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Video: 5 Ways to Add Gold Foil

Over the past few weeks, I have been sharing a lot of pictures on Instagram of the fun I am having with gold foil. I decided to put together a video of my favorite 5 ways to add gold foil to cards…

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[NOTE: These foils are very popular right now and hard to find in stock. However, I do know Simon Says Stamp will have it back in stock very soon!]

I will admit – I have spent a lot of time experimenting with different foil methods over the last few weeks. So much fun! I have found five that work best for me. (I am sure there are many other methods out there!) I will be sharing more on these techniques and what I learn in the next few weeks. Oh – remember – if you aren’t into gold, don’t worry. These foils come in many awesome colors. (Check the links at the end of this post. I love the Deco Foils from Therm O Web.)

FOIL TECHNIQUE #1: Foil With Stamps

Since most of us are stampers, it seems only right to start with stamps! I played around with *many* ways to use foil with stamps and found that best results were found using FlitterGlu. (Be sure to try any liquid adhesives you have – the stickier the glue the better. I found out about FlitterGlu from the kind folks at Simon Says Stamp.) I simply applied the glue to my stamp, stamped it on the paper, added the foil and rubbed it in place. Applying the FlitterGlu to the stamp with foam from my Ink Blending Tool was key.

The results are pretty! It isn’t a perfectly smooth shine but much shinier than heat embossing. I found I have the most success with stamps that didn’t have a lot of solid area or “important” detail. Also, you can scratch the foil with your fingernail, but it isn’t bad. I will still use this technique on my cards. (By the way, I discovered this method worked better than using sticky embossing powder with the foil.)

FOIL TECHNIQUE #2: Foil With Dies

By using double-sided adhesive, you can even add foil to your project with dies. I found Stick It worked best since it is a *super* thin double sided adhesive, but other adhesives would work. The key is to make sure you really use that bone folder to press the foil in place.

This technique would work with any dies. However, since the double sided tape is so fragile/thin, I would avoid very intricate dies. Again, you can scratch the foil with your fingernail but it isn’t a big problem to me. As with all of these techniques (except for #5), the results are as smooth as the adhesive underneath.

FOIL TECHNIQUE #3: Foil With Tape

This third technique is definitely the easiest. Grab any adhesive (my favorite is Be Creative Tape) and add foil borders, lines or trims to your card. You could even use a tape runner. Again – make sure you really use that bone folder to press the foil down.

This technique is fast and fun. However, since it is an adhesive, it is possible to put subtle scratches on the foil.

FOIL TECHNIQUE #4: Foil With Stencils

Stencils are so inexpensive and great for impressive backgrounds. I found good results by applying a spray adhesive over my stencil and then removing the stencil to add the foil. So pretty…

I used an old Krylon Spray Adhesive but can’t seem to find a source online. I would recommend trying any spray adhesive you may have. Once again – you can scratch the foil with your fingernail, but it isn’t bad. Sending this through a laminator (or ironing) afterwards seems to smooth this out a bit.

FOIL TECHNIQUE #5: Foil With Print Outs

OK… this technique is by far my favorite! The foil results are durable, super shiny and very smooth. Eek! I love it. Simply print anything you want on a laser printer. Lay the foil on top and send it through a laminator. Perfect results!

I have a video with more details on this process soon. However, I want to note a few important things now. I use an inexpensive Brother Laser Printer and it works great. If you don’t have a laser printer, just take your files to Kinkos and they can print it for you. (The key is to have it printed with a toner. Copiers are great.) You can print on any color cardstock – just print in black. I find that applying the heat and pressure with a very inexpensive laminator (you can find on Simon Says Stamp or Amazon) is best, but you can also use an iron.

So I had great success with my laser printer and laminator. However, keep in mind every printer and machine is different. If you are unsure how to create or find printables for this technique, stay tuned. I will have tips and a video soon. It’s easy! And check out my daughter’s Valentines that I created in 45 minutes with this technique HERE. Love!!! I can’t get enough!!!

MORE TO COME

What I shared here today is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using foil. As I find more fun technique I will be sure to share them. (But I also promise not to go overboard lol.) Also – there were a lot of great foil products released at CHA. Therm O Web (who makes the Deco Foils) also has a Iron Transfer Adhesive product that I am looking forward to trying. I will let you know how it works when I get it.

