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Started by lovinpaper. Last reply by lovinpaper Sep 4, 2016. 3 Replies

I thought we could share our foiling when we try something new.Continue

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Comment by Sharon Underwood on July 23, 2016 at 10:56am

I use the Heidi Swapp Mini Minc machine and have NO spots at all, anytime I've foiled. Hope I didn't just jinx that, but I highly recommend that machine. It doesn't even have to warm up but for a few seconds. 

Comment by Diana Scott on July 22, 2016 at 5:24pm

Jane, seems several of us with laminators are having problems with the black spots.  I get them sometime and not others.  I let my laminator warm up for approximately 10 minutes to get really hot, yesterday I got 2 good and 2 with spots.  They were different colors of foil, but we all on GK sheets so don't have an answer for you.  I'm seriously thinking of getting the Mini minc as it gets a lot hotter.  Also, think this is just a trial and error process.  There are several videos on this, you might watch some of them to see if you learn anything new.  And if you do, let us all know! 

Comment by lovinpaper on July 22, 2016 at 5:17pm

Jane, I think it is quite the learning curve.  Many of us are getting those black spots that show through the foil.  Maybe the laminator does not get hot enough, or maybe something like dust is invading, or who knows.  My next try will be with an iron.  My sister did this, but I have not seen her work.  She took her laminator back to Wal-Mart and got her money back as she thought her iron did a better job.  I keep moving my foiling items out of my eye-sight so I am not overwhelmed.  I keep trying things and some work, but some do not.  Good Luck!

Comment by Jane S. Hunter on July 22, 2016 at 5:11pm

After getting more time to read your posts, I see that the black showing through the gold is a fairly common problem.  I didn't see anyone commenting on using the Royal Sovereign laminator that Gina used in her demo--anyone want to comment on whether it does a consistent good job of transferring the foil. Or has it been determined that where the gold doesn't transfer, there is a foreign substance (dust) on the card (?) 

Comment by Jane S. Hunter on July 22, 2016 at 3:55pm

New to foiling--got very excited about the process of using foil and a laminator and Gina K. papers to create a shiny card.  I've spent the time and resources getting all the supplies and yesterday tried to make a card but my 3M Thermal Laminator is only transferring part of the gold to my paper.  Does anyone else have trouble with the 9" 3M laminator ($18 version from WalMart) or would you suspect I'm doing something else wrong?  Can't be the ink I brushed onto the card to color the paper because it was uneven even when I didn't use color.  

Comment by Karen Hightower-GKD-DT-Moderator on July 22, 2016 at 8:06am

Haven't foiled in a while, but with the minc, i got a few spots.  Not like when I used my laminator. And only had to pass it through once. Going to order some of the new foible sheets so I can make some christmas cards with it!  I can't wait. I love the christmas ones!  <3 

Comment by Diana Scott on July 21, 2016 at 3:13pm
Lisa, sounds like the day I had last week. Then Tuesday ome of the gals from the card group came over and everything worked perfect. They stamped, copied and foiled and it was all beautiful. I can't quite figure it out. Received the snowflakes and Christmas sayings from GK - going to work on that this afternoon for my challenge card - fingers crossed. Still debating getting the mini minc.

Sharon, Karen - do you get black spots? Thanks!
Comment by lovinpaper on July 21, 2016 at 2:56pm

Today I have tried foiling with the toner sheets, like Gina was using in her video.  Well, my flourish was very thin and it ripped coming out of the die.  One of my snowflakes fell apart coming through the Big Shot, so that went to the trash.  I had several that survived the die cutting process so they went into the laminator.  The results were not great.  There are black splotches on each shape.  For something that is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, this is not.  I will keep away from this for a while and do a bit of stamping for fun.

Comment by Karen Hightower-GKD-DT-Moderator on July 19, 2016 at 9:57pm

Hi all. I was doing a card for my cousin for a wedding and I wanted to add foil to a dry embossed area. I used foil that came in a little kit thing from a big box store, but it came with words that are sticky. I didn't use the words, but I used a glue pen on the barbed wire - dry embossed area (glue pen had a mind of it's own... didn't want to work where i wanted it to, but I won that battle)  LOL... finally. It is blotchy but I thought it was ok since it has a country theme and it is barbed wire. I'll share a picture tomorrow in this group. :)  

Comment by Diana Scott on July 19, 2016 at 6:04pm
Lisa, this is great. Seems we all have a learning curve on this!

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