Sunday, 27 March 2011

Aluminium Foil in a whole new light


Aluminium Foil, Black Kaisercraft Paint, Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink, Walnut Embossing Powder, Adironack Ink – Hazelnut and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mists. Embossing Plates.

Ok so i should have taken proper step photographs along the way but kinda stumbled across this finish and I just wanted to show you how easy it is and what you can do with some ordinary aluminium foil.


You may remember the set of drawers i made for the CHA show.  Well the black drawers on this unit were a piece of Ten Second Studio Metal embossed through my cuttlebug.  This is isn’t the easiest product to come across here in Geelong so today i thought about having a play and making some of my own.


  1. Tear off a piece of aluminium foil and seriously i only used a glue stick to adhere it to a thin piece of chipboard.
  2. Place inside an embossing folder and run through a cuttlebug,big shot etc etc. and you will get something that looks like this (Thanks Ellie, Miss 11, has just decided that she is going to make one of her own now).
  3. I then really just played with the above products, wiping ink over the embossed foil, dripping adironack Ink and sprinkling embossing powder.  I am really enjoying just playing and making a little messes at the moment.  In between dry with a heatgun to speed up the processon.  If i didn’t quite like the effect i would just add a little more. 
  4. Once happy with the colours, i then grabbed my sanding block and gave it a gentle sand over the top to highlight the embossed design.
  5. Now to cut it to size as i think this will make a great cover for one of the storage drawers and will match the Timeless Collection beautifully.  I can imagine it in the storage unit instead of the black ones.Hmmmmm noice.

And here is the one my little Ellie (Miss 11) just finished– her favourite colour is blue – i guess i won’t be seeing my cuttlebug for the rest of the night now – she has herself firmly planted in my place with all the inks in front of her – so there you go is she can do it – SO CAN YOU !!!!



Shelley said...

I love it, and I am liking Ellie, miss 11 as well as I am more into pastel colour's myself.

Kathie said...

WOW Miss 11 and Miss Melissa...stunning effect...will have to give this a go..but am thinking on a LO somewhere...thanks for sharing with me
Love Kathie

Tina said...

Looks fantastic Melissa, love the distressed look you've achieved. I love using alcohol inks over the embossed foil as well.

Maria said...

What a great idea Melissa! I can't wait to give it a try. I'd been looking at those drawers for a while trying to work out what the black paper was!

Maria said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to try it. I'd been looking at those drawers trying to figure out what the black paper was!

Vicki Morris said...

Fab idea - I have a 10 year old who would just love Miss 11's design :)

Kylie's Creative Place said...

Great look Melissa. I am realy going to try this distressed look:)

Kylie's Creative Place said...

Love this look Melissa. I am realy going to give this distressed look a try. Thanks for your inspirations:)

Karen Shady said...

WOW Mel !!!! that looks sooo cool !! I love this idea, thanks so much for sharing :) and bravo to miss Ellie !! hers looks amazing too :) what is the embossing folder you used, is it a tim holtz one ??