At the CKC Convention a few weeks back I watched a lady die cut pieces out of foil. It is now my new favorite thing. Using aluminum foil for die cuts looks just like a metal embellishment (or those foil outline stickers you can buy) if you fold it up a few times and run it through your die cutting machine.
Freakin’ amazing. Just look:
To make this die cut, I took a sheet of foil and folded to create 6 layers. You might need to fold it more if you’re using the thinner foil – I have the super strength stuff in my kitchen, so it’s kinda thick to begin with.
I ran it through my Big Shot once, then went back and forth over it a couple times to make sure it was cut all the way through and to press the foil layers together really well.
I wanted this card as simple as I could make it, so I chose a white card and centered a panel on top of it with foam squares. Before I layered it on there, though, I cut out a frame and then embossed it with a snowflake pattern embossing folder.
You’re going to need Glossy Accents or some other strong adhesive to hold the foil onto your paper – you don’t want to press down with a glue runner and smash it, and I didn’t have much luck with the Tombow Mono Multi glue. I used a crystal lacquer to adhere my snowflake (it’s the same thing as the Glossy Accents).
After I stuck it on, the poor snowflake looked lonely. So, I used my new border die from Simon Says Stamp to cut an outline for inside the frame. This die cut was a little more difficult to make stick. The dots of glue I put on the back were so small, it dried too quickly and I had to carefully lift the edges in some places to add a little extra adhesive.
I just got a handy dandy little light box for photographing my cards, too. I hope you’ll notice an improvement in my mad photography skills.
I’m learnin’! 😉
Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment below and tell me: have you tried using aluminum foil for die cuts?