November 5, 2007

Tutorial for using Foil Tape

This ATC was made using silver Foil HVAC tape found at the hardware store. The tape has a peel off backing which makes it great for artwork. This one has the look of old pewter or tarnished silver. I also made the Christmas card below.
Here is a tutorial of how I got the above effects on the tape.
The supplies I use are Staz-On ink pads in Saddle Brown and Olive Green, Apple Barrel Meadow green acrylic paint, Adirondack Alcohol inks in Denim and Bottle, a embossing plate, the foil 2" HVAC tape found in hardware stores, felt pads to apply inks and paint and cardstock.
Some of the supplies
First, cut the desired length of tape and peel the backing. Place it on a piece of cardstock (this gives it strength and holds the embossing better). Emboss in a machine (I use my Big Shot) or rub the foil face down on the embossing plate. Apply Staz-On ink pad direct to foil to get the desired colors. Wipe away ink until you like the look. You can always add more later. Work quickly before it dries. I used Olive Green and Saddle Brown. Using this method, the foil will change color, but remain shiny. I used Olive Green for the Christmas card.


To get the pewter or tarnished look of silver like in the ATC apply a thin coat of the acrylic paint after embossing. Wipe away until it only looks dull like the picture below.
After using acrylic paint on the foil
Then apply the alcohol inks to the felt pad. I use a few drops of each color, then a few drops of the blending solution. I then dab the ink onto the foil until I get the look I desire. You then wipe it off until you like the look. You can apply more ink or less until it looks like old pewter or tarnished silver.


After using the alcohol inks and wiping the surface

I like to put another coat of the acrylic on, wiping it very gently to get a thin coat. Cut them up, use a punch, glue, whatever, to make ATCs and cards. Have fun! Below are some of the samples before I made cards from them.

10 comments:

The Carolina Quilter said...

These are gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial. Only I don't have an embossing machine. And since DH just bought me a Featherweight, I don't dare ask for one just now!

Vivian said...

some artists just use an embossing plate, place the foil face down on it and brayer or rub over it. You can also place washers or anything rather flat under the foil tape and rub it to make an impression. It is easy to make an indention in the tape. Featherweights are so much fun! The best straight stitch I ever did is on a Featherweight.

Plain Jane said...

What fun! Can't wait to go to the hardware store to find some of that tape. Thanks for the very useful tutorial.

Susan Nash said...

Thanks Vivi!! Can't wait to try that! Where did you get your embossing machine?

Gina said...

Those are beautiful! Thanks for the well described techniques!

Sandy said...

Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for making them into beautiful cards. I enjoy finished pieces. I will try this on my embossing machine. I have the wizzard and haven't used it too much but I will try!

Karoda said...

I have a roll of that tape I used in an altered book...you have tempted me to ask "do I want to make my own holiday cards this year?" ummm....

purplepaint said...

Vivian - what a great idea! These turned out great! Marva

Anonymous said...

This is a great tutorial. Do you ever use a filler paste on the back of the metal so it won't flatten?
Elinor

Joolz said...

these are fantastic! you did a beautiful job on these vivian. thank you so much for posting the tutorial, the instructions are so clear and easy to follow. i'm off to the hardware store tomorrow :)