Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Deco Foil Tutorial on a Chipboard Journal Book

Hello Blog Land, today I have a tutorial playing with Deco Foil by *therm o web. I also have the worlds smallest blog hop going on! There will be a prize for one lucky hopper.

Here are the very few rules. 

1. Follow my blog- I do have a lot of cool stuff going on here & don't post crazy often.
2. Leave me a comment on each of the 3 blog stops (yes that says 3- stop laughing)
3. See I told you very few rules, I guess I could have said there were a couple of rules but we artists like uneven numbers.

Stop 1- you are here, please read, learn, soak up the fun & comment.
Stop 2-my Southern Ridge Trading Co. post on this book with photos of the inside (did I tell you it's bigger on the inside?). 
Stop 3- my first 5 days stroll in my hood.

Chipboard journal with a debossed patterned dragonfly cut out colored in greys, blues & burgandy.
Southern Ridge Trading Co. Zen Dragonfly Journal

Check Out This Cool Book!

First off this is my design team post for Southern Ridge Trading Co. which is the 2nd stop on the hop. check out their fabulous products as well as a peak at some of the finished pages inside my book. I am really good at making books but less great about working on the insides! 

I am also entering this in the Mixed Media Place Challenge. Loved their mood board & was definitely inspired by the colors & the quote. Good things take time. I used the quote on the inside of my book but I also was mindful of that as I made my book. I enjoyed the process & too my time designing it, even with a looming deadline! Here is a link to the current challenge.

Let's Get Some Foiling Going!

I was given a lovely box of *thermo.web.products to play with. I love adding foil accents to my art journal projects. It adds a pop of shiny, lovely, mirror color which adds another layer of texture to my pieces. I decided to play with a few of them to compare which ones worked best for my use. If you know me I almost always must use stencils, texture & stamps to my projects. 

So Many To Choose From! 

I decided to work with 4 forms of adhesive. One of the challenges is how do you foil a thicker item like chipboard? Not sure it would go through my laminator which is designed for paper. Also chipboard + extended heat may not make it happy either. A test for another day. Lucky for us Deco Foil has an answer. 

1. Transfer Gel with foamie   2. Transfer Gel with palette knife.

Let's Do Some Tests.

I started with a piece of black mat board. Using Transfer Gel, the number stencil & a palette knife I scraped the gel onto the board. I also added it through the brick stencil using a piece of foam. I let it dry as per the instructions until clear. I then placed a piece of the Summer Rainbow Transfer Sheet color side up & ran it through my Vagabond. Use the same sandwich as an emboss folder. My teammate Ava gave me a hot tip- use a new unscratched plate on top or the cut images in the plate transfer into the foil. I added a piece of card stock on top which worked fine. 

The foamie above did not work well as you see not much of a transfer. I wondered if it was because there were 2 different height layers of gel running through the machine at the same time, or not enough pressure. I repeated this step changing 2 things. 1. I really pushed the gel into the mat board when applying through the stencil, making sure there was good coverage. 2. I added the thin die adapter to the sandwich. I ran it through the Vagabond twice. The results were much better!!! Yay. 

Now I was ready for my chipboard title. I followed the same steps & voila beautiful shimmer was added with the Emerald Watercolor Transfer Sheets. In the spots where the foil was sketchy I re-applied adhesive & used Aqua colored foil. This upped the grunge factor!

Next Up: Liquid Adhesive.

For my next chippie pieces I wanted a more portable idea. Let's say I am traveling & don't want to bring my vagabond or my laminator. Well Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive to the rescue. I applied a thin layer with a foamie again & let dry 1-2 hours. Place your foil sheet, color side up over the chippie & rub gently using a bone folder, not to scratch the foil too much but enough so the foil adheres. Works brilliantly. 

Update your plain cardboard with shimmery foil sheets.


Last But Not Least: 

I tried out the PeelnStick Toner Sheets. This time I needed the laminator. I die cut using an Eileen Hull butterfly thinlet (made me very happy that it worked) I ran it back & forth through my Vagabond and got a good cut. Followed the easy instructions placing foil on top of the butterfly cut and in between the parchment included in the sheet pack. Ran it through the laminator & bam lovely foiled piece! I also used this technique to place foil behind my dragonfly. I cut out a piece large enough to cover the dragonfly image, foiled it & adhered it to the back of my cover so the foil peeks out through the dragonfly image. Love it!! 

 I moved the cover to show the foil. The color on the left is the true color of the book & the right shows what the foil looks like. As the book moves it catches the light & reveals the color. 

 What is the prize you are asking? 

If you are participating in my wee blog hop, I will choose one random winner who will receive a Southern Ridge Trading co. stencil, and some chippies. Make sure you follow all the rules! Thanks for playing with my silliness.  

I am also entering this in the Words & Paintery Contest which you can find here. 
Love their monthly challenges, a great way to be inspired.  

You can find a list of supplies on the Southern Ridge Post. 


  1. This is just delightful! I love all the layers and colors!I need to try foiling!

  2. That's a great playtime and post Karen giving us great ideas and ways to add foil to our projects, thanks for sharing what you learned and your gorgeous journal with its amazing texture and cover design, love it xxx

    1. Thanks so much Brenda! Stay tuned I have more foil to come!

  3. Thank you for sharing the foiling tutorial. Great ways to use the foil. Love our project.



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