Instagram is such a blessing and has opened my eyes to new techniques and tools within the hand lettering industry. One of my most recent discoveries, that has turned into a favorite of mine, is foiling. The foil ads a vibrant, metallic finish to the design. I actually used foil to accent pieces of my design from my first batch of cards (printed by a professional printer) but had I known how easy and affordable it is to do from home, I would’ve done so originally.
You can either hand-draw your design using a foil adhesive pen or digitize your design (see my step-by-step guide for this here) and print from a laser printer. Note: not an ink-jet printer, this is a mistake I learned the hard way. After printing your design, simply lay the foil on top and run through a laminator machine. My friend told me that she uses an off-brand laminator so I tried the same and I’m grateful I did, as I ended up saving over $50.
HOW TO: Use Foil Transfer Sheets
- Therm O Web Deco Foil transfer sheets – buy here
- Laminator – buy here
- Laser printer – buy here OR
- Foil adhesive pen – buy here or here
- Turn on the laminator machine as it takes a while to heat up
- After the “Ready” light has illuminated, write or print your design
- Cut the foil transfer sheet so it’s just big enough to fit over design
- Place foil over design, gold side up
- Run through laminator, foil side up
- Peel off foil to reveal your design
Apparently you can use the foil sheets on paper, wood, fabric or other porous surfaces but I have only tried paper. Therm O Web is constantly posting project ideas to their blog, most recently I saw foil sheets used to decorate a pot for a plant so the opportunities are endless. Check back to their site for ideas here.