5 Ways to Add Gold Foil

5 Ways to Add Gold Foil

Welcome everyone! It’s Jennifer. Today’s video
is a little bit different in that I want to show you 5 different ways to add gold foil
to your projects. Gold foil is all the rage and there’s a lot of great new products coming
out. In this video I’m just going to touch on 5 different ways I’ve had success adding
gold foil. So very quickly show you each of them. However, over the next few weeks, if
you stay tune to my YouTube channel I’ll be showing cards using all of these techniques.
I like some of them better than others and I’ll be honest about those throughout this
video today. So we are going to go through all 5 ways. But first let me show you the
foil that I’ll be using. I’m using Deco Foil from Therm O Web. That is what you see here
in the tubes. There’s a lot of it in these little bottles. This stuff is very thin so
there is a lot in there. It comes in a lot of great colors. I’m going to use the gold
for today’s video. But keep in mind that there are lots of different shiny colors you can
use. Ranger also sells some Foil Sheets. There’s less in a package. You can see their smaller
here. I’ve had pretty decent success with these too. So there are a few options out
there. The foil itself is very thin. So on one side it has the shiny color and on the
other side it’s like a matte silver. Whenever you’re using this you want to make sure that
the shiny colored side is facing up. Which you will see me do a lot in this video. So
I’m going to go through all 5 of the techniques that I wanted to share today. I’m saving my
favorite for last. So you guys be sure to stick around for that. First I’m going to
talk about using foil with stamps. Now I recommend when you using the stamps, use stamps that
are kind of forgiving. Like this bird image from Hero Arts. It doesn’t have a ton of solid
area and it’s kind of sketchy. I don’t know, it worked really well with this image and
you just want to play around with what stamps you may have. So I have just regular white
card stock for all of these projects. You can use anything you want. To apply the foil
in this case I’m using a product called FlitterGlu. I found out about this from the sweet folks
over at Simon Says Stamp. This is great for using gold flakes and it works pretty well
with golf foil too. So what I do is I squeeze a bunch of it on my craft sheet or my work
surface. Then I take a clean ink blend tool with foam and I absorb all of that glue up
into the foam. You can it just kind of sucked it up. Now I have basically like a little
miniature ink pad with the glue in it. If you don’t have an ink blending tool like that
with the foam you could use a make-up applicator. So now I’m just going to just kind of dab
this on to my stamp. You can see I make sure that it is covered completely. This stuff
is very sticky. I’m just going to stamp this onto my paper. Then immediately clean off
this stamp. I think they recommend dunking your stamp in water to make sure that it comes
off. Whatever you do you want to make sure you clean it off. So now I’m laying the foil
down with the silver side down. The gold side up. I’m just kind of pressing there. You can
see that it’s sticking there on to the glue. Now I find that I get best results if I flip
it over and use my bone folder to really rub that into place. Just to kind of stick it
there so it doesn’t shift when we do our next step. So I’m making sure that I press all
around. Now I’m going to flip it over and do the same directly on the foil. You can
see I’m kind of pulling all in the same direction. You can start to notice that it kind of transfers
on to the adhesive that we stamped in place. You can see your image kind of popping up.
So I’m just rubbing right across. This foil is pretty tough. It can handle the pressure
that we’re putting on. Check it out. You see all the foil transfer on to our image. It
is just beautiful. Now I would recommend playing around with different stamps and see which
ones work best for you. You can use that glue on your clear stamps if you clean it off right
away. Check out that pretty shine you get. It’s not perfectly smooth because you used
an adhesive to apply the foil. But it is just beautiful and a lot shiner than you would
get with heat embossing. Check it out. You can use the negative space of your foil on
another project if you want to. Just glue it right on to a project I think it would
be beautiful. Now you can see the gold shine that you can get using your stamps. If you’re
wondering about using this technique with other liquid glues, I would encourage you
to give it a try. I do know that this FlitterGlu is very sticky so it does work very well for
this technique, but you could try what you have on hand. Next the second technique I’m
going to show is how you can use your foil with your dies. I really like this technique.
This one’s fun. I did it for this large hello you see here. Now there are a few a different
products you can use to stick your foil in place. I highly recommend this Stick It product.
This is a newer product. It is super super super thin double sided adhesive that’s great
for die cutting. Now you’ll see it’s so thin you can almost see through it, even with the
release paper of both sides. On one of the sides there are little folds in the release
paper, so it’s easy to kind of peel it off. So I’m going to place that down. So that side
goes down on to my die cut machine and then I’m going to put my die on top of this. So
we are not actually sticking this to card stock. We are just sending it through our
