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Video : How to Make Print & Cut Hot Foil Stickers (White & Clear)

How to Make Hot Foil Print & Cut Stickers (Clear & White) Video Tutorial

Earlier this year, I shared my technique for making print & cut hot foil acetate embellishments using the Heidi Swapp Minc and a Silhouette Cameo. I was SO happy with the results (and you guys thought the embellishments were pretty neat, too), so the next step was figuring out how to take this technique and apply it to stickers. Yay, stickers!

The most challenging part of this project was finding sticker paper that would work well for foiling. The first sticker paper that I tested was the Avery Glossy Clear Sticker Paper. Unfortunately, when I took a sheet out of the package, I immediately noticed that it had a slight coating on it. I’m sure the coating is to help ink and/or laser toner stick to the page, but it turned out to be a dealbreaker for the hot foil, which needs as smooth and glossy a surface as possible to adhere well. So, this sticker paper may be great for regular inkjet and laser printing, but for hot foiling it’s a no go.

Next, I tried the Full Sheet White Gloss Laser Labels from Online Labels (product number OL177WS) and got fantastic results. These labels are very smooth and glossy, no additional coating, so both the laser toner and the hot foil were able to adhere really well. The results with the white gloss label paper were so great that I placed a second order from Online Labels, this time for the Full Sheet Clear Gloss Laser Labels (product number OL177CL), and I got equally awesome results with the clear labels, which are also very smooth and glossy, no additional coating.

How to Make Hot Foil Print & Cut Stickers (Clear & White) Video Tutorial

Think of all the fun sticker options that we have with this technique. Embellishments for handmade cards and scrapbooking pages, decorative additions to envelopes, and custom planner stickers are just some of the options! This makes the sticker fiend in me very happy.

Cut Settings for the Silhouette Cameo (for all of the sticker papers tested) : Blade Depth = 1 // Speed = 8 // Single Cut

Heat Setting for the Heidi Swapp Minc : 4

Check out the step-by-step video below to see how you can make your own, custom hot foil print & cut stickers:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Whimsy Leaves SVG Digital Stamps + Border Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Teal Reactive Foil
Heidi Swapp Minc Gold Reactive Foil
Avery Clear Glossy Clear Sticker Paper (not recommended for hot foiling)
Online Labels Full Sheet White Gloss Laser Labels (OL177WS)
Online Labels Full Sheet Clear Gloss Laser Labels (OL177CL)
a laser printer
plain printer paper
double-sided tape
craft scissors

Video : How to Foil Vellum Paper (What Works & What Doesn’t)

Video : How to Foil "Vellum" Paper (What Works & What Doesn't)

I’ve discovered over the past several weeks that getting clean laser printed results with vellum isn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be. So far, I’ve tried printing on three brands of vellum : Silhouette, Ampad, and Strathmore. To be fair, the Silhouette vellum is geared more toward die cutting and doesn’t mention printing anywhere on its packaging. However, the Ampad brand vellum, which I picked up at a big box store, and the Strathmore vellum, which I purchased from Amazon.com, both state on the packaging that they can be used with laser printers.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a clean print with any of the three brands. I tried a number of different paper settings on my printer, including the “transparency” setting, but the toner still lifted and remelted in places where it shouldn’t be on all three brands of vellum. There were still some areas where the printing was pretty clean, even though the overall print was not, so I decided to try and foil a sheet of the Strathmore vellum* to see what the results would be.

After less than stellar results with actual vellum, I remembered that I had some matte Dura-Lar that I use to cut stencils with my digital die cutting machine. Duralar is a polyester film that’s billed as an acetate alternative, and it’s much smoother than any of the brands of vellum that I tested. It’s sort of an acetate / vellum hybrid (at least the matte type is), and I figured that it would be a great candidate for printing and foiling since it does have a number of different qualities that are acetate-like. If you’ve watched my video about making print and cut foil acetate embellishments, then you know what great results you can get with clear acetate.

