You would hardly believe it, but something as small and cute as hot foil even has a bit of interesting history. Before the first notebooks, gold leaf was used to decorate calligraphy. The wafer-thin gold leaf required a precise technique and was applied to various objects such as amulets, frames, statues and furniture. With the development of the printing press in the 18th century, books were also decorated with gold leaf for their luxurious appearance.

Good! A short history lesson has taught us that since the 18th century the world of hot foil has not been limited to the use of gold leaf. It is available to everyone through the use of metallic foil made of aluminium which is combined with a layer of colour. You can let your creativity loose on different materials and products. The options are endless!

Hot foiling: how does it work?

Hot foiling can be done in different ways and depends on the volume of the prints, but the process is basically the same. The heat from the machine melts the toner together and stamps a metallic layer on the design.

With our Hot Foil Applicator Starter Kit the precision work of the 18th century is a thing of the past, because this user-friendly device applies a glossy layer of foil to your cards and posters in next to no time. One of the advantages of the Hot Foil Applicator Starter Kit is that it is incredibly easy to use. Just heat up the stencil, apply the transfer folder and the hot foil and voil your card, label or poster with a chic metallic finish!

Endless hot foil fun

The Hot Foil Applicator Starter Kit gives you six cards to get you started with your projects. It is good to know that if you want to metallic coat your own creations, you must print your designs with a laser printer for the best results. The reason you need a laser printer is because it does not use cartridges, but toners. The toner is a powder that melts onto the material at high temperatures. You don't need to buy a laser printer from a hobby shop. They can be found at well-known electronics shops.

What can you use hot foil for?

Hot foiling is extremely popular! The beautiful glossy layer on your prints gives just that little extra you are looking for. Whether this is professionalism or creativity. If you want to get started with the Hot Foil Applicator Starter Kit, you can make the following creations:

  • Cards, let your creativity loose with the creation of birthday cards, Christmas cards, thank-you cards or invitations.
  • Labels,with the Kit you can print messages on labels for gifts or a bunch of flowers. A nice personal touch!
  • Business cards, do you want a unique business card? With hot foil you can personalise your business card to make it look more professional.
  • Posters, the Kit has space for a poster of A4 size so you can brighten up your home with your own artwork.

Getting started with hot foil

Kickstart your hot foil projects with our Crafts&Co video to help you get started! And did you know we have a specialHot Foil Shop where you can order all your refills? Besides all the fun colours, we also have stencil packs in A4 and A6 size with different themes. This way you are ready for every holiday and can surprise your friends and family every season with a handmade card.

Of course, we are very curious to know what great creations you have made! Send in your most beautiful creation and we will be happy to share your project with all our followers onCrafts&Co.euInstagram and Facebook!

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