die cut machine. With the die as it is coming out of the package. I love the Stick It stuff.
So, now we have basically a large sticky die cut here. Now, this is thin again, so you
want to be kind of careful when you’re doing this. Take my die cut out and lay it onto
my work surface. Now, since this is so thin here’s a trick that makes it so easy to work
with thin die cuts like this. I just take some Post-It Tape and I just put it right
across the die cut. This will kind of hold it in place so we can pick it up and move
it around. So I’m just going to rub that right onto there. Now I can flip it over and remove
the release paper on the back side of our die cut here. You could try this technique
with any die cuts you have. I wouldn’t go super thin, like super detailed die cuts,
because the the Stick-It product is very thin. But you can try it with any dies that you
may have. So now I’m going to pick this up and just place it right onto my card where
I want it. You can see how easy it was to pick it up thanks to the Post-It Tape. Now
this is really important. You want to take your bone folder and really press all of that
hello word down. You want that as flat as you can get it on to your card stock. You
want to make sure it’s really stuck there. Really really really well. Then you can go
ahead and take your Post-It tape and pull that off, as you do that it actually will
remove the release paper on the other side. So that you can see that release paper come
right off. Now we have the word hello there. You can see it just barely, but it’s sticky
and ready for the foil. I’ll take my foil and put the shiny side up right on to my project.
I forgot to trim my foil down before I brought it over. You might want to do that, so you
can kind of conserve your foil. Then I’m going to again as always flip it over and rub the
foil in with my bone folder. If you don’t have a bone folder anything that has a flat
edge that you can rub across it. Like maybe a credit card would work for that. Now I decided
to trim off that extra and save it for my next project. Now I’m going to take the bone
folder right over the area where my die cut is. You can see it starts to transfer. This
is fantastic because you can see through it. You can be sure that the foil has transferred
to the whole image before you peel it up. So you’re able to tell you’ve got it all complete.
So after you’ve rubbed it down. This is the magic. This is like the wow! You peel it up
and look how beautiful that is. I just love it. Now it is not as smooth of a foil look
as you’ll get with my favorite technique, number 5, which I’ll show you in a bit. But
it is stunning and a lot shinier than you can get with heat embossing. A lot smoother
that heat embossing and it is flat, because that double sided tape is so thin. If you
have other double sided tapes you could try that, by all means, and it should work. I
just like the Stick It because it is super thin. Think of all the things that you can
die cut and create foil backgrounds with or foil words or anything you want. It’s a great
way to stretch your dies. So the first technique shows stretching your stamps with foil and
this was with the dies. The next technique is using your foil with your adhesive or with
your tapes. This is super easy. I think it would be something would be great for a background
or kind of a border effect on your projects. So for this I’m using a double sided tape
from Be Creative. It comes in all kinds of widths here and I am just going to take this
thin, I think this is a 1/8 of an inch and I’m just going to put stripes across my card.
So you could die cut this stuff if you had the big sheets of this Be Creative, because
it comes in sheet form. But here I just wanted to show you how easy it was to take any double
sided tape put stripes down on your card and then add the foil to it. If you have a tape
runner, you could even put a strip of your adhesive from the tape runner across your
card and then add the foil to it. I know some companies have come out with shaped little
adhesive stars and stuff that you can put to your cards and you can use the foil with
those also. So I used my bone folder on the back of the card and now I’m going to the
front. This took a little bit more work to transfer all the foil on to the tape, but
you could see right through it and know that it’s transferred. There you have your foil
stripes. Now these are a little bit raised because of the thickness of the tape, but
still is quite beautiful. It’s just something that you can quickly add to your projects
and it doesn’t use up much of the foil at all. I encourage you to look around your craft
room, because I bet you have an adhesive that would be fun to use with foil. Okay, so the
fourth technique is to use foil with stencils. I was determined to come up with a way to
use my foils with my stencils, because I’m also currently addicted to using stencils
these days. This technique is really fun. So I’m using a new stencil from Tim Holtz.
I just love this Flourish stencil. I’m going to tape it onto some white card stock here.
By the way I know that some of these techniques with the foils work on Fabric, so I encourage you to check
out all the different things you can use the foil on fabrics with also. So I’m just going
to make sure that this is taped well in place. Now I am using a spray adhesive over this
stencil to add my foil. I just grabbed this old spray adhesive I have. I don’t know if
they make this particular one anymore, but I would check out any kind of spray adhesive