* A number of Amazon.com reviews of the Strathmore laser vellum state that it printed cleanly, so it may just be that my printer doesn’t agree with it.

Check out the video below to see my results, both with the vellum and with the Dura-Lar:

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

Vellum-Type Papers Tested

Silhouette Vellum ( AMZ // SSS )
Ampad Vellum (purchased from big box store)
Strathmore Laser Vellum
Grafix Matte .005 Dura-Lar Film – 9″ x 12″ (recommended)

Other Supplies

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, Rose Gold
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, Teal
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, White
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper
craft scissors

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Foil Acetate Embellishments

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

When you create foil elements using the heat activated method of running a laser printed piece through a Minc, a heat laminator, or other type of hot foiling machine, you need a nice, smooth surface, one that will not allow too much of the laser printer toner to absorb into the paper. This is why it’s difficult to get great diy hot foiling results with uncoated and textured papers, like watercolor paper and kraft cardstock.

Acetate is an ideal surface for diy hot foiling. It’s slick, glossy, and non-porous, so the laser printer toner sits right on top of the surface, ready to bond with the foil as it’s run through your foiling machine. In the video below, I’ll show you how to hot foil acetate and cut it using a digital die cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo) to create some very cool, foil embellishments that you can use for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and many other types of craft projects.

I’ve been die cutting acetate for years, but this was the first time that I attempted a print and cut project on acetate, and I initially ran into some challenges with the registration process because of the shiny, reflective surface of the acetate, but I figured out a technique that has worked perfectly every time I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t require much effort at all.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

My Technique : Open a blank document in Silhouette Studio, activate the registration marks for your die cutting machine (just like you’d do for a regular print & cut project), and print the page with just the registration marks. After the page is printed, cut out each of the registration marks, trimming the cut pieces where necessary so the paper doesn’t overlap any of the areas on the acetate that will be die cut.

Then, hold the acetate up to a lamp, with the paper registration mark (with double-sided tape on the back of the paper) held over it, so the light shines through both and allows you to line them up perfectly. Tape the paper registration mark in place over the corresponding registration mark on the acetate and repeat the process for each of the registration marks. You can also use a window (if it’s daylight) or a lightbox to line up the registration marks. Once all of the paper registration marks are taped in place, register and die cut the acetate with your die cutting machine.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

A Note About Hot Off the Press Heat Resistant Acetate : This is a craft supply that many of us have in our stash, and I thought that it might work well for hot foiling since it’s heat resistant. Unfortunately, when I printed on it, lines of toner came off of the printed areas as it was being run through the printer and remelted around the printed areas. You can see what I’m talking about in the video below, starting at around the 1:50 mark.

Check out the video to see the step-by-step process for creating awesome hot foil acetate embellishments:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

C-Line Transparency Film for Plain Paper/Laser Printers
Heidi Swapp Minc Light Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper
double-sided tape
craft scissors

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

If you don’t have a laser printer but would still like to have some hot foil action on your paper craft projects, then the Minc Reactive Paint and Reactive Mist are something that you’ll want to take a look at. In this video, I test out these two Minc mediums to see how they perform with the Minc foiling machine, and I also show you how to make foil print and cut gift tags that also incorporate the Minc Reactive Paint. In addition, I’ll give you a peek at some of the new foil colors that were added to the Minc lineup earlier this year, and I’ll use the Gunmetal and Matte Champagne foils (two of my favorites) in this festive gift tag project.

