Foiling with Embossing Folders? DON"T DO THIS!!

April 12, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to the Spellbinders Cut and Emboss Folders blog hop + Giveaway.  

Today I'm sharing a box using Marrocan View Cut and Emboss folder and a couple of cards using Flora and Fauna and Floral Splash Cut & Emboss folders to share ideas and techniques using these beautiful folders.

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Although I managed to foil using embossing folders,  this is something you shouldn't trwith your Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System!! 

After this post went live the Spellbinders team and I realized that the machine wasn't heating up properly so that it allowed me to do this!!

Apologies for this.  We didn't have a way to know there could be a problem with the machine and this was a pretty rare case.

A replacement was sent and applying this technique on the Glimmer Hot Foil System is not possible. It might melt your embossing folder.

However,  I want to leave this post live for inspiration using the embossing folders and also as a fun experience and a warning as well.

So this is what I did but you shouldn't do it 

Using Marrocan View Cut and Emboss folder and the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system, I   foiled three panels of navy blue cardstock.  I cut two of them in half to add them to the box sides and the extra one was used to cover the top. 

This box measures  4-1/4" x 4 -1/4 " and is about 4" inches tall.

Lid size4 -1/4 x 4 -1/4 x 2 -5/8 ( Paper size  to make the lid : 9 -1/2 " x 9- 1/2" socre at 2- 5/8 ")
Box Body :  4-1/4" x 4 -1/4  x 4" inches tall  (  paper size to make the box body : 11-1/4 x 11 - 1/4" inches . Socre at 3 - 5/8" )

Step by Step 
Foiling with Spellbinders Cut & Emboss Folders

First,  we need to use the side of the folders that don't have embedded dies to apply this technique because this is the side that has the raised pattern.

Top Tip: I used a thin metal shim to increase the heat and to add sturdiness to the sandwich.  Once the timmer ( green light)  turns on I leave the foiling sandwich on the machine until everything feels warm and nice to the touch up ( 1 or a bit more minute will be ok). 

 There is no rush, the folder won't melt and nothing will get burned ( see step 5). 

Everything will look pretty over foiled,  right? That the ugly truth but this issue can be fixed.

I tried this 100 times as I have been experimenting with the foiling machine for a while.  Depending on the folder you use you might get better results. 

Embossing folders with small gaps or smaller spaces between raised areas should perform a lot better but this proves that you can use embossing folders with large gaps between embossing lines and make it work.

To fix over foiling issue I used two kinds of erasers: a sand eraser  ( be gentle when using it ) and to polish  I use a black soft art eraser (for dark cardstock) easy to get in a craft or art shop. 

After foiling I use the folder to cut and emboss the paper again.. the effect is quite cool.  I simply aligned the foiling areas with the pattern in the cut and emboss folder. ( see step 1  in the picture above) .

 I also tried something else to share with you today and to share as much as I can using the folders.

I applied   Fun Stamp Journey Liquid Colours on my glass mat and I mixed them with loads of water. Then I applied them onto watercolour paper using a small make- up brush . next I sprinkled the paper with FSJ Sparkle Silk.

I used Bubble Gum and Catalina Splash Liquid Colors.

When the paper was dry I  cut and emboss it used  Flora and Fauna  (butterflies)  and  Floral Splash  (flowers and eaves) Cut & Emboss folders.

I  used the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System and I foiled a piece of watercolour paper using Flora and Fauna Cut & Emboss Folder. This folder produces the impression of beautiful butterflies so I fussy cut them using scissors.

I also trimmed part of the butterflies to make smaller ones and I  used the makeup brush to apply a hint of FSJ Liquid Colour to the butterflies.

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That's all for today I hope you enjoy these projects, ideas and techniques!

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  1. That is so exquisite! I've never tried foil yet but this makes me want to give it a go! Nicely done!

  2. Wow I am amazed that you made a box using the cut folder what great thinking and it turned out fantastic....I also like the soft looking cards.
    Well done and tfs

  3. You are very clever. So many great ideas and that box was amazing. You have shown a new way to use these folders. Love it!

  4. Beautiful projects. The box was terrific, and the butterflies...well, I am a sucker for butterflies...they turned out so pretty. Love the way you made one butterfly smaller by cutting off the outside of the wing. I just love your work. Spellbinder has some really beautiful products also! Thank you so much Bibi....really pretty work as always. Hugs

  5. Awesome box! The foiling is so elegant and the cards are beautiful too!! Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiration1

  6. Very nice project. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beautiful Projects! Can't pick a favorite. Inspired me.

  8. These are truly amazing projects! LOVE the gift box, amazing talented crafter you are!

  9. Tricia A Podmore12 April 2019 at 19:15

    Wow and WOW what a magnificent box using embossing folder then foiling. Your cards are beautiful and so creative. Love the soft dreamy color palette. Appreciate your sharing of your talents.

  10. Your projects have the WOW WOW WOW factor. Thanks for sharing what these new Cut & Emboss folder can do.

  11. Beautiful box and the cards are very pretty, too! Thanks for sharing these creations with us. Love the cut and emboss folders!!

  12. It's nice to see all the different ways supplies can be used. The box is a wonderful idea.

  13. I love love the butterfly card. Great Job

  14. Lovely! Great idea.

  15. Wonderful, who knew you could hot foil with an embossing folder. I wished there was a video but I can't wait to try this technique.

  16. Love the foiling on the dark blue, so creative.

  17. Really cute box- just eye-catching. Thank you for your inspiration.

  18. Very nice paper projects.

  19. I am so impressed with your gorgeous foiled box, which gives a whole new look to these folders! The foiling is perfect with that Moroccan pattern.

  20. Beautiful box. Very creative.

  21. How beautiful! Thank you for your wonderful projects!

  22. Such lovely projects and that box is my fave!

  23. Love your creative use of the folders. I love butterflies so the card is my favorite. TFS.

  24. Gorgeous samples Bibi. Love the foiling technique... will have to give it a try... amazing look with the gold! Those butterflies are so sweet!

  25. Wow! Love the cards! Box is pretty also. The foiling system is on my wish list. Being new to crafting im lacking so much to be able to try different techniques etc the list is pretty long, but ill get there! Tyfs and inspiring!

  26. I am simply amazed by your creativity...u have lot of patience trying single technique so many times...loved the bold box and soft cards...thanks for sharing!!

  27. Marisela Delgado said: Que lindo! It is all so beautiful. HERMOSO! saludos desde San Antonio, Texas, USA

  28. I really love the butterfly cards!

  29. Your projects are absolutely amazing! I love your talent and creativity! I am going to subscribe. Thank you for your inspiration!

  30. You did such an amazing job with your projects but my favorite is that gorgeous blue and gold box!

  31. Wow! The box is stunning and the card is beautiful. So creative!

  32. Wow! Your box is stunning and your card is beautiful! So very creative and inspiring.

  33. Such beautiful projects! Love the foil detail to the box, and your cards are lovely! Awesome Cut & Emboss designs!

  34. I love that box and your cards are gorgeous. I love these cut and emboss folders -- genius idea!


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