Happy Tuesday! I am so happy to be back today with a new tutorial! Taking a week off helped me squeeze in some serious creative time for CHA samples. So far I have finished around 20 cards and tags. I am looking forward to sharing them with you! Today’s tutorial features a technique I discovered while working on one of my samples. I wanted to create something that would look like a vintage colorized tin type photograph. I didn’t end up with exactly the look I imagined, but what I did get was pretty cool! I am calling it “Watercolor on Foil”.
Begin by applying a piece of pattern paper pattern side down to the back sticky side of metal foil tape sheets. Choose a pattern paper that has a subtle design that won’t compete with your stamped image. For my project, I chose an older piece of paper by BasicGrey from their 6×6 Basics Collection. The paper I am using was single sided. Remember if you use double-sided paper to place the pattern you want to keep on the adhesive side of the foil.
After applying the paper to the foil, burnish over the back to work out any wrinkles or air pockets and to ensure good adhesion.
Mist the paper with water to soften it.
Use your fingers to rub away the paper. After rubbing away the paper, you will see the pattern from your paper.
Continue misting with water and rubbing away the paper pulp until you have removed most of the paper pulp. In this case, I wanted a lot of the foil to show, so I continued to rub some areas until the paper and pattern were gone. How much you remove is up to you. (For another great transfer project, be sure to check out my Frosted Film Transfer Tutorial.)
After removing the paper pulp, dry the foil piece with a heat tool. The exposed foil will be sticky. Heating it will make it super tacky so try handling it in the paper areas.
Stamp a design onto the foil using Jet Black Archival ink. Stamp the design on the foil so that it covers areas with both paper and foil. Dry the ink with a heat tool. (Stamp shown- Hero Arts Wildflower Garden.)
Apply adhesive to a #8 manila tag.
Adhere the tag to the foil side. Try to place the tag so that the area you stamped will be on the tag.
Trim around the edge of the tag to remove the excess foil. The paper I used was 6×6 which is smaller than my tag so I ended up with a little extra tag showing. I ended up trimming it with my scissors. You could remove it by tearing with a decorative edge scissor, trimmer, or die.
Scribble Distress Ink Markers onto your craft sheet. Use a waterbrush to pick up the color and apply it to the tag for a watercolor effect. The areas with color over paper will be more intensely colored. The areas with color over foil will be more subtle. Dry each area and/or color with a heat tool before moving on to help prevent smudging on the foil.
Add bolder color lines with the fine tip end of the marker.
Use the brush end to add bolder wide strokes. Dry each area and/or color with a heat tool before moving on to help prevent smudging on the foil.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the tag. As before, the areas with paper will take the ink more intensely. The areas with just foil will be more subtle.
Once again, heat the tag to dry the ink and help make the exposed foil tacky and hot.
Sprinkle the tag with clear embossing powder. The powder will stick to the tacky areas of the exposed foil. The powder will not stick (or at least very little) to the areas with paper.
Heat the tag to melt the embossing powder. The embossing powder will seal in the ink so that it is permanent. It won’t rub off like it would if it was left unsealed.
You might notice that the repeated heating and cooling causes some wrinkles in the foil. I have done this technique now several times and that has happened each time. I think it is just a by-product of the process and something you have to embrace. I think it adds a little extra character.
To color a ribbon to match, scribble your craft sheet with the colors you used in your design. Mist the marker ink with water until it beads up.
Toss a piece of Crinkle Ribbon around on the ink droplets. Squeeze out any excess moisture with a dry cloth. Dry with a heat tool.
To add a touch of brown aging, tap over the ribbon with an ink blending tool. I use whatever ink is already on my foam without re-inking it so that the color is more subtle.
Die cut a small tag from manila cardstock. (I used a scrap that had ink spray on it from another project. Save those scraps!) Stamp a sentiment on the tag using small alphabet stamps and Jet Black Archival Ink.
Tie the ribbon around the tag. Add the small tag to finish it off.
This finished tag might be one of the hardest ever to photograph. The embossing powder really makes the exposed foil shine. It reflects tons of light. I hope you will trust me when I tell you it looks really amazing in person.
The embossing powder not only increases the shine of the silver, it also adds tons of texture. The areas where the paper is rough next to the slickness of the powder create such an interesting weathered look.
The sentiment for this tag is especially good for me this week. I think that in everything there are rain clouds and things that you can focus on that take you away from your joy. You have to remember through it all that you get to choose how you act and re-act, no one chooses for you. You can grow and thrive and reach for the sun or stay stuck in the mud. Getting to choose is a pretty great thing. Today, I am choosing to bloom!
See you all back here on Thursday for Take Two where I will have another project with this technique for another dose of inspiration!