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Simon Says Stamp - No Heat Foiling, Part 1

Updated: May 28, 2021

I had a lot of fun this weekend experimenting with something that I "discovered" by accident a few weeks ago! (I am pretty sure that many of you have "discovered this as well.)

The Born to Sparkle release from Simon Says Stamp has me thinking about all things shimmery and I wanted to try something new for my next batch of cards.

I'll be honest, I have not done much foiling, mainly because I am usually too lazy to get my laminator out. Yes, that is a thing, a very sad thing... So recently, when some gold foil stuck to tape runner residue left on a piece of cardstock, I couldn't be more pleased about it.

With that in mind, I decided to try using tape runners and double-sided tape to make foiled backgrounds and die-cuts. I ended up making 7 cards and this post will focus on the 3 that I made by primarily using tape runners to foil. This is so easy and produces a glimmering and textured look!!!

I've been stock-piling foil for years in case of some foil-related emergency, so I am super-tickled that I am finally exploring it in greater detail! Here's what you will need, a full supply list is at the bottom of this post.

Key Supplies

A full supply list is available at the bottom of this post. Brace yourself for lots of photos and let's get into the cards!


1. Hi! You're Amazing Card

Of course I need to start with the rainbow card of this trio! I think that you will like this though because it is a two-fer, in that the we will actually create the background for this card and the focal point of the next card in one go!

This card is an A6 Card (4.5" x 6.25") using Neenah 110lb Solar White cardstock. The card front is trimmed to 4.25" x 6" after finishing the foiling and die-cutting.

Key Techniques

1. Using a pencil and ruler, draw lines across your cardstock to create the pattern shown below. These lines will guide where you make your radiating foil pattern.

See pictures below for these next 3 steps:

2. Align ruler approximately 1/4" below each line and apply the Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent Glue Tape about 1/2" from the center of the pattern towards the outward edge of the cardstock.

3. Apply a 1" strip of foil to the strip of glue tape, smoothing with your finger to adhere it evenly to the cardstock as shown.

4. Gently pull back the foil from the cardstock.

5. Repeat the above 3 steps for each foil color that used to creating the radiating pattern.

6. Use the second smallest oval from the Simon Says Stamp Nested Ovals set to create an oval-shaped window from the foiled card panel. Set aside the diecut oval shape for use in the next card.

7. Adhere an acrylic panel (4.00" x 5.75") to the foiled card panel to create a window.

8. Place an A6 Card base (6.25" x 9", scored at 4.5" along the 9" side) into your stamp positioning tool and align the foiled panel on top of it. Center the un-inked "Just A Card..." sentiment from the XL Greeting 2 Stamp Set in the center of the oval.

8. Remove the foiled panel and stamp the sentiment in black ink (I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black) onto the A6 Card Base. Trim foiled panel to 4.25" x 6".

9. Place crystals in the center of the stamped sentiment and then apply foam tape to the perimeter and to frame the oval on the foiled card panel. Adhere raised foam panel to card base. I used PinkFresh Studio Essentials Crystals.

To finish:

  1. Adhere 2.5" double-side tape to cardstock.

  2. Remove the top protective layer of the tape and apply a ~3" wide strip of Therm O Web Rainbow Deco Foil to the tape adhesive .

  3. Die-cut the rainbow-foiled cardstock with the Hearts from the Simon Says Stamp Large Holiday Shapes Die Set.

  4. Diecut the word "hi" with the from an alphabet die set. I used Simon Says Stamp Everett Solid Letters Die set.

Isn't she pretty? :-)

2. Love You Exactly Card

Whew! Thankfully, this next card is quite simple and quick to finish as you have done all the hard work in the previous card. What you see is what you get!

This card base is 4" x 4" when folded. It is stamped with one of the bouquet images from the Simon Says Stamp Spring Bouquet Stamp Set.

Recently, I decided to get several essential shape dies from Simon Says Stamp: Circles, Ovals, Squares, Rectangles and Hearts. This is the 3rd smallest heart is from the their Nested Heart Set. I love all of these sets as they are staples that can be used over and over again in my cards.

To finish, cut and adhere the "Love You Exactly As You Are" sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Encouraging Reverse Sentiment Strips.

3. Congrats Card

I tend to live on the rainbow side of the spectrum but I love the neutral metallic tones of this card, paired with the easy freehand technique used to create the background.

Key Techniques

1. Select x3 4" squares of foil in 2 gold colors and one silver color. Crumple and set aside. This will give the foil a distressed look when applied.

2. Apply Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent Glue Tape to black cardstock (4.25" x 6") in a random pattern as shown below. Don't put down too much adhesive leave room to add additional colors.

3. Apply the darkest gold foil to the glue tape on the cardstock, pressing to adhere.

Repeat the last two steps with the remaining colors to finish the background. Diecut the Congrats On a Line and Cap and Gown shapes twice out of white cardstock and layer.

Adhere these diecuts as shown below to the card front. Heat emboss the "We're so proud of you" sentiment on to black cardstock. Trim and adhere to the card front to finish.

Come on, admit it, that was fun!!!


Thank you for stopping by. Let me know in the comments if you are guilty of hoarding foil as well. Later this week, I will share Part 2 of No-Heat Foiling where I continue to experiment, this time using various sizes of double sided tape to create backgrounds and die-cuts.

Full supply list below for your shopping convenience. Please note that I have suggested several foil colors for you to consider; please note that these cards will look great no matter what you choose, all of these colors are not essential, but nice to have.

See you soon Lovelies!



I listed the products that I have used below. Please note that these are compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support. Simon Says Stamps Born to Sparkle Release products were provided as part of my Design Team package. Click on the icons below each product picture to shop with

1 Comment

Gorgeous cards Keisha and no I'm not a hoarder of foil, I have some and tried it last weekend for the first time on a card but it didn't came out the way I wanted. This is a great way to use it and I think this will also be a great way to use gilding flakes. I will give that a try for sure. Thank you so much for sharing stay safe and have a great day.

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