Today I want to show you the Tarnished Foil Technique explained in easy steps. I learned this technique from Melissa Kerman from her fabulous tutorial on www.splitcoaststampers.com. I played around with it a bit and wanted to show you how I created both.

Tarnished Foil Technique (also known as Tarnished Metal)

Tarnished Foil Technique LFirstly you start off with a piece of our Foil card (any of the metallics will do, but I use Copper on these examples). Stamp an image in Versamark and cover with another metallic Stampin’ Emboss Powder (I used Gold). Heat gently, you will be heating this foil a lot, so be careful otherwise you will lift the top coat off the backing card stock! It also gets warm, watch your fingers!  So now you have your foil base with some embossed images on it (I used Vintage Leaves).

Next you are going to run this piece of foil through the Woodland Embossing Folder. It looks fab at this point but very bright and shiny! Next you apply Jet Black Staz-on ink using the entire pad face down & swiped top to bottom – this just adds black ink to the raised portions of your image.

Leave that to dry for a minute or so & then swipe some Versamark over areas of your foil, try not to leave straight lines, be random if you can! Leave enough of the embossed leaves showing through. Add more metallic Stampin’ Emboss powder in yet another metallic. Heat again & repeat with various colours and more Staz-on until you get the desired effect!

Tarnished Foil Technique Close UpFinish with Copper Trim, Touches of Nature Elements and a spot of stamping & sponging on Crumb Cake Card stock!

Queen Pip’s Tarnished Foil Technique changes!

Of course I didn’t stop with this. I wanted to see how the new Deep Impression folders would work, the answer is beautifully! I also added some White Stampin’ Emboss Powder because I could and to see how that looked. You can see this one in all it’s glory because I’ve yet to turn it into a card. What do you think? I like it and the different layers of the Deep Embossing folder really add something. These cards make you want to touch them! I love it when a card that does that.

So is Tarnished Foil on your new technique list? I hope so, it’s a lot of fun. Just don’t burn your fingers! If you need to buy any of the bits you need, please just click the images below. Use my Monthly Giveaway Host Reward Code to get an extra thank you from me next month.

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