Foiled Images

by Ashley Cannon Newell

Add sparkle to your image by adhering foil to it.


  • Shiny transfer foil (Stix2™ used here)

  • PVA Glue (Stix2 used here)

  • Cardstock

  • Stamps

  • Ink

  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Apply glue to project.

  2. Step 2

    Set aside until glue turns clear.

  3. Step 3

    Apply foil, color side up.

  4. Step 4

    To transfer foil, rub with finger.

  5. Step 5

    Remove foil.

  6. Step 6

    Finish your project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Foiled Images. 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.

What a very simple and effective technique!
Thank you for the inspiration.
Sandra K  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 5:23 AM
Very Cool technique! I can see lots of chances to add a little bling to my projects!
StampingJay  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 6:17 AM
What type of Ribbon was used for this card?
Laurie  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 6:35 AM
Hi Laurie,
Check in the foiled image gallery. Ashley listed the ribbon as PTI (PaperTrey Ink) Ribbon. It looks like blue twill to me.
Beate  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 6:36 AM
I recall seeing this technique on a very old stamping video and have looked for this foil but have not been able to find it anywhere, where can we purchase this foil?
Anne  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 6:41 AM
very pretty. I have never worked with the foil before but I just might have to try it now. You made it look easy.
Jeannette  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 6:42 AM
can you use the heat and glue stamp pad with this foil?
Catherine  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 6:43 AM
Anne, google transfer foil Stix2 and you will find online stores that carry that product.

Catherine, I think that will work. Double sided adhesive tape will work as well.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 7:08 AM
Hi Laurie - the ribbon is by Papertrey Ink, enchanted evening color and twill tape type. I hope that helps!
Ashley Cannon Newell  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 7:26 AM
Foil transfer sheets for use with laser printers are probably available in the large office supply stores, with the printer papers, labels, etc.

I've had a package of 21 (8 1/2 x 11) sheets in assorted colors for years. It was a freebie with a large paper order when my husband and I had our own business, but I never used it.

I just tried some with the tutorial technique; IT WORKS!!!
Blue-Spruce  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 10:35 AM
What is PVA glue exactly and is there any other glue that works for this?
Margaret  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 11:42 AM
Hi Margaret -

PVA stands for Polyvinyl acetate - it's a form of waterbased glue. There are other PVA glues on the market - the most important thing to remember about PVA glue is that they are not waterproof, and that freezing breaks the glue down.

lydia  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 3:05 PM
I cannot find the Stix2 PVA Glue or foil used in making the foiled image star card in the St. Louis, MO area. Is there another product that will produce the same results? I have checked with the major craft stores and it is not available.
Jacky Burkhardt  |  Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 9:24 AM
Jacky - The Scrapbook Factory in O'Fallon, IL (about 25 min. from St. Louis) has some foil transfer least they did about a month ago. Maybe try checking them out.
Lisa S  |  Sun Apr 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM
Can you use reguler foil for this ?
Zara  |  Sun Jul 4, 2010 at 4:56 PM
Do you have to use PVA glue for this progect?Or can you use reguler glue?
Bye Bye
Lola  |  Sun Jul 4, 2010 at 8:21 PM
Hi Zara,
No, you can't use regular foil, you will have to use transfer foil.

I haven't tried any other glue then the PVA glue. Sorry! I am not sure if regular glue will work.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Jul 7, 2010 at 5:50 AM
Wow Beate...I would have thought you put the color side down too--thanks for the tip! Nice embelly idea to add to cards/projects! Thanks for sharing!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Dec 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM
I live in the Martimes canada,and it is difficult to find some of the products you use, would mod podge work, thanks O'nelda
onelda sullivan  |  Wed Dec 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM
I saw Julie Ebersole do a similar thing on YouTube. She ran the foil-covered piece through her Big Shot machine, between the 2 cutting pads, to "burnish" the foil into the glue. She said it worked like a charm! I haven't personally tried it, but it does make total sense that it would work! I think I would be inclined to sandwich it in a piece of copy paper, though, just so the foiled piece wouldn't get scratched by the cutting pads. smile
Andrea La Vigne  |  Wed May 25, 2016 at 1:41 PM

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