Learn how to make this beautiful “Congrats” foiled card with this step-by-step tutorial plus get access to the Free printable card!
In this blog post, I’m showing you a simple step-by-step tutorial to show you how to make a simple “Congrats” card shine with foil.
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SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED TO FOIL YOUR CONGRATS CARD
I’m providing Amazon links for your convenience. You can also get these supplies at any craft store like Michaels, JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby. If you get them there, don’t forget to use their coupons. These stores *almost* always have some promotion or discount coupon going on.
- Cardstock. I’m using blue cardstock for this tutorial, but you can use any color you’d like.
- Foil Transfer Sheets. They are also known as Reactive Foil. I’m using this Silver from Heidi Swap.
- Minc Foil Application Machine.
- Minc Transfer folder. I got this starter kit, and it came with everything I needed to start foiling.
- Laser printer. You don’t have to buy a laser printer. But you do NEED to get your art printed using one. You can get your print done anywhere that makes prints and copies. A few places that come to mind are Staples, Office Depot, or FedEx (in the USA). Make sure they print your art with a laser printer. I bought this laser printer. The printer was on sale when I bought it and it was very inexpensive. At that time, getting that laser printer was cheaper than buying ink for my inkjet printer.
- Congrats Card. I created this printable card using my hand lettering style. I loved how it turned out after I added the foiled. I’m SO happy you can have access to it from my resource library. If you don’t have access to my resource library yet, fill out the form at the bottom of this blog post to get access to it.
HOW TO FOIL YOUR “CONGRATS” CARD
STEP-BY-STEP DIY TUTORIAL
STEP 1: PRINT YOUR CONGRATS CARD USING A LASER PRINTER.
I am using blue cardstock, but you can use whichever color you prefer.
For this tutorial, I’m using the Congrats card I designed. It’s available on my FREE resource library, and you can have access to it by filling out the form at the bottom of this blog post. If you already have access to it, head straight there and print it using a laser printer.
Getting your art printed on a laser printer is essential!
The toner of the laser printer is what makes the foil react and adhere to it when the heat is applied. Sadly, an inkjet printer won’t work for foiling!
Once you print the card, cut it to size following the cutting marks on the printable.
STEP 2: PICK THE FOIL TRANSFER SHEET OF YOUR CHOOSING AND CUT IT DOWN TO THE SIZE OF YOUR IMAGE.
Now it’s time to pick the color of your Foil Transfer Sheet. For this “Congrats card,” I’m using a silver foil transfer sheet because I love the contrast it makes with the blue cardstock.
Cut the foil transfer sheet down to the size of the card. You can either put the foil over the design and cut it using scissors.
Make sure your piece of foil sheet completely covers the part you want to foil.
STEP 3: TURN ON YOUR MINC MACHINE, AND SET IT TO THE APPROPRIATE HEAT SETTING.
For cardstock, I use the #4 setting. You need to wait a few seconds until the red light stops blinking and turns green.
The green light is the indicator that the Minc Machine is heated and ready to go.
The Minc Machine comes with a set of instructions letting you know which setting you should use depending on the type of paper you are using.
STEP 4: PLACE YOUR CARD INSIDE THE TRANSFER FOLDER.
Make sure the image is facing up, and the foil transfer sheet is completely covering the design with the shiny side up.
Gently close the top part of the transfer folder over the project making sure the foil sheet is still well covering the design.
Make sure the whole design on your print is covered!
If you don’t want certain parts of your design to have foil, you still need to cover it with a piece of paper. The laser toner will react with the heat and will get stuck to your transfer folder.
This will ruin your transfer folder! I learned the hard way on previous foiling projects I made. If you don’t cover the parts you’re not adding foil, the design will transfer to your folder.
Trust me, I’ve ruined plenty of transfer folders. Learn from my mistakes!
STEP 5: FEED THE TRANSFER FOLDER (WITH YOUR CARD AND FOIL SHEET INSIDE OF IT) THROUGH THE MINC MACHINE.
This process takes about a minute. Don’t rush the feeding process. The head of the Minc machine needs time to work its magic!
STEP 6: ONCE THE FOLDER IS THROUGH THE MINC MACHINE, REMOVE THE CARD FROM IT
Peeling the foil is my favorite part!
It’s so satisfying to watch the foil pare from the print…
STEP 7: TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE YOUR FOILED CARD!
Okay. This is not really a step, but I like #7 so I have to finish the steps in 7 not 6. Besides, you do need a whole step to appreciate the gorgeous foiled card you created!
The ONLY bad thing about foil cards and prints is that they are sooo hard to photograph. It’s so difficult to capture that beautiful shine in photos. But you will appreciate all the shine better in person.
DISCLAIMER: I know that after getting the hang of creating foiled prints, you’d want to foil ALL. THE. THINGS. #sorrynotsorry about opening this beautiful window of *shiny* opportunities for you!
After I did this silver foil Congrats card, I decided to try gold foil and white cardstock.
They’re both so beautiful, but I can’t decide which one I like more, the royal blue and silver convo or this gold foil and white combo! Which one is your favorite?
If you can’t get enough foiled cards, then make sure you check these gold foil tutorials… ps. they all include FREE printable cards and prints.
- “Dream Big” Foiled Printable + How to foil tutorial
- How to create foiled Christmas Cards
- Foiled Christmas Art: Easy to follow tutorial
I’d love to see what you create! Come over to the Facebook Group and share your work with like-minded lettering and calligraphy lovers!
Or tag me on instagram when you create beautiful foiled prints and cards!
Have a fantastic day!