Foiling, Foiling, Foiling, and More Foiling

Everyone is including foiling in their card, scrapbook and craft designs . HSN Craft Day is full of things to apply it or die cuts with it already applied.  I wanted to avoid the whole 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 their advantages and disadvantages.

Foiled Papers

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

You can buy paper with it already incorporated.  Buy it either in sheets of solid foil or 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.  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 Pens
 
These pens are great!  You can draw 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.
 
Advantages and Disadvantages
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 (center) 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 sticky pieces left over from their shaker cards.   You can get the kit here.  I’m sure other people have it too but for $6.95 it is a great place to start.

These attach to anything sticky.  Used with the Xyron, you can attach glue and then foil. 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 just got my Minc.  A laminator works too, but not as good as the Minc .  (The above projects were done with a laminator.)

The whole idea is to print what you want to foil with a laser printer.  It must be a laser printer.  And the it sticks to the laser toner.  Alternately, you can print a large block of toner with the laser printer then cut it and foil.

With the Cricut just print/cut the image and 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 laminator or Minc and it  attach to the laser toner.

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