Another that I can’t wait to get is the Heidi Swapp Minc. The Minc machine is supposed to be awesome… giving great results even on big projects. Once I get it I will do a video. (It is available for pre-order HERE now.) Even better – Heidi has lots of paper products that have the images already printed… so you can just add any foil you want without fussing with the printing! Sweet. And – of course – she has lots of great foil colors. You can see a peek at these products on her website. Stay tuned for more!

In the meantime, I would love to hear from you. Is foil something that appeals to you? Will you try it out? I just love new techniques. ๐Ÿ™‚

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144 thoughts on “Video: 5 Ways to Add Gold Foil”

  1. Charolette – I probably have the same foil memories as you from years ago. At that time a “special” glue was available that gave a 3-D effect to the design. You squeezed the glue out, waited for it to get tacky dry, then laid the foil over and rubbed over the design. The effect was almost like using gold-covered die cuts today. I still have tubes of the glue (unopened) and foils in my stash, so I am going to try it with stamps and see how it works.

  2. When you use the toner technique do you have to run it through the laminator right away? Is it okay to print a whole bunch and then run them through the laminator?

  3. My local Michael’s just clearanced out a bunch of decofoil which of course I picked up several colors. Now I wish I had got more. There is also a new big shot platform coming for ink transfer. I hope you get to show us those as well. I’m curious to see those because I don’t think there is any glue involved and I tend to get very messy.

  4. This really appeals to me. I would love to try it. I will probably start with a basic silver or gold color. I am curious how it works as a layer in stamping. Would you have to use Stayzon if you are stamping over the foil? Could you heat emboss over it? I am intrigued!!

  5. I tried with stick glue (recommended on the foil I had which is several years old) TERRIBLE ! Then I cut a star out of Avery label paper. Works well but I think the foil lost some shine. Extremely easy but the paper by itself is too thin for practical
    use. It needs to be adhered to something heavier. I did a star so I wouldn’t have to think wrong side right side. Too late in the day for that.

  6. Its so gorgeous and harkens back to the olden days, lol, for me. I just think its so elegant and these are great techniques you used. I cant wait to see what people come up with for this product.

  7. This is a product making a comeback. I actually used the Iron on transfers and foil about 27 years ago on my daughter’s clothes.

  8. Very pretty cards Jennifer. All the techniques look fun but the laser printer and laminator looks so nice. Thanks for sharing.

  9. OMG! Amazing! I’m hooked on these techniques and can’t wait to try every one! Found the foil on clearance today so I bought every colour I could get!! And ordered a laminator too! So looking forward to seeing more videos Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your awesome techniques!

  10. Gorgeous results but appear a little finicky. Am eager to learn more from you though before diving it head first. Thanks, Jennifer, for always sharing your inspiration!

  11. Thanks for your great video Jennifer! I have been trying out some foiling techniques since being inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer…she does some awesome stuff! I have a few questions, the first is about using cardstock in a printer, my Neenah wouldn’t go through mine, did you have any problems with thickness? The second is about stamping with glue, do you place the foil down straight away or wait for the glue to dry? My last is about cleaning the stencil, did you clean the spray adhesive off after you finished? I used it once and couldn’t remove it with any cleaning products, even tried rubbing alcohol….made such a mess and damaged my stencil while cleaning! I’m definitely going to invest in a laminator, I tried using an iron with varied results, I wouldn’t recommend it unless using foil with fabric. You have also inspired me, now I’m off to buy a laminator and order some foil!

  12. Thanks for a fascinating video! I have some flitter glue which I’ve used with gilding flakes and some stick it adhesive sheets (which are brilliant), so now I need to try them out with foil. My friend Taheerah loves her Minc machine, but as I’ve neither the money nor the room in my craft room for another machine I really appreciate your showing other ways to achieve a similar result. I wonder if the flitter glue would work with stencils too? I might give that a try!

  13. Thanks for the fantastic techniques, Jennifer! Love the look of foil. Looking forward to more videos from you. And in the meanwhile I need to discover a source to get the foils from!

  14. Wonderful video and love all of the ways you showed how to use foil. It looks like so much fun and cards look amazing. Definently will try out these techniques out and look forward to seeing more videos. Thanks for showing us all the different methods!

  15. I’ve seen the foil in stores, and never knew what to do with it. Now I know. Guess what I will be buying really soon? Thanks for yet another way to spend my money. lol

  16. I loved your videos so much I drove 45 minutes to Hobby Lobby to get some foil! I had planned on cleaning out my closet on President’s Day…but now I’m playing with foil. BTW I can’t believe that laminator is only $19!!! I’m looking forward to more videos. Thanks Jennifer!

