Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: 5 Ways to Foil with Thermoweb


Hello crafters and welcome back to a brand new Studio Monday video! Do you like to foil? I have always been fascinated with foil. Ever since foiling techniques became popular a couple years ago, I’ve enjoyed incorporating foil into my cards.

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie

First – for all of our new crafters – let me quickly explain what foiling is: It is a technique where foil material is transferred onto a toner-printed image. Toner is a type of printing ink; most often found in larger sized printers and copies. Foil material is transferred onto toner ink by way of heat. Laminators and specialty foiling machines are used to heat-press the foil into the ink. Foiling can alternatively be done with strong adhesives and gels.

ThermoWeb is one of the companies that is leading the way with innovative and fun foiling products. Today I will be showcasing many of their products, including their gorgeous foils, Transfer Gel medium, Foil Mates sheets and Peel ‘n Stick Toner sheets. These products can be used in a variety of ways to foil. For example:

You can use Toner Sheets to create foil covered die cuts… Look at the GORGEOUS rainbow of color on the “big hugs” sentiment! The rainbow foil is SO pretty, especially paired against the iridescent foiled background!


You can also use Transfer Gel to make stunning stenciled designs…

Who loves stencils? I sure do! Which was why I was really excited when ThermoWeb released their Transfer Gel medium and I couldn’t wait to start using it for foiling techniques on my cards. The Transfer Gel is one of my two most-favorite ways to add foil! Keep on reading and I’ll share the other favorite in a moment! :)


You can also add texture to Transfer Gel which leaves an amazing distressed effect on foil! Check out how I used a sponge brush to create an almost “painted” effect to this stenciled flower!


My other favorite way to foil is to use double sided adhesive sheets or strips (my preferred brand of these adhesives are Scor-Tape). This is perfect for fast foiling AND for those of you that want to try foiling but don’t have a laminator or foiling machine (YES you can foil without one!).

Check out the moon on this card… this is SO awesome and you get amazing foiled die cuts easy-peasy! I hope you’ll watch the video to see this technique in action because I KNOW you are going to love it!


Here are some other examples of foiling I will be sharing in today’s video…


The rainbow heart also features the double-sided adhesive foiling technique. I have to say it again… I just LOVE that rainbow foil!

The pretty silver stars with the iridescent hints of color makes use of the fun Foil Mates toner sheets from ThermoWeb. The pink and gold paper is also made with the Foil Mates sheets. Normally this paper is white and black; white being the area of the paper that will not get foiled and the black being the toner print that WILL be foiled. As you can see with the silver star paper, the stars have foil because they were originally the black toner and the white of the paper is still showing. I could have done the same thing with the stripes and would have been left with a foiled and white stripe paper. But I took it one step further and before foiling, I added pink ink to the paper. The white became pink and when I ran the paper through the laminator with the foil, I then had a pink paper with gold foiled stripes. Pretty cool, huh??

The blue and iridescent star stripe paper again features double-sided adhesive foiling but this time with adhesive strip tape instead of adhesive sheets. Imagine all the designs you could create with tape like this!

Finally, the gold flowers is an example of how you can use Transfer Gel to get a textured STAMPED impression with a rubber cling stamp. I’ll explain this process in detail in the video, as well as tips for stamp care after using Transfer Gel.


I hope you enjoy watching the foiling techniques and seeing everything in action as much as I enjoyed creating these examples! It is so much fun to foil and I hope that you will give it a try if you haven’t already. Seeing a foiled design on a card is mesmerizing… I could tip a foiled card back and forth to watch it shine all day long! And for those of you that have tried foiling, I hope that these ideas are helpful to you and spark your imagination to try some experimenting with foil too!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me today… I’ll see you again next week!




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  1. I have bought a sheet of foil and will try it with adhesive. I don’t have a laminator or foiling machine so the other things will have to wait.

  2. Thanks for all the ideas for foiling! I have foil papers but no laminator and now I can try these techniques.

  3. I’ve never used foil before; looks really cool. Thanks for all the tips & inspiration.

  4. I have never worked with foiling in all the years I have been cardmaking so thank you for the wonderful inspiration and step outs!

  5. Thanks for the great tips Nina! I bought some of the foil and haven’t used it much yet but you’ve given me more ways to adhere it so I should be good to go now!

  6. Thanks for a great video – I have foil but no machine so now will give it a try with adhesive! Your cards are lovely too!!

  7. I am glad you had a designer show us more ways to use foil. I love all of the cards today.

  8. May have to try foiling. I love the look of it but don’t have a laminator. Now I know I don’t need one. TFS

  9. I loved your foiling techniques especially the distressed flower using transfer gel. I cannot wait to give that a try.

    Thank you for such great inspirations.

  10. Thanks for reminding me I have foil to use, haha. And for the inspiration with the stars – I have star foam cut out sheets from a bargain pack and no idea how to use them. Thanks x

  11. Thank you for the great tutorial, Nina! I was aware of using double-sided adhesive to foil, and heard of the transfer gel, but wasn’t sure how it worked. It opens up so many possibilities, can’t wait to try it. Great cards, my favorite being the one with the John Lennon lyrics.

  12. Totally foil addicted . Did you know that you can get the same result than transfer gel with matte multi medium . Bonus is that you can use the negative pieces to make amazing card fronts by spreading the medium and putting the negative on . If you want to be wild :) put a second color on what is left open and you can go on forever :)

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