Tips on hot foiling Vinyl

Tips on hot foiling Vinyl

I saw a post recently about being able to hot foil vinyl and though this is something I am going to have try; the more ways you can foil the better I say! This is a great method to use in instances when you are half way through your project and you decide you want to add a bit of foil to it but you are unable to send it through your printer. Instead cut out the extra design in vinyl, foil it and layer it onto your project. For this post I used my Minc Machine by Heidi Swapp however, I have read and seen on Youtube videos that a laminator can work reasonably well too. A big difference between the Minc machine and a laminator, is you can control the heat with the minc machine with different settings depending on the medium you are foiling. Where as the laminator only has one setting, on! There are occasions when too much heat can spoil the foil, so be aware.

I had a feeling that heat setting one on my machine would not work, not enough heat to adhere the foil to vinyl, so I did not even bother testing this out – why waste the foil and vinyl!

Heat setting: Two.

Key: A – Foiled whilst still attached to vinyl backing sheet, B – Transferred to card with transfer tape and then foiled, C – Applied to card without transfer tape and then foiled.

As you can see from all three methods in the key, not one gave a good foil with quite a bit of the black vinyl showing through.

Heat setting: Three

Key: A – Foiled whilst still attached to vinyl backing sheet, B – Transferred to card with transfer tape and then foiled, C – Applied to card without transfer tape and then foiled, D – foiled on the vinyl backing sheet  and applied to card with transfer tape.

Out of the three methods as used with setting 2, A produced the best foil with hardly any visibly vinyl. I wanted to see how this would transfer to card using transfer tape once foiled. I found that this dulled the foil finished as the transfer taped lifted a thin layer of the foil off when used.

Heat setting: Four

Key: A – Foiled whilst still attached to vinyl backing sheet, B – Transferred to card with transfer tape and then foiled, C – Applied to card without transfer tape and then foiled, D – foiled on the vinyl backing sheet  and applied to card with transfer tape.

As the heat setting was increased to 4 the overall finish of the foil started to deteriorate again, showing patches of black vinyl peeping through. I  try heat setting 5, but I though it would as it has done with 4, deteriorate the finish even more so, which it did. Here is an instance when too much heat does not work.

My verdict: Heat setting 3 and foiling the vinyl whilst still attached to the vinyl backing sheet. To then transfer this to card without using transfer tape – as this dulled the finish, you would need to manually transfer it with tweezers or gently peel the design off and layer it on your project. Due this way of transferring you need to think carefully about the design you chose to foil – a thin small font will not be easy, but a  larger design or joined up thicker font is possible!

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