• Foiling Hearts & Sentiments

by Kristine Mysah Khatri February 17, 2020

Sweets for my Sweets, Freebies for my Sugar!

Just as the title says, yes it's our very first freebie, that features three hand-drawn hearts, and three sweet sentiments that you can use for your projects. You can read on, or skip ahead to the bottom for our YouTube video to see how you can use these templates in your foiling projects. 

Laser beams & Lamination

For this project you will be needing some foil, a laser printer and a minc machine or a laminator. Using a laser printer is crucial, as 'Reactive Foil" or 'Toner Foil' does not stick to inkjet ink. You will want to download the template from this link. Unzip its contents to a file location of your choosing and then right click on which template you wish to use, then choose to open in Acrobat Reader. When the template has opened in that program, click on the print icon, then change your paper size and make sure to choose the option to print in actual size. The heart templates are 4.25" X 5.5" in size, while the sentiments are roughly 2.25" x 2" each. 


Efficient printing

To save up on paper or print multiples. Create a new document in a photo editing software, and click and drag your chosen template on to the new document. You can make multiple copies of the template and arrange them in a way that they fit on the size of paper you will be printing on. 

A good idea, would be to keep your laminator or minc machine on while you prepare your print out, so that it's nice and ready to foil. Once you've printed out the template, cut out a piece of foil that will cover the design. Then place the paper and foil in place, on a transfer folder or a folded piece of paper. Remember to put the foil pretty side up! Running it through your machine twice is good enough, but I do it three times because I'm compulsive that way. 😅 It also depends on your machine, one pass might just be enough too. You'll know if the foil has transferred on to your paper if you see the shape of your printout on the foil surface.


Lift and peel.

Once you're completely satisfied with running it through your machine, gently lift a corner of the foil paper up slowly and see if you there are spots that don't have any foiling. If you see any, put the foil back down, and then run it through your machine again. Your printout should now be covered in foil completely. Don't throw away the negatives, as you can still use them for smaller foil work or use the entire negative in a different project.


And Voilà!

You can leave your foiled sheet as is, or add some more color and embellishments to it if you want. You can blend on them with inks, but be careful with areas that have fine lines, the blending tool can quite possibly lift off some of the foiling in the more delicate areas. Alternatively, you can use the smooshing technique or spraying your foiled print with some sprays which I opted to do for two of the templates, then wiping off the excess with a tissue, that was sitting on top of the foiled areas.




Kristine Mysah Khatri
Kristine Mysah Khatri

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Loves cats and crafting, and is currently adding roller skating/blading to the mix. Hopes to spread her love of crafting to others and someday do a drop in at the skate park.


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