Selective Foiling with Stencils

Hi everyone! Let me first start by saying I hope everyone reading this is healthy and safe wherever you are in the world. We are all learning a new normal right now. For the next month, at least, my new normal is having both of my kiddos home with me (which I love), planning for and teaching them, and keeping them to a somewhat normal schedule. We are so incredibly fortunate, and I understand that. But because this is my new normal for the time being, my time has become extremely limited. If you have followed my blog and videos for some time, you know I LOVE to give lots of examples and ideas in my tutorials, but that just isn’t possible right now.

My videos will be one card or project and fairly short. That’s my new normal, and that’s ok right now. We are all just doing our best.

Onto the project for today! Today, I want to share a little selective foiling with stencils. This is such an easy technique to use with your stencils to create an image with multiple textures and finishes. Watch the video tutorial below!

A handmade greeting card with selective stenciling. The Nature's Circuitry stencil is perfect for this cardmaking technique!

The Video Tutorial

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This post also contains affiliate links.


The Technique

Using different textures and finishes on this one stenciled image is a great way to add interest to a very clean and simple handmade card.

When using the selective foiling technique it’s all about masking! I decided to go with the new “Nature’s Circuitry” stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and it is perfect for this technique! This stencil has several images, but I decided to use the largest butterfly on the 6″ x 6″ stencil.

I started this stenciling by ink blending on only the left side of the stencil. To do this all it takes is a little masking with painter's tape!

Before foiling, I had to first ink blend the area of the stencil that I didn’t want foiled. I used two dye inks and my Amazon blending brushes. It’s not really necessary to mask the rest of the stencil, but I did in this case, so the dye ink wouldn’t bleed with the gel I would be using on the right side of the stencil.

When the ink blending was complete, I masked off that area of the stencil with delicate painter’s tape. Then, it was time to put the Hot Foil Gel through the remaining stencil area. The trick with the Hot Foil Gel is a thin, even layer! It doesn’t need to be thick, but try and make it as smooth as possible.

Once you have your gel on, remove the stencil and wash it immediately or put it into a water bath. Once this gel dries, it’s there and not going anywhere! That being said, you will know the gel is dry and ready to use when it is clear.

I love the shine the foil gives, and the fuzziness of the flock! And the only medium needed to add both was the Hot Gel Medium from The Crafter's workshop!

Once the gel dried completely, it was time to add the foil. I decided I wanted to add a few different textures to this butterfly. For the center or body of the butterfly, I added black flock. Then, on top of that I laid Pewter foil so it would cover the remainder of the gel exposed. For this to make more sense, be sure to watch the video above!

But all that was left to do to complete the foiling was run it through the laminator. I LOVE the way it turned out!!

I finished this clean and simple handmade card with a hey there stamped sentiment on a flag banner.

To finish this card, I kept it simple. I used the Micro Dots stencil and gray ink to add a little texture to the background. Then, I finished it off with a Hey There flag banner sentiment.


I hope you all enjoyed a look at how easy it is to do selective foiling with your stencils. And how easily you can add more textures and finishes with this technique!

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, stay healthy and safe and happy crafting!!


Supply List

Affiliate links are used
The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Stencil - Nature's Circuitry
The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Stencil – Nature’s Circuitry
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The Crafter's Workshop Hot Foil Gel
The Crafter’s Workshop Hot Foil Gel
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Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Everyday Sentiment Banners
Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Everyday Sentiment Banners
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Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
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Catherine Pooler Designs - Party Collection - Premium Dye Ink Pads - Party Dress
Catherine Pooler Designs – Party Collection – Premium Dye Ink Pads – Party Dress
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2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
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Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
Fiskars – 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Makeup Brush Set of 10
Makeup Brush Set of 10
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Nocturne
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Nocturne
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Catherine Pooler Designs - Party Collection - Premium Dye Ink Pads - Something Borrowed
Catherine Pooler Designs – Party Collection – Premium Dye Ink Pads – Something Borrowed
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Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Pewter - 5 Pack
Therm O Web – iCraft – Deco Foil – 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet – Pewter – 5 Pack
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Royal Sovereign 9
Royal Sovereign 9″ Desktop Laminating Machine
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5 Piece Plastic Palette Knife Set
5 Piece Plastic Palette Knife Set
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Fiskars No.8 Premier Easy Action Bent Scissors
Fiskars No.8 Premier Easy Action Bent Scissors
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Tsukineko - Blending Applicator - Jumbo Dauber - Supersized
Tsukineko – Blending Applicator – Jumbo Dauber – Supersized
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Paper Smooches - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Sentiment Sampler
Paper Smooches – Clear Acrylic Stamps – Sentiment Sampler
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Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Retractable Craft Pick
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Retractable Craft Pick
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Morning Mist
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Morning Mist
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