The Secret Method to Change the Background Color of Foiled Paper

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko with the Foil Resist Sponging Technique featuring products from Stampin' Up!

The Secret Method to Change the Background Color of Foiled Paper

Foiled papers are really popular, especially for weddings and around Christmas, and it is no wonder why; they are gorgeous! How can you resist that gold shine, that silver sparkle, that… plain white background? What if you could change that plain background to any color you wanted?

Well… You can!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Celebration dies and ombre sponging on Bundle of Love DSP from Stampin' Up!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Northern Lights sponging on Year of Cheer foil paper from Stampin' Up!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Watercolor Christmas stamps and ombre sponging on Merry Little Christmas DSP from Stampin' Up!

Foil Resist Sponging Technique tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring products from Stampin' Up!

Foil Resist Inked Backgrounds

The foil added to papers, like Bundle of Love Designer Series Paper and the new Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper doesn’t absorb ink, but the white and ivory background paper sure does! This means that it is relatively easy to add color to the background without messing up the metallic shine!

2017 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek - Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! photography by Natalie Lapakko
This is a sneak peek of the Year of Cheer DSP from the 2017 Holiday Catalog!

Set up:

  • Inky techniques can get a little messy. Start by laying out some scratch paper to protect your workspace.
  • Cut your Designer Series Paper to the desired size, then lay it out on your work space.
  • Gather the ink pads for the colors you want and a piece of sponge (or a sponge dauber) for each color.
  • Have some baby wipes on hand to clean your fingers when you are finished so you don’t touch anything with inky fingers!

Sponge method:

  • Dab your sponge directly onto the ink pad to pick up some ink.
  • Rub your sponge in circular motions on your scratch paper to test how much ink is built up. The first place you set your sponge will leave a blotch, so always start on scratch paper!
  • Starting off the edge of your paper, rub the sponge in circular motions to add ink to the card.
  • For an ombre effect, start rubbing with the darkest ink at the far end of the paper and move it across the paper gradually as it loses ink.
  • To blend two colors, start at the opposite end of the paper with the second color. As they overlap in the center, you will have less and less of one color and more and more of the other color.
Blending ink side and top view by Natalie Lapakko
The top image shows what the ink amounts would look like from the side if it was magnified. The bottom image shows what the ink looks like from the top.

Brayer method:

  • Some people find it easier to use a sponge brayer to apply ink evenly. If you use one, either start with the lightest color and work towards the darkest color OR wash it off and wait for it to dry between uses.

Common Inking Mistakes:

Both the sponge method and the brayer method take a bit of practice. When aiming for a smooth transition between colors there are a couple common mistakes people make.

  1. Blotches: When you first set a freshly inked sponge down on paper, it will leave slightly darker blotches. Always start your sponge on your scratch paper before putting it on your actual project.
  2. Too dark to fast: People can often get overexcited and add too much ink to their paper too quickly. They may end up with areas that are too dark and difficult to blend. Add ink slowly at first, you can always add more. Control the amount of ink on the sponge by rubbing it on scratch paper first until the ink coming off on the scratch paper reaches the desired darkness.
  3. White halos: Sometimes people are confident about adding ink to the ends of the paper where the colors are at full strength , but when it comes to where the colors mix they get nervous and back off. This makes the color in the central, blended areas look much less intense, almost as if they have a glowing halo around them. Practice one color ombre effects for awhile until you are confident in your ability to decrease the amount of ink you are using at an even gradual pace.

Once you get the hang of it, this is a fun way to add color to your foiled designer series papers… and there are lots of other applications, too! You can color black and white patterned papers, add ombre effects with heat embossed images, and lots more!  Scroll down to see three example cards that use sponging to change the designer series paper background color!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Celebration dies and ombre sponging on Bundle of Love DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, gold

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #099!

Lots and lots of weddings use gold and white paper. It almost like it is traditional or something. It is pretty… but it is also really, really formal looking. Color is happy, and on a happy day like a wedding, why not celebrate in color? If you know the wedding colors, you can customize a wedding card in exactly the colors you need using the foil resist method!

The colors I added to this wedding card would have matched my own wedding colors pretty well. What can I say? I like my teal.

Bundle of Love Wedding Card Directions

  1. First, cut a Bermuda Bay card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White panel 5/8″ (1.5 cm) more narrow than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of Bundle of Love Designer Series Specialty Paper 3/4″ (1.8 cm) more narrow than the card base.
  4. Using the Foil Resist method described above, add an ink gradient to the background of the Bundle of Love paper using Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy ink.
  5. Adhere the first three layers together.
  6. Next, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, large enough to fit the cake from the Celebration Thinlit Dies, ink a second gradient from Bermuda Bay to Night of Navy, then cut out a cake shape.
  7. Die cut a Whisper White oval large enough to frame the cake shape using Layering Oval Framelit Dies.
  8. Then, die cut a coordinating scalloped oval from gold Glimmer Paper.
  9. Staple the Whisper White oval to the gold Glimmer Paper oval in the very center, where it will be covered up by cake. (It is very difficult to get anything to stick to Glimmer paper. Dimensionals sort of work, but nothing beats a good ol’ staple.)
  10. Put dimensionals on the back side of the cake, using them to hold some gold metallic thread in place, then to adhere the cake to the white oval.
  11. Use additional dimensionals to adhere the cake and oval layers to the card base.
  12. On a strip of Whisper White cardstock (about 3/8″ by 4″ or 0.9 x 10 cm), stamp the sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in VersaMark ink right in the center of the strip. (There is a very similar sentiment in the Colorful Seasons stamp set, if you need a substitute.)
  13. Sprinkle gold embossing powder on the sentiment, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder is melted.
  14. Use the end of of a paintbrush or other small cylindrical object to curl the ends of the strip like a scroll.
  15. Adhere the sentiment scroll to the cake with a dimensional.
 Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Celebration dies and ombre sponging on Bundle of Love DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Bundle of Love Designer Series Specialty Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Colorful Seasons (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Celebration Thinlit Dies, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Metallic Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, heat tool, dimensionals, sponge (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Sneak Peek Alert! Year of Cheer Card

