Sunday 18 November 2018

2018 #20 Foiled: Backgrounds with ELB {by Dounia Large}

 2018 Topic 20: Foiling

Another blogger with a load of fabulous foiling ideas for you to test yourselves! Dounia's foiling with her embossing machine is fascinating! And true to form, that is just one of her many ideas!! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Dounia with you today, and I'd like to share with you a few ideas on how to foil whole backgrounds, from subtle patterns to blind-you-bling blocks!

I love foil, just a few accents give dimension and drama to a project! I am always looking for new ways to mix them with my other supplies and to use every last bit of those sheets... Let's experiment and make our own foiled patterned papers! 
I used some of my results in a little project entitled "Wish upon a star", more on that at the end of the post...

I most often use foil with stamps and bonding power. I love the results but the sheets become more and more sparse, white still retaining quite a lot of that shiny goodness. To "finish" already well loved sheets, I use them to create fully foiled backgrounds on the backside of stickers (big promotional ones I got for free, hehe). I begin with the most empty sheet I can find and burnish it well on the sticker, the clear layer comes out completely clean, so satisfying! I then build texture by using slightly fuller ones that will stick to the spaces left by the previous layers. I love the resulting multicolor, speckled effect, making a very shiny but not flat surface. Here is a selection (the shine is not easy to photograph!):

Foil sheets often retain a negative of the pattern they were previously used on. If you use one of these as your first sheet on the sticker, the pattern will transfer beautifully, the gaps left to be filled with other colours of foil. In this sample I also love how just a hint of holographic foil give the whole pattern pizzaz!

Of course these backgrounds are VERY shiny, which is not always easy to incorporate in a project. You can obviously cut them to create accent elements. I also find them to be particularly effective in jewellery, as they are so eye-catching! If you want to keep the whole piece together, here are a few ideas to balance the brightness. You can cover part of the foil with a layer of matte medium for a nice shine contrast. You can stencil on it with Fresco Acrylics paints, playing both with colour and glossiness. In the following samples, I transferred printed images using Matte Glaze (on the left) and Satin Glaze (on the right). I also experimented with a transparent Crackle paste. Apparently the paste bonds with the foil before it retracts so the crackles actually shows the white background!

Now there are lots of media you can use with foil (stamps, stencils, tape, rub-ons...) and I thought, why not embossing folders? I have quite a few of these already and I love their patterns! So I embossed a few scrap inked backgrounds then brayered foiling (or gilding) mixtion onto the raised areas. Mixtion is a liquid that dry sticky, mine is by Pebeo but lot of brands have it under different names. Applying the foil was not easy because of the relief so I sent paper and foil together through my die cutting machine to flatten everything and assure maximum contact. I find the results quite striking:

I also used "pre-loved" foil sheets the create texture and colour effects. It is particularly visible in patterns with large areas.

I wanted to make something of these samples to show their impact in a project. I relied on Lin Brown's designs to help me there, as I thought simple but highly graphic images would be best against these busy backgrounds. I particularly love this plate, ELB29, with the beautiful leaves and funky texture elements.

The leaves are stamped with Infusions and the panels are mounted on kraft tags, again to contrast with the shiny texture of the backgrounds.

I like how each page glimmers and sparkles in the sunlight, seemingly coming alive and revealing new details.

The full foil pieces were here used in tiny elements to make them pop out of the page. By luck a shard of the holographic foil landed right in the middle of the book, giving it a lovely depth.

This techniques are a win-win: they allow you to use every scrap of foil while creating lovely new textures. I find them very satisfying and a bit addictive (I tend to have a pile of shiny backgrounds after a session...) Their uses are only limited by your imagination so give them a try and have fun!

Stay creative!

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Miriam said...

This is wonderful Dounia. What a great idea! I love your finished project.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! Stunning makes from you amazing experiments with foil. Lx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! Your tags are especially wonderful!

Mac Mable said...

Such an interesting post and so creative. Fun idea to use up all the foil left on the sheets. Great creations and wonderful inspiration, thank you x.

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous use of foils.. how did you do those pictures that reflect and look as if the background gets turned so we can actually see the glimmer?

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely lovely!

Lucy x