Its no secret that everything looks better in gold. I am going to show how even a novice can create beautiful, gold foiled prints for cheap!
I will show you how to go from this...
floral fox design created by Kara Lunzer from geometricink.com▴
gold foiled, floral fox design created by Kara Lunzer from geometricink.com▴
List of Materials Needed:
1. Gold foil - I suggest using Minc Reactive Foil $6.34 per roll available at Walmart or Hobby Lobby.
2. Smooth card stock. This can be purchased at any craft store.
3. Laser printer - I recommend using a Brother Monochrome Laser Printer. Available on Ebay for $75. I have seen them on sale at Office Depot for $50.
4. Laminator - I suggest a Fellowes Laminator m5-95, available on Amazon for $35
Here's What You Do:
First use your laser printer to print a black and white image using thin, smooth card stock. The printer you use must be a toner, laser printer. Most printers in homes use ink, be sure to check you have the right kind of printer. Be sure to use a thin, smooth card stock. If the paper is to thick it will not run properly thru your printer. If the paper is textured it will leave black flecks behind once the foil is removed.
After the image is printed cut a piece of foil that covers the image entirely. Lay the foil onto the printed image SHINY SIDE FACING UP. It is important that the shiny side of the foil be facing up or it will not work.
Cut a piece of regular printer paper to fit your image and lay that on top of the foil. Basically, your paper and gold foil sandwich should be as follows:
1. Printed image with the printed image facing up.
2. Gold foil sheet laid on top of that with shinny side facing up.
3. Regular piece of printer paper laid on the very top of it all.
Run that paper and gold foil sandwich thru a laminator.
Now the fun part...once your paper and gold foil sandwich is out of the laminator remove the printer paper from the top, then slowly peel the foil from the printed image. What is left behind, should be gold foil that has adhered to the black toner.
There is nothing more satisfying than peeling off gold foil to revel the beautiful, golden image underneath!
tip: Sometimes little black specks will be left behind once the foil has been peeled off. I have found that the severity of the black specks depends on the brand and type of gold foil used. Even when buying the same brand, one roll of foil purchased will create amazing images and when the exact same brand is purchased a second time it will leave black specks. I do a small test run, if many black specks are left I return the product and purchase another of the exact same brand. The next roll of foil typically works perfectly.
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