Foiling embossed stamps: how to get the best foil!

Foiling embossed stamps: how to get the best foil!

As you have probably guessed with the amount of posts I have done recently I am quite into foiling, and the more ways the merrier! It is amazing how much a bit of foil can transform a project and is often quite simple to do. Well for this post  I have experimented in foiling a heat embossed stamped image.

To determine the best foil I have trialed three different embossing powders; I used: Papermania clear embossing powder, WOW superfine white embossing powder and Ranger super fine clear embossing powder. For each powder, I stamped and embossed the image 4 times using a watermark ink and set with a heat gun. I needed four embossed images for each powder to try foiling the image in 4 different ways to work out which method gave the best foil. The four methods I used were:

a) Minc setting one, in one piece of paper carrier sheet

b) Minc setting one, in two piece of paper carrier sheet

c) Minc setting turned off from setting one, left to cool for 5 minutes and in one piece of paper carrier sheet.

d) Minc setting turned off from setting one, left to cool for 5 minutes and in two piece of paper carrier sheet.


Papermania Clear embossing powder

As you can see, A was a total disaster loosing the look of the stamped image completely! I found the less heat applied to the stamped image, the less distortion is seen, but at the same time less foil is adhered to the stamped image. The reason I think A is a total disaster is because the more heat there is applied to the embossed image, the more it melts the already heat set embossed powder and it loses the shape. Therefore the foiled image represents this pool of melted embossed powder. This was the reason for turning the Minc machine off and allowing the machine to cool down for 5 minutes; the Minc machine holds its heat for awhile! Doing so, there is a more crisp clear image of the stamp but the foil is not adhering as well to the image. With clear powder this is not such a problem as the base colour of your medium will show through giving a more rustic/aged look.


Wow Superfine White Embossing Powder

Again, method A has distorted the stamped image although not quite as much as the first embossing powder. I thought that using a superfine powder (the Papermania is a standard size granule), the finer granules might control how much is melted and how much the melt spreads. There is improvement with the superfine white powder, and C has given a nice clear foiled stamp. However little speckles where the foil has not adhered is still apparent – not such a problem here on the white card, but if the medium you are foiling is not white, these speckles will be more obvious.

Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder

As I thought that the size of granules could affect how good a foil you can get from an embossed image I invested in a superfine clear embossing powder from Ranger. Well when A came out I started to think maybe I had got it wrong; it looked worse then the first result from Papermania! However, I decided to just carry on and hoped it would get better. Luckily it did! Method B gave a very good foil with hardly any imperfections. One point to note is that the lines of the image do thicken with this foiling. In order for the image to look most like the stamped image, method C gives the best representation of the stamp with some speckles present. However, as it is clear the base colour of your medium just shows through giving a rustic/aged look.


My verdict:

Embossing powder – Ranger superfine clear

Minc setting: Setting 1 turned off and cooled for 5 minutes with one piece of paper carrier sheet.

These results could differ with laminators as they may have different heat settings and cool at different rates.


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