How does foil embossing work?
Foil embossing is a popular and creative way to add dimension and texture to your crafts, whether you enjoy creating custom homemade cards, scrapbooks, business cards or other innovative craft projects or business products.
If you are new to embossing or want to take it a step further and add foil to the mix, you are in the right place. This article will take a deeper look into foil embossing and how it works.
What is embossing?
It is first important to look at what embossing is. Embossing is an act that creates a three-dimensional effect, placing the pattern to sit higher than the surrounding crafts. This is a great way to create unique products or custom pieces that draw attention to the features of the craft by creating a textural contrast.
This effect is created by pressing a sheet of paper into an engraved design or etching in a female die. Underneath the material sits the male counterpart, which sandwiches the two together, to transfer the design onto the material.
Embossing is usually used to create high quality, elegant statements on any kind of custom product, for example, a scrapbook, business cards, a presentation, birthday or wedding invitations, etc. Some like to use embossing in their personal arts and crafts, while others use it in their business to create unique designs.
Companies like Wichita's own Universal Engraving make custom dies for use in embossing, foiling, and more.
There are several different methods and tools you can use to emboss a product. The next section of this article will look at how foil embossing works.
What is foil embossing?
Also commonly known as foil stamping, foil embossing is the same as embossing, however, the process has a few extra steps and uses aluminium foil to create a stunning, metallic look.
How does foil embossing work?
You will need a range of tools to help you get started with foil embossing.
You will ideally need some heavy-duty aluminium foil because it is much sturdier to use than regular aluminium foil, metallic rub-on paste, adhesive, card and an embossing folder.
Each embossing folder is calibrated differently, so ensure you check with the manufacturer's handbook which is the best settings and plates to use for foil embossing. The folder should also come with the correct die cuts for your foil embossing projects.
Once you have the correct settings and equipment set up, place the aluminium foil in between the die cuts, with the desired stencil plate on top. You will then be able to run the foil through the folder which will emboss the foil accordingly.
Next, you will need to carefully attach the foil to a piece of card with your chosen adhesive. Depending on which machine you are using, you may need to attach your card before placing it through the machine. The foil is very fragile, so ensure to take grave care in handling the foil throughout this process.
You can then get creative and use your embossed foil in any way you desire!
The metallic rub-on paste is completely optional - and can be used to create different effects, for example, to make it shiny, or give it a more aged tin look. It is great to make the impressions you have created pop and create a unique piece. It can then be attached to your project.
If you are new to embossing, it is important to play around with different tools and techniques, to see what works best for you and find your creative ways to work.