Foil FAQ for Cardmakers

Adding foil to cards is a great way to add shine & interest! There are so many ways to add foil…with heat, without heat, with dies, with adhesive…where to start? Don’t worry, we can help!

Types Of Foil

We think all foils are good but not all foils are good for the same things! The 2 main types of foil are thermal foil and toner reactive foil.

  • Thermal Foil requires heat and pressure; it is a “hot stamping” foil, which is why it works with metal dies/impression plates. Thermal foils are designed for use with the Gemini Foil Press. Crafter’s Companion Foils are thermal.
  • Toner Reactive Foils require toner (printed imagery and/or toner infused sprays/glues/pastes, etc.) and heat. iCraft Deco Foils (by ThermoWeb), WOW foils, Heidi Swapp foils are toner reactive.

How To Use

  • Gemini Foil Press: use with thermal foils and metal dies.
  • Toner Products: use with toner reactive foils and a hot laminator.
  • Embossing Powder: use with toner reactive foils, embossing powders & a laminator. Sticky Powder & Bonding Powder generally work the best but don’t be afraid to test other powders.
  • Dry Adhesives (double-sided tape): use with thermal and toner reactive foils. No heat required. We love Be Creative tape for this!
  • Wet Adhesives (glue pens): use with thermal and toner reactive foils. no heat required. We love Zig 2 Way Glue pens and the iCraft Deco Foil Adhesive Pen.

We’ve created a quick reference chart for you…

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  • Reply Gail Plaskiewicz February 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I love this stuff but I don’t own a die cutter. However, I do have a lot of paper punches. Could I use these with paper punches? I have some big expensive ones & I have some cheap ones from a dollar store. If this won’t work, do you have anything sparkly & shiny like this that would work with paper punches?

    • Reply Ellen Hutson LLC February 28, 2019 at 5:09 am

      Hi Gail! We would recommend using glitter & foil cardstock instead. The cardstock will hold hold better with paper punches.

  • Reply Kirsty Vittetoe February 27, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Cool info, thanks for sharing!

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