Joy Tag With a Cool Metal Foil Technique

5 Materials
1 Hour

You'll want to make a stop at the Hardware Store for this one.

The "Joy" used on this tag was made using the foil tape found in the hardware store. You know the kind the heating and cooling guys use to seal ductwork.

A fun technique with cool results.

Start with a small piece of matboard or chipboard approx. 2 x 2 1/2 and chipboard letters spelling the word "Joy".

I also used:

1. Glue letters onto the small chipboard with Zip Dry Glue.

2. Apply Foil Tape over chipboard. I make the chipboard slightly smaller than the tape so that I don't have any seams.

3. Using the bone folder, gently go around each letter to bring out the detail.

4. Paint the background with the paint pen. To give it a snowy affect, when giving a second coat of paint, dot the paint with the tip instead of brushing.

5. Use the pale blue pen to color the letters. Allow both colors to thoroughly dry.

6. Using a sanding block, lightly sand the letters and edges of the chipboard.

7. For a finishing touch, paint the letters with stickles glitter glue.

The tag also uses:

  • Prima Flowers (Holiday Celebration Snow Drop)
  • Vivid Ink: Aqua
  • Ink Applicator
  • Scrapbook Paper (Fancy Pants Designs)
  • Cardstock
  • Corner Rounder 1/8 Hole Punch Lace,
  • Silver Ribbon and Small Flat Snowflake Ornament
  • Silver Greenery

Suggested materials:

  • Chipboard
  • Zip dry glue
  • Paper flowers
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Sue Eldred

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Robby Treichel
    on Dec 27, 2016

    What is the background part made of? It looks like a license plate from my home state of Washington.

  • Lindsey
    on Mar 6, 2019

    What is a bone folder? Sand the chipboard after the tape is applied?

    • Sue Eldred
      on Mar 6, 2019

      A bone folder is a creasing tool in cardmaking. You could possibly use a popsicle stick. What you use can't be too sharp, you don't want wan to puncture what your working on.

      Yes, you're sanding after the tape is applied. What you're actually sanding is the paint marker or paint on the foil tape. It helps make the letters pop and cleans up the edges. You'll want to sand gently though. I hope this helps.

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