Yippee for Yana: Hot Foil Backgrounds Made Easy!

Yippee for Yana

Hi friends, welcome to the latest edition of Yippee for Yana with the always amazing and creative Yana Smakula! Be sure to read on and watch the video for more info and enjoy!

Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula! In this episode, I will show you how to create hot foil backgrounds with the help of your non-background glimmer plates. Think of this as repeat pattern stamping, but instead of using clear or red rubber stamps we are going to use hot foil plates. I have a few tips to share in this video to make the foiling process go smoothly and quickly.

I love this Mermaids Forever Glimmer Plate by Jane Davenport and I know it will make a fabulous background for some nautical cards when paired with Simon’s “Your Light” stamp set.

The plate, of course, is smaller than an A2 card, it can be used on both portrait and landscape cards, but you’ll need to foil it several times on the background to have one continuous pattern.

This is rather easy to do with the help of low tack tape. I am foiling on Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock today. To foil the background I added a piece of wide low tack tape to create a hinge to attach my glimmer plate to the paper, next, using grid lines of my work surface I align the cardstock and also align the die on top of it. Also, I’m starting at the top and moving down making sure the tape will not be placed over the already foiled section.

Once aligned I press the washi tape strip in place to secure my plate on the paper. This will give me a top row of these mermaid scales or waves. I’m using Skybright foil to foil this piece and to foil the entire background – it makes up for a beautiful sea. Using a sharp pair of scissors I cut my foil to a strip, I eyeball it and try to match it in width to the width of my glimmer plate and once cut simply slide it under the plate. The only significant thing here is to try and cut the foil on a straight line. Using scissors with long blades helps.

Meanwhile, my glimmer hot foil machine has been heating up and is now hot and ready to foil. I’m sending the sandwich slowly through my die cutting machine and back and returning the platform back to the docking station so that it remains hot for the next round.

Now I need to remove the glimmer plate, peel the foil, reposition the plate and add foil all while the glimmer plate is hot. So what do you do? You can wait for the plate to cool off and that might take several minutes, or you can use this trick.

Wear a glove!

I have one of those curling irons that doesn’t have a clamp and so there’s a glove included with the iron to be able to wrap the hair strand around the curling wand and hold it in place while it curls it. The glove protects the hand from the heat. I can use it here when doing hot foiling to handle the hot glimmer plate and also protect my hand from all heat.

Holding the paper with my non-gloved hand I remove the glimmer plate with my gloved hand and re-position in on the paper aligning with the previously foiled design to have one continuous background for my card. Having the glove on this makes it very easy to move the glimmer plate and position it where I need it.

I repeat the process several times to foil the entire background.

I also have another background done in a similar way but using several colors of foil for an ombre look – Cobalt Blue, Teal, Skybright and Prism.

To turn these backgrounds into cards I trimmed them down slightly, and to create little nautical scenes I also die-cut circles from vellum and cardstock strips from red cardstock. I white heat embossed images and sentiments and using foam adhesive I assembled these cards.

I also hid little pieces of foam adhesive squares under small sequin or enamel dot embellishments to add more support and more adhesive to the vellum circles.

Be sure to watch the video below to see how the cards were created!



Simon Says Clear Stamps YOUR LIGHT…
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JDGL-003 Spellbinders MERMAIDS…
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JDGL-008 Spellbinders SHOW PONIES…
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GLS-001 Spellbinders GLIMMER HOT FOIL…
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Spellbinders DEEP SEA Die Cutting and…
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GLF-032 Spellbinders PRISM Glimmer Foil
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GLF-020 Spellbinders COBALT BLUE…
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GLF-015 Spellbinders SKYBRIGHT…
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GLF-009 Spellbinders TEAL Glimmer Foil
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Hero…
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Scrapbook Adhesives 1/4 INCH 3D 308…
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  1. These are absolutely gorgeous cards Yana. There are so many great tips on the foiling process in here of what to do and what not to do, so this is very helpful.
    Amazing cards as always.

  2. Yana these cards you shared are SO beautiful! I especially loved all of the tips you gave us on the video. It helps to know I’m not the only one who makes silly mistakes all the time! ❤️

  3. So glad to see I am not the only one with foiled plates and dies. I have one that is perfectly placed on a plate because I spent so-o much time getting it just right then forgot the paper. Thanks for the cleaning tips

  4. The foil makes such a difference on this sort of card. I LOVE the scales. I think that I need that die…

  5. Once again, Yana has BLOWN US AWAY with her tips & tricks! LOVE the idea of using the glove! AND the ombre foiling! LOOOVE her cards & NOW, I want to play with my Glimmer Machine!!! LOL A SUPER JOB, YANA!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)<3

  6. I’ve never worked with foiling at all, but it’s on my list of things to try! It’s really very pretty and your cards are beautiful. I love the images stamped on vellum, too.

  7. Your nautical cards were lovely. I love how you completed the whole front of a card. But another machine to buy is hard on the budget. Very pretty results, though.

  8. I love this gorgeous card using this cool technique. I love the mermaid scales, beautiful and oceanic.

  9. Beautiful. I love foiling, but I don’t have a foiling machine (and I can’t justify the expense of purchasing one). I love to watch Yana create and, even if it’s something I don’t have the supplies to try to recreate, I’m always inspired.

  10. Too bad a photo doesn’t do justice to foils and glitters. These are so gorgeous! My faves are the aqua/blue green foils.

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