Foiling is hot this year (just check out my CHA post 1 and CHA post 2 about it) and I decided to do an affordable take on it. Alot of people want you to think you need to buy a big, expensive machine to apply foils to your papercrafts. If you had a business selling gold foiled prints or maybe you made wedding invitations, I'd be like, “HEY, go get those awesome new foiling machines that came out”. Or if you just had like $300 holding up the leg of your couch or something. But since I am not in either of those businesses and my couch is held up by a ball of cat hair, well, I needed to find a way to do “foiling for the rest of us”. I had a happy discovery when I found that you can use a stencil with some Tombow MONO Multi Glue to make a design to foil. I already have a collection of super affordable Clearsnap Designer Foils that Clearsnap sent me and that you can get at the local Michaels Craft Stores. Again, big ole rolls o' foil are cool, but if I am just making cards and scrapbook pages, and well, these readily available, under $5 foils are gonna be just dandy.  Here's the card I did foil transfer for the rest of us on:

It does help this card that I used a super amazing Stencil1 stencil by Ed Roth. Cuz Ed is cool like that.
It does help this card that I used a super amazing Stencil1 stencil by Ed Roth. Cuz Ed is cool like that.

Head on over to the fabulous Tombow blog to see my full tutorial and the video I made showing you just how to do this. You're totally gonna need some foils after you see the video so come back here because I made this handy dandy list of affiliate links you can use to order up foils and good stuff for way less than $300. Plus, when you buy, they sent me a check for like 20 cents. I could buy one foil sheet with that but you know, everything counts, right?

Everything you need to “Foil Like the Rest Of Us”:

Here are some other awesome foiling tutorials to check out:

Later this week I will share some tutorials on how to use a laser printer and a laminator to do foil transfer on paper.

Do you love the foil look that is so trendy right now? Yay or Nay?



Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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3 thoughts on “Foil Transfer for the Rest of Us – A Craft On The Cheap

  1. Jennifer, your video explains this technique so very well and I can’t wait to try it! I would not have even considered buying a foiling machine so this at-home technique is a real gem. I even have some foiling sheets that I bought about 8 years ago (lol…yes, I’m a supply hoarder…but then, aren’t we all?). Now I can actually use them.

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm
    1. Thank you so much!!!! I’d love to hear if your foils work with this technique!

      Posted on January 28, 2015 at 5:33 pm