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Jumping on the “Foiling With a Laminator” Bandwagon



I love the look of foil on cards. So, I splurged and bought an inexpensive laminator (that crafting goddess Jennifer McGuire recommended), and a few different foils.

My JUMPING has been rather unsuccessful!


foiled grad

I am trying all kinds of combinations of products, and I am not getting consistent results. Ranger Super Fine Embossing powder is working the best. Not sure if my ink pads (VersaFine or VersaMark for this) are not quite juicy enough, if I am heating my embossing powder for 2 seconds too long, if my laminator functions at a different temperature? I am using a piece of folded inkjet paper as a carrier.


blue grad close up

I understand my perfectionism is an issue. But in the videos I watch, in photos of other projects, I see no issues like the ones I am having. Other crafters are getting lovely foil coverage. I get bumps and air bubbles. If I put the piece through the laminator a second time, I get better coverage but the underlying embossing powder spreads and the stamp details get obscured.


opal stripy mermaid

This one, on a solid stamp with words carved out, I even got STRIPES. (was really hoping for lovely opal foil coverage)

If anyone has any suggestions, please comment or send me an e-mail (“contact” button at top right of blog)!

Supplies: Stamps – Inkadinkado, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, inks – VersaFine Smokey Gray, VersaMark, foil – ThermoWeb iCraft Deco Foil Ocean Blue, Opal.


11 thoughts on “Jumping on the “Foiling With a Laminator” Bandwagon

  1. Just think how unsatisfying life would be if we could do everything we tried perfectly the first time.

    • I totally agree, Terry! (but still frustrating throwing pennies away with every failed attempt….maybe I would be happier to fail if I had more pennies?!!)

  2. I inherited about 5 rolls of foil for stuff like this when I purchased some office supplies about a month ago. It came with a heat gun. A little intimidating, but I like the results of yours, so I may have to pull it out and give it a try.

    • I am still not satisfied with my results…but working on it. I have a heat gun, have not thought about heating the foil with it. Something else to try. I think I have not stumbled upon the exact perfect stamp to use for this (thin lines, but lots of open space for spreading).