Guest Post: Lisa Lahiff
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Hello! It is Lisa here today and I am excited to be a Guest Designer on the CardMaker blog! Today, I’ve decided to share some ways that I like to think outside of the typical craft supplies and how I use various objects found around my house. Aluminum foil is one of my favorite non-craft supplies. It is versatile, shiny, and let’s face it there’s plenty on one roll that you don’t feel bad when you mess up while crafting with it. I will show you three ways I use it the most and then add them all together on one card.

Technique #1: Embossing

For this technique, cut a panel of cardstock to the desired size. Cover the front of the panel with aluminum foil; wrap foil around to the back as shown in the photo above.

Place the foil-covered panel into an embossing folder and run it through a die-cutting machine.

Technique #2: Heat Embossing

For this technique, rub a watermark ink pad directly onto foil, sprinkle on some embossing powder and heat-set it with an embossing heat tool. CAUTION: This will get hot! Please use tweezers to hold the foil in an upper corner that is nowhere close to where you will be directing your heat gun.

Technique #3: Coloring with Alcohol Markers

You can color directly onto your aluminum foil with alcohol-based markers and it will dry. Be aware that you will not be able to do any blending on the foil as the new ink color will just pick up the color that is already on it. You also do not want to mix two colors together as it will mix them onto the tip of your marker. If you do happen to get a little bit of one color on the tip of a different colored marker, simply color on clean cardstock until it’s cleaned off.

Here is a finished card that combines all of these techniques:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I’ve given you a little inspiration on how you can use non-crafty products in new ways!

Happy Crafting!


Supplies: VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine; 24k gold enamel powder from; markers (BP4, LV3, TB6) from Spectrum Noir; clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh; Scripty Thanks and Heart dies from Lawn Fawn; Regency Swirls embossing folder from Crafter’s Companion.

9 Responses to Guest Post: Lisa Lahiff

  1. Marlene B Watts says:

    Your card is really pretty. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Lois Bak says:

    Your card is beautiful! The aluminum foil makes a gorgeous background embossed like that. I recently attended a class in which we used aluminum foil on all our cards, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  3. eileen says:

    that is so pretty, what a clever idea to use aluminum foil as background.

  4. Jenny says:

    Love! I have been using aluminum foil for years, being a frugal crafter. I love putting double sided tape on cardstock and applying the foil for instant shinny cardstock for metal items. (metal pails, Santa’s buckles, fences, hinges) you can also use other mediums to color and age.

  5. Susan says:

    I’m wondering if using a die to cut out of foil would work?

  6. Rebekah Weckerly says:

    Love this! So creative and pretty!

  7. Celeste Goff says:

    Such a gorgeous card Lisa! Love the beautiful metallic embossed background and the way you added color for that extra pop!

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