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Posted by on Jun 8, 2010 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 17 comments

Tutorial – Embossed Foil

Tutorial – Embossed Foil

Stampin’ Sher from Smiles for Everyone posted her tutorial on her blog. I wanted to give it a try and I’ve put together some photos of my first attempt here.

Start with a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. Emboss it with whatever embossing plate you like to use. I used a Cuttlebug folder in my Big Shot. I didn’t try embossing this by hand, but I assume it would work just as well.
Remove the foil from the template, and apply your ink directly to the foil by sliding the ink pad across the surface of the foil. I tried both classic/dye ink and craft/pigment ink. The craft/pigment ink worked better for me, because the dye ink beaded up on the surface of the foil. Hint – try to keep your motions all going in the same direction so the “strokes” on the surface are all uniform.
While the ink is still wet, sprinkle clear embossing powder on the entire surface and heat with a heat gun. This will give you a shiny “wet” look. Hint – Hold the foil with tweasers or a glove, or keep the foil flat on your work surface while heating.
Thanks to Sher for teaching us this new technique! Here is the video she made for her tutorial:


You may also try a matte look by using the duller side of the aluminum foil and skipping the heat embossing. Here is the video that inspired Sher to try this technique.

Thanks again to Sher for today’s technique. Please leave a comment and let us know how it works for you.


  1. Neat. I'm going to have to try this.

  2. Very Cool! I can't wait to try that! BTW those embossed stars look great, wish I had that folder too.

  3. Awesome tutorial–thanks!

  4. Excellent! Love that folder!

  5. Just tried this … and I love this technique! Card will be on blog asap! I will link to this article!!
    Thanks so much!

  6. I'm one of those that asked for this so am really happy to see it. Going to try it soon.

  7. love it…i was just wondering the other day if that would work..thanks now i have to try it!

  8. Great tutorial and a great way to ad some shine and sparkle without glitter. Thanks!

  9. I'm all over this one!!!! Can't wait to try it tonight!

  10. I love this.. not too difficult or time consuming but the results are great! Really looks good with the stars folder

  11. What a neat tutorial…I liked this card when I seen it during the blog hop…LOVE the Cuttlebug folder…another one I have to go buy! LOL

  12. Very nice tutorial Sher! That is indeed a great folder, but the process works for so many things. Love, love, love it! Please think about doing another tutorial – you do a great job! L…

  13. I want that folder, the STARS!!! I have to check out my store next time. Can't wait! That card is fabulous, great job!!!!

    I was just getting to my emails and oh my gosh! I'm red, blushing. Thanks everyone! I'm so happy you are all happy with the results. It is fun! Make sure you emboss the ink or it will ink up everything. That heat gun, heat tool, is HOT! Thanks! I'm honored!

  14. Whenever I use my heat gun, I hold the paper with a clip-on clothespin so I don't burn my fingers. Those guns get hot!

  15. We did a project at a class where you roll the ink onto the embossing folder, and the the ink lays on the debossed portion of the paper and raised part stays the color the paper originally was. This is much neater and just as effective! Thank you for the awesome tips and tricks!!!

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