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How to make a foil embossed wood heart

How to make a foil embossed wood heart! Take a wood heart and use colored foil and glue to give it dimension.


Here is my contribution to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We were asked to share a tutorial for a handmade gift. I LOVE hearts all year round, especially around the holiday season. This year, my tree theme is going to be all kinds of hearts that I’m going to make or from other artists. Here is my first one! It’s a foil-embossing technique that is great to use on all kinds of surfaces. As far as gift giving – I want to make a batch of these and pass them out to friends and family. Not just on Christmas, but all during the season, maybe even a Random Acts of Kindness project, right?


SUPPLIES: Wood plaque, Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, Tulip 3D Black Slick 3D Paint, Aleene’s High Gloss Sealer, black craft paint, red and gold foil sheets.


Use a pencil to draw your design on the wood plaque. Next, draw over the pencil with the 3D paint. Let it dry completely.


Squeeze a dollop of Tacky Glue on the surface, then use your finger to spread a thin layer all over the top. Make sure the glue goes into all of the grooves.


Set the foil on the wet glue. Press down with your fingers and burnish it into the grooves. Use a craft knife to trim off the excess foil from around the edges. Keep rubbing over the surface until all the 3D paint texture shows through.


Apply a drop of black craft paint on use your finger to rub it into the wrinkles of the foil. Next, use a tissue to wipe off the wet paint. When you rub, it will also rub off some of the red color, but that’s ok, it gives more character! Paint the sides of the heart. Now add a coat of spray varnish, it will really make it come to life!


I made several hearts and used them for different things. This one I glued on a wood cross, but I also made several more to use and give out as ornaments!

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24 thoughts on “How to make a foil embossed wood heart”

  1. These are so cool! I am going to head on over to my craft room as soon as I am done this incredible hop and make up a batch of these cuties! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. What a great idea. Live this. I’ve never done this technique before but I sure want to try now. It looks fun too. Thank you so much for sharing this and the instructions.


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