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Masculine Foiled Birthday Card


Hi All,

I must admit that I have been foiled by foil. For me, it hasn’t been as easy to use as I thought it would be. As you probably know by now, I’m pretty picky about things, so if it doesn’t work extremely well, I won’t want to use it. I spent A LOT of time working with the foil. There were times I wanted to throw the foil across the room. Seriously. 🙂

I tried a lot of different non-laminator techniques with the foil. If you have a laminator or want to buy one, it will be easier for you. I ended up purchasing a few adhesive products so that I could get a smoothly applied foil. At the beginning of the video, I talk for a few minutes about some of the things I tried. I’m sure there are plenty of things I haven’t tried, which is why I didn’t make this video a tutorial. For example, I bet sticky strip would work great. The bottom line is that your receiving cardstock needs to be VERY sticky.

Anyway, hopefully you will gain an extra tip or two from my mistakes. For today’s card I used the silver stars foil. It’s really difficult to get a good picture of this card because of the reflections, so I apologize for that. Here is a close-up of the balloons (which I foiled fist, die cut second):


And here is a picture of the sentiment in the same silver stars foil (which I die cut first, foiled second):





To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Deco Foil, Silver Stars
Deco Foil, Silver Stars
SSS Celebration Time
SSS Celebration Time
SSS Happy Birthday Die
SSS Happy Birthday Die
MFT Blueprints 18
MFT Blueprints 18
iCraft Adhesive Sheets
iCraft Adhesive Sheets
Deco Foil Adhesive
Deco Foil Adhesive
DMC Silver Thread
DMC Silver Thread
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Bone Folder
Bone Folder
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Sizzix Mylar ShimsSizzix Mylar Shims
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 9:39 am


    I know I’ve said this before, but you really have outdone yourself this time! Besides the fact I too didn’t want to buy a laminator for a technique I wouldn’t do very often, I love the way you’ve used the foil with adhesive on the dies for a really good masculine Happy Birthday card. And another coincidence is that this exact balloon die just arrived yesterday and I’ve been wondering what to do with it first. Now I know. So thanks a lot for working that one out for me – LOL! The first part of the video that discussed what not to do was also extremely helpful and time saving. I could imagine you pulling out your hair in the process though. Ha! Ha!

    • wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thanks Connie – glad it helped you!

      • wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 11:38 pm


        I know we all appreciate your financial and time costs to provide us with the best possible tutorials. Unlike some on the Web, you don’t make things appear easier than they really are. And at the same time, you work out ways to make the techniques as easy as possible.

        • wrote on April 23rd, 2015 at 6:05 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Thank you Connie. 🙂

  2. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 1:51 pm


    Goodness Darlene!! what an amazing product, I love it!!! I particularly love the foil with the rainbow colors, it looks so gorgeous in the way it shines. This masculine card is simply beautiful, the “Happy Birthday” words look so shiny and pretty.
    The first part of the video is so informative, you do so much to research and try different products and techniques, you save us a lot of frustration by first getting a bit frustrated yourself. That is just incredibly kind and generous of you.
    I have never heard of foil like this, when I read the heading for this post I though you were going to use the Reynolds kitchen foil paper in some way, LOL!! 😉
    This is so much more gorgeous.
    Thank you.

  3. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 1:59 pm


    Darlene, this is a stunning card! So pretty.

  4. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 2:00 pm


    Darlene, I have not followed the FOIL trend. In fact, I didn’t care for it until today. Seeing your video demonstration along with the beautiful card makes me want to do it like you did. The foiled birthday is beautiful. Thank you again got such wonderful guidance.

  5. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 2:23 pm


    You must have been watching Jennifer McGuire! 🙂 I love the foil look. I had not seen the rainbow foil before and, you’re right, it is stunning! Can’t wait to find some and try it out. Love your birthday card!! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 2:27 pm


    Foil does fascinate me and I’ve tried a little of it. I, too, have had some spotty results and am not particularly thrilled with the outcome. I do have a laminator already, so I may try that. Really do love your card…it’s so festive, clean and relativel y simple. Yay!

  7. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 2:36 pm


    Well, for all the trouble you sure got fantastic results. Your card is beautiful (I am going to have to use a thesaurus for new descriptive words). I have been debating on going the foil route or not…but it sure looks great. Thanks for sharing your frustrations with us so we get both sides of the story.

  8. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Mary Jane

    It was love at first sight when I saw the foiling but I spent a lot of time trying everything under the sun to make it work. I could just never get it right so just yesterday I finally broke down and got a laminator! Man, I wish I would’ve waited! Anyway, I’m hoping it will be worth the 20 bucks I spent on it. At least I didn’t go off the deep end and get the Minc machine. That’s just way too pricey for my taste.
    Thanks for the video and sharing your amazing talent! This video alone was worth the price of admission to your website.

