Tarnished Foil Technique

By | January 8, 2017

I was looking through Pinterest the other day and saw a really cool stamping technique!  It’s called the Tarnished Foil technique.

I thought I’d try it out this weekend, and if I could figure out how to do it, I’d design a card for my Stamp Club coming up on January 19th.  The card below it my test case (after one failure!)  It looks pretty similar to the examples I saw, so I think I got the gist of the technique.

To make my background, I used the new Falling Petals textured impression embossing folder (TIEF) from the Occasions Catalog.  I thought it looked like little hearts, and I couldn’t quite figure out why it was called Falling Petals.  Then, I looked back at the Occasions Catalog and realized I used it upside down!  (See page 50.)  But, that’s OK.  I like the way my card came out and I still think it looks like little hearts.

I started by embossing a layer of Gold Foil with the Falling Petals TIEF.  The key to this technique, which I learned the hard way, is to emboss in reverse so that the impression is sinking in rather than poking out.  So flip your textured impression folder upside down and emboss with the Sizzix label pointing down.  That way, you have a lot more surface area to apply the tarnishing technique, and the design stands out more because it stays gold.

To start, I held a Versamark ink pad in my hand and randomly dragged it over the Gold Foil.  Then I applied Copper embossing powder.  When I heated the embossing powder, I was careful not to overheat it.  I liked the little beads.  (The longer you heat the powder, the more the beads will smooth out and blend together.)

Next, I held a StazOn ink pad in my hand and rubbed it over the copper embossing.  This adds the tarnished look.  I added more and more until I was satisfied.  Afterwards, I heat set the ink so it was good and dry.

Then, I used a Versamark ink pad to add a little more ink and embossed in silver.  This time, I brushed off some of the powder to make sure I didn’t cover up too much of my original copper embossing.  After heat setting, I again rubbed the whole sheet with black StazOn ink to add more tarnish.  I especially rubbed the edges.

Next, I stamped a flower and some leaves on Copper and Gold Foil with StazOn ink, and cut them out with coordinating framelits.  I added the Silver Foil circle to break up the busy background.

The greeting is from Thoughtful Banners, which I punched out with a Classic Label Punch.  I used Fast Fuse to adhere my background layers nice and firm, and then added the top layers with dimensionals.

I think the ladies are going to really love this technique.  (I designed another card that will work well for class.)  There are loads of possibilities using this technique!

Supplies used on my card:

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Have a great weekend!



6 thoughts on “Tarnished Foil Technique

  1. Nancy

    Tami, just wanted to thank you for this tutorial. I love it! And I also like how you accidentally discovered hearts from upside down leaves. That’s what we crafters do, right? Craft on to make our possibly goofs look like we meant to make it that way. Yours is really a beautiful creation!

  2. Debbie Payne

    This is an awesome technique which you did an awesome job blending the different embossing powders and inks. I appreciate you sharing this everyone.


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