Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Card with Self-Adhesive Foil and Fern Fronds Silhouette Stencil Mini

Above is one of the Christmas cards I made using Inkssentials self-adhesive foil from Ranger Industries.  Foil is very difficult to photograph, but I love working with this surface because embossing it is so easy and quick.  The results are subtle, not flashy (unless alcohol inks are introduced.  Something for me to try, one of these days!) 

My first step was to measure the foil needed to cover the front of a blank greeting card, as already shown in another post --

Then, I placed my 4"x4" stencil Fern Fronds Silhouette Stencil Mini on top of the foil, holding it in place as I traced the openings with a stylus--

Note: this stencil is stained green as result of a previous project.  Click on the image to enlarge it and better see the embossed lines made with the stylus (pictured at the photo top.)

My 4"x4" Fern Fronds Silhouette Stencil Mini is what I chose to use this time, but the blank greeting card was large enough for me to have used  any 6"x6" stencil.  I buy these sturdy, square greeting card blanks from

After I lifted the stencil, its embossed outlines were revealed:


After this, I introduced Titanium White acrylic paint -- 

 -- which I brushed across the surface, then quickly removed most of it with a paper towel.  This method was called "antiquing" back when I first learned it.  The goal is to leave a hit-and-miss look, with foil showing thru in most areas, and with the majority of the paint remaining in the embossed areas:

Click on the above image to better see the remaining white paint.

Next, I got out the glitter glue.  (You can tell I live close to the Ranger Industries warehouse, where periodic sales result in my bringing home lots of their products!)  Below are two photos showing the border I created this way: 

Now I wanted to add some color, so I used red glitter glue to apply dots--

Above These dots are easier to see in the finished greeting card, shown at the start of this post.
Once the glitter dried, I peeled off the white backing paper and applied the foil to the front of the Christmas card -- as shown in the top photo in this post.

Check with the Postal Service before mailing 6"x6" greeting cards -- there is a non-machinable surcharge for sending mail of these dimensions.

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