  9. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Barb M.

    Thank you for clearing up the foiling mystery for me! 🙂 I bought some but am having a heck of a time getting it to work. Of course I did buy the variegated colored one you had trouble with too!! I will have to get some of the silver star foil and try that out!

  10. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 4:57 pm


    Great card! I always need birthday cards… and now some inspiration. I will have to try to find some foil paper. I have a small laminator just had not used it in a while, now some other craft!

  11. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 5:18 pm


    What a fabulous card! Thanks for describing what did and didn’t work for you, it helps take something complicated and make it seem doable. LOVE your patient explanation and willingness to try new things for us.
    The star foil paper and matching die cut stars is genius!

  12. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 5:35 pm


    That is such a cool card Darlene. I made a birthday card for my friend using the design you did way back using that “Happy Birthday” die & the balloons, but maybe I’ll make this for my husband for his birthday in November. You are so creative. I just love watching your videos & your tutorials as well. I’m learning soon much from you. So glad I became a member.

  13. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 5:40 pm


    Girlfriend you have blown my mind once again!! Everytime I think you have topped the charts you climb even higher! I am so happy for you in your success with this adventure! You are my very favorite designer! I can remember waiting (not so patiently) for you to release a new video every week! HA! I guess I am your craft stalker! Awesome card! You rocked it!!

    • wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      OMGoodness Janet – you are so kind! Wow – you really made my day! 🙂

      • wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 9:50 pm


        I echo Janet’s sentiments! You rock Darlene!

        • wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 10:20 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Thank you Jenny! 🙂

  14. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 5:52 pm


    Thank you so much for the quick tutorial in the beginning and for the information about foil. I have never attempted or even seen this technique before. I am not sure I will invest in trying it right now, but it is nice to see new ideas to try out in the future. It turned out lovely!

  15. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Mary Jane

    Hi everyone, just a word of caution when buying the foil. Michaels sells deco foil but it’s 4.99 for just one sheet so don’t buy it there. They do have sell thermo web foil on Amazon.

  16. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 9:48 pm


    That is spectacular! I love the star foil!

  17. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Sherry W.

    Very pretty, but WAY too finicky for me. Thanks for the info.

  18. wrote on April 22nd, 2015 at 10:40 pm


    Thank you. I just love how creative you are and how you are willing to share your experiments. This Silver Star Foil is incredible.

  19. wrote on April 23rd, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Carol B

    Handsome card for a handsome someone. Have some of that foil, bought years ago and never used, wonder if it has a shelf life. You have encouraged me to dig it out and give it a try.

  20. wrote on April 23rd, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Brenda L.

    Beautiful card Darlene! I love the foil look, Jennifer McGuire makes it look so easy, and I’m sure it is with the laminator, but it is just one more machine I would need to find a place to store it and I’m out of space as it is! But I really do love how this card came out and I love the shine of that foil, so who knows maybe sometime I will get brave and try it. lol

  21. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 2:37 pm


    Love the card and thanks for always keeping it real, Darlene. I have some of those Sizzix adhesive sheets but I have not tried them with the foil. I don’t think I will now. =)

  22. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 9:21 am


    Thanks for showing the fails! I think I learn just as much if not more, from you showing what DIDN’T work! You are such a great teacher!!

  23. wrote on May 27th, 2015 at 7:50 pm


    I am so glad I found this posting. I have purchased a laminator and foils. My girlfriend and I tried this weekend to do foiling….not much luck. Found out does not work with SU whisper white cardstock. Comes out real spotty. Also do not plug laminator into extension cord. Does not get hot enough ?..at least for us. Plugged directly into wall works fine. Ended up using Neenah cardstock and thicker edged stamp sets and card came out ok, not great but ok…..off to see if I can get more hints. I did not use any craft sheets, used just stamps, superfine embossing powder, heat set, then foiled.
    After watching this video again, I think I will now purchase some Icraft adhesive sheets and try them. I am still interested in foiling using my new laminator…if anyone has any hints to share. Thanks

  24. wrote on July 4th, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, can I assume that Stick It adhesive sheets would work too? I will have to find that star foil! Love this card!

    • wrote on July 5th, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carol. Since I had not-so-great results with the Sizzix sheets, I can’t say for sure that the Stick-It sheets will work. If you have that brand and use it, please report back and let us know how it works!

      • wrote on July 5th, 2015 at 1:28 pm

        Carol Mac

        Ok, because the adhesive is very small and really thin (not like the thick sizzix stuff which is like SU) so I will try it. I use it for word dies and it works like a charm! I also use it for velum and you cannot see through it so that is the way I attach a full page of vellum to a card! You can buy it from SSS.

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