Gold Foil Printing Tutorial

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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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24 Comments on Gold Foil Printing Tutorial

  1. TwoPlusCute
    May 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm (2 years ago)

    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.
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    • Ash
      May 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm (2 years ago)

      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!

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    • Ash
      May 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm (2 years ago)

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

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    • Ash
      May 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  2. Carrie Groneman
    May 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm (2 years ago)

    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 (2 years ago)

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

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    • Ash
      May 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much JP!

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  3. Cyndee
    May 12, 2015 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks like fun! Good job! Found you on From Dream to Reality link party.
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    • Ash
      May 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm (2 years ago)

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

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  4. Nicole
    May 15, 2015 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

    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!
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    • Ash
      May 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

      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!

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    • Ash
      May 21, 2015 at 1:23 pm (2 years ago)

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

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    • Ash
      May 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much for pinning and tweeting!

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  5. Jamie
    September 12, 2015 at 7:07 am (2 years ago)

    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?

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  6. Nikki
    September 10, 2016 at 12:19 pm (10 months ago)

    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

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    • Ash
      September 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm (10 months ago)

      Hey Nikki! The time shouldn’t matter! 🙂

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