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DIY: Foiling with a Laminator

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Let's be honest if you know me at all you know I love all things shiny and glittery.  So it was no surprise that once I learned I could foil at home I was "like a little kid in a candy store" (direct quote from by good friend Connie who saw me light up at CHA 2015).   So FINALLY here I am to show you how to do this and share what I learned to make you a pro in a flash!


Tools you will need: 

-Laser printer (the foil is toner activated so you need this type of printer)

   *I purchased and bought this exact one from Amazon: Cannon LBP 6000

-Heat Laminator:  After research and seeing it in the booth here is what they used Royal Sovereign 9" or here is the 12" version one if you have a wide format laser printer.

 but I found this one with the same qualities and the ability to take thicker material Scotch 9"

-I used Photoshop to design my images, but any program to use fonts and shapes will work.

-Deco Foil.  You can order the larger sheets of Heidi Swapp foils as well, but they won't be in until late March.  So run, no seriously don't walk, to your local Michael's or box box store and look near the punches and embossing powders for the tubes of foils.  They retail at $4.99 each but you can use a coupon and often they are near the card area with a 40% off sale sign. 

-Legal photocopy paper, to fold in half as your pocket. 


Quick and easy steps: 

1) Design your images and print with laser printer.

Some notes:  Post foiling I had to adjust the toner to "darker" and change the monochromatic (under print settings) to SOLID not pattern, so that everything would print and be dark black.


2) Trim and cut the chosen items to be foiled


3) Use a piece of your legal copy paper and fold in half to create a "folder."  Place the foil over the image SHINY side up and in the of the folder. 


4)  Feed the folder into the laminator CREASE first:  

Be sure to check out this video for the very first at home gold foil reveal! 


**Note:  I learned to run it through TWICE...  I just wrote a 1 on one side of the folder and a 2 on the other side of the folder.  Once I ran it through side 1 I flipped it over and ran it on side 2.  I learned this gave a double heat so that the foil adhered better!  This is a before adjusting the toner level and running it twice and then after: 

The left is the twice run and the right is the single run.  You can see some foil didn't adhere in the reflection. 


This was so much fun!  My mind is swimming with ideas.... take a peek at what I have created so far:

Flair, Thank you cards, a sheet I can use punches on. 


Here I just printed a toner square and punched out a scallop heart now I have the negative and punch for a project! 


Please share your projects and thoughts on at home foiling!  ENJOY! 


If you want more tips and tricks,  be sure to come join the all new "Scrap it Up 365" community!  

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