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Foiling Tips and Tricks


Foiling Tips and Tricks

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New to foil and laminator uses.

Started by Joan Smith Mar 23. 0 Replies

Hi I just got a laminator cause I saw months ago (maybe years now) when Gina K showed how to use a laminator. I tried saving it in my folder but can't locate it now. Could you please inform me as to…Continue

Stamping and foiling

Started by Catherine Kelley. Last reply by Catherine Kelley Mar 17. 3 Replies

I’m having trouble using the transfer gel with my acrylic and rubber stamp images. Once I’ve let the gel dry and I run the foil through my laminator the stamped image comes out “blotchy” - not all…Continue

Foiling Showcase

Started by lovinpaper. Last reply by Joyce Nohner Feb 3. 4 Replies

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

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New to Foiling

Started by Avra Williams. Last reply by Avra Williams Jul 1, 2017. 2 Replies

Hi! I just tried foiling for the first time the other day. I have a Scotch laminator that I've had for several years and don't want to invest in another if I don't have to. I only tried a couple of…Continue

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Comment by lovinpaper on June 19, 2016 at 4:39pm

I tried again this afternoon.  I watched Jennifer McGuire this morning and gave some of her ideas a try.  Some worked well, others not so much.  With Gina's paper from the kit that she foiled in the video, one piece finally worked well.  The others, not so much.  I am finding this to be something that is not enjoyable to me.  I will probably continue trying things, since I bought the stuff, but if it continues to not be enjoyable, I will cut my losses and let it go. 

And, yes, I do use Deco Foil.  I use the regular paper that we run through our printer, which is thin, for the carrier sheet.  I did stamp an image using a red rubber stamp and heat embossed it, then ran it through the laminator.  That worked well!  The images I stamped and embossed that was a clear stamp, did not work well.  I am not sure why.  I tried the toner pen yesterday, where I used it on a stamp and stamped onto thin cardstock.  The heart worked well, but the butterfly, not so much.  Seems that everything I try is hit or miss.  Oh, I do run it through at least 3 times in the laminator.

Comment by Diana Scott on June 19, 2016 at 11:16am
I use it on the cardstock, with toner image. Like with embosing powder, keeps the foil from sticking to anything but the image. Won't work with glue. I put in the copier paper, place the foil and run through, up, down and up. Find 3 times gets me the best impression. Are you using Deco foil? I have some TH I received as a freebie with an order and it doesn't work as well. Leaves black spots so will use it with the sticky paper and for die cuts. I'm thinking the paper and foil are as important as the machine. I'm using WalMart white card stock ($3.99 for 500 sheets) as it works best for my copier. Will be doing more experiementing this week with Christmas images. Will post any new tips if I come up with any.
Comment by lovinpaper on June 19, 2016 at 6:38am

Diana, I do not understand what you are using the embossing buddy on.  Is it the foil?  The piece before glue or toner?  I am just not getting it.  Sorry.

Comment by Diana Scott on June 18, 2016 at 9:20pm
Lisa, do you put it in a folded sheet of copier paper? And use the embossing buddy? Mine works so great. Keep trying and I'm sure you will get it! Hugs!
Comment by lovinpaper on June 18, 2016 at 7:27pm

Well, I am struggling with this foiling.  I have the same laminating machine as you, Diana.  I tried the toner pen today.  There were still spots that didn't get foiled.  I think there is a LARGE learning curve to this.  I even run my items though that machine 3 or 4 times.  I will try again, but I am finding this overwhelming.  It sure looked easy and not a huge chore on the videos.  Glad many of you are enjoying your results and the process.

Comment by Karen Hightower-GKD-DT-Moderator on June 18, 2016 at 2:27pm

Awesome Diana!  I think the foiling will make some beautiful Christmas cards!  :) I'm glad you are loving it... it is really a wonderful thing that has come out!  I took the plunge to get the minc, only because I guess my laminator isn't a very productive one! LOL. I mean it works, but not like I want it to... I'm glad you have one that works good! :)    I will be looking for your cards with foil on them!  Gina's seems to work as well. I'll keep the die things in mind also when playing around with it!  I like the pen idea being able to trace around the dies and the use the toner pen and then foil and cut!  I know that is going to be pretty!  :) I'll be watching the gallery!  :) <3 

Comment by Diana Scott on June 18, 2016 at 10:37am
Karen, I traced a die on a piece of paper, went over the lines with the pen, foiled and then die cut it. Worked great. My lamintor works great. Is new and I let it heat for 5-6 minutes prior to using. I am also having good success with putting the foil on the sticky paper - do this wih the reverse image. I also use my embossing buddy on the image, then tap the back of it, lay the foil down and run it through. This eliminates the random spots. Can you tell I'm totally in love with foiling! Now to get started on Christmas cards with it! Hugs!
Comment by Karen Hightower-GKD-DT-Moderator on June 18, 2016 at 9:09am

Hi everyone!  I was reading your comments and what great ideas and tip you all have!  When I used my laminator it was leaving spots or all the foil just wasn't transferring. I would run it through several times. It does help. Cat ordered the Minc machine by Anna Griffin and so I went and ordered one too!  LOL  It was at HSN for 49.95 (2) flex pays at 25.00 and it comes with some foil, a couple of sheets of solid toner paper and some images to foil, and some other goodies.  :)   I know everyone is on a budget, & with the flex pay that is why I jumped in and bought it! Mine is on route to my house! LOL  Cat did tell me that the machine gets hotter than the laminator. This may be why when done with the minc machine the foil will all transfer easier! I will comment after I get it and get to play around with it! But, If you aren't into the foiling or you aren't going to do it often then the laminator works fine! ***Also a tip.... if you have the toner pen and you want a layer of foil behind a focal image. Use the toner pen around the edges of the back layer and foil it. then it will look like you have a foiled panel, but just the edges that are showing will be foiled! I also wonder if you can take the toner pen and put down a good coat of it on card stock and then die cut it and foil it, how it will turn out! Ok, If you all try this let me know!  LOL  Have a great day! :)   <3 

Comment by Charlene Baker on June 9, 2016 at 8:38am
If you can scan the piece of paper that shows a block of black and take it to Office Depot,they can print it out for you and it is very inexpensive. Also, I have used the Thermoweb foam and it did the job!
Comment by lovinpaper on June 7, 2016 at 6:52pm

Glad you gave this a try, Diana.  The pen Gina is carrying is available at Hobby Lobby and with the 40% off coupon, it is pretty inexpensive.  I will pick it up sometime.  I watched a video where a lady ran an intricate die cut through a piece of toner paper she created on her printer.  It was a block of toner.  I would go through too much toner for this.  I have toner sheets in my Amazon cart to purchase sometime.  I need to try the items I have already purchased before getting more.  I have foam from Thermoweb that is supposed to work great for foiling.  I laid a few dies out, but haven't gotten to them yet.  The video I watched showed running the dies through a die cutting machine, then removing one side of the sticky and laying the foil on top of the sticky, with the grey side touching the sticky part, then rubbing your hand all over the foil to transfer it to the images.  I will give it a try and let you know the results.


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