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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. 🙂

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

  1. Sigh, I’m so sad right now. I saw your video and I was instantly hooked by the idea of foiling my cards with my laminator. Unfortunately the result are really,really bad, meaning, they are super cracky 🙁 I already let my laminator heat up for about an hour, I do have a Laserprinter and had it all set up do hq printing. I had so many ideas, for example the birth announcement cards for my twins etc.
    Do you know what I can do to get a pretty result?
    Thank you so much!
    Heidi

    1. Hi! So I emailed Thermoweb (I assume you are using that foil – the Deco Foil) and 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 “carrier” pouch? We recommend simply folding a piece of copy paper to send the item through in.

  2. I’m curious if you’ve tried sending the other techniques though the laminator? For example, what happens if you send that bird stamp through the laminator before you remove the foil?

  3. Hi Jenifer
    I tried the foil with a laser printer & Purple Cow hot /cold laminater, both new items. I followed your exact directions. I did use a different foil purchased from Amazon made specifically for laminating. The first time the foil wrinkled & the results were not good, 2nd try pretty good except there were small black dots where the foil didn’t hit the ink, 3rd attempt & again the foil wrinkled & the results have lined black & gold. Any ideas if this is something with the laminater or what other problems could be causing the lines & wrinkling? Thanks & LOVED this post on foiling! I’m a foil addict lol

  4. In the video you stated you were going to put the other half of the stencil design in the laminator to see the results. I am curious, what were those results? If you put the rubber stamped items, like the bird, through the laminator, does it make the foiled design less scratch resistant?

    Love your videos!

  5. I found the “carrier pouch” stopped wrinkling of the foil. You just take a plain piece of typing paper fold it in half and place your image with foil on top inside it. Then feed this into the laminator with the folded edge first. No wrinkles or need to stick the foil down as I was initially doing. Great ideas Jennifer this is such an addictive process.

  6. Thank you for the video. Very informative, and glad to know I have alternatives until I can get a laser printer and laminator. ^_^ Greatly appreciate you sharing.

  7. HSN has an Anna Griffin MINC laminator as their special of the day with lots of goodies at a very good price. You may want to check it out on 5/11/15

  8. Anna Griffin has a little machine called a Minc available on HSN. Only there, at this time. I imagine they will come out with a larger Minc in the future and probably put it in stores also. It applies foil like a dream.

  9. Hi Jennifer,

    I love your youtube videos!! They are so simple to follow along with! Ive been doing my own sketches, transferring them via charcoal paper onto canvas and then painting adhesive on and pressing foil over manually (very time consuming). But I really wanted to get into foil printing so I just ordered your laminator and two colors of foil deco off amazon prime and I’m excited to get started! Keep you posted on results.

    Thanks!
    Kelsey

  10. HI JENNIFER, THANKS FOR YOUR INFORMATION. I AM WONDERING ABOUT HOW TO CLEAN UP THE STENCIL AFTER USING THE SPRAY ADHESIVE. WHAT DO YOU RECOMEND? HUGS FROM QUITO ECUADOR.

  11. I just had an epiphany… any stamp you can foil. All you have to do is stamp on regular typing paper, scan it then print it from your laser printer and then foil it through your minc machine. Any stamp!!!! Possibilities are endless… I am giddy.

  12. A friend is going to jump into learning the foil technique so right now I’d saw my favourite product would the foils. I don’t have any supplies and would love To win some! Your videos are excellent. Thanks for sharing..

  13. Hey! This is such a resourceful post. I was only wondering if foiling could be done using an inkjet printer. What if I use a glossy photo quality paper for the print out? Can it still be foiled?

  14. The last technique is brilliant. Instead of running it through laminater, would it work using a heat press? I was curious what temperature the laminater reaches in order to set the right temp on a heat press. Thanks!

  15. Hi Jennifer,

    Do you know if I can place the foiled paper back into the printer to include colour in my design?

    Thank you.

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