Hello, it is Cec here and I am pleased to be presenting the spotlight post this month, which is about working with foil tape.
There are sheets of foil tape on the market, some of which come in a variety of colours and while those would be useful when you need to make a larger element, you don't need to spend the big money that they cost in the craft store. I pick this tape up at my DIY store and it comes in a very large roll that is 2" wide. It is used in the heating and air conditioning business so I also have a roll of 3" wide tape because I talked the furnace service man into selling it to me out of his truck.
I am going to show you some sample pieces that I have made for the purpose of this spotlight and then will share a few finished projects from the past.
For the first one, I decided to add some texture under the foil tape by gluing down some gears, washers and drywall tape. Next I cut small irregular sized and shaped pieces of the foil tape. I peeled the backing off and affixed it to a scrap piece of card stock making sure I overlapped the edges and each piece.
I would suggest you start by laying tape loosely over your dimensional pieces first and use a paper stub to outline it. In my experience if you lay down all your tape first and then start to outline it, you run the risk of tearing it because it is too tight. Make sure you work on a craft sheet or something that will allow you to lift this up because once the paper backing is removed, this stuff is sticky.
Once I covered everything in pieces of tape, I trimmed around the edge of the panel and then I set about to give everything some pattern and texture. I used a small embossing stylus, a two-pronged seafood fork, a paper stub and the end of a clickable ball point pen without actually clicking the pen. I own a set of metal working tools because I was able to pick them up on sale but you can achieve a great effect with the tools I listed.
Once everything has some pattern, give it a good coat of a dark acrylic paint (in this case I used black) and then wipe the paint off so some remains in all the depressions you have created. If it looks like you removed too much paint, just repeat the process.
Finally I took a variety of alcohol inks and gave the whole panel some colour. I did not use any blending solution but put a few drops of each colour on my felt pad.
I covered a second piece of scrap card stock with just foil tape pieces and did not add any dimension underneath. It was textured with the same tools along with a couple from my fancy set and painted black as the first panel was.
I gave this one a different colour palette and can see this appearing on a fall card soon.
Then I switched gears and created some flowers from the foil tape. I started by cutting lengths of tape twice as long as I wanted, carefully peeled the paper backing off and folded it onto itself (adhesive to adhesive). This is a bit tricky because of how sticky the back is but it can be done and if it isn't perfectly aligned, it is no big deal.
The flowers were cut with a flower die but could also be hand cut. DO NOT use your punches to cut them because the adhesive will gum up the punch and cleaning them is painful - a lesson I learned early on.
For these flowers, I ran them through an embossing folder but they could be given texture with the tools. Once they had some texture they were painted black and the paint was wiped off.
Some alcohol inks were added to provide colour.
For this demonstration, I stacked three identical petals of each size, added a brad to the centre to keep them together and shaped them with my fingers and a dowel. The foil tape is very malleable so it is really easy to shape them. I did each one slightly differently.
As you can see, there are lots of uses for the tape. Here are a few of my past projects that have utilized the tape.
This is a Christmas ornament I made for my tree and the top "petals" and a disc on the bottom are made from metal foil but I painted them with a dark red on the reverse side of the embossing and then highlighted the raised areas with Treasure Gold wax paste.
For this masculine card I added texture under and over the foil tape. The zig zag is ric rac from my sewing closet, which shows that you can use all sorts of things to create dimension.
I added a foil tape flower to this frilly steampunk card.
Here I used the foil tape to create the mermaid's tail using an embossing folder to give it texture.
This card has a foil tape wing that I cut by hand and textured with an embossing stylus.
Finally, this is a cigar box that I literally covered with foil tape to make a treasure box for my 6 year-old Grandson. It is looking a little worse for wear because he set it on the floor, threw his comforter on top of it and forgot the box was there so his Daddy stepped on it when he came in to tuck him in. I have tried to fix it but I will wager I have to make another one because he loves it and I am not sure the repairs are going to hold up.
As you can see foil tape is a very versatile product for crafters so I hope you will pick some up and create with it too.
There's still time to join in the fun for Samra's mood board challenge...Summer Romance.
You have until the 4th of August to play - and you'll find all the challenge details as well as lots of inspiration from the brilliant Anything But Cute design team by clicking on the challenge link.