Hi crafters. The hot foil experiments continue. I love foiling but I don’t have a hot foil machine. But what do you do when you find a beautiful hot foil plate on sale? Of course, you buy it and experiment! The worst that can happen is that you have a lovely letterpress plate. The plate I’m using here is the Anna Griffin thorny branches foil stamp die from Couture Creations.
This is my first attempt. I’m sure I could do better next time now that I know what the issues were with this.
I started with watercolour paper and added 2 pinks to it and some spatters. When this was dry and reasonably flat I laid pink hot foil on top (pretty side up) and aligned it so it matched where I wanted the foiling. I aligned so one corner of the image was going into one corner of the foil. I trimmed the foil hanging over the edge of the paper. I did not trim around the design as when I tried that at first, something took a bit of foil off the sheet right where the image would be, before I could use it. I put tiny bits of tape on 2 points so it wouldn’t shift. Then I took a wooden clipboard and laid the hot foil plate face down on it. Since it is all metal it doesn’t really matter which side you heat as the heat will conduct throughout. I just thought that if I heat it face down, then I only need to lift and place, not flip over as well. So I heated it on the wooden board until it was very hot. I knew there would be fiddling time where it would lose heat, as I hadn’t done it before. This is where I had a problem. TEST YOUR SANDWICH BEFORE YOU USE YOUR FOIL!! The hot foil plate must be thicker than a die. My normal diecutting sandwich was too fat with the plate. You may see the top edge of the foiled image is more indented from this initial attempt. I then started changing plates and adding shims. Because there was an indent I could put the plate back in the same position. I put one piece of tape on the plate to help it stay put. I reheated the plate while it was sitting on the foil before trying to run it through the diecutting machine again. When I got a firmer sandwich I put it through slowly a couple of times. This is the result. There are patchy bits but with all the fiddling it is not surprising. I am hoping that not fiddling with the sandwich and doing it more smoothly next time will give a more even result. As all machines could vary, you will need to work out your own sandwich. The foil doesn’t transfer until it has both heat and PRESSURE. Heating the plate on top of the foil doesn’t cause foil around the plate to transfer. If there is some stray foil you could use an eraser. I added a sentiment from Altenew Reason to smile Stamp set in Catherine Pooler Party dress ink.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Think Pink