Gold foil prints are SO chic and are surprising not that hard (or expensive) to make at home by yourself!
Here is what you'll need:
1. Gold foil (I used this minc foil . There are other more expensive foils out there but this $12 one worked for me and I didn't use the special mind foil machine with it)
2. A laminator! I got mine on amazon for only $21! Get your own here
3. A LASER printer (I don't know the science behind this or anything, but you must print your image using a laser printer. Of course I had read this but the rebel in me tried using my non-laser printer anyway and the gold just doesn't stick)
4. An image you want to print (it can be anything. For this tutorial I drew a cute little pineapple but if you aren't really an "artist" you can just find some fun fonts and type out whatever cute saying you want in word.
5. Nice paper to print your image on. Here, I used photo paper which worked out great.
1. Print your image in black ink using the LASER printer on your fancy paper.
2. Cut a piece of the gold foil large enough to cover the entire image. Whatever is black on your image will get gold foiled. You don't use anything to keep the foil on--you just place it on top of your image. And make sure the gold part is right side up! The first time, I accidentally did it with the other side up (the other side is white/silverish) and nothing happened. Try to smooth out the wrinkles and air bubbles. I just used a credit card to smooth them out. PS I was able to find this rose gold foil on clearance at Joann's fabrics! SCORE
3. So, as you may have noticed, I love doing things on my own for as little as possible, aka from shit to chic. So instead of buying the actual minc gold foil machine (available here for nearly $100), I used my trusty new amazon laminator.* I simply turned it on and let it heat up, as indicated by the green light. Then I stuck the image with the gold foil through the laminator. It will look the same as it comes out the other side.
*side note, you can actually do this without a laminator at all! You simply follow the same above steps but instead of putting the paper through the laminator you put it back in the paper tray of your LASER printer. Then you print a blank document and the heat of the printer when the paper goes through will make the gold foil stick to the image. This way the print will turn out way more "rustic" looking though--the gold foil won't consistently stick to all the black ink and will result in something like this:
4. If the paper is too hot after coming out, give it a second to cool off and then start pulling off the gold foil. Your new gold foiled image will be revealed! Tada!
Enjoy your new shiny print! Be careful though -- this can be highly addictive! I just want to gold foil everything!
|My assistant, and Director of Fluffiness, Molly, taking a rest after the "exhausting" process of print making.|
What will you be gold foiling today? Let me know if you have questions!
Don't want to do it yourself? Visit my etsy shop here for gold foil prints or request a custom order.