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Monday, 28 August 2017

Hot Foil- Part Four, and the last for a while!

So, the last and final post on this subject for a while, until they start appearing as cards, anyway. Just for reference, the first three parts are here: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. 
This is also a bit of a round-up post, as the experiments using the Dreamweaver Pastes is also here.
As Julia commented, I'm now almost foiling anything that stands still long enough! But, I did have a thought that it would probably be nice if I could have some foiled sentiment die cuts. To that end, I took some card off cuts- see, I'm being good and using stuff up- ( yes, I know I'm making more stuff that will need to be used up, but that's a minor quibble). Anyway, card offcuts- and spread them with a thin layer of stencil paste.
 Now, as it seemed a waste to wait for the laminator to heat up, just for a few strips, I also made a whole pile of other stencilled sheets, using Tim Holtz layering stencils. As you do.

It doesn't need to be very thick, just an even coating. I reckon you could even do this by brushing it on with a foam brush.









There are two with white paste on white, using Christmassy stencils, and two small ones using some of the Mini Halloween stencils.
The rest are using black glossy paste.




So, first up are the plain strips.


Done in an assortment of colours- an advantage to getting some of the foil sample packs- and means I should be able to cut sentiments to match most card bases.

 The test now, of course, is will it die cut?


 To try it out, I chose a small die, as I thought that would probably be the hardest test for it. This die is from Crealies, and they have a lot of really useful sentiments in this size, and at a very reasonable £3.75 each.
I cut it from the green foil, as one of the images I did the other day was a Holly Wreath, so I thought this would be used on that one.
 The result? It cut through fine, and just simply pushed out of the  base.
 It even cut out the tiny dot for the 'i'.



So that's going to work just fine, and of course if you wanted to die cut a larger shape, like a layering piece, for instance, you could always foil it after cutting.







And back to those pieces I'd done with the layering stencils.


From the left the stencils are: Lace,Latticework & Mosaic.









 Blocks, Flourish & Trellis.




Gothic, and two done with a new Stencil called Splash.




 Here, the central one is Mosaic, and the two either side are another newish one called Flames.

Oh, one thing, you may sometimes find, especially with an intricate design, you need to 'burnish' it a little, to get any stray extra bits of foil off, like you get with Gilding Flake. I just used a stiff stencil brush, and that worked fine.













Skulls & Halloween words from Mini Stencil Set #23.









The last two, called Snowflakes & Holly Bough.












And now on to the Dreamweaver Embossing pastes. I had a feeling these were not going to work as well,as they are a much drier paste than the Sweet Poppy ones, not entirely down to how long I've had them. They were always quite a thick paste to spread, whereas the SP ones are gloopier, for want of a better description!
 As you can see the foil only stuck in odd patches, which does give a nice distressed look, but worthwhile only if that's the effect you wanted. I'd used a Copper foil on the guitar, and a silver one on the Copper Paste.




 Here I used Gold foil on the white paste, and Silver again on the Black.Of them all, the Black has the driest consistency, and definitely gave a poor result.




Last one, and a Translucent paste with a holographic foil.
 So overall, this doesn't work as well with Dreamweaver pastes, as it does with the Sweet Poppy, although of course it's possible that the age of my Dreamweaver pastes may have had some bearing on the results.


Finally summing this up- It's fun and very easy, especially as you can do it with just an Iron.
Foils are widely available, just don't buy the TODO brand, it won't work the same.
You can layer foils, if your piece is bigger than one sample sheet of foil, the only foil that will stick is the one in contact with the paste, so any overlap will not affect the result. You can trim off any excess  'good' foil, after you've peeled it off, and keep in a tub for later use.
 Any paste not covered with foil WILL MELT & stick to your folded paper carrier sheet. Apparently, you can avoid this by covering any uncovered areas with Vellum, according to the MINC site. You could, I think also use the clear film sheet you peel off the foil,if you put it on upside down, as I found that didn't stick, lol. Watch out for any paste on the back of your piece you intend to foil too, or that will melt & stick. We all know how I discovered that, don't we?

3 comments:

Sarah Brennan said...

Thanks for the round up. Can you just confirm how long you left the paste to dry before you did the foiling? I love the TH stencils!

Helen said...

fabulous tutorial thanks for having such fun trying this out for us all!

Cara said...

Great write up of your experiments and learnings!

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