Weird technique – doodle on…foil??


I can’t really say what made me think to try this, and even after doing it, I’m not 100% sure that I would do it often, but it was an interesting experiment.  I was cleaning the kitchen yesterday while our power was out and while tidying away the big box of heavy weight tin foil I just thought Huh.  I wonder…

I took the foil and some nice heavy cardstock and a glue stick.


Stuck the foil to the card – just try to get a super smooth application.


Dropped on a die shape.  Doodled with a rub-on tool

foilzen3 foilzen4

Added some alcohol inks, although it looked OK plain I figured I might as well add some colour.


I made a card – and the flower is ALSO cut from foil-covered cardstock – I think it has a softer look than mirror card, and of course I can make as much of it as I want for pennies.


And just a couple of other samples, without colour:

foilsample foilsample2I rather like them, and think they might be fun for the kids to do at Christmas time.  It would be something you could do with stuff you have hanging around and just punching a hole or setting an eyelet in the top would let you hang then on a tree.  And you could even add a photo to the back, maybe a shot of them working on the ornament.

OMG!  Did I actually post a Christmas idea in JUNE??? What is wrong with me!? DOH!

Now, I have a strange sort of situation today – while killing time at the eye Dr. for DDs appointment, one of the nurses spied my quilting.  She and I had a long chat about it, and she is coming round today to look at DS’s tee-shirt quilt, with an eye towards making one for her sons.  Not what I expected when DD and I set out for the hospital, but we crafters do sometimes feel that instant common ground.  Hope she doesn’t think me an “expert” – I did TRY to tell her I am NOT, but if I can give her even a bit of help, to get her started, then it will be worth doing.

16 thoughts on “Weird technique – doodle on…foil??

  1. Loved the tinfoil idea! I’m all for cheap, funky techniques 😚

  2. That’s a fun idea, I love how they look! Would be pretty cool as a journal cover too.

  3. This looks really cool! Totally going to try it!

  4. what an abso fabbo isde – will be saving this for Christmas craft day at school!!!!!

  5. That is absolutely awesome!!!! Amazing zentangling…didn’t know you were into that too!!! as for your quilting, sometimes any info you have is gold to someone else!!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. You are one busy lady. thanks again for your info.

  7. Can I just say …..Oh Wow…need to take this in …its all so beautiful. xx

  8. What a genius of an idea. Your foiled cardboard made into the most lovely flower for a card. A whole new avenue of resource to consider. (Definitely cheaper than mirror paper, and you’re right-it did have a softer look). Made a beautiful card. TFS

  9. Amazing as always!! (And I think your quilting expertise is by no means basic, I am sure your new crafting frend will be impressed). Cindy

  10. Cool ideas! What were the dies you used in this posting?

    • The dies are a UK Brand called X-cut – had a look on the website and I can’t see these particular ones (the sort of leaf shape) and there is no name of the Die on the pachaging! The flower shapes are the surrounding dies from the Die D-lites from Spellbinders. HTH.


  11. Hi Maryanne I’ve been following all the interesting ideas you come up with here. Thank you you are such an ispiration. I saw a technique using foil here:- and thought you might be interested in looking at it. I love your pendant ideas for Christmas tree makes.

  12. They look splendid, I think! Is the pattern just created by your doodling? Wonderfully detailed! I like them with and without the ink :).

    • Yep. I used the basic doodling (or Zentagling, if you prefer) technique of filling the areas with random doodles but used the rub-on tool (as it has a smooth rounded tip, so no worries about tearing thru the foil) to impress the pattern. I did it WITHIN the die shape so I could then cut it and not cut over any of the lines 🙂



  13. Wow! I don’t know how you keep on coming up with so many new ideas – I always know when an email from your blog pops into my inbox that it will be soemthing interesting …hanks for all the inspiration! :o)xxx

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