Want to send truly unique Christmas cards this year? Add some aluminum foil!
Unique Christmas Cards from the Kitchen Drawer
Sometimes the materials you already have around the house make the best paper crafting supplies. When it comes to making unique Christmas cards, aluminum foil tops that list!
By itself aluminum foil is shiny and silvery — an obvious fit among the shiny, silvery everything else of the Christmas season. But you can also take aluminum foil to a whole new level simply by dry embossing and even die cutting it!
Dry Embossing Aluminum Foil
Because it’s so thin and flexible, aluminum foil takes on impressions very easily. When you run it through an embossing machine with an embossing folder, you’ll get some of the crispest, clearest dry embossed images you’ve ever seen. What a great way to texturize a background piece for unique Christmas cards!
However, also because it’s so thin and flexible, the slightest bit of pressure on dry embossed aluminum foil can cause the embossing to collapse. That’s not something you want to happen. Thankfully, there’s a very easy solution!
Lasting Embossed Foil Impressions
1. Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of of the background piece you want to make.
2. Next, lay the cardstock in the center of the less shiny side of a piece of aluminum foil that is about half an inch bigger than your cardstock each side.
3. Fold the aluminum foil neatly up around the edges of the cardstock, and then place the whole piece in an embossing folder.
4. Run the embossing folder through your embossing machine.
When you remove the cardstock from the embossing folder, the design will be neatly imprinted into both the foil and the cardstock.
The duplicate pattern on the cardstock will support the pattern on the aluminum foil and keep it from collapsing, and give you a gorgeous piece to add to a Christmas card!
Die Cutting Aluminum Foil
Another fun way to use aluminum foil is to die cut it after embossing it. Although this technique requires a slightly different method of embossing the aluminum foil, it is just about as easy to do.
1. Tear off a piece of aluminum foil that is about four times as large as your embossing folder.
2. Fold the aluminum foil in half, with the extra shiny side facing out, three times total, so that it is roughly the size of your embossing folder.
This will give you a piece of aluminum foil that is eight layers thick, which will help to support the embossed pattern.
3. Place the folded aluminum foil inside your embossing folder, and then run it through your embossing machine.
4. Remove the embossed aluminum foil from the embossing folder, and then run it through your machine again with a cutting die.
TIP: Depending on your machine and the die you’re using, you may need to do this a few times before the die cuts all the way through the foil.
When the foil has been cut, simply remove it from the die. Isn’t that cool? It’s such a great way to create accent pieces for unique Christmas cards that truly shine!
TIP: Using your dies to cut aluminum foil will also help to sharpen them. Bonus!
Shiny, Happy Christmas Cards
Embossing and die cutting aluminum foil is so much fun, you might get caught up in just playing! With different combinations of embossing folders and dies, you can create dozens of interesting looks. Have a great time experimenting, but don’t forget to add your finished pieces to your Christmas cards when you’re done. The people on your list will love the unique Christmas cards they get from you this year!
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