Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: 5 Ideas for Foiling

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie

Hello crafters and welcome back to my latest Studio Monday with Nina-Marie series video! This week I am featuring five ideas for foiling, as well as how to achieve the best foiling results with a laminator.

Each of the five cards I made today showcase new products I’ve been dying to use; and I love how this first one has an autumn vibe to it with its intense, rich colors.

The beautiful foiled background was created with DoCrafts Floral Tile die and ThermoWeb Summer Rainbow foil. To add some interest and relief to the background, I popped it up with foam tape on some orange cardstock.

Because I wanted this card to have more of a Fall feel to it, I felt that a nice thank you greeting would be fitting. The gorgeous script font is from the Honey Bee Stamps Large Thanks die set. Underneath it, I white heat embossed a sentiment from Simon’s new Kind Flowers stamp set. I love the colors of the card and the simplicity of the design.

The second card I created with an autumn theme features our new Bare Tree Oval Collage die. By pairing this die with Memory Box’s Leaf Collage die, I was able to create a beautiful tree of colorful fall leaves!

With some of the leftover scraps of the Summer Rainbow foil from the first card, I created multi-colored leaves, and to create the red leaves I used some Gina K. Designs Red Velvet foil. The variegated tones of the Summer Rainbow foil helped make these leaves look almost life-like!

I created a simple backdrop behind the oval negative space by dry embossing an Altenew Sketched Lines stencil into some white cardstock; the uneven, textural lines of the stencil give the background  interest without taking away from the foiled tree.

The die cut sentiment I included is from My Favorite Things’ Blessed and Blessings die set.

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I wanted to include a few Christmas-themed cards also! This one is my absolute favorite foiled card that I made today…

I am completely in love with the Lapis Watercolor foil from ThermoWeb. When you pair this foil with the gorgeous No Two Are Alike snowflake background die from Penny Black, you end up with an icy masterpiece (that took no time at all to put together!). To dress up the snowflakes just a bit, I placed some Ice Cube jewels from Lucy’s Cards into the centers of each one.

The gold tones mixed into the Lapis Watercolor foil inspired me to use gold foil for the sentiment, which was created with the Honey Bee Stamps Large Thanks die. I also found a perfect greeting from our new Simon exclusive Stained Glass Greetings stamp set to pair with the thanks die (which heat embossed in white onto blue cardstock).

Have you ever tried foiling with stencils and Transfer Gel? This is another great way to create foiled effects on your cards! You simply apply the gel through your stencil and let the medium dry completely before applying foil over top (I demonstrate this technique in the video, so make sure you check that out!)

This next card is a foiled dream and features Transfer Gel applied through Hero Arts’ Leaf and Berry stencil. After everything dried overnight, I foiled it with some stunning Gold Sequin foil from Gina K. Designs.

I adore the cute trees from Simon’s new Christmas Trees die set and thought they would be fun to cut from some Spring Green foil. This demonstrates a way you can foil without any need for heat. Simply press your foil into some double sided adhesive sheets (I like ThermoWeb adhesive sheets and Scor Tape sheets). The double-sided adhesive holds the foil perfectly and you get clean foiled results every time.

And of course a Christmas tree is not complete without some decoration! I used a few red confetti sequins from our Simon Rainbow Confetti mix, as well as some Clear Droplets from Studio Katia. The sentiment I chose for this card is from another Simon exclusive stamp set called Happy Christmas.

One more card to share! We have some new Simon exclusive dies that are perfect for creating beautiful, religious-themed Christmas cards, and I particularly am fond of the Holy Stars die set. I used the largest of those stars to be the focal point of this card.

WOW! has some amazing glitter foils such as the Glitter Gold that I used for the star; when you tip the card in the light, the star has the appearance of real glitter!

And speaking of glitter, the silver and blue background behind the star also sparkles thanks to the gorgeous Sparkling Silver foil from Gina K. Designs. You may even recognize the design of the background from our new Simon Snowburst Collage die. I cut my own stencil with the die and as with the card above, applied Transfer Gel through it.

The new Rejoice script die from our Making Spirits Bright release made for a perfect sentiment to complete this card! Because I didn’t have any purple foil, I was able to use the Tonic Studios Mirror Card in Electric Purple to create the same foiled effect. Isn’t that color luscious??

Be sure to check out the video below to see how I did all the foiling techniques on these cards as well as a close up look at all of the main elements used on each card! Thanks for visiting with me today! I will be back next week with another Studio Monday tutorial!




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  1. Gorgeous cards. And thanks for the foiling tips! I’ve had mixed results with the Gina K products, but maybe I need to shim a bit more….

  2. When I got this post in my email, I had to stop what I was doing & come read your post. I love foiling and have learned so much from Heidi Swapp, Gina K. Designs and you Nina-Marie. Love all of the samples you showed. The No-two snowflake and the Floral Die with Toner sheet method are my favorites. Thank you for sharing and encouraging us to give foiling a try.

  3. Pretty cards! I don’t have a laminator so am always looking for ways to foil without heat. I’m definitely going to try the double-sided adhesive.

  4. Nina these cards are beautiful!! I love how each is so unique and I also love the vibrant colors you used. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  5. Wow, absolutely gorgeous cards!! I’ve never tried foiling before as I didn’t want to have another expensive thing to purchase and find a spot for in my limited space (the laminator) but I’ve recently learned, and now seen here again, that you can just use the adhesive sheets with the foil and get exactly the same results. This makes me happy as I love the look of the foil. I have to say that my favourite of these cards is the No two are alike snowflake background die card. I love the watercolour look of the foil and those snowflakes. Thanks for aĺl showing all the different ways to foil and extra tips. I’ve been inspired!!

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