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Thanks, Shaz XX

Monday, 21 August 2017

Hot Foil & a Laminator

Right then, finally I'm here with those images I was going to try through the laminator. Firstly, let me say that it was a project shared on Facebook, by a crafter called Julie Rose, who is a DT member for sweet Poppy Stencils. I've linked her blog to her name, and you can go see the fabulous project that really inspired me.
As you can see from the pictures, it worked really well.

The ones at the back look black in the photo, but the light wasn't shining on them. You will see further on just how great they look. I will warn you this post is VERY picture heavy- some projects have 2 or 3 pictures, so you could see the colours better.

This is all of the images I ran through the laminator, but I'll show them individually throughout the post.

I also tried achieving the effect using an ordinary iron, and that works perfectly too, so you can do this even without a laminator.

 If you do want one, you can get a cheap one for about £15- Amazon, Argos & Staples all have them around this price. You only need a basic A4 one.

I sandwiched my projects inside a folded piece of A4 printer paper. Then I discovered a couple were too big to be completely covered by that. I found I had an old A3 size sketchpad, I think from Poundland, so tore out a sheet of that, folded it and trimmed it down in width to fit the laminator.

 I will say that I think it's wise to feed the folded edge through first, so no risk of anything getting wrapped around the inner rollers. You do need to let your laminator get completely hot, so make sure the 'Ready' light is on before feeding anything through.

Okay, right here I'm going to put my hand up to being a bit dumb! I'd trimmed all my images down, and run them through the laminator with  different colours of foil, then set them aside to cool. I even did the ones with the iron too. Then I  took the first one, and began to peel off the foil.
It hadn't worked! None of the foil had stuck. Now, right at this moment, there are probably quite a few of you laughing at this picture. Me, I'm stumped. So I ran them through again. Still no good. So, I tried a Google search for some troubleshooting.
 The penny dropped with a resounding clang, when in answer to someones question about which way up the foil should go, the answer was colour side facing UP!
I'd put all the foil on upside down.😀😀😀
So I picked all the foil off, and lay it the right way up.

 Incidentally, I spent a while adding foil to these two, as I wanted to have green stems, and coloured flowers. These two, along with another, are the ones I set with the iron, as I thought there was too much chance of all those small pieces moving around in the folded paper 'carrier sheet'.

After  I had run the first one through, I checked a small corner. It had worked! So now I fed them all through.

I carefully peeled back the foil, after they had all cooled down.

Isn't that stunning?  I'm amazed at how good it looks.

 The pic above was lay flat on my desk, here it's stood up facing the window, so you can see how the foil shows up in the light.

This pair both have a holographic foil on them, and it's the holographic ones that give the most stunning results.

 Here I've changed the angle slightly.

Although it looks black in this pic, the Holly wreath is actually done in Green foil.The Baubles have a Sunset Rainbow Foil on them.

This cat & mouse also has the Sunset foil on.

This cross looks fabulous, this one has a Silver Glitter effect foil on, and I love how the colours change so much.

This Polar Bear Scene has a sort of 'Oil on Water' foil on.

 The actual stencilling was done with sweet Poppy Glossy Black paste, which is how Julie did hers. The Fairy on the Moon, I did in Bronze paste, I just wanted to see if other colour pastes would work, and it seems they do.

Gorgeous warm sunset tones in the holographic foil in the top pic, and tilted a little more towards the window for more light, and there are lovely blue tones now.

This Steampunk Butterfly has fabulous jewel tones from the dark rainbow foil. I'd bought a some foil samplers from Tonertex, and this pattern had pieces about 4" square, so I laid two side by side to cover the butterfly.

Right I think for the moment, I'm going to stop there. I'll do a second post tomorrow, with the remaining pieces, or this post will go on forever.
 All the stencils I've used are by Sweet Poppy. The foils come from Tonertex, and Patsy May Crafts.


My name is Cindy said...

They look amazing Shaz! I'm inrigued by the idea of using an iron as well!! (Don't have a very good track record with laminators)

Julie Rose said...

They are all absolutely stunning Shaz, I'm so glad that my blog inspired you and the technique is wonderful to showcase the designs of Sweet Poppy's stencils. This shows me that I need to invest in some new foil colours. Thanks for sharing.

Cara said...

Wow these are stunning. Thanks for drawing my attention to this technique, I sooo need to try it out!

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

All of these are stunning and pure perfection! I would be so worried to mess them up!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Shaz,
Well, I wrote a long thank you comment but think I’ve lost it as went off and did a whole lot of jobs might have included crafting an odd lying around asking me to be done bit of crafting, but did include dishes so brownie points there, I don’t have a dishwasher.
I’ve been thinking about the heat activated fools you speak of.. you called your brand TODO but we’ve an Aussie version by Courture creations. I’m wondering if you heat up the metal sheet in a large frypan (which is actually just a metal shim which I have) they heat up before doling it through their die cutting machine.
They emboss embossing folders etc. 😀 I’ve bought some of their foil on Sale here the other day, was ignorant of the fact that it won’t work with laminators so may try it with that “wonder if it will work” technique.
On videos they leave it heating for 30 secs, then just run it through die cutting embossing machine..
Google Gopress foil machine.
I’ve only just found out about them because Courture Creations are releasing an electronic A4 die cutting machine next month and it’s just what I’ve been looking for, so been selling things on eBay and saved up enough pennies and paid for it on pre-order this week so as to get it in first shipment, also had voucher which gave me some off it which helped a lott.
I like that their a local firm on the north coast here, up the road a ways so to speak.. well fair ways almost in Old really.

Anyway thanks for all your tips and techniques and once I have made my MUST make card list I can try that out.
Love the makeup brushes and you know the seller now has them for 19.99 when I paid 15.60! Think you said that happened with yours. Glad I jumped in when I did.
By the way found the link to your foiling post through Splitcoast.
Prayer hugs dear friend praying for your health to be stable and blessed,
Shaz in Oz.x

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