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Foil With Your Dies

It’s always great to find ways to stretch your supplies by using them a bit differently. Typically, I only use dies to cut cardstock, vellum, & the like and I use Scor-Tape between layers of cardstock. But…

Create a Foil Background with Altenew Trigonometry Dies

Today we’ll be die cutting 1.5 inch Scor Tape to foil a background panel. This card was inspired by the Altenew Academy Beyond Basic Background class.

I started this card by grabbing some 1.5 inch Scor-Tape release paper out of my trash bin. I use Scor-Tape on almost every card, so it was readily available. I pealed back about 5-6 inches of tape from the roll and backed it with the spare release paper. 

Tip: 1.5 inch Scor-Tape release paper can also be used to make Nuvo Jewel Drops ahead of time. You can store them easily on the paper and they release like a dream.

Create a Foil Background with Altenew Trigonometry Dies

I then used the Altenew Trigonometry Die Set to cut triangles from the tape. I adhered the Scor-Tape die cuts to a 3.75 x 5 inch card panel in a pattern, making sure that some of the triangles went off the edges & plenty of white space was left.

I then alternated placing aqua and gold vintage foil over one triangle at a time. Be sure to burnish the foil with firm pressure either with your finger or bone folder over a sheet of paper.

Create a Foil Background with Altenew Trigonometry Dies

I then layer stamped, in coordinating colors, and die cut 1 flower & 3 leaves from the Altenew Garden Treasure Stamp & Die Bundle. I also stamped & die cut a sentiment from Altenew Circled Sentiments. 

The arrangement of the flowers, leaves, & sentiment took me some time. I finally landed on a triangular arrangement to mimic the foiling and embellished with clear sequins in a triangular pattern. 

Next time I try this technique, I think I’ll flatten out the die cut Scor-Tape with a bone folder to try to remove the embossed lines from the die. Or try, using a thinner sandwich so that the die doesn’t emboss as deeply.


This card is a submission for the Level 2 Altenew Educator Certification Program. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you found some inspiration for your next card. Breathe · Ink · Inspire

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  1. You are on a roll! Awesome tutorial on stretching the dies and foiling! I love your tips on stamping the flowers! GREAT share on the mix of shapes, too, Amber! Love this gorgeous card! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Super work!