Thursday, 15 November 2012

Foiled again!

My wife was watching Superscrimpers on Channel 4 last night, at the same time I was wondering what to put on my blog today so I thought why not pass on a practical money saving tip which I use all the time.

I am often asked what are the best foiled card and craft metals for die cutting and embossing. There is no easy answer to this question as there are dozens of great products on the market all of which do different jobs. Here is a great way to save money, recycle and achieve fabulous results at the same time.

All you need is an old cereal box, a roll of tin foil, scissors, spray adhesive and a roller of some description, a rolling pin will do just fine.

Cut a piece of tinfoil large enough to cover one panel of an old cereal box and scrunch into a light ball. Flatten out the ball and spray the dull side of the foil with adhesive before attaching to the card and flatten with your rolling pin.

Next, cut a piece of the foiled card to size and die cut your shapes by placing the card foil side down against a Bigz or Originals die (I've used a gorgeous Bigz snowflake from the Nordic Holiday collection) and pass through your Big Shot machine.

Finally, use alcohol inks to add some colour around the edges and mount the snowflakes together. You can now use this on a card, a layout, on a napkin ring, as a tree decoration etc. the creases in the foil make such a difference and give a really unique effect, if you think it cuts well you want to see how it embosses....... but that's a story for another day!


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