Gift Giving with Deco Foil!

Hi readers! Happy Tuesday! Please join me in welcoming a first time guest to our store blog; Alice Golden! She’s crafting up some fabulous tags and a card to give homemade gift giving that extra WOW factor! Read on…


Hi there! I’m so happy to be joining you as a guest today sharing a few ideas for using DecoFoil™. Have you tried using foil yet? There are so many ways to apply foil to your crafting! Today I will be showing you three different techniques. The first project I have for you is a set of gift tags made using a hot melt adhesive. As much as I enjoy making handmade gifts, I think I like packaging them up even better.


To make these tags you will need iCraft® DecoFoil™ Hot Melt Adhesive, die cuts or an electronic die cutting machine, and a laminator or iron. The laminator works best, but an iron will do in a pinch. The steps to add the foundation layer of foil is the same on all three tags.


First, place the adhesive sheet on your die cutting platform with the rough (adhesive) side facing up. Place a piece of parchment over the top and then die cut as usual. The parchment helps prevent the adhesive from getting stuck in the die. Next, remove the die cut adhesive from your machine and place it on the tag with the rough side facing down. Run through the laminator and then trim any overhang. Peel off the protective layer from the adhesive and cover with a piece of foil color side up, as shown in figure 3. Run through the laminator again and then peel up the foil transfer sheet. The foil will be permanently transferred to the adhesive. This adhesive can also be used to foil fabric – it can even be quilted and washed.

The next two tags take the foiling a bit further with a technique I am calling “painting with foil”. To do this you will need iCraft® DecoFoil™ Liquid Adhesive, an inexpensive paint brush, and assorted colors of foil. This is a great project for using scraps of leftover foil.


Put some liquid adhesive on a nonstick sheet and then paint it on where you want to add additional colors. When it dries the adhesive will be tacky to the touch and you are ready to start “painting with foil”. Simply press small pieces of foil over the adhesive to add detail and highlights. Apply the adhesive in a thick coat to add dimension and make visible brush strokes, or a thin, even coat for all over coverage. For these leaves, I wanted to add streaks that would mimic veining in leaves so I applied the adhesive quite heavily. “Paint” with scraps of foil that are partially used to add even more dimension.



The last tag was created the same way as above, except instead of covering all the leaves with a base layer of lime foil, I used a combination of gold, rose gold, pumpkin, as well as lime. In addition to these colors, I added red foil “paint” to create the feel of autumn leaves. The only thing I really don’t like about foil is photographing it! In person, these look so much more dynamic – especially when the foil catches the light… very hard to capture in a still photograph.


I have one last project to share which doesn’t require any heat – perfect if you don’t have access to a laminator or iron (or since it’s August, prefer not to!)

iCraft® DecoFoil™ White Foam Adhesive was used two ways on this card. First, I placed a piece of Pink Melon foil directly on one side of the foam adhesive and rubbed it all over to transfer the foil to the foam. After peeling up the foil transfer sheet, I used an embossing folder and die cut machine to add the chevron design directly to the foam.

One of my favorite things about this double sided foam adhesive is how well it die cuts. It is a great way to adhere intricate die cuts whether or not you are using foil.

After adhering the die to the front of the watercolored card, I removed the protective liner and applied foil. There is also a tiny bit of red and pink foil “painted” on the cherry.


I hope these have given you some ideas for ways to use foil on your projects. Thanks so much to everyone at Simon Says Stamp for inviting me to be a guest today.


Thanks so much to Alice for being our guest today, and thanks to YOU our readers for tuning in! :)


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  1. something else for my wish list… And my up coming anniversary and birthday and Christmas….

    Love the look.

  2. I love the foil!! It makes projects beautiful. I have foil and glue but am scared to try it, one of these days I will get brave and give it a try.

    1. Hi Sherry,

      Glad you like the tags! Here are the steps if using an iron (although a laminator will give better results):

      1. Die cut the adhesive as in Step 1 above – using parchment to help the die cut release from the die – and place the die cut adhesive (rough) side down on your tag.

      2. Place a piece of scrap paper underneath and a piece of parchment or typing paper on top. Heat your iron on a silk/wool setting and press and hold for about 5-10 seconds. Pressing and holding is key – you want to avoid moving the iron around.

      3. Trim any adhesive that extends off the edges or is stuck to the scrap paper underneath. Peel off the protective liner and place foil color side up on the adhesive (as in Step 3 above). Cover with parchment or typing paper and press and hold your iron (silk/wool) for about 30 seconds.

      4. Allow the foil to cool before carefully peeling it off (Step 4 above).

      Hope that helps! There are lots more tips for applying foil to both paper and fabric over on the Therm O Web blog, so stop by if you get a chance. :)

  3. Thanks for demonstrating this relatively new technique. It adds a whole new dimension to stamping and papercrafting.

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