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Hot Foiling With Cover Plate Dies

Did you know that you can do more than just die cut or de-boss a cover plate die? Try hot foiling it for spectacular backgrounds using the Gemini Foil Press!

Hot Foiling With Cover Plate Dies

Julie’s using the Constellation Cover Plate Die and gold foil to create a stellar backdrop for her colorful planets on today’s inter-galactic card! You can also hot foil the “waste”, to get even more bang for your buck!


  • Use Crafter’s Companion Gemini “Paper Craft Foil” when foiling card stocks and papers; use the “Multi-surface Foil” for surfaces such as fabric, leather and ribbon.  Paper Craft Foil has a purple label; Multi-surface has a pink label.  If you lose the packaging, Crafter’s Companion Paper Craft Foil has a white core roll; Multi-surface has a Kraft core roll.  And, yes, using the appropriate foil for the surface you’re working on makes a difference
  • Use the Foil Press Manual’s chart as a guide; depending on the materials you’re working on, you may want to experiment (on small scrap pieces) and tweak the chart suggestions—take notes for future reference!
  • In between each project, disengage the foiling platform from the socket; reinsert to pre-heat when you’re ready to foil the next project. This will help you avoid over-heating the platform (potentially warping) and produce consistent results.
  • Save the waste foil for another project!  To hot foil the waste, using the following sandwich and settings:
  1. Foil on platform, ugly side up/pretty side down
  2. Card stock (Julie used 80# Neenah Solar White; other weights may require a little tweaking of the temperature, duration of time or shims)
  3. 2 layers of card stock (fold an 80# sheet of Neenah in half ) for shim
  4. Magnetic Shim from your Gemini Jr. Die Cutting Machine
  5. Heat Resistant Top Plate

Heat setting:  Medium / Time: 50 seconds

  • You can hot foil any of your low-profile dies using this method.
Hot Foiling With Cover Plate Dies

SPECIAL NOTE:The Gemini Foil Press is specifically designed for use with the Gemini Jr. Die Cutting Machine   For hot foiling with the Spellbinders Platinum / Platinum 6, check out the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System, which is compatible with a number of manual die cutting machines.


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1 Comment

  • Reply Andre M. January 13, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I had no idea regular dies could be used with foiling, thank you for sharing!

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