My impatience got the best of me when I was testing the Minc Reactive Mist. You really do need to allow it to dry completely before running it through the Minc, and you can see in the video what happens if you don’t allow the Reactive Mist to dry completely. Hint: it’s a mess. However, after I filmed the video, I did make some tags using the Reactive Mist and waited patiently for them to dry. Here are those results:

Minc Reactive Mist Foil Gift Tags

Check out the video below to see the results from my Minc Reactive Paint & Mist testing, and have a look at what happens when impatience meets the Reactive Mist:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Phrases Gift Tag Die Cuts
Skinny Stencils, Set 1 Die Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Gunmetal Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Champagne Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Paint ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – if you’re making print & cut or die cut tags
white cardstock
stencil material*, if using a die cut stencil
a laser printer, if you’re making print & cut gift tags
an old paintbrush
a small container with water (to soak the paintbrush and stencil after use)
scrap paper

* Darice made a 4 mil stencil film under the Studio 71 label, and that’s what I used in the video. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find it for sale anywhere recently, so I think that they may have discontinued it. I’ve also heard good things about the Grafix brand stencil films but haven’t yet had the chance to try them with my Silhouette Cameo.

Also Shown

Heidi Swapp Minc Ombre Reactive Foil, Teal & Silver ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Black Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Mint White Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )

DIY Foil Place Cards with the Heidi Swapp Minc (Free SVG Template)

DIY Foil Place Cards with the Heidi Swapp Minc

In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to transform a stencil cut file into a graphic element, and we’ll use Silhouette Studio to create personalized place cards (download link for the free place card base cut file at the bottom of this post). Then, I’ll print the place cards using a laser printer and foil them with the Heidi Swapp Minc and Deco Foil in the color Pink Melon.

You can create all sorts of styles of personalized place cards using the free base cut file and graphic files or cut files that you repurpose as graphics. I think that these would be a great project for wedding receptions, anniversary, birthday, or even holiday parties because there are endless options for customizing.

In order to foil the print and cut files, you will need a laser printer. I have a color laser printer that’s 5+ years old, and I change the settings to black and white before I print anything that I’ll be foiling. There are several models of monochrome (black & white) laser printers that have good reviews and that are under $100 over on Amazon.com, too.

DIY Hot Foil Tips : Foil the place cards before you cut them. I’ve found that this gives me much better results. Also, be sure to cover the registration marks on your cardstock with pieces of printer paper or parchment paper to prevent them from melting onto the carrier sheet as you run them through the Minc (#4 heat setting).

As you’ll see in the video below, I forgot to do that, and the registration marks left areas of toner on my carrier sheet. If this happens, you can take a cotton ball that has some rubbing alcohol on it and rub off that toner. With a little elbow grease, the areas of toner come off completely, and your carrier sheet is good as new.

I used Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. cardstock for this project. I saw it recommended by Kerri Bradford, and I’ve been getting great results with it. It’s very reasonably priced, too. As of this post, it’s around $12 for 250 sheets over on Amazon.com.

Check out the video for this project below:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Skinny Stencils, Set 1 Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ // SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ / SBK )
Thermoweb iCraft Pink Melon Deco Foil ( AMZ / SBK )
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. Cardstock ( AMZ )
Heartwell Font
a laser printer

[VIDEO LINK]

DIY Foil Place Cards with the Heidi Swapp Minc

Download Place Card Cut File SVG

New in the Shop : Happy Cake Day Birthday Digital Stamps

If you’re a cake and / or cupcake lover, then the new goodies in the shop this week were made just for you! The Happy Day Birthday Digital Stamp set includes plenty of cake-tastic deliciousness, from a batter / icing bowl & spoon, to a slice of cake, a cupcake, a birthday cake with candles, and a cake stand to display all of the sweet baked goods.

Also included in the set are an array of birthday-themed sentiments that are sure to bring a smile to any birthday boy or girl. The sentiments are a mix of hand lettering and a clean, sans-serif font.

The set is also available in SVG format with coordinating cut files for easy die cutting with any digital die cutting machine with a print and cut function.

Cake Day Birthday Digital Stamps (Commercial Licensing Available)

Cake Day SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

Silhouette Studio Tutorial : Print & Cut + Die Cut Birthday Card

Silhouette Design Studio Tutorial : Make a Print & Cut + Die Cut Birthday Card

This clean and simple birthday card project uses elements from the new Happy Birthday Digital Patterns and Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + Borders Die Cuts Set for a look that’s guy-friendly but doesn’t scream “guy card”.