that you may have and just give it a try and see if it works for you. So what I did is
I took this outside and I gave it a quick spritz to make sure that I covered all the
open area with the spray adhesive. Now I ended up trimming my white paper a little shorter
because I put my thumb right in it and messed it up. So that is why the paper is a little
smaller here. Then I just went ahead and pressed my foil right on to it. It wasn’t completely
dry and it seemed to be okay. Then I again will press it from the back side and then
I’ll flip it over and rub right on top of the foil itself. I’ve found that this. You
really want to make sure you rub this well, because it doesn’t have as much adhesive as
normal. Now, here you’ll see that I actually cut this down. The reason I did that is because
I wanted to try running it through my laminator, which you’ll see in technique number 5. But
I cut it apart so I could try half of it through the laminator and half just rubbing it on
with a bone folder. You can see you get good results wither way. I think running it through
the laminator helps to kind of press it into place. The one on the right is done with the
laminator, which I’m going to show you in a moment. Check out that cool effect that
you can get with your stencils also. So the foil is fun because you can use to with your
dies, your stamps and even your stencils. Check out the fun shine that you get. So now
we are on the 5th technique which is by far my favorite. I warn you this seems a little
intimating at first but I promise it isn’t so just stick with me here. This is using
foil with print outs. Now to do this you need to have some sort of laser printer. I have
a very inexpensive black and white laser printer here at home. I’ll link to the one that I
use. If you don’t have a laser printer. If you don’t have a laser printer you can take
it to Kinko’s. You need anything that prints with toner to do this technique. You also
need a laminator. Now that sounds intimidating. I have a very inexpensive laminator here.
This is very inexpensive. I had one for a long time I couldn’t find it to be honest
with you so I just bought this new one and it works very well. All you got to do is turn
it on and let it heat up and you’re ready to go with adding foil. Check out how easy
this is. Just take a piece of typing paper and fold it in half. This is what you kind
of send your project through the laminator with. I have a piece that I printed with my
laser printer. This happens to be my daughters Valentine’s. Again if you don’t have a laser
printer, just take this to Kinko’s and they can print it and you’ll be good to go. You
just need toner for this to work. It is amazing how well it works. I promise I promise. Now
I am going to take my foil and I’m just going to put it on top of here face down and run
this through my laminator. It is almost magical. So I’m just going to take this layer right
on top. Put it inside of my folded piece of paper and put this in the laminator. The laminator
slowly pulls this through. Takes just a couple minutes. It slowly pulls it through. Puts
pressure and heat on to it, so you can transfer that foil onto your project. You can see it
moving through. While this moves through I wanted to show you some other examples I did.
Check out the detail that I got here. I just printed this background from Studio Calico
on to some card stock and then put the foil on top. Now these cards I’m showing you here
are part of a video that I’ll have coming up very soon to show you how much you can
do with printing out your own images and running it through s laminator. Here’s a birthday
card that I did that has a couple different colors of foil on it. So I think these results
are so fantastic and so fast to do. So it’s definitely worth it to get something printed
with a laser printer and run it through the laminator. Okay so I let it cool just for
a second, peel it off and check that out. Bam! Super super awesome! It is smooth as
can be, shiny as can be. Definitely the best results of all of the techniques. So very
fast to do. I did all my daughter’s Valentine’s in 45 minutes this way. Now, one thing I really
want to mention is of all these techniques this one is the most durable. You can scratch
and the foil doesn’t come off. With all the adhesive techniques that I showed you it does
scratch a little bit if you scratch it like with your fingernail you can scratch the foil
a little bit. It’s not a problem I’ll still send cards that way, but you definitely get
the best results using print outs and a laminator. Another great thing about this technique is
many companies have free downloads that you can use to just print out and do your foiling.
I’ll link to lots of those in the future. Now I do want to mention again that I have
a lot more to come. I’m going to be showing lots of videos with techniques using foil
over the next few weeks. Also, Heidi Swapp has a product called the Mink Machine and
it is a machine that is used to add foil and it’s supposed to be a fantastic machine with
lots of perks. As soon as I’m able to get my hands on one I will definitely be showing
you that too. So be sure to stay tuned for that. Now if you’re interested in any of the
products I use I link below in my YouTube description or you can head over to my blog
for much more information. Be sure to subscribe so you can see the foiling videos that I’ll
be doing over the next few weeks. Thanks again for stopping by and I really appreciate you
taking the time out of your day to spend with me.


