Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ironing Foil

I was attempting to find a new Technique to share this week, but I wasn't able to get this one to work as well as I wanted it to. I decided to share my card with you anyway, since I still like it very much.

Honestly, I never liked ironing all that much, and this attempt did not change my mind. I have heard that this technique works for others, it just didn't work well enough for me. Maybe my iron wasn't hot enough? 

I first cut out a panel of 80# Neenah solar white cardstock using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. This gave me a stitched panel that is 5" x 3.75" Then I cut the Poppy die 1737 Floral Stem Collage (I really love this die) out of the center of my panel.

This gave me the floral cut out

This die comes with a second piece that you can cut out and place on the flower. I die cut the second petal piece out of toner paper.

The second petal piece gives you a piece that has some detail and is very pretty.

The way that foiling with toner paper and heat works is that you place the foil over the toner cut out and then get it hot enough for the toner to melt, which makes the foil stick to the toner. This works super well when you sent your piece through a laminator or Minc machine. 

I chose Deco Foil Amethyst Watercolor for my petals. I really like Deco foil because it's thicker than others I have tried and seems to work best. I cut a piece out and placed it on top on the petal die cut, and placed them inside a piece of wax paper. 

The pretty side of the foil should be up.

I ironed it for some time, trying to get the toner hot enough to melt.

When I removed the piece it looked like this. You can see the imprint of the die cut petals.

When I peeled off the foil, a lot of it had stuck to the die cut. I will say though, that the foil is not as shiny as it gets when it goes through the laminator. I added the foiled petal to the flower on my panel.

I made a background on Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock, using Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China, Fossilized Amber, and Cracked Pistachio. I flicked water and additional Wilted Violet mixed with water onto the panel and die cut it with the large stitched rectangle die in the Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set.

This is the flower panel placed onto the background, checking to see if I liked the colors, and I did, so I adhered it and put it onto a base card. I added some small beads to the center of the flowers, and stamped the Magenta sentiment "Thinking of You" 07.869.D in Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.

I tried this with a second die-cut and a different color of foil and a lot less of the foil adhered to the toner die-cut. I'm not really sure why, and so I didn't feel good about using this as a Technique of the Week, since I couldn't get reliably similar results. I really do prefer the pieces that have gone through the laminator. If you do not have a laminator or Minc machine, you can get one fairly inexpensively, and if you like the effect that foiling gives you, it's well worth investing in one.

We have foil and toner paper at Art 'n Soul now, and we have more of the Distress Oxides on the way. You can check out my previous posts using Deco Foil, toner paper, and a laminator here and Deco Foil, the Minc toner pen and a Minc machine here.

Products Used:
Poppy die 1737 Floral Stem Collage
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Toner paper
Deco Foil: Amethyst Watercolor
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet, Broken China,
Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio
Scor tape
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock



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