Embossed Foil

Embossing is the art of producing raised patterns on the surface of metal, leather, textiles, and paper.  One of the easiest and most satisfying metals to emboss is heavy duty aluminum foil – the kind found in most kitchens. The examples in the Embossed Foil Gallery above are examples of using embossed foil in a variety of different ways from embellished rocks to greeting cards to fine art.

Below is the Embossed Foil Lesson Gallery. Click on each image for each step of the lesson. To view it as a slideshow simply move your cursor until an arrow appears on the right hand side of the image and click. To review a previous step or image, move the cursor to the left hand side of the image until an arrow appears.


Doodle is a type of sketch, an unfocused drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes. It turns out that doodling may actually help your memory. For an interesting bit of research on the subject, check out the following link: Doodle Zone

BTW, in the movie Mr Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Deeds mentions that “doodle” was a word made up to describe scribblings to help a person think. The word doodle as used in this sense was invented by screenwriter Robert Riskin.

Supply List

  • Heavy aluminum foil
  • Glue sticks or spray adhesive – use to adhere embossed foil to cardstock
  • Pencils
  • Magazines
  • Craft or artist grade acrylic paints
  • Scissors
  • Gel medium – use to adhere embossed foil to rocks & MDF board
  • Support structure  – rocks (available at garden centers), card stock (available at craft stores), 1/4″ medium density fiber board (MDF board available at home improvement stores, usually in the shelving section)

Here are some other variations on a theme done by my grandsons. Enjoy!

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