  1. Great video super useful thanks! I found that gilding paste on watercolour paper is not great as it gets absorbed. Any tips for putting gold over watercolour works?

  2. Hi Jennifer! Was just watching this video. Love the info on this that's giving me some brainstorming for future projects. this is my first time even considering dabbling with gold foil, but I have a project that I wanted to do some detailing with it. However, the method i'm looking into would require more freehand rather than the methods you're showing here. I want to get as even a finish that I can, and i know that means definitely looking into an adhesive, more of a pen perhaps, that would allow for this. Any suggestions that you may offer, especially in the years since posting this video?

  3. I know that you mostly work with paper crafts. I know that Deco Foil works great on laser prints and heat. I have a question about that. I might try it today so I probably will have the answer before you get a chance to get back to me. My question is, If I print on fabric through my laser printer, will the foil behave the same as the laser prints on paper? I want to use that technique and heat it with an iron instead of a lamination machine.

  4. I tried using an iron since I don't have a laminator. It didn't work because I couldn't get the heat right. Too much heat and all of the foil goes on the paper not just on the laser print. I don't want to try it again because the foil is expensive.

  5. There are two types of foils. The Deco Foil does well on toner printed
    up from a copier/printer. The other foil is the 'Go Press' foil and that
    does well in a Go Press and Foil machine. It does not transfer well
    onto toner. I only found this out after pulling my hair out and
    wondering what I was doing wrong. Hope this helps.

  6. How about adding foil to an already printed photo? Like if I want to add foil to lettering could I just add adhesive with a toothpick over the letters then place the foil over it?

  7. I am so happy I watched your video before investing a foil machine. I'm not sure how often I'll be foiling. So investing in one now doesn't make sense. I had also heard you could use embossing ink too? Not sure though.

  8. Hi! You talked about a toner for the laser printer, but the laser printer shouldn't work like a laser that "fire" the paper? It's not like that? It's a ink?

  9. I know this is couple years old video but I find this one really helpful.I have a laminator but don't have the laser printer so last night I bought a cheap one on Amazon.Excited to try this trick,TFS.

