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Foil Embossing-Tips And Tricks

Updated on September 14, 2018
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Aluminum In Your Paper Crafts

Who would have thought to use foils in embossing folders to add extra dimension to greeting cards? There are so many delightful colors to add that touch of glamour to your cards.

Who would ever think of recycling aluminum for paper crafts? I would for sure. But there are a lot of us who like the glitzy touch that aluminum brings to our cards, scrapbook pages and art journals.

Aluminum foil is the more reasonable alternative to more pricey foils. But either way, you are going to get stunning results without a lot of effort

Use a bone folder to run across your aluminum foil. That will get your wrinkles out before you place it in your embossing folder

How To Emboss Aluminum Foil


Embossing folder

Piece of card stock the size of your embossing folder

Piece of double sided adhesive sheet the same size as your card

Piece of aluminum kitchen foil sized to card stock


  1. Remove one side of the backing of the double sided adhesive sheet
  2. Attach that side of the adhesive sheet to the card stock
  3. Remove the other side of the adhesive sheet
  4. Place the aluminum foil on the adhesive sheet, dull side down
  5. Run through your embossing machine, using the embossing sandwich specified by the manufacturer
  6. Remove the paper and foil from the embossing folder.
  7. Cut to fit your card

If you do not have a double sided adhesive sheet, you can use double sided tape. Make sure to cover most of the card stock with tape

Stamping On Embossed Foil

Once you have embossed the foil sheet, you can now cut the embossed tin foil with a die cut of your choice to create a design that is unique for your projects

Embossing Foil Tape


Foil tape

Card stock

Embossing folder

  1. Trim the card stock to the size of the embossing folder
  2. Cut strips of the foil tape to fit the piece of the cardstock
  3. Carefully apply each strip of foil tape to fit the card stock pulling off the backing as you go.
  4. Flatten each tape carefully with a bone folder.
  5. Make sure that there is no space between the lines of tape
  6. Trim off excess edges of tape
  7. Place the card stock with the foil tape into the embossing folder. Close the lid of the folder.
  8. Run it through the embossing machine of your choice, following the directions for embossing folders

Want to age the look of your embossed tin foil or foil tape? You simply apply black or brown paint on top of the embossed foil with a paint brush. Heat set or air dry for just a few seconds.Remove any excess paint with a paper towel. Heat set to dry.

You can also use metallic paint or alcohol inks too

You can cut a die cut with aluminum foil. Attach the foil to a piece of card stock. Attach your die to the paper. Follow the manufacturers directions to cut the die cut. Place the die cut in an embossing folder and emboss the piece

Embossed Tin Foil Without An Embossing Folder

This gives the foil a forged metal look. It is perfect for a more masculine look


Aluminum foil

Light cardboard or card stock

Decoupage glue (like Mod Podge)

A small paint brush

Dark color acrylic paint or metallic paint


  1. Cut a piece of card stock or light cardboard
  2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil larger than the paper piece
  3. Crumple the aluminum foil making a ball in your hand
  4. Straighten out the foil
  5. Cover the piece of paper or card stock with decoupage glue
  6. Place the crumpled foil on top of the paper, pressing gently
  7. Allow to dry
  8. With a small paint brush, apply either the dark acrylic paint or the metallic paint over the foil
  9. Wipe off with a paper towel
  10. Allow to dry

Stack 4 layers of foil together to emboss. That way you will have a sturdy base to emboss

Coloring On Foil

Did you know that you can actually color on your embossed foil back grounds?

Alcohol markers are your best bet. But remember, you need to have a very light hand when coloring these projects. Test the markers that you have on a scrap piece of aluminum foil before you give it a try.

  • Stick to just a few colors to highlight. Adding too many colors will only add confusion to your piece.
  • Start with the light color first so that you do not contaminate your darker color nibs.
  • Try to use a brush tip if you can with a very light touch. Leaning too much into the design will just flatten it

You can die cut a piece of aluminum foil that has been embossed. Simply emboss a piece of aluminum foil that has been adhered to a piece of card stock. Then follow the directions for your die cutting machine to make a custom die cut

Foil Embossing With Stencils


Aluminum foil

Paper stump



  1. Place the aluminum foil on top of the stencil
  2. Secure with non stick tape
  3. Rub with the paper stump until you see the design

Adhere the foil to your card stock before you emboss. It is a lot easier to adhere especially around the edges of the paper before you emboss

© 2018 Linda F Correa

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