LEARN THE BASICS ON THE NEW FOIL TRANSFER TOOL FROM CRICUT AND MAKE A SIMPLE CARD
Cricut has released a new tool called the Foil Transfer Tool, available in a kit. If you haven’t heard, this awesome tool can foil onto a variety of materials using pressure instead of heat! How cool!
Now, with a new tool, there is always a lot of questions about them. In this blog post, I will go over the basics of how to use the foil transfer tool, some tips and tricks I have to help you make the most out of your foiling, and a simple craft project tutorial!
Let’s get started!
This tool is compatible with the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore Air 2 only. Sorry, Cricut Joy users.
THREE TOOLS IN ONE
The Foil Transfer Tool has three tips that are included in the kit. The sizes are differentiated by lines engraved into the tip. Here is an overview of each tip:
Fine (one line), Medium (two lines), and Bold (three lines).
Now, I will say that I like the Bold the best, however, the more intricate your design is, you will need the thinner tips!
For an example of a beautiful yet intricate design using the Foil Transfer Kit, check out my blog post and tutorial making Foil Mandalas.
You can foil on a variety of different materials using this new tool. Add foiling to cardstock, faux leather, adhesive backed paper, printable vinyl, watercolor paper, vellum, foil embossed paper, and even Kraft board. You can even foil multiple colors! A silver and gold themed card would be pretty for Christmas or green and gold for St. Patrick’s Day. So many possibilities!
Keep in mind that the smoother your materials are, the smoother your foiling will be.
Like the Knife Blade, the Foil Transfer Tool is only compatible on Cricut Design Space for desktop or laptop. You will not be able to use mobile with this new tool.
DESIGN SPACE INTEGRATION
With this tool, you are able to combine multiple linetypes in one project thanks to it being fully integrated in Cricut Design Space. That means you can foil, draw, cut, and score all in the same project! WOW!!!
EASE OF USE
To use the Foil Transfer Tool, select the tip you would like. You will get a preview of how the different tips alter your design in Design Space.
Press the plunger on the tool and insert your tip. Release the plunger and your foil transfer tool is ready to use.
Now, insert the tool into CLAMP B of your Maker or Explore Air 2 and that’s it! Apply the included tape to secure the foil over your materials and you are ready to foil to your heart’s content!
MY TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE FOIL TRANSFER TOOL
- Be sure to tape down all four sides when securing the foil. The tape can be reused.
- If you should run out of the included tape, yes it happened to me, you can use painter’s tape! It is low tack enough that it won’t transfer the foil and it is easy to remove!
- You want the foil to be slightly taut over your material. Too loose may inhibit your results.
- When adding your tape, there is a bit of static electricity with the foil. To help with this, I like to place my pinky or ring fingers on the foil as I am laying the tape to prevent the tape from sticking to the foil where you don’t want it!
- As your machine is applying the foil, you will hear some noises you haven’t heard! It will sound like the material and foil is breaking or crinkling. There is nothing to worry about. Let your machine do it’s thing and admire your beautiful work when it’s complete!
- Move your star wheels to the side while foiling. You don’t want them to cause any unwanted foil lines!
- If you DO get foil where you don’t want it, you can remove it with a simple school eraser.
- After you have completed your entire project (foiling, cutting, scoring, etc), your material will be extra stuck to your mat. To avoid curling, flip your mat over and peel the mat away from your material. Do this slowly. No need to rush.
- You can reuse your foil. Now, you won’t be able to save the area that you have transferred. However, you cut around the used area and save your scraps!
LET’S MAKE A SIMPLE FOILED CARD
In this tutorial, I’ll give you my step by step instructions and tell you what materials I think work best when making this project.
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SIMPLE FOILED CARD – MATERIALS LIST
- I am using the FABULOUS Cricut Maker. The Foil Transfer Kit also works with your Cricut Explore Air 2!
- Cricut Foil Transfer Kit
- Cricut StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
- Cricut Scoring Wheel or Scoring Stylus
- Cricut Cardstock in your choice of colors
- Cricut Foil Transfer Sheets and Tape (included in your kit)
- Cricut Brayer
- Cricut Scraper
- Cricut Pen. I am using Black.
- Adhesive or glue. I am using Crafter’s Tape.
Isn’t the foil so pretty? It really adds some sparkle to your cards! I hope you try this project!
Post a photo in the comment section or tag your projects on social media @thebeardedhousewife using the hashtag #beardedhousewife! I’d love to see how yours turn out!!
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