  10. Great video! Can I use the same laser print to do various foil projects or do I have to print separate laser prints for each card. For example, if I want 5 cards with the same image, do I need 5 laser prints for each foil sheet or can I use the same image to print all 5 cards?

  11. I am trying to make very small labels for bottles. I want to use clear vinyl labels. Could I use the laminator techinique with a sheet vinyl label or would the heat mess up the labels?

  12. I’d like to use one of these methods to add my logo branding to standing ziplock bags for my tea blends. Which method works best for something like that?

  13. Can I please ask a question, how soon after printing with the toner printer did you do this, what makes foil stick to the toner ??

  14. I love the laser printer/laminating machine method. However, I bought a laser printer and the foil sticks to the whole piece of paper, not just the printed area. Am I doing something wrong? I heated the laminator to it's highest temp. Help please.

  15. Hello! I have a laminator and a laserjet printer, but it doesn’t work😭. What am I doing wrong? I tried 2 types of foil until now… please help!!!

  16. Hi, if I wanted to foil print, the laminator way, on to box sleeves…how would I go about printing my image with toner on to the box sleeve first please? Love this idea!

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  18. I have a hard time looking for Deco Foil at Michaels, Hobby lobby, JoAnns stores i only see it Online stores. Didn't want to pay shipping. Dallas,Tx. Why? 😫🙁

  19. My favorite is the stamp one. It’s looks so easy for beginners like me. I haven’t started actually…lol. Just watching videos still. Lol.

  20. Hi I know I'm abit late but I recently tried foiling using my fingers to transfer the foil on to my project. Although the foil did transfer, there were still some areas where the foil hadn't stuck to properly. Would really appreciate some tips on this, thank you x

  21. I used the laminator but then toner still shows. So I dont have complete coverage 🙁 frustrating! Should I run it through laminator and then go through it with an iron? Maybe my laminator is not hot enough.

  22. Thank you very helpful and informative! And I love your voice and speed, to the point and easy to follow 😍 can’t wait to watch more of your videos

  23. I have been wanting this kind of foil cardmaking for sometime now. So excited to try this method. Thanks so much for this demonstration and info. LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

  24. A very well done video. However, I tried technique #5 and it was a failure. I ran the paper and foil several times through the laminator with and without a pouch and never got the full image transferred. The image I had was printed at Office Depot with a laser printer. The paper was a bit thicker than regular paper and the foil was a Minc reactive foil. What could be the reason it went wrong.

  25. Hmm, I think I will try this method with my EasyPress 2 now that I saw you mentioned doing it with an iron. If not, I have an excuse to buy a laminator now! 😀

  26. I'm hoping to do my own deck of Tarot Cards for a project with the foil effects on them, will the laminator technique work on playing cards?

  27. Thanks for sharing these lovely techniques! Such a professional look for papercrafting. I love the stencil and die cut techniques.

  28. Can you use an inkjet printer. I have seen other YouTube videos on foiling and they are using inkjet vice lasers printer

  29. Great video! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    I'm trying to mock up some packaging i've designed and I was wondering if this would this work if I printed out white text onto a navy background? The ink from the printer will only be on the background and not the text as that will just be the paper colour. Does the foil adhere only to where the ink is?

  30. great video! I've learned A LOT from you and your videos! You are very thorough and concise! I also got into embossing, foiling and stamping bc of you! =)

    Wondering if you can help. I'm making black wine labels (3.5w & 4h) for a 70th for family member. SIL likes the look of black label with gold fonts. I'm familiar from your videos, using black toner to foil however in my case she likes a black background with text in gold.. Trying to wrap my head as to how to achieve this look without looking unprofessional.

    I have a Cricut Air2 so i was thinking of using Print and Cut on an image from Etsy. Please help. His birthday is fast approaching and i'm still trying to figure this out…. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

  31. Great ideas, great explanation. But I wouldn't call that an inexpensive laminator! Your two links go to a $64 version and a $91 version. Too much for me! Great video though.

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