This next card features a new designer series paper called, you guessed it, Year of Cheer! I used the beautiful starburst pattern and added some Northern Lights inspired inking.

But wait, there’s more! I used the gorgeous new Hometown Greetings Edgelit Dies. I’m guessing these are going to be one of the most popular items from the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalog!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Northern Lights sponging on Year of Cheer foil paper from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant

Year of Cheer Northern Lights Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Night of Navy card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White panel 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Ink the background of the Year of Cheer DSP with a Northern Lights pattern.
    • Using the inking techniques described above, ink vertical stripes of Pool Party alternating with Lemon Lime Twist on the entire panel.
    • Add a Night of Navy gradient to the top inch (2.5 cm) or so of the panel, plus a hint on the sides.
    • Add a hint of Elegant Eggplant shading to the very top edge of the panel.
  5. Wash off your fingers. You don’t want any of that ink on your white layers!
  6. The Hometown Greetings Edgelit Dies fit well across a tall skinny card in groups of three houses. We want 4 houses to go across a short wide card, so we will cut two pieces and fit them together.
    • Start with two Whisper White panels the same width as the card base.
    • Line up one Hometown Greetings die with a set of three houses on the far right side of one panel about 1″ (2.5 cm) from the bottom edge, then run it through a die cutting machine such as a Big Shot.
    • Use a scissors to finish cutting the horizon line over to the left edge of the paper.
    • Line up a second Hometown Greetings edgelit die on the far left side of the second Whisper White panel. Run it through a die cutting machine. Use a scissors to separate the leftmost house from it’s neighbors.
    • Adhere the single house to the bottom left side of the Year of Cheer panel, then adhere the trio of houses to the right side. They will overlap to make a single row of four houses. Trim off any excess Whisper White by flipping the Year of Cheer panel over and using the edge as a guide for where to cut.
  7. Use a palette knife to spread embossing paste over the bottom, snowy areas of the Hometown Greetings houses. This will add some snow texture and cover up any areas where the two edgelits were overlapping. I also used my palette knife to carve wavy lines coming down from each doorway, like front sidewalks that have been shoveled.
  8. When the embossing paste is dry, paint Wink of Stella on it to add some sparkle.
  9. Finally, adhere the front panel to the Whisper White panel and the card base.
 Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Northern Lights sponging on Year of Cheer foil paper from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Year of Cheer Designer Series Specialty Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hometown Greetings Edgelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: embossing paste, palette knives, Wink of Stella, sponge (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Sneak Peek Alert! Merry Little (Colorful) Christmas Card

This card is an example of how to add color to a black and white patterned Designer Series Paper, like the new Merry Little Christmas DSP from the 2017 Holiday Catalog. I gave you a preview of this paper earlier this week using pumpkins to show how versatile it is. Now you can see it in full color, too!

You also get to see a sneak peek of the stamp set Watercolor Christmas. This stamp set coordinates with a card kit, but the sentiments are so gorgeous that you can use them outside the kit as well!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Watercolor Christmas stamps and ombre sponging on Merry Little Christmas DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black

Merry Little (Colorful) Christmas Card Directions

  1. First, cut a Bermuda Bay card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White panel 3/8″ (0.9 cm) more narrow than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of tree patterned Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper 1/2″ (1.2 cm) more narrow than the card base.
  4. Use the inking directions described above to add ombre inking in Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay in the background. Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards, so you don’t get fingerprints on the rest of your project!
  5. Adhere the Merry Little Christmas layer to the Whisper White layer.
  6. Wrap the Striped Ribbon around the panel and adhere it securely to the other side.
  7. Ink the top 2/3 of the sentiment from Watercolor Christmas in Lemon Lime Twist ink, then use a sponge to add Bermuda Bay ink to the bottom of the stamp.
  8. Stamp the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock, then die cut a circle around it.
  9. Adhere the circle to the front of the card using dimensionals.
  10. Adhere the front panel to the card base using dimensionals.
Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Watercolor Christmas stamps and ombre sponging on Merry Little Christmas DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Watercolor Christmas (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circle Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: (black and white) Striped Ribbon, sponge, dimensionals

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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8 thoughts on “The Secret Method to Change the Background Color of Foiled Paper”

  1. That’s so cool!! I never even thought of trying to change the background color. I always just try to match the existing colors to my overall design. This technique opens up a world of possibilities. Thank you for sharing! I’m excited to go back to the drawing board now!

  2. Thank you for all the tutorials. I’ve been leery of trying this but with your tips I think I’ll give it a try tomorrow.

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