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DIY Gold Foil

my digital illustration combined with copper foil

What you will need:

Laser Printer
Inkjet Printer
Metallic Foils

Laminating Machine (I got mine from office store 8 years ago)
Matte Paper that works for both inkjet and laser printer (very important! I'll explain why)

Print your illustration on inkjet printer.

Print your illustration on inkjet printer.

Switch to laser printer and print the design element that you want to apply with foil using soild black ink.

Switch to laser printer and print the design element that you want to apply with foil using soild black ink.

Align the foil on top of the print and run trough laminating machine at least 3-4 times before you peel off the foil

Align the foil on top of the print and run trough laminating machine at least 3-4 times before you peel off the foil

Peel of the foil and you're done!

Peel of the foil and you're done!

The reason why we have to use laser printer is because laser printer ink is sensitive to heat, during the printing process, the laser print will heat up and melt the powder ink and that's how you get the ink to stay on paper (that's also the reason why your paper is warm to touch) The design element with black ink of the laser will 'melt' again trough the laminating machine and turn into the glue to stick the foil sheet to. That's why when we peel the foil off, the foil only stick to the laser printed element.

!! IMPORTANT: NEVER USE INKJET PAPER WITH LASER PRINTER !!

The coating in most inkjet paper will melt trough the heat of the laser printer and it could seriously mess up your printer. Make sure to get a paper that works both for inkjet and laser printer. Copy paper is okay since it's uncoated, but it's very thin

Here's a video of my initial test sheet. I'm amazed that the foil could really stick to the thin-small and ornate font. 

Here are the result video by using silver foil on the left image and a copper foil on the right image.

Here are the sample Foil Sampler set that I got from Laura Murray Designs

My verdict is to optimize the foil into a smaller design element, you don't want a huge solid chunk piece to be covered in the foil because it looks cheap that way.  I think technique will be fun to use for a custom greeting cards or birthday for your friend, especially if you just want one of a kind piece. (I can't wait to use that rainbow jelly bean foil on a unicorn)

Have fun playing with Foil!

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