Easy Gold Foil Accents with Alcohol Ink | Terrific Tags with Michelle (with Video Tutorial!)

by Michelle

Hello there, Michelle Short here with another edition of Terrific Tags with Michelle.

Today, I have a card and tag to share with you adding gold foil accents to alcohol ink before die-cutting into a beautiful flower!

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Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

I started off by creating the alcohol ink backgrounds. I first added a base of Isopropyl Alcohol to panels of Yupo Paper (a synthetic paper that works well with alcohol inks) to help move the alcohol inks around. I then added drops of alcohol ink on top.

For the blue panel, I used Lapis Lazuli Alcohol Ink Bundle. I used the three lightest shades – Iceberg, Eastern Sky, and Ultramarine, and for the greens, I used Green Meadows Alcohol Ink Bundle. I again used the three lightest shades – Minty Mint, Sweet Leaf, and Just Green.

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Adding Gold Foil Accents

When the blue panel was almost dry, I splashed on some more Isopropyl Alcohol to let it create circles or cells. This is where the ink spreads to the outside of the circle and that outside area becomes a little sticky.

I cut a piece of Brushed Gold Hot Foil Roll and placed it on top of the panel. I pressed it down with a brayer and then lifted it off. The foil stuck to spots where the ink was still wet/sticky. I love how it just adds gold accents in certain areas and it really catches the light beautifully!

The blue panel was die cut using the petal pieces from the Craft-A-Flower: Marguerite Layering Die Set. The leaves were cut from the green panel. The flower was then assembled and adhered using the guide on the back of the packaging for reference.

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Creating the Tag

I cut a panel of white cardstock, which had been run through my die-cutting machine using the Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die, using one of the Terrific Tags Dies. I added a hole reinforcer from the Labels & Tags 2 Die Set cut from black cardstock on top.

The flower was adhered to the tag using Instant Dimension Foam Tape. The leaves were then popped underneath, adhering with Glue Tape.

I stamped a sentiment from the Bold Sentiments Stamp Set onto white cardstock using Obsidian Pigment Ink. It was cut into a strip and added to the card with more foam tape. I then added twine through the tag and tied it in a bow to finish.

I really love the gold foil accents on the flower, but if you do not want to use alcohol inks, you could achieve the same look by adding small dabs of 2-in-1 Precision Glue Pen to cardstock layers. Let it go tacky and add the foil on top. You would still get the same beautiful gold accents on the flowers.

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Creating the Card

Although I do like the tag as a standalone tag. I thought it would look nice on a card too. I am a huge fan of adding tags to cards as it creates a focal point for a clean and simple card design.

I took an A2 white card base and added a little strip of Delicate Polka Dots Washi Tape to the left-hand side.

The tag was then adhered on top with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. To finish off, I added a few Essential Black & White Enamel Dots (just the black ones). I added one popping behind the tag and then the others on the tag itself.

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The washi tape and enamel dot being on the card base really help ground the tag and make it look like it was always meant to be there!

As you can see in the photos, for the standalone tag, I did add the enamel dots in a slightly different position. I love that the tag can be used standalone or on a card!

I hope I have given you some inspiration on adding gold foil accents to alcohol ink backgrounds before die cutting. You can watch the full process video below or on YouTube.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day!


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Dorothy Ayotte February 4, 2023 - 7:43 PM

This tag is beautiful! Gorgeous petals made from alcohol inked paper! Thank you for the great inspiration!

AltenewㅣPapercrafting Supplies February 9, 2023 - 2:55 PM

Glad you love it! Hope this sparked your creativity today!


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