but
with this detailed background I found I needed to, so it
just depends on the stamp that you use. Now before we turn these
into cards, I wanted to show you how foil the stenciled
transfer gel backgrounds this is really fun because
you get really solid foiling and there’s dimension to it, so beautiful. So I have one of my kraft
backgrounds that I used the transfer gel and stencil over. You can see it’s no longer
white and it’s nice and clear, so I know it’s ready to foil. I put a shim of cardstock
behind it and I’m putting some mango colored foil from
Gina K designs on top of it. Putting that in a folded
piece of parchment paper and running it through my laminator. If you don’t have parchment
paper, you could use a thin typing paper, that usually
works fine, just make sure that you let your
laminator get good and hot. I mean that makes a huge
difference on good results. Okay so when I took this off
for the first time, I was blown away, now the edge of
it’s gonna be a bit messy here because of the stenciling I
did, but look at that result. Anywhere there was transfer gel
you get really good coverage with the foil, you get beautiful
smooth shine and there’s dimension since that transfer
gel was over the stencil you have some dimension to
it, kinda like you would with an embossing paste. So let’s do another example
you can see my dried transfer gel on this piece of pool cardstock. I’m putting some turquoise
foil on top of that, a shim behind it and running
it through my laminator again. Now this gives beautiful, shiny results. I mean super shiny. I really find that it looks
best when you do a tone on tone look where the foil matches
the background cardstock. But you could go crazy
and any color combination that you want. And you see that leftover
foil on the left there, keep that, at the end of
the video I’m gonna show you a trick of what to do with that. So I made many backgrounds
with the three stencils I showed you and the
transfer gel in a bunch of different colors of foil. Here I’m using an opal
colored foil, and I’ll link to all the different ones I used below. Okay so I went ahead and
foiled a bunch of backgrounds, now it’s time to turn these into cards. Once I show you how to
make one of the cards, I’ll show you all the examples I made. They all have the same
design and products on top. I’ll also share some other
tips at the end of the video so stay tuned. Okay so I used a new Simon
Says Stamp Twisted Stitch Border die to cut a little
white curved piece to put on the bottom of my card. Since the stencil didn’t
cover the entire card the way that I placed it, this
will cover up the bottom. I also die cut some hearts. I did a solid one to match
the background using the Hero Arts Nesting Die set, and
then I made a smaller heart with some stitching on it,
from the new Simon Says Stamp Wonky Hearts Die set. These are beautiful heart
dies with some faux stitching on the edge. Not sure yet if I’m gonna use
the blue or the white heart so I die cut both. I also wanted to have a thanks
die cut done in the same colored foil as we have on
the background of our card. So I needed to come up
with a foiled die cut. So what I did is I die
cut the word thanks from some deco foil, peel
and stick toner sheets. This has toner on the
front, that’s the black and stick on the back. That toner sticks to foil
when we run it through the laminator which you’ll see in a moment. So I’ve die cut the little
thanks from that, and this will be foil to match the background. You could’ve used the
transfer gel and just kind of smeared it on to some cardstock,
let it dry and foil that, but this just seemed faster. So I’m taking this, I’m putting it into the folded parchment with
the shim, and I have that little die cut and a
piece of that Deco foil. Gonna run it through
my laminator just like we did those backgrounds. I also needed a little
sentiment underneath it. I wanted to white heat emboss
on some vellum so I’m using the new Simon Says Stamp
Thoughtful Messages stamp set. This is beautiful and has
some gorgeous script words, but I’m just going to use the
little supplement sentiment on today’s card. So let me show you how all
these pieces come together. I trimmed my foil background
a bit and added it to a top folding white notecard
that’s four and a quarter by five and a half. I have some foam tape to glue
on the little curved piece on the bottom of the card
and then I’m going to adhere both of those hearts onto
the front of the card. By the way, these hearts are
both die cut from the same colored cardstock that I used
on the background of my card. So once I have my hearts
there, I have that white heat embossed little sentiment
from the thoughtful messages stamp set I just showed you a moment ago. And I’m actually holding
it down with that sticky foil die cut that we created. So you can see that the foil
die cut overlaps the card and the little vellum strip,
so it’s holding it in place. I’m really making sure to
press that down with my bone folder, so that it stays put. I also decided to trim
the vellum strip down and cut a little V onto the left end. You’re seeing me kind of
pull this together as we go, I wasn’t really sure where
I was going, but I wanted to share all the steps with you. Okay so now it’s time
to add some little gems. I have these Lucy Cards rainbow gems. These are hard to find
these days, because they’re so popular but I promise
you that Simon Says Stamp has more on order. I put a little drop of
this liquid adhesive behind the vellum, and in front
of the vellum and then I’m going to put a gem on
top and hold it there. That little gem and the
adhesive behind the vellum are gonna help hold that vellum in place. I am using my little jewel
picker to pick up the little gems and put them into my
drops of liquid adhesive. This is Ranger multi-medium
in a matte finish and it will hold these nice and tight. So there you can see the
little gems, they’re iridescent along with that foiled background. A lot of shine on this, and that little faux stitching detail also. Now I made a bunch of cards
and they all have the same design and those same sentiments on them. So I thought I would go ahead
and show you a closer look at all of the backgrounds, since they’re really hard to capture in a photo. After that I have a few more tips for you. Let’s start with the
foiled, stamped backgrounds. This one was the dark teal
