Are you finally getting Spring-like weather? Hopefully today’s post will get you in the Easter mood with this DIY Gold Foil project (plus free printables!).
DIY Gold Foil Printable
With a laser printer and Toner Reactive Gold Foil you can easily make your own foiled prints. This project will only work with a laser printer (like this one) because the way laser printers work. Laser printers change the electrical charge of the paper and then the toner is electrostatically adhered to the charged areas of the paper. The heat of the printer fuses the toner to the paper. This electrical charge in the paper allows the gold foil to transfer onto the paper. An injket printer simply deposits ink onto the paper and doesn’t have this electrical charge.
If you would like to start with a variety of colors, this is a great multi-pack of toner reactive foil (TRF).
DIY Gold Foil Tutorial
First, print off the design. I haven’t been daring yet in trying multiple colors of foil. I try to print in a color similar to the foil color that I’m going to use because there can be imperfections and this can help hide them.
Take a piece of toner reactive foil, and cut it to slightly larger than your design. Tape the edges – just enough to hold it in place and keep it tight.
Put the page back through the printer, but this time simply print a blank page.
Remove the extra gold foil and enjoy your fun new design!
I’ve previously made greeting cards using this DIY Gold Foil method and those turned out awesome as well!
If you don’t want to send the print and gold foil through your printer, the Minc foil application machine is a great option. After making a few projects using only my printer, I did end up purchasing the Minc machine because it could provide more predictable results, and I didn’t want to accidentally mess up my printer sending the foil through.