How To Add Rub-On Foil To An Image
How are you all getting on with crafting for Christmas? Have you started yet? Or is it still a little bit early for you?
In my pre-designer days , I didn't usually start actually creating anything until mid-October time. At this time of year I would have still been looking around for inspiration & making my decisions as to what I thought I might like to make ready to start shopping seriously for my supplies in a few weeks' time. I suppose I go through exactly the same process now - gathering inspiration & then creating. I just do it all a little bit earlier in the year. And I now include what I might like to design for Christmas as well as what I might like to create for it as well : )
One thing I have decided I wanted to do this year was to add foil to some of my projects. I like Rub-On foils. It's such a quick & simple technique to learn & to do. And when done properly, I think it gives a gorgeous finish.
So today, I wanted to do a quick tutorial to show you how to add Rub-On Foil to an image. Especially for those of you who've never tried it before : )
First, I want to talk a little about foils & adhesives.
Foils are available in a huge range of colours. And finishes. In addition to the standard metallic finish, there are lots of other finishes available too - holographic, matt & pearl to name just a few. They are not expensive. I buy mine from *here*. And although they can be a little prone to scratching, with careful handling & usage, there's very little waste & a little goes a really long way!
Rub-On Foils can be applied to any adhesive surface that has a 'tacky' finish - double sided adhesive tapes & stickers etc. Or for something which needs a finer application, like my image, a glue pen such as a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, which can be used as either a permanent adhesive when it's first applied and is blue in colour. Or as a temporary, tacky adhesive when it has been left to stand for a while & changed to a clear finish. Sakura Quickie Sakura Quickie Glue Pens also have a fine point & a consistent, smooth, neat flow of adhesive which will help to give a neat consistent application for the foil. Can you tell I love mine!
Now let me show you how to apply them : )
Sakura Quickie Glue pen
2. Set it aside & allow it to become tacky. With a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, it is easy to know when this has happened because it will become entirely clear. Although this can take a little longer than you think … up to 30 minutes.
4. Now gently lift off the piece of foil. You should now have a foiled image!
It's a lovely finish isn't it? And p-e-r-f-e-c-t for Christmas : )