Foiled cards just look AMAZING!!! My recent order from GinaKDesigns included several of her FOILMATES – preprinted laser designs on her great layer card stock. I received the butterflies on the main card (Four 8-1/2 x 11 sheets), along with Dots and leaves. I also had some of the Thermo-Web Deco Foil in my order. Oh my, the colors available! Rainbow is my personal favorite, and there are different shades of that.
This method of foiling requires a thermal printer, a printed design, foil, and a laminator. There are some other methods I can talk about at the end. But ordering preprinted sheets means you don’t have to make the investment in a laser printer, or run to the local printer to have some made.
First lets talk storage. When you purchase the Deco Foil, it comes in these adorable little tubes. I store mine in an old cd/dvd container turned upside down. The extra pieces by color and other foiling supplies I keep in an expandable file. You will want folded pieces of copy paper or parchment paper. I also have some precut printed pieces and small foil sheets from Ranger in the front pockets. The 8-1/2 x 11 preprinted sheets are also in the file.
My laminator is from Amazon. This one costs $21.99 and works great. I also have a mini minc, but the laminator can take bigger sheets so I go for that more often. It has 2 settings, based on the thickness of your paper. The 3ml seems to work best for me. You just plug it in, turn it on and wait for the green light to say it is ready
While waiting, it is time to prep your printed cardstock and foil sheets. I cut the cardstock in 4 quarters, each 4.2 x 5.5 inches. I also cut the foil to the same size just using a trimmer. To avoid snags, start the blade a bit in and do a reverse cut before sliding back and cutting the rest. Kind of like sewing.
By this time, the laminator should be ready to go. Conventional wisdom says to put the printed sheet with the foil (shiny side up) into a folded piece of copy paper or parchment paper to feed. I am a REBEL. Just line up the top of the foil to the top of the cardstock and feed it in carefully. I even run it through a second time to get a good layer. However, if I am using multiple pieces of foil, or the cardstock is not a standard quarter piece — use the folded paper to avoid disasters. The packet will come out the back of the laminator, so don’t block that.
When it cools down (just a few seconds), peel back the foil piece and you have a beautiful, shiny, colorful piece of cardstock to use for cards as you wish. Save that piece of foil with all the dots – that can be used in multiple ways.
That extra piece of plastic that the foil was on – use it. It can be run through the laminator on cardstock covered with toner – that also can be purchased at GinaKDesigns. But I like to use it for a shaker card. The plastic is pretty strong. I cut a piece of 80 lb cardstock to 3.75 x 5. Put some tape around the back edges, then fold 3 of the edges around this piece onto the tape, making a little pocket. It is best to use flat sequins or seeds, but use a spoon to feed into the pocket and then fold the top piece down onto the tape also. It’ a great background piece.
Another way to foil with out printers or laminators – use your sticky tape. You can make straight lines, or die cut and stick down. The easiest is the straight lines. Put the tape down where you want it, and burnish it with a bone folder. Remove the backing strip, put a piece of foil down (shiny side up) and burnish to the tape. When you remove the foil piece, what remains is a very pretty line for the background. (I used a piece of textured cardstock here, not a good idea)
So, that is my instructional on foiling. I had a giveaway going on Stamp Junkies on Facebook for some beautiful foiled butterfly backgrounds.
Foiling is not hard, but when I do it I plan to do a lot of it. I keep all my supplies in a canvas tub for when foiling time comes again.
Catch you all next time — Mary Kay