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.
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
This is awesome! What type of laser printer do you use?
So sorry, Ashley! I just spotted your comment. I use a Brother HLL8360CDW color laser printer ( http://www.kbecca.com/amz-brotherHLL8360CDW-printer ). I need a color laser for my work, but you only really need a monochrome laser for foiling. There are some Brother monochrome laser printers on Amazon around the $100 price point that have pretty good reviews.
Your video is so very helpful, thank you! I’m actually based in Australia and recently purchased 30 x OL177CL sheets from OnlineLabels based on your recommendation. Unfortunately though, I’ve now been to two different printers and none of their printers have been able to take the stock through their machine. Whilst everything seems fine settings and file-wise, the machines won’t feed the paper through. An error message appears instead. There’s nothing wrong with the files.
Is this something you might have experienced as well, or have any suggestions on?
Many thanks for any thoughts you might have.
I’ve experienced this with my printer as well and actually have to put a sheet of regular printer paper in between my glossy sticker paper be it clear or white. My printer just doesn’t grab it when it’s on top of another glossy surfaced sticker paper. Also look at your printer to see if the back opens up it will make it easier for the paper to travel through the printer because it won’t have as many rollers to pull it through.
Claudia – Sorry, I just saw your comment, and you’re probably long gone, but I wanted to answer in case anyone else is having this issue.
I haven’t had issues with using any of the Online Labels sticker sheets in my printer, except when my old printer was breaking down and wouldn’t print on anything but regular printer paper. When this started happening, I just used the manual feed on the printer. It’s a little more fussy because you can only feed a single sheet through at a time, but that’s what has worked for me for super thick cardstock or other materials that my printer wasn’t able to take through the tray feeder.
Hello All, I have an HP color laser printer. My laser printer prints on Online Label’s labels almost exclusively without any feeding issues. I place one sheet of paper in the feed at a time. I found that using the transparency setting helps get the right amount of ink on the sheet.
HI, I had a question! I noticed you used the Online Label in Glossy white & Glossy clear for foiling stickers, I wondered if you have tried the Online Label Matte Clear labels to do foiled stickers? 🙂
Hey. I have a question for you and was wondering if you can help. I also use the online labels clear gloss paper but the foil transfers on the entire sheet EVERY single time. Even in places where there is no toner. I tried a few brands of foil (and colors) and its a mess. Any ideas?
I had the same issue. I just ended up using my matte white printable vinyl. I’ll be using the others from Online Labels for something else. It would be a big help if anyone had a fix!!
Hello I bought foil transparent sticker paper and here is the result can you help me
Or Send a picture ??
Online labels just started adding a coat so it foils the entire thing. Do you have any other suggestions? Thank you.