background where I stamped with the transfer gel and
added a turquoise piece of foil on top of that. You can see for this one
I decided to skip the foil die cut and just do a white
die cut instead to keep it quite simple. I did white heat emboss
different sentiments to go with that on the vellum, so
you’ll see a variety of them. On this particular example,
it says from across the miles and that’s from a stamp set
that’s meant for envelopes and I’ll show you that in a few moments. Here’s another example of
using the foil with the transfer gel stamped background. Here we have the gold foil
on the kraft notecard and on this one I have a gold
die cut thanks to match that background. I also created some with a
different background stamp. This is the Simon Says Stamp
Flora background stamp, it’s an older stamp that’s beautiful. I just wanted to show you
one that had a little less detail to the background,
more solid lines. Just to show you the
results that you can get. Here’s another example. This one uses a silver shimmer paper with silver foil on top. This silver shimmer paper
is from Nina Cardstock and it comes in a variety back
with other neutral colors of shimmer and they work
great with the foil. And then Simon Says Stamp
has metallic envelopes that match nicely, so I thought
that would be perfect too. Okay now for the stenciled backgrounds. Here we have the turquoise foil
on the turquoise background. This one I did the transfer
gel over a stencil and added the foil to that. So here you can see another
example, this has so much dimension and shine to it. So when you touch it, it
definitely has a lot of texture. Now there are some specialty Deco foil. This is a new one from Gina
K designs, it has like little dots on it that really
catch the light big time. And I thought I’d give that
a try and check out that background, it is so much fun, it’d be fun for a party card or something
a little more playful, but actually worked for this design also. This one definitely makes
the biggest impact when you tilt it in the light. If you’re looking for
something a little more subtle, try using a gray cardstock
with silver foil. This is really beautiful in real life. I could see this being good for
wedding or anniversary card. And I kept it simple by
keeping to the grays and not adding color. Now this one’s very
striking, this is a dark gray cardstock, with the silver foil on top. It’s really beautiful in
real life, I wish I could capture that shine. And here’s the background
that I first did with the foil and stencil, this is the one
that I wowed when I took it out of the laminator because
I was so impressed with the results, this is the kraft
cardstock with the Gina K designs mango colored foil on it. Really a beautiful looking copper color on the kraft background. Next up I have a few
different cards where I used the opal foil. So this is kind of iridescent
looking, this is on white cardstock with the opal foil so it’s very subtle, it’s hard
to capture in the video. And I used some pool accents with that. So you can see the pool
cardstock and the pool little gems on top. Here I use the opal foil
on a light gray cardstock. And this really does allow
the light to capture some of the color that you get
in that opal foil, but you could use silver here
or whatever color you may already have. All the colors seem to
work really nicely on a light gray background. And last but not least, I
did some opal foiling with the stencil and transfer gel onto a piece of shimmer white cardstock,
this is from the Nina variety pack which I’ll link below. So it’s hard to see here but
I have shimmer cardstock, plain white cardstock
and that opal foiling. So the hearts are the
shimmer white card stock, I did the foiling on the
shimmer white cardstock and the rest of it is
plain white cardstock so it really gives you nice
tone on tone soft look, and I added some colorful
gemstones on there also. And then I have matching
envelopes from Simon Says Stamp that are a shimmer white
or metallic white envelope. Now I like to do matching
envelopes with all of my cards, and I’m really excited
about this stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, this is
the envelope greetings. It has lots of envelope
greetings that are perfect to go right on the flap of your envelope. The perfect size to
stretch across the flap. And they’re really fun
messages about how there’s a handmade card included inside,
and it’s a nice surprise. So what I like to do is put
one of the messages in my Misti and I go ahead and ink it up
and stamp it onto the flap of a bunch of envelopes. That way I have some envelopes
stamped and ready to go whenever I need them. These sentiments really work
well with whatever occasion card you may have. So I made a bunch of
thank you cards today with all these foiled backgrounds. Keep in mind there are many
ways to foil, I’ll link to some other videos. I think everybody gets
different results, so try a few things and see
what works best for you. But before we go I wanted
to show you how to use that leftover foil for another technique. I’m not gonna make a card,
just wanted to show you. So I have a leftover piece
of foil here, and a piece of that toner paper that I used for those thank you die cuts earlier. Gonna put this through my
laminator, and what happens is that leftover opal foil,
that’s the piece that I used here, sticks to that toner
paper, and now you have that foil on that black background. You could use it like this
or since there’s still some toner exposed and toner
is what causes that foil to stick, you can run it
through again with another color of foil, this time I’m using
some passionate pink foil. Running that through my
laminator and anywhere where that black toner is exposed
the pink will stick. So you end up with a beautiful
piece of opal and pink foil. So pretty, I’ll try to do
this in a future video. I’ve done this technique
in demos before, but I need to share it in a video. So there you have it, a long
winded foiling background video for you, I hope
it leaves you inspired. Remember there are many ways
to do foiling, and I linked to other videos here in the middle. Thanks for watching all the
products are linked below in my YouTube description
or you can head over to my blog for more. Hope to see you again
soon, and have a great day.

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