  17. I have never tried foiling – but I think it looks SOOO cool! I’m really glad you did this video – and looking forward to more ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if you’ve seen or heard about this video I saw Taheera post on YT ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EndTBQNmQG0 ) She stamps with versamark, puts toner on top, then foil and then through the M’inc. She tried it on those layering roses from Altenew as far as I remember….really great idea! Just wanted to share if you had’nt seen it ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Jennifer, Im so glad foil is back “in”. I adore it and never really learned how to use it. I actually have several rolls that I bought and never used, so Im glad to see your videos, which by the way I would love to see more of!!! Then again, I love all your videos!!! I read about the Minc machine a while back and Im interested in your opinion of it. Before I spend that kind of money on it, I want to know if you like it. I value your opinion more than anyone because I know that your always honest about this stuff!! That why I follow you! Well that and your totally amazing! You are actually on my bucket list. I know you don’t make personal appearances, but If there was a way, I would love to meet you someday and learn from you in person. So if you ever decide to go into the public eye again, I will be there!!! Hugs!!!

  19. Whenever I passed by the foils at the store all I ever thought of was how hard it would be to use and just pass by it all the time. Thank you for the lovely tips and techniques!

  20. Hi Jennifer
    I have never mass produced cards before, but with the Misti I might just try it (If I had one)! It looks so easy! I would love to try it someday- unfortunately it’s not in the budget right now, but a girl can dream, can’t she?!?!?

  21. Foil does seem like the in thing this year and I’m excited about the new products and ideas for using foil. The 5th way is probably the easiest for me to try and I love the possibilities of being able to print the design. I think foil can be very elegant and look forward to seeing more ways in using foil….

  22. You always make these things look so easy! I love the effect of the foil, it’s just beautiful. I’m excited to try it eventually, but I’m usually late to the party with new products. ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. After running my project through my laminator, it looks a little flaky – not crisp like yours. Could it be a laminator issue? Any thoughts or suggestions?

    1. Hi! I emailed Thermoweb and asked them what tips they have for people who have trouble with the foil. This is what they said:

      1) Is it a true laser printer that uses a toner cartridge?
      2) What kind of paper is she using with the foil? Different papers may react differently to the foil.
      3) What setting are they using on the laminator? We were suggesting the 3. Are they allowing plenty of time (10 minutes+) for the laminator to properly heat up.
      4) Did they send the item through in a โ€œcarrierโ€ pouch? We recommend simply folding a piece of copy paper to send the item through in.
      I assume you are using ThermoWebโ€™s Deco Foil.

      Here is also a video they shared: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OELv3Hf7YUw
      Hope that helps!

  24. Well I got all excited…what you created was beautiful! Sadly it isn’t working for me…lol. we have tried two different laminators and we have also tried paper (cardstock) printed at Staples and then we also bought a toner printer to try it on and I can’t get it to work at all. It also looks flakey like Karmen said. Not solid at all. it is so pretty I just want it to work….lol. Thanks for the great video again Jennifer!

  25. Love the foil & laminator technique, however I tried it and while the image did get a lovely foil covering (once I used the ugh res printing option), I found I got residue foil over the rest of the paper as well. Not a lot but a noticeable amount. Yours seemed crisp white still all around the image. Could this be the brand of foil or something that I’m using? Or my printer? Wondering if you had any ideas as I love the look & really want it to work ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hi Jennifer, the brand is Stampit Fab Foil. I can rub it off with an eraser but it’s tricky in the more intricate designs. Thanks for your help.

  26. This is WOWSER! You are so thoughtful and generous to share your ideas and findings with the masses. LOL! I KNOW I will try this. Now, to get my hands on the foil!

  27. Your technique using the foil and laminator turns out perfect. I having been trying this technique, but am having problems with getting the foil to cover 100%. I am getting black streaks. The foil must wrinkle as it goes through the laminator. First I tried transferring on to card stock. Thinking it was too think, I tried regular copy paper, but get the same results. Any suggestions?

  28. I can’t wait for the follow-up videos to this. These look so gorgeous! When you were still on technique number 2 I started thinking about how I could use foil with stencils…so I got really excited when you got to #4! =) Number five would be awesome for mass production, like wedding announcements and such. Thanks so much for sharing and I can’t wait for more videos! =)

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