DIY Distressed Foiling – Decofoil Backgrounds –

This month I’ll be featuring new Thermoweb Decofoil techniques and tutorials on how to create unique foiled effects on paper. Today I’m sharing the first tutorial. You’ll learn in a few quick steps how to create unique distressed backgrounds using foil. The result is almost as if you would have painted, splattered and splashed your paper with paint only with a much more beautiful texture, foil.

Thermoweb | Decofoil Transfer Sheets in Gold and Silver, Decofoil Adhesive Pen
Minc Mini machine (or a Foil Laminator)*
3M Spray Adhesive (also suggest Decofoil Fusible Spray Adhesive)
Digital Stamps | Graciellie Design Thoughtful Greetings set
Dies | Spellbinders: Arched Elegance Pocket, A2 Matting Basics
Coloring | Spectrum Noir Markers: CG1, CG2, FS3, TN2, GB8
Miscelaneous | Papers: Vintage handwriting patterned paper, White and Black cardstock / Tools: Printer, scissors, paper trimmer / Embellishments: Crinkle ribbon, silver heart button, gauze
*Not strictly necessary.

To achieve the foil distressed effect You will need these basic supplies (detailed on the supply list above). I’m using spray adhesive and an adhesive pen today but I have tried a different distressed foiling technique before with another adhesive (see tutorial here).
1. Protect your work surface and spray a piece of patterned cardstock with the spray adhesive. To create different splatters try out spraying the paper from different distances. The further you spray the smaller the splatters will be. For bigger splashes spray closer to the paper.
2. Once sprayed place a Decofoil transfer sheet right on top the paper and run it through a Minc machine or laminator at the lowest setting (in this case 1). This step isn’t strictly necessary. If you do not own any of these machines all you need to do is wait between 15 to 30 seconds once the adhesive is applied until it gets a bit tacky and then transfer the foil, burnishing softly with the help of your fingers. (Since the result we’re looking for is distressed it really won’t matter if the foil doesn’t transfer perfectly to the paper.)
3. Remove the foil to reveal your first layer of foil distressing. You can always add more splatters if you wish.
4. Use the adhesive pen to draw random splatters around the edges and even larger dots. 
5. Then cover the paper with a gold Decofoil transfer sheet and run through a Minc machine or laminator. (Again you can skip this step if you wait until the glue gets tacky.)
6. Peel the transfer sheet to reveal the second layer of distressed foiling in gold.

This technique is super easy to achieve and it creates unique backgrounds every time. You can get a lot of backgrounds from 1 single foil transfer sheet and you really don’t need that much adhesive, so this DIY is very affordable too! Make sure you visit Thermoweb’s shop to check out their Decofoil line of adhesives and transfer sheets.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you found this tutorial useful please let me know in the comments. I will be back soon with a second technique using Decofoil, so stay tuned!

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32 thoughts on “DIY Distressed Foiling – Decofoil Backgrounds –

  1. I came through The Card Concept blog. Thanks for the sweet comments on my card. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. And thanks for the detailed tut on foiling.


  2. Beautiful card with all the pretty details and a great tutorial and technique! Thank you for joining us at Double D for our 'YELLOW' challenge!
    Diane DD DT


  3. Your DecoFoil/Minc card has made me excited to try out my new Minc machine and start creating. After getting the technique mastered, I'll be sharing this with my girlfriends in our 'card pros' group. Thanks for the mini lesson.


  4. Absolutely gorgeous card and the detail in the background really makes a difference on this card. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Mod Squad Challenge. Good luck, and hope to see you again.
    Barbara, Mod Squad Challenge Host.


  5. Everything you do is gorgeous! How do you make the hydrangeas and other flowers that are at the very top of your page? Would love to be able to create something like that. Thanks, Suzanne


  6. Such an impressive card, I love the wonderful background you had created, it is stunning, and the colors are subtle at the same time, I am in awe at your card, thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 I am so glad you did, otherwise I would have missed this beautiful creation!


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