Foil, Foil, Foil, and More Foil

Everyone is including foiling in their card, scrapbook and craft designs . HSN Craft Day is full of things to apply foil or die cuts with foil already applied.  I wanted to avoid the foil trend, but I got sucked in.

There are quite a few systems to apply foil and I now have most of them.  I will tell you the difference between them and tell you the advantages and disadvantages of them all.

Foiled Papers

This is definitely the easiest way to get foil in your project.  And it ise the least flexible.

You can buy paper with foil already incorporated.  Buy it either in sheets of solid foil or foil in the design and cut it with your cricut.  Michaels sells their gold foil in inexpensive  packs with 25 sheets usually on sale for around $2.50.  JoAnnes has some too.  Or you can buy it from Amazon

Above are examples from previous projects.  You can buy foiled paper in a multitude of colors (pink , blue ,green gold silver, etc), but you are limited by the pattern or colors that the paper designer uses.

We R Memory Keepers Foil Pens
 
These pens are great!  You can draw foil with your cricut or without.  They make both the machine version that works in any of the most popular cutting machines or handheld free drawing version.  There are three thicknesses of lines you can draw. The cheapest place to get the starter kit is JoAnn Fabrics with a 60% off coupon or Amazon. 
 
Hint:  The machine quills can be used freehand.  They are a little difficult to hold but the pens come out of the machine and still work like the freehand versions.
 
The advantage of these is you can draw anything.  Cricut has many line drawings to choose from.  And Creative Fabrica has a number of designs you can buy (just search foil).  I give detailed instruction on how to use the quills here
 
The disadvantage is that you can’t color in large areas.  You can see the candy cane drawing above where it draws multiple lines.  They never quite become one.
 
 
Adhesive Applied Foil

 

I was first introduced to this method at CKC St. Louis.  The Queen & Co. class applied foil to the pieces left over from their shaker cards.  They had a set of foils for sale with a variety of colors after the class and I couldn’t resist.  You can get it here.  I’m sure other people have it too but for $6.95 it is a great place to start.

These foils attach to anything sticky.  Used with the Xyron you can attach glue and then foil to anything. It attaches to glue runner or glue dots too.  Anything sticky.  The ghost and the witch hat are leftovers from the Halloween shakers.

The disadvantage is that you must be able to apply sticky to the surface of what you want to foil.

The Minc

I don’t actually have a Minc yet.  A laminater works well, but not great with the Minc foils.  That is how I did the above projects.  (I will be posting them soon.)

The whole idea is to print what you want to foil with a laser printer  (It must be a laser printer) and the foil sticks to the laser “ink”.  Or you can print a large block with the laser printer then die cut out of it.  

With the cricut just print/cut the image and make it black or whatever color you want.  Print it on a laser printer.  Then after the cricut cuts it out, put the image and the foil in the Minc folder and run it through the laminater or Minc and the foils  attach to the laser toner.

I use a laminater that I bought from Walmart years and years ago.  The foil is a little grainy, but if you get the Minc is is a better quality.  I have asked for one for Christmas but until then  use what I have and the grainy works for the project I was working on.

The disadvantage is that you must use a laser printer to apply the foils.  Some things just don’t go through the laser printer and not everyone has access to a laser printer

Conclusion

Other companies have foil applicators.  Crafters Companion has one that works with the Gemini.  It is very expensive and you have to have the Gemini.  But they have dies that are specifically made for foiling. 

I think I have showed you the economical ways to get foils incorporated into your design.  If you have any questions email me

Some of the links above are to sites where I am an affiliate.  I earn a small commission from your purchase but this does not add to your price.

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