Friday, September 4, 2009

ahhhh....Foil Tape!!!

I have been using Foil Tape in my artwork for several years now and there's nothing better than introducing it to someone who's not used it before! Hopefully I'll have that chance in my upcoming Foil Tape classes....though I think I show it to just about everyone who walks into Scraptivate, I love it that much! You can buy it from hardware stores like Bunnings here in Australia but the one they sell has thick black tar underneath the foil and is really too thick and yukky to use. I much prefer the one we sell at Scraptivate (for only $1 per metre!!!!!!!), it's self-adhesive and is perfect for several techniques.


Firstly, you can attach it to chipboard and run it through a cuttlebug to give a great silver background that can then be alcohol inked or, as I prefer, painted with acrylic paint then wipe it off to leave a little bit of paint behind to grunge it up.

I also like to use a metal letter stamping set (which we also sell at Scraptivate!) on either foil tape attached to chipboard and treated the same way as above, or, colour a piece of chipboard with a sharpie, then stamp the word with the metal letters, then rub some metallic wax over the top to make the impressed word stand out. "Silence" below has this technique. The "Metal Fatigue" wording is done using the foil tape.

Another way I use it is to stamp an image onto it after it's been attached to card stock, then using a stylus, trace over the image leaving an indentation, then paint over the whole thing and immediately wipe off the excess paint, but leaving some in the indentations so you can see the stamped image. When I first started doing it, I either used black or brown acrylic paint, but now I've started using other colours as well. I think it works.....do you?


"Silence"... (bamboo stamp by All Night Media. There's that black texture paste around the image too!)

"Metal Fatigue"... (this background is made using one of the new Cuttlebug embossing folders, looks like the bed of a truck! Great for male cards! Image by H.R. Geiger....I used to have a huge poster of this image on my bedroom wall when I was 19! lol)



"Sooner or later"... (tree stamp by Stampers Anonymous)
"Be still"...(this is an older atc showing the black acrylic paint on the foil tape. Stamp by Michelle Ward - Green Pepper Press - from the Juliet plate.)



That's it for the moment....Perfect Pearls are next in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the enquiries after my "lobe"! lol It's getting better though I did need a stronger antibiotic as the first one just didn't cut it.

10 comments:

Mar said...

the embossing backgrounds sure make the pieces pop too!

Jenny said...

Ohhhh Kelsey I love the Bird in the tree stamp and the background stamp as well - I love all your ATC's actually.....

Luv J xxx

Lindart said...

I love all of these! I also love metal tape, and I MUST try this with mine (I really haven't been very creative with it yet). My favorite example of yours is the Metal Fatigue one, not one I would have thought would be my favorite, but then I've been watching Battlestar Galactica a lot recently. . .!LOL! I think it's awesome (your ATC!)!

Janny said...

They are gorgeous!

Svetlana said...

They are cool. A bit different than we did before and I'm going to explore some possibilities as well. I hate to say but I'm going to miss another class and all the fun we have there.

Seth said...

Thanks for sharing this technique. The sample here are really wonderful too!

Julie H said...

Ooh I have that tree stamp and it has never looked this good! All the ATC's are awesome!

Sam Marshall said...

Beautiful!!!I love these gorgeous foil tape ATCs. I love the look of the Metal Fatigue background-super cool!!

Debbi Baker said...

You must be getting a bit tired of my "me too" comments but I too love metal tape!! And of course the recently acquired cuttlebug has rather significantly expanded my options! Love all your ATCs.

Shaz said...

great ATCs, kelsey! i like how you explain the techniques on your posts.. especially so when i'm all the way in Malaysia! i do give them a try and i must say i love all the techniques and the ideas you have.. great job!!