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Saturday, February 20, 2016


Hello craft lovers!
Have you tried foiling yet?
I decided to jump on the bandwagon and give it a try.
I already have a laminator, so that covers the most expensive
part of this latest trend.
The foil can be a little pricey, but I found some on clearance at
Michael's, then I found some other supplies on clearance and 
that made me do a happy dance.
Here are some of the basics for foiling.
Heidi Swapp has these sets of embellishments for foiling.
I usually wouldn't buy something like this,
but since they were on clearance for $1.29 I thought I'd
give them a try.
Here are all the pieces I got in that little pack.
Where ever you see black, it is toner and the foil will stick to 
it when put through the laminator.
There is a "craft laminator" called a Minc that is specifically 
made for this technique, but I'm pretty sure any laminator will do.
The biggest thing is to be sure whatever you are foiling
has toner on it.
It will NOT work if you try to foil anything from an ink jet printer.
You MUST use a laser printer if you are making your own
pieces to foil. If you don't have a laser printer, like me, you 
can have things printed at a copy store, such as Office Max.
Just remember it must be TONER for the foil to stick.
While looking for places online to purchase 
"toner reactive foil" my friend and I found
I found that they offered a free sampling of their foils,
and requested them.
They sent me a great variety of  20 foils to try out.
I thought I'd see if there was any differences between the
Heidi Swapp foil and the Color Foils foil.
I chose 2 of the embellishments from the Heidi Swapp 
packet that I purchased.
I cut off a piece of the Heidi Swapp foil as the sheet
was too wide to fit both pieces into my carrier.
The right is the Color Foil piece in red.
the left is a piece of pink from Heidi Swapp.
Next the carrier is sent through the laminator.
Be sure it is warmed up.
If you haven't used a laminator before,
you simply place the carrier into the machine, it
'grabs' onto it and pulls it through.
My laminator runs from the front to the back,
the carrier goes through the machine and 
exits the back.
Here is what I found when it came out the back of the
laminator.  You can see that the foil shifted on the left.
This was partly my fault, I cut the piece narrow, but large enough
to cover the embellishment, but didn't give it much
extra. The other problem was that the Heidi Swapp foil
comes rolled up in a tube.  when you try to lay it flat, 
it tends to roll up, guess I didn't have it laying flat when I closed
the carrier, so be aware of this.
As you can see, the entire piece wasn't covered.
This isn't a problem though.
The part that was covered came out perfect.
Here is the piece that I used the Color Foil sheet on.
As you can see it came our beautifully.
Anything left on that sheet can be used for another project.
Now to fix my other piece.
All I needed to do was cover the black area with the foil
and run it through the laminator again.
Here is a close up of the red Color Foil piece.
You can see it came out beautifully.
This is permanent and doesn't peel or scratch off.
Once I ran this through a second time, it was 
ready to be used on a project.

The only problem I found was you can see where the foil 
overlapped at the bottom of the piece.
When I put it back through the laminator,
it left a kind of imprint where the foil had already
been removed from the sheet.
It isn't really all that obvious when you look at it 
in real life, but at the right angle it can be seen.
In the future, I just wouldn't overlap it.

All in all, I think both the foils worked great.
I did prefer the finish on the Color Foil piece.
Not that there was anything wrong with the other
one, the finish was just a bit smoother.
I will have to play around with it more to see if
I find that I prefer it on a whole, or if it just
happened to be this color, or possibly that it had run 
one through the laminator twice.

If you haven't tried foiling yet, give it a try.
It really can add a bit of something special to a project.
I've read that you can do this with a household iron,
but you do need to use a lot of  pressure to get a good 
results. I'll give it a try and post my results in the near 

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you'll give
foiling a try.
Let me know how it works out for you, I'd love to
see what you make.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Susan (rainy) said...

All these foiled pieces look amazing. Cool post!

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

I'm WAY out of the crafting loop - I've never even heard of foiling :) What a fabulous finish (and a reason to blow off the dust on the laminator out in the garage)!!