Once a month I teach a "techniques class" in lieu of one of my regular weekly stamp camps. These technique classes focus on additional components of cardmaking that might take some advanced skill, training or instruction. Some examples of past techniques classes include calligraphy, watercoloring, Zentangle, emboss resist & many more! Last month, our technique class was on heat foiling.
What Is Foiling?
Foil stamping is a special kind of printing procedure where heat, pressure, and a metallic paper (foil) is used to create different shiny designs and graphics on various materials. Foil stamping gives the stamped design a shiny and incredible look and is increasingly popular in many an art industry. Foil stamping is also referred to as hot stamping (because of the use of heat), foil printing, dry stamping, and leaf stamping. You can purchase pre-printed designs through companies like Creative Vision Stamps, or you can create your own if you have a laser printer! It must be a laser printer and not an inkjet, or it will not work.
Simple Foiling Instructions:
Step One: Cut out the pre-printed toner graphic.
Step Two: Lay the piece you just cut out, onto a carrier sheet. A carrier sheet can be as simple as a piece of cardstock. It holds/carries the graphic through the laminator and provides support so the rollers can apply even pressure as the foil is applied.
Step Three: Cut a piece of foil large enough to fully cover the graphic.
Step Four: Lay the foil COLOR SIDE UP, onto the graphic.
Step Five: Send it through the laminator once. For best results, pass it through the laminator again but this time rotate it at a 90 degree angle.
Step Six: Allow the graphic to completely cool. Gently burnish the foil onto the graphic. Then slowing from one corner, peel the foil back.
Only the damask background in this image was heat foiled. The rest of the card is made of up Thick Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Gold Glimmer paper and a heat embossed sentiment.
You can buy foil in every color and almost anywhere. Prices may vary so check for cost comparison.
*Note - it is best to purchase foil in bulk rather than in small packages if you plan on doing a lot of foiling.
It is significantly more cost effective.
You also need to purchase a heat machine and if you take one thing away from today's post, it is this:
If foiling is your thing, a simple inexpensive laminator will do the same job a pricey Minc machine will do!
Save yourself the money!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!