To make the card, I first set up the print & cut card panel (size: 2.75 inches wide by 4 inches tall) in Silhouette Studio. Then, I printed it onto Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock and cut it with my Cameo. I cut the numbers from the light aqua solid digital paper in the Happy Birthday patterns set, the candle-topped numbers from a mid-gray colored cardstock, and the larger card panel (size: 3.25 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall) from the Hand Lettered Happy Birthday pattern in the light aqua colorway.

Instead of using the pattern fill option in Silhouette Studio, I pre-printed a page that was set up with half the page as the solid color and half with the pattern, and I ended up having to trim off a bit from the patterned panel because I wasn’t happy with a blank area on the panel when the panels were layered. If I had used the pattern fill option in Silhouette Studio, I would’ve had more control over the placement and scale of the pattern in the panel, so I’d probably set it up that way if I were doing it again.

After all of the pieces were cut, I adhered the numbers on top of the candle-topped numbers with Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue and adhered the two card panels together with a double-sided adhesive runner before adhering them to an A2 card base, also using the double-sided adhesive runner. I attached the numbers to the smaller card panel with dimensional foam adhesive that I cut to fit and, as a final touch, I covered the candle flames with Platinum Stickles.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step, including everything that I did to set up the card elements in Silhouette Studio:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Happy Birthday Digital Seamless Patterns
Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + Borders Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock ( AMZ // SSS )
Platinum Stickles ( AMZ // SBK )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
gray cardstock
a printer
a double-sided adhesive runner
dimensional foam adhesive
non-stick craft scissors

Video Tutorial : Make Cute Halloween Print & Cut Cards in Silhouette Studio

Cute Frankenstein's Monster Print & Cut Halloween Card

I love Silhouette’s print and cut option, and in this video tutorial I’ll be showing you how to make this super cute Halloween print and cut card in Silhouette Studio. Then, I’ll color the card using Distress Inks for the background and my new favorite, the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, for cute little Frankie.

In the video, I talk a little bit about printing onto watercolor paper. Because I’m using water-based color mediums for this project, a laser print or other water-resistant or waterproof ink is necessary. If you don’t have a laser printer and aren’t in the market for one, then you can always use whatever coloring mediums you’d like : Copic markers, colored pencils, etc. – the possibilities are pretty much endless.

My absolute favorite paper for mixed media and watercolor is Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Its smooth finish makes it the perfect choice for printing digital stamps, and the Zig pens blend beautifully on it.

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick

This Is Halloween 2 Digital Stamps
This Is Halloween 2 Phrases Digital Stamps

Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Pumice Stone Distress Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
a double-sided adhesive runner
white cardstock
a no. 8 round paintbrush
a cup & water
an acrylic stamping block
paper towels

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen Sets

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 60
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 48
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 36
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 24
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Set of 12

 

Zig Color Listings for Each Design Below

Cute Frankenstein's Monster Print & Cut Halloween Card

Frankie

053 // Yellow Green ( DKB // SBK )
046 // Mid Green ( DKB // SBK )
043 // Olive Green ( DKB // SBK )

010 // Black ( DKB // SBK )
090 // Light Gray ( DKB )
095 // Dark Gray ( DKB // SBK )

082 // Purple ( DKB // SBK )
027 // Dark Pink ( DKB // SBK )

070 // Orange ( DKB // SBK )
052 // Bright Yellow ( DKB // SBK )
023 // Scarlet Red ( DKB // SBK )

Cute Witch Print & Cut Halloween Card

Witch

027 // Dark Pink ( DKB // SBK )
003 // Fluorescent Pink ( DKB // SBK )

064 // Dark Oatmeal ( DKB // SBK )
071 // Flesh Colour ( DKB // SBK )
222 // Pink Flamingo ( SBK )

010 // Black ( DKB // SBK )
090 // Light Gray ( DKB )

053 // Yellow Green ( DKB // SBK )
046 // Mid Green ( DKB // SBK )

