Distressed Foiling

Foiling is one of those techniques that is such a WOW factor on cards. It’s one of those techniques where I’m always asked “HOW did you DO that?”. And it’s super easy to do, with so many possibilities! You can foil stencils, your stamped images, toner images, etc. I’ve shared MANY videos on foiling and I have a playlist on my YouTube channel that you can find. You can find it HERE.

Today, I’m adding another video to that foiling playlist and it’s all about the distressed foiling technique! I’m sharing so many different ways to use this technique and with different products, too. You can watch the video tutorial below for all the details!


There are so many great ways to use the Distress Foiling technique on your projects and make it your own. My first project is super easy and you can completely customize the results. Not only that, each time you do it the results will be a little different! After ink blending a cardstock panel, I used a chip brush to apply Hot Foil Gel from The Crafter’s Workshop.

When applying the gel I used a VERY light hand and only a TINY amount of gel. You don’t want to gel to completely cover the panel. Also, while I like the look of the brush strokes, if that really isn’t your thing, you can use a foam brush for the same look.

The look of the distressed foil on the entire panel is such a fun look, but you can add even more interest by using this technique through a stencil! On the second project, I used the Wallflowers stencil, but in the 12×12 size. When using this technique through a stencil you really want larger openings for the best results! If you use a small opening stencil with super fine details the gel won’t adhere to the paper and the foil won’t stick.

I wanted to go really graphic with this card. I started by putting black dye ink through the stencil, then, after applying the hot foil gel in EXACTLY the same way as the first, ran the panel through the laminator with Rainbow Foil.

This past year there was a new product released that works in the same way as foil, but it’s flock! I am LOVING this new product from Deco Foil and you can use it for this technique, too.

After ink blending a rainbow cardstock panel, I used my chip brush to apply gel to just the edges for a distressed edge look! The only difference, instead of adding the shiny foil, I added flock to the edges. And good news, the flock sticks to even the smallest details!!

Finally, I know not everyone has or even wants the products required to foil. If that’s you, you can still get a similar look with modeling pastes from The Crafter’s Workshop. This won’t give you as shiny of a result, however, it’s still gorgeous and a way to give your project some distressed shine!

I used the exact same technique as I used above. A chipbrush, dipped in a bit of the modeling paste and then added through a stencil with a LIGHT hand. This does take a few layers, but it’s well worth the effort. And because you’re using such thin layers, it takes such little time to dry.


This is such a fun technique and can easily be changed to fit any and all card making styles! I hope you all enjoyed a look at how to get this look yourself. And if you have any questions, you can leave them down below!

If you’re interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!


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