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Gold Foil Printing Tutorial

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Today I don’t have a Freebie Friday printable for you. Instead, I have something that’s even better and I’m so excited to share! I apologize in advance for the poor photos. It is so hard to get a camera to focus on shiny things!

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com

I previously shared these gold quote printables, and many liked the gold foil effect, but of course, if you printed it out, it wouldn’t be as pretty. What I suggested to everyone was to trace over it with a gold paint pen. However, I kept on thinking about the gold foil effect and I remembered a post I saw on Pinterest. In this post, the blogger from How About Orange experimented using laser prints, heat transfer foil paper and an iron/printer. It worked pretty well! Then I recently saw a post about a new crafting machine that just came out and it does foil printing. I looked it up and it seemed like it used the same heat transfer foil and the machine is acting like the iron. So, I decided to give this a try with my laser printer and laminator and it worked! Here’s how I did it:

First you’ll need a laser printer, a laminator, laminating foil, tape, and a sheet of cardstock or any heavyweight paper.
The following are affiliate links to the items I used. It does not affect the price you pay, but if you use my link to make a purchase, I get a small commission.

           
In this tutorial, I used the MyBinding gold foil, but I also bought these rose gold sheets but they haven’t arrived yet. I used the Scotch TL901 laminator, but any laminator will work.

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com
First, I printed out a version of the quote without the gold foil effect. The reason why I did this was because the gold foil effect caused the laser printer to print some parts lighter than the others, and I wanted it to print in solid black. You can get the PDF for the solid black version here.

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com

Start up your laminator now because they can take a while to heat up!

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com

Next, I cut out a sheet of gold foil that covered the entire print and taped it down at the corners.

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com

Then I placed a sheet on cardstock on top of the foil and taped all the corners. The cardstock is to prevent the foil from directly touching the heating element.

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com

Once it has gone through, gently peel off the tape on the cardstock. You can see the impression of the print on the gold foil.

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com

Gently peel the tape off the corners of the gold foil and peel the gold foil away from the print.

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com

Ta-da! Here’s your shiny new print!

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | ashandcrafts.com

As you can see on the second “c” in “chances”, the foil was a bit wrinkled going into the laminator. However, it’s not that noticeable overall.

I hope you liked today’s tutorial! I am so excited about it, I might end up foiling everything that can fit in my laminator! Do you have any projects where you can apply this? I’d love to know if this can add some sparkle to your projects!

Have a great weekend and happy Mother’s Day!

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    TwoPlusCute
    May 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Fab, simply fab!
    Really, really fab.
    Great tutorial Ashley. I thought project like this needed more expensive equipment but turns out laminators aren’t that costy after all.

    • Reply
      Ash
      May 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes! I was so happy to find another use for my laminator since I probably only use it 2 times a year!

  • Reply
    Erica
    May 9, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Wow, that looks really cool! I may need to get a laminator to try this.

    • Reply
      Ash
      May 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks Erica! The other blog tried it with an iron, so maybe you could try that first!

  • Reply
    Marie
    May 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! It is awesome and I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      Ash
      May 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks so much Marie! I’d love to see what you come up with!

  • Reply
    Carrie Groneman
    May 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Ashley, you are the most creative, amazingly talented gal! Good job and thank you for sharing. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

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      Ash
      May 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you so much Carrie! You’re always so nice to me! You spoil me with compliments!

  • Reply
    JP
    May 10, 2015 at 9:44 am

    This is really cool! I’m pinning!
    JP

    • Reply
      Ash
      May 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks so much JP!

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    Cyndee
    May 12, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Looks like fun! Good job! Found you on From Dream to Reality link party.

    • Reply
      Ash
      May 15, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Cyndee!

  • Reply
    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    May 13, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    OOoh every girl likes shiny things! Thanks for posting. Hello from Treasure Box Tuesday.

    • Reply
      Ash
      May 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Yes! I love anything gold, shiny, and glittery! Thanks for stopping by, Melissa!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    May 15, 2015 at 10:59 am

    So so cool! I don’t have a laminator but I’m pinning this just for the coolness of it and because I have a feeling somewhere down the line I may need it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Ash
      May 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks so much Nicole! Some people have tried the same technique but used an iron instead. I’m not sure how well that works though. Thank you so much for pinning and visiting!

  • Reply
    Amanda Evans | Odds & Evans
    May 16, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    You may the most beautiful ideas and make them so easy! Thanks for linking up at MeetUp Monday, and hope to see you again next week!

    • Reply
      Ash
      May 21, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s so nice of you to say!

  • Reply
    Lou Lou Girls
    May 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

    • Reply
      Ash
      May 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks so much for pinning and tweeting!

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    Georgia @ Silver Spiral Studio
    July 12, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Great tutorial!! I love the look of gold foil – so classy and elegant. We’ve done a few fun iPhone wallpapers with it: http://www.silverspiralstudio.com/gold-faux-foil-chevron-iphone-wallpaper/ Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    Jamie
    September 12, 2015 at 7:07 am

    How do you get a hand lettered print on the computer so you can print it? I hand letter prints but I have no idea how to reproduce them. Any tips for me?

  • Reply
    Nikki
    September 10, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Love it! Do you have to do the foil straight after printing or could you print it one day and foil it the next? xxxx

    • Reply
      Ash
      September 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Hey Nikki! The time shouldn’t matter! 🙂

  • Reply
    shan
    October 31, 2017 at 8:48 am

    HI,
    Do you have the file in general that we can use without having to recreate it?

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