How to Add Vintage-Style Foil to Your Hand Lettering. A step-by-step tutorial (with a video!) plus answers to a bunch of FAQs about working with foil.
How to Add Vintage-Style Foil to Your Hand Lettering
Hi friends! Alicia here from Sew What Alicia. I am SO excited to be here today sharing one of my favorite things, FOIL! I absolutely love to foil all the things. I usually foil fabric but today I wanted to show you how to add foil to your hand lettering projects. You can also use this to add foil to coloring pages, printables, and so many more things.
P.S. I’m showing you a more aged vintage-style look but I answer how to get a more solid foiled look in the FAQs later in this post.
Let’s get started with how to add vintage-style foil to your hand lettering (or printable)!
- Heavy Card Stock
- DecoFoil – I used Amethyst Watercolor
- Gina K Fancy Foils – I used Turquoise Sea and Jelly Bean Green
- Lightpad – I used the Cricut BrightPad
- DecoFoil Adhesive Pen
- DecoFoil Liquid Adhesive
- Paint Brush
- Vitamin Sea Free Coloring Sheet
Here are the basic steps. For detailed instructions and a visual walk through be sure to watch the video below.
- Print the coloring sheet, printable, or lettering onto heavy card stock.
- Use your adhesive pen and liquid adhesive to go over the areas where you want to add foil.
- Place the foil over the dried adhesive.
- Use the laminator to set the foil.
- Remove the foil.
- Hang and enjoy!
If you love foil as much as I do check out this coloring page on fabric with foil tutorial. It turned out so cute!
Can I use an iron to set the foil?
Yes you can but I find that the heat from the laminator works WAY better!! If I use the iron I get frustrated and end up disliking the finished product. I want you to love your finished piece so PLEASE use a laminator. You can get one for super cheap and I promise you will LOVE it!
How many times should I put the piece through the laminator?
One time through the laminator is not enough, in the video below I actually went through three times but nobody wants to watch that so I sped it up! Keep the two pieces of protective card stock on the piece and don’t move anything, then run it through the laminator 3-5 times. The foil LOVES heat when it still has the protective sheet over it.
Can I use heat on foil AFTER I have removed the protective sheeting?
NO. NO. NO. NO!!!! Don’t iron the foil after you have peeled off the plastic sheeting. It will ruin it and make it look all wonky. You can run it through the laminator or under the iron with a protective layer as many times as you want but the second you peel the top portion of the foil sheet off STOP with the heat!
Do I have to have the vintage-style aged look for the lettering?
Nope. If you want a more solid look, here is what I suggest. If you are using the adhesive pen do a few layers. Let the first layer dry and then go again. Then put it through the laminator several times to really set the foil.
Can I use the liquid adhesive on the lettering?
Let me just tell you from experience, nope. I wouldn’t do it. I mean I have done it and I wouldn’t do it again 😉 The liquid adhesive spreads under the heat so it melds the letters together in a not beautiful way!
I hope you enjoyed this How to Add Vintage-Style Foil to Your Hand Lettering tutorial. Do you have more questions?? Share them with me in the comments or come find me on social media and we can chat all about it! 💞
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