Have you jumped into the latest trend in paper crafting, foil? There are a few types and ways to foil out there right now and the two cards I am showing today have two different techniques to them.
If you have a laminator, you will have lots of options and ways to foil. If not, this first technique will give you a way to foil without a laminator.
The acorn cap is actually a foam adhesive sheet that has been cut with an electronic die cutting machine, foil placed on top and then embossed.
Once foam is cut, remove one side of adhesive backing cover and place face down on a foil transfer sheet. Make sure to place on the side of the transfer sheet that is silver/not the color of foil. Place into an embossing folder.
With folder closed run thru an embossing machine, here I used a Cuttlebug.
Once embossed, carefully remove adhesive backing and then place on your project.
The second way you can foil projects is by using a laser printer and a laminator. An inkjet printer will not work, because you need the foil to react with the toner when heated. If you don't have a laser printer, you can easily use a copy from a copy machine or have a copy print place print your items. There are also pre-made toner sheets available to purchase that are specifically for this purpose. They are fairly new on the market, so you may have to search to find them. I used the Therm O Web toner sheets for my project.
You will want to heat your laminator for quite a while before actually using this technique. I usually let mine heat for at least 20-30 minutes.
Use a die cutting machine, or you can hand cut if you are good (I am not!) cut leaves from a toner sheet.
Using a carrier sheet (or a piece of parchment paper works GREAT!) lay your die cuts, black side up on the sheet. Wipe down your die cuts with a lint free cloth to remove any dust or paper particles that might have landed on the black surface. Place your foil sheet back side down on the black toner. This will leave your foil color up where you can see it. Close your carrier sheet, making a sandwich. Carefully run the sandwich thru the laminator. Remove foil sheet and see your pretty leaves!
Just a couple of fun ways to add foil to your projects. So elegant and a great use of color. Plus you can create home decor and more. You won't want to stop foiling once you start!
Paper, Scissors and Glue