Brush Stroke Foiling

by Lindsay Adreon

Use a tacky adhesive or medium to add foil to die cuts for a modern look.


  • Die cuts (Kat Scrappiness Uppercase Condensed Alphabet Dies and Heffy Doodle Thanks Die used here)
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Hot Foil Gel (for laminator technique) or
  • Adhesive or medium that dries tacky (Tombow Mono Multi Glue used here, The Crafter’s Workshop Tacky-When-Dry Gel Medium is another option)
  • Foam Brush or paintbrush
  • Laminator (9" Royal Sovereign Desktop Laminating Machine used here)
  • Toner reactive foil (Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet – Gold and Copper used here) – heat reactive foil will work for the second technique
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Altenew Floral Elements Stamp Set, The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Plaid Fringe, Makeup Brush, Zig Zag Rectangle Dies, Catherine Pooler inks)


  1. Step 1

    To foil with a laminator:
    Prepare die cuts using dies and cardstock of your choice.

  2. Step 2

    Use a foam brush (preferred) or paint brush, brush hot foil gel from the bottom of the die cut toward the center with a lifting motion.


    Pick up the medium just on the tip of the brush. Start brushing off the die cut on a scrap piece of paper.

    Allow the gel to dry before proceeding. (The gel goes on white and will dry clear.)

  3. Step 3

    Heat up the laminator according to manufacturer’s instructions.

    Prepare the die cuts for foiling. In a typing paper folder, lay down the die cuts with the gel facing up. Cover them with the foil (shiny side up). Close the folder.

  4. Step 4

    Run the folder through the laminator according to manufacturer’s instructions.

  5. Allow the paper to cool, and remove the foil to reveal your results. Remove the die cuts from the paper gently as some sticking may occur.

  6. Step 5

    Use the foiled die cuts to complete a card or other project.

  7. Step 6

    To foil without a laminator:
    Prepare die cuts using dies and cardstock of your choice.

  8. Step 7

    Choose a glue that remains tacky when dry.

  9. Apply the glue as before, and allow it to dry.

  10. Step 8

    Lay foil over the sticky die cut and press it down with your fingers or a tool (Deco Foil is used here, but heat transfer foil will also work).


    A plastic burnishing tool will dull the foil slightly.

  11. Step 9

    Remove the foil to reveal your results.

  12. Step 10

    Use the foiled die cut to complete a card or other project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Brush Stroke Foiling. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Very lovely effect.
Dr Sonja  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 3:50 AM
Gorgeous! Thanks for showing multiple ways to accomplish this technique!
stampin_melissa  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 6:57 AM
Awesome video - your instructions were great! I love that you gave options and emphasized using what you already own. Thank you! Can't wait to try this!
vdoyle8  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 8:03 AM
What a wonderful idea. I have a laminator, but instead of taking it out the second option is a great one. I will give this a try. Can't wait to see the outcome. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
tiffanyrose  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 8:27 AM
Maybe if you placed the letters on a piece of craft mat (like the Tim Holtz, or generic) inside the sandwich, it would keep the letters from sticking. The craft sheet can withstand temps up to 450°
dancingpurplecat  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 9:16 AM
You can also put the 'non-laminator' option through a die cut machine (in a sandwich) and the pressure will adhere it down beautifully.
tawna21  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 10:42 AM
Love this I am going to try it. You can also use the heat reactive foil like you would use with a glimmer machine
mpeaslee  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 1:33 PM
Love it - TFS Lindsay!
Sue Duffy  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 2:38 PM
Thanks, Lindsay! Mine don't look as nice as yours, but I'm working on it. TFS
Sue Duffy  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 4:05 PM
Nice video! I like that you point out how to do it w/o the equipment and mention other glues. Thanks!
wavejumper  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 4:25 PM
TFS Lindsay. This is such a beautiful idea, Love it!
Toni RMB  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 8:07 PM
Thanks for the great inspiration and ways to create without a laminating machine.
JMFMS  |  Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 8:56 PM
such a neat look, so glad you added how to's without a laminator
Conniecrafter  |  Sat Aug 29, 2020 at 8:13 PM
I'm happy to hear you can use adhesive for foiling as I don't want to buy and store a laminator. Thanks for sharing.
vgpeterson  |  Wed Sep 9, 2020 at 5:58 AM
Your video was great and I’m anxious to try this technique on black cardstock. Your voice is very soothing and I appreciate your easy to follow instructions. Thanks for sharing your talents!
anna arthur  |  Wed Sep 9, 2020 at 7:11 AM

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