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How to use Deco Foil and Transfer gel

Give a fun and unique look to your cards by using deco foil transfer gel to create beautiful eye-catching backgrounds. You can switch up this technique using different stencils and with so many different foil finishes available you can coordinate the patterns and colours perfectly.

  • Papercraft and Scrapbooking
  • < 1 hour
  • Intermediate

Tools and materials required

  • Deco Foil Transfer Gel
  • Deco Foil Silver Shattered Glass
  • Removable tape
  • Spatula
  • Laminator or foiling machine


Fix the stencil in place over the top of your card using removable tape. I’m creating on a black card base to really contrast with the silver shattered glass foil.


Smooth the transfer gel over the top of the stencil and scrap away any excess so you have smooth all over coverage.


Lift the stencil away and clean your work surface, spatula and stencil right away using warm soapy water.


Leave your background to dry. The transfer gel will turn from white to clear once it is dry. Depending on the thickness of the gel you have applied the drying time will vary. This is the perfect opportunity to create multiple background while you wait for the first one to dry.


Cut a piece of foil large enough to cover your background and place it shiny side up over the gel. Secure your card and foil inside of a folded piece of scrap paper and run it through your laminator or foiling machine. The heat will cause the foil to stick to the transfer gel on your card.


Take a moment to admire your beautiful foiled creation. You are going to want to twist and turn this piece in the light to help bring out all of the holographic shine within this foil.


Finally complete your card with a simple die cut sentiment. I have used white to allow the sentiment to pop off of the background and contrast with the high shine of the foil.