Embossed Leafing Technique
Foil accents are red-hot right now, and there are plenty of different ways to get the look. This technique uses the heat embossing tools you already have to make unique accents for cards, décor, and other projects.
Time: Depends on items being foiled
Set up a workstation with everything needed—time is critical for this technique, so each item needs to be arranged in the order used. I’m right handed, so working from right to left I have my die cut items, VersaMark pen, embossing powder (in a shallow container to contain the mess), heat gun, and leafing material (in another shallow container to prevent flyaways) along with a soft, clean paintbrush.
Coat a section of your paper with the VersaMark pen and dip it into clear embossing powder.
Emboss the coated section (holding the die cut with tweezers for safety), dip it back into the embossing powder, and reheat. Repeat until a thick layer of ‘molten’ embossing powder has formed. It’s best to set the heat gun on its stand and leave it running, just make sure nothing flammable (or meltable) is in front of it.
Place the hot die cut, embossed side down, onto a sheet of leaf, cover with the tissue backing and burnish—and by that I mean rub the embossed piece in a circular motion, through the backing paper until cool. If lifted too soon the leaf may not fully adhere to the embossing powder and the section will have to be reprocessed. Rubbing the back of the paper until it feels cool to the touch is generally enough time to ensure a good bond. Use the soft brush to sweep away excess leaf but don’t throw it away—those little pieces can be saved for other leafing projects.
Repeat around until the die cut is covered with leafing.
For my finished card, I stamped a flower with VersaMark Champagne Dazzle and embossed over it with clear embossing powder. The sides of the panel are edged in Delicata Celestial Copper and the same foiling technique was used along the torn bottom edge of the panel. It’s a little elegant and a little edgy all at the same time.
- VersaMark – VersaMarker, Dazzle Champagne inkpad
- Embossing Powder – Clear
- Delicata ink – Celestial Copper
- Heat tool
- Creative Concepts – Rose Copper Leaf
- Plastic containers
- Paint brush
- Spellbinders – Seth Apter Coffee Ring Etched Dies
- Die cut machine
- Close to My Heart – Morning Glory Stamp
- Paper trimmer
- Helmar USA – Premium Craft Glue, Quick Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner
- Gold tassel