Shamrock ATC Tutorial - How to Add Color to Embossed Foil Tape with ColorBox Colorique by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Tutorial: How to add color to embossed foil tape with ColoriQue

This project was created with sponsored products from Lisa Marie Jimenez, Clearsnap, Couture Creations and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Hi! I'm sharing a tutorial for how I colored the embossed foil tape and metal shamrock using the NEW ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez line of products from Clearsnap for this artist trading card. I've struggled with finding ink that will "stick" to foil tape and I'm happy to report that my search is over! Not only did the ColoriQue "stick" to the foil without any prep work, I was also able to blend the colors in a beautiful way.

Adding Color to Embossed Foil Tape Supplies

ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Moss Landing, Honey Bee, Turquoise Mountain, Pacific Ocean, Poppy, Snow Summit (not shown)
Metal Shamrock
Rainbow Ribbon
Lace Heart (not shown)
Decorative Chipboard (not shown)
Embossing Folder
Embossing Machine
Multi-Purpose HVAC Foil Tape
Art Daubers
Hot Glue Gun
Heat Gun

Embossing Prep: Adding Foil Tape to Cardstock

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardstock to fit an embossing folder. Cut strips of foil tape to size and apply them to the piece of cardstock. Fold any overhanging tape over onto the back of the cardstock. Note: Applying the foil tape to a piece of cardstock helps add strength to the tape. Multi-purpose HVAC foil tape is available from hardware stores for about $8 for a 50 yard roll.

Embossed Foil Tape - Damask Print

Step 2: Emboss the foiled cardstock. Note: I used the Large Damask Flourish Embossing Folder from Couture Creations, which is large enough to create two artist trading cards.

How to Apply ColoriQue to Embossed Foil Tape

Step 3: Apply several colors of ColoriQue directly onto the foiled cardstock.

Using Art Daubers to Blend ColoriQue on Embossed Foil Tape

Step 4: Use Art Daubers to blend the ColoriQue. Set aside to dry for a couple of minutes, or speed up the drying process with a heat tool.

How to Use A Sanding Block to Distress Embossed Foil Tape

Step 5: Cut the foiled cardstock to size, 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Use a sanding block to distress the raised pattern and the edges of the cardstock.

Cheap Trick: Cereal Box Artist Trading Card Base

Step 6: Attach the foiled cardstock to an artist trading card base. Cereal boxes work great!

How to Paint A Metal Shamrock with ColorBox ColoriQue

Step 7: Paint a metal shamrock with ColoriQue. I used Moss Landing for all over color. While that base coat was still wet, I applied Honey Bee and blended with a paintbrush to spread a lighter shade of green to the petals. Set aside to dry, or speed up the process with a heat tool.

Use a Sanding Block to Sand Inked Metal Charms

Step 8: Use a sanding blog to remove the ColoriQue from the raised areas and edges of the shamrock.

Embossed Foil Tape Shamrock ATC Embellishments by Dana Tatar

Step 9: Attach embellishments to the card with hot glue. Note: I painted the piece of decorative chipboard shown above with Snow Summit ColoriQue.

I also created a short video of this process:

Embossed Foil Tape Shamrock Artist Trading Card Closeup by Dana Tatar

ColorBox® ColoriQue brings artistic color to metal, wood, glass, clay and more, and is available in 14 different colors plus a clear coat. Visit Lisa Marie’s Etsy Shop to purchase ColoriQue.

How to Add Color to Embossed Foil Tape with ColorBox ColoriQue


  1. This is gorgeous! LOVING the shamrock and the ribbon!!!!!!!!!!


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