Hi friends! Happy Monday! If you are like many, you may have questions about hot foiling– what it entails, and details on how to get the best results! Yana Smakula will be sharing lots of great advice as well as a gorgeous finished card! Be sure to watch the video and enjoy!
Today we are going to talk about hot foil stamping with the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System. Hot Foil Stamping is still relatively new and I know a lot of people find it quite intimidating. Maybe you’ve tried it in the past and didn’t have good results, so you’ve set your Glimmer aside, or maybe you have a machine but it is gathering dust in your closet as you haven’t had the chance to learn how to use it, or maybe you haven’t even heard about hot foil stamping at all and it is all completely new to you – this video will share some basics of how foil stamping, I’ll give you my best tips, share some dos and don’ts and hopefully will help you get started with this wonderful technique.
Aside from the Glimmer machine, you will need a few other things to do hot foil stamping. Let’s take a look at some of them.
- Glimmer Foil. You’ll need to use specialty foil for hot foil stamping. If you have foil from a laminator machine, such as Minc, that foil will not work in Glimmer and vice versa, those are different foils, so make sure you get the correct type of foil for hot foil stamping.
- Magnetic pick-up tool. The plates can get very hot during the foiling process, so a tool is needed to safely remove the plates from the hot surface of the Glimmer machine. This tool has a built-in magnet to help you pick up the hot glimmer plates from the surface of the Glimmer machine. The tool has a button to deactivate the magnet which releases the plates. The tool can be used by both right-handed and left-handed crafters, I am left-handed and you can see I can easily use it.
If you purchased your Glimmer hot foil system a while pack, it had a different tool included, the new machines come with this tool, so it is included in the package with the new machines, but you can also get this tool separately, it is sold separately and it is very handy.
- Foil cutter – Quick Trimmer. It is designed to help you cut foil to size. This minimizes foil waste, it prevents scratches on the foil, it lets you cut the foil in a straight line, something that is nearly impossible to do when you use scissors and something very handy when you use my hinge method to attach the plate onto the paper. The cutter comes with 2 blades, one for cutting paper (because you can use this tool to cut paper) and one for cutting foil.
- Proper paper. Paper is what matters the most when you do hot foil stamping. If you use the wrong type of paper, you will not get good foiled results. It’s like with all the other techniques in cardmaking – you need to use the proper surface for the specific type of medium you plan to apply onto that surface. You know how we have specialty paper for ink blending, for Copics, for watercolor – same with foiling. I like to use Simon’s 120 or 130 lb cardstock for my projects – it always performs really well and gives me great results.
Let’s talk about the dos and don’ts when it comes to hot foil stamping.
- Correct side of the foil. The foil has to go pretty side to the hot foil plate, they have to kiss. If you place the foil the incorrect side up, you’ll foil your glimmer plate, not your paper. Foiling the plate doesn’t affect it, you continue foiling using this plate, the presence of foil on its surface will not affect the results. You can clean it, if you want, using a product like Un-du (https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Un-Du-ADHESIVE-REMOVER-Sticker-Tape-and-Label-Remover-00033-19618) or any other sticker remover, just don’t scrape it or scratch it off the surface of the plate as that will damage it.
- Don’t foil after heat embossing. The heat from the Glimmer Hot Foil system will re-melt the embossing powder and will mess up your embossed piece, plus the embossing powder might transfer onto the surface of your glimmer hot foil system. If you must combine heat embossing with hot foil stamping, you’ll need to do the hot foil stamping first and the heat embossing last.
- Tape your plates and your foil onto the paper. This is very similar to taping your dies onto your paper when you are using a coordinating die over a stamped image. You want to make sure your die doesn’t shift when you cut, so you tape it. The same goes for the glimmer plates – you don’t want the plate to shift, as that might result in double foiling or a little halo, tape the plate onto the paper, this will give you better results.
- Don’t ever tape over anything that’s been foiled. Any low tack tape will stick to the foil and will lift some of it up, so if you tape over the foiled image you run the risk of that tape picking up the foil and removing it from your paper.
- Use my hinge method whenever possible to get perfect placement. I like to use a piece of low tack tape and make a hinge to attach the plate onto the paper. This helps me to align the plate on the paper, flip it away, add foil (this is where it is important to have that nice straight edge that you can create with the foil trimmer, it can align against the tape), flip the plate back into position, use another piece of tape and foil away knowing that nothing is going to shift.
Foiling process step by step:
The glimmer machine comes with 2 shims – there’s a clear plate/shim and a milky plate/shim. You need to use both of them when foiling on paper. The reason there are these 2 plates instead of one plate, is this allows you to foil on different types of materials. For example, you can foil on leather. Leather is thicker than paper, so you’d skip using the milky plate and just use the clear plate.
I like to add an 80lb cardstock shim, and I just stick it in between the 2 plates. This works for me and for my die cutting machine, you might not need to add a shim.
Glimmer needs to be used in conjunction with a die cutting machine, you can’t use it by itself. Glimmer is compatible with various die cutting machines on the market (Spellbinders Platinum, Platinum 6, Sizzix BigShot, Sizzix BigKick, Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Sizzix Big Shot Express, Tim Holtz Vagabond, We R Memory Keepers Evolution and more). It is not compatible with Cuttlebug. My first die cutting machine was a Cuttlebug.
Place the glimmer plate, paper and foil onto the surface of the Glimmer Hot Foil system. Press the timer button. Add your shims.Once the timer light turns solid green, undock the platform and slowly send it through your die cutting machine to apply pressure and foil. Next, bright the platform back to the docking station, make sure you dock it so that it remains hot for your next foiling process and then remove the plates, use your magnetic tool to remove the glimmer plate from the platform, if you used tape – gently peel it off and enjoy your beautiful foiled result! Do be careful, the glimmer plate will get hot, so avoid touching it for the first few seconds to allow it to cool. The machine does come with a cooling mat that works as a cool spot to house the hot plates.
I made a simple foiled card using some of the pieces I foiled – I have the Skinny Stripe background and also a diamond frame, this is from my Diamond Floral Frame set and I’ve cut the frame out using the coordinating dies. I didn’t mention this before, but hot plates, like stamps, often come with coordinating dies allowing you to cut your foiled designs out.
I love to combine hot foil stamping with heat embossing and coloring. o I created this little floral piece for my card by heat embossing the outline in Simon’s Antique gold embossing powder and coloring the image with Copic markers. This beautiful floral cluster comes from Simon’s Spring Bouquet stamp set.
I added a sentiment from my Yana’s Special sentiments set. I went with a simple card design – I trimmed the background to 4 x 5 1/4”, I added diamond frame and floral cluster, I did place it upside down as I wanted the flowers to trail downward and next I added the sentiment overlapping the frame slightly. I foam mounted the panel onto the A2 white card base and finally added some gems from Spellbinders.
I hope you’ve found this glimmer back to basics video helpful and you are ready to dive into hot foil stamping! Let me know if you have any questions and have fun foiling!
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Yana for being our guest! We hope you give hot foiling a try!