So yesterday I posted the results of my “experiments” with gold reactive foil by Heidi Swapp. They didn’t turn out so good. 😦
Today, I tried the most popular laser toner + laminating machine method. First, I printed out a design using a laser printer onto some white cardstock. Then I sandwiched the cardstock and gold foil in between a folded piece of regular printer paper. (The printed image faces upwards, and the gold foil sits on top, with the gold side facing upwards.) I ran the whole thing through a laminator and let it sit for 5 seconds before pulling away the foil. Et voila!
I love how this turned out so much and I cannot wait to do more foiling work. I was unsure if it would work with this design because the lines are so fine and the image wasn’t the best resolution. I’m happy to report that it turned out great!
I probably won’t bother trying the stencil and spray adhesive method because this works a treat! No need for a MINC machine – just equipment you probably already have in your office or home.
One last thing before I end today’s post – I recently purchased a Cuttlebug from the US to satisfy my embossing cravings. I already have a Cricut Explore Air for die-cutting and my sister has a Texture Boutique which I borrow for small embossing work but I wanted something that could take 5×7 folders. Well, I got a C plate and a set of dies for my birthday, so I had to take the Cuttlebug on a die-cutting spin. Here’s what I cut out of glitter craft foam:
I think I love using the Cuttlebug for die cutting. It’s so much quicker than my Explore because I don’t have to hook it up to a computer. Literally a 5 second job. Unfortunately dies tend to be quite pricy so I will be limited to whatever dies I have on hand, whereas the Explore has a lot more flexibility in the images and silhouettes I can create.
If you are interested in die cutting machines in Singapore, Paper Market sells the Evolution (don’t have the exact price but it’s in the $2-300 ballpark I believe), Mapletreehouse sells the Silhouette Cameo (close to $400) and Spotlight recently has the Sizzix Big Shot on sale for $169.