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Foiling may not be the easiest crafting skill to master, but it is certainly one of the best looking once you’ve nailed the process. Plus, after you get going it can be hard to stop foiling everything in sight! Although it’s typically used in papercrafting, there are so many more ways foil can be used to bring eye-catching shine to almost any surface. Whether you use fancy machines to help your foiled makes pop or you stick to tape and glue, read on for some creative foiling ideas.
Deco foil is a fabulously versatile material to have in your crafting stash. It can be used to decorate handmade cards, homeware, or even fabric, as this project shows. Here, rainbow deco foil is used together with adhesive sheets to create iron-on transfers that can be added to clothing, bags or fabric banners. If you can’t get a hold of such a colourful foil option, try mixing colours from the Jewel Tone Deco Foil Collection.
There is no better way to brighten up a humble coaster than by adding a lovely foil topper – and this project is so easy you can whip up a handful on a rainy afternoon. Try using gold foil contact paper to cover up a whole tile, or add a simple striped design with foil tape. All you need to do is cut the tape to fit with a craft knife and fold any excess over.
Make your handmade cards even more special by creating a foiled sticker to seal the envelope. Using a machine cutter, simply programme your pattern, add the foil quill of your choice and then let the machine do the hard work of foiling the sticker page and cutting out a circle shape. Why not try We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill All In One Kit so you can find your favourite style?
Have you ever tried foiling on a China surface? It’s an easy way to ramp up the shine on any boring old household plant pot! Case in point: this pot holder. For this design, Julie Peasgood of Crafty Beggars used Christine Adolph adhesive run-ons and Prima rub-on foils to create a striking green floral design on a wall-hanging pot, which could be filled with flowers, pens or even craft supplies!
If you’re planning to make your Christmas cards by hand this year, then it’s time to get to work! To keep it simple, you can use a We R Memory Keepers Freestyle Foil Quill Pen to add a quick foiled sentiment, or you can go all out by creating a shiny, foiled ornament as the focal point of your card. Foiled designs look great with die cut embellishments, so why not try the GoPress and Foil Deluxe Machine, a portable electronic foiling machine that can be used with your dies and hot foil stamps.