Cute Cat Trick or Treater Print & Cut Halloween Card

Cat

024 // Wine Red ( DKB // SBK )
065 // Mid Brown ( DKB // SBK )

072 // Beige ( DKB // SBK )
064 // Dark Oatmeal ( DKB // SBK )
071 // Flesh Colour ( DKB // SBK )
202 // Peach Pink ( SBK )

010 // Black ( DKB // SBK )
090 // Light Gray ( DKB )

070 // Orange ( DKB // SBK )
052 // Bright Yellow ( DKB // SBK )

Cute Superhero Print & Cut Halloween Card

Superhero

072 // Beige ( DKB // SBK )
052 // Bright Yellow ( DKB // SBK )

064 // Dark Oatmeal ( DKB // SBK )
071 // Flesh Colour ( DKB // SBK )

010 // Black ( DKB // SBK )
090 // Light Gray ( DKB )
095 // Dark Gray ( DKB // SBK )

024 // Wine Red ( DKB // SBK )
023 // Scarlet Red ( DKB // SBK )

092 // Blue Gray ( DKB )
036 // Light Blue ( DKB // SBK )

070 // Orange ( DKB // SBK )

Free Printable Lucky Charm Print & Cut Stickers

Free Printable Lucky Charm Print & Cut Stickers | kbecca.com

If you’re looking for some fun stickers that you can add to everything from lunch box notes to student test papers to little bags of jellybeans for Easter, then these cuties are just the thing for you. The stickers feature illustrations and patterns from my latest collection, Lucky Charm, and they’ll be a sweet addition to notes, packages, and a little bit of everything in between.

Free Printable Lucky Charm Print & Cut Stickers | kbecca.com

In addition to a free printable PDF, I’ve also made an SVG that you can print and cut in Silhouette Studio. If you don’t have a die cutting machine, then you can use a 1.5” circle paper punch or scissors to cut out the sticker shapes.

Free Printable Lucky Charm Print & Cut Stickers | kbecca.com

download-lucky-charm-print-cut-svg

download-lucky-charm-print-cut-pdf

Watercolor + Die Cut Ice Cream-Themed Handmade Cards

I’ve been having lots of fun making projects with the “I Heart Ice Cream” goodies, and this week I’ll be sharing a few of the ice creamy projects that I’ve made. First up is a pair of cards created with a combo of watercolor pencils, die cut phrases, and print and cut shapes.

You're a Treat Handmade Card | k.becca #watercolor #cardmaking

These cards are slightly smaller than A2 size at 3 1/2″ x 5″. First, I cut a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock in half and scribbled in an area on the cardstock with three different colors of watercolor pencils (Loew-Cornell Viridian, Dark Chrome, and Salmon). I brushed over the area with a wet brush and set it aside to dry.

Then, I print and cut out several hearts and two ice cream cone shapes from the I Heart Ice Cream SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts set on my Silhouette, plus two of the “You’re a Treat” phrases from I Heart Ice Cream Phrases Die Cuts (Set 1). I glued the phrase two phrase layers together to give the sentiment some dimension, and I colored the ice cream cones in with the Salmon and Dark Chrome watercolor pencils. Since I printed the cones onto regular cardstock, I had to be careful not to go over the colored area too much with the wet brush because I didn’t want the cardstock to pill. I added some Diamond Stickles to the hearts, allowed the ice cream cones and the hearts to dry, and then attached them to the dried watercolor background with foam adhesive (the cones) and glue (the hearts).

Finally, I attached the watercolor piece to the card front with double-sided adhesive and attached the “You’re a Treat” phrase with glue.

You're Sweet Handmade Watercolor + Die Cut Card | k.becca #svg #watercolor #cardmaking

For the “You’re Sweet” card, I used the same technique as above, with Dark Chrome and Dark Orange watercolor pencils on the creamsicle, but I blended the watercolor background a bit more and added dots of Diamond Stickles on the background.

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