We are planning out a graduation party for my oldest daughter. It’s bittersweet to look back at all the memories of her growing up, overcoming huge hurdles due to autism, and then realizing that she still has a long way to go. But, I set all that aside and I’m focusing on making her grad party a good one. She totally deserves it. And it’s my last year as a teacher since I am no longer homeschooling after 2018.
But that doesn’t mean creative mom has to end. Instead, I decided to create my own graduation announcements & then I used silver foil to create a fun effect. Her colors are green and silver, so I ordered green envelopes and will hand letter them in silver ink.
Creating a Foiled Graduation Invite
Awhile back I created a video (for a different blog) and I wanted to share my process with you. So if you are interested in foiling your own invitations or art, take a look at this video for how to do that.
Before You Begin
- It only works on a laser printer with black toner. Inkjets will not work. Alternatively, you could ask a copy location to create the laser prints if you do not own a laser printer.
- Smooth paper is best. I use Georgia Pacific 28 lb., 97 bright premium paper. This works well for me, but any smooth paper will work.
- Some foils are better than others. I prefer the Gina K foils. I do have some that are for a minc machine, but I don’t like those as well. You can see why here.
- You need a laminator that can heat up well. I am using a Fellowes brand. Some people have used the cheap ones at Target and those work too.
- If you are using a smaller print (4×5, 5×7), put the print & foil inside a folded piece of paper and run through. You might need to do this twice for it to work best. If it’s a full size print, just put a piece of paper over the top to keep the foil from jamming up your laminator.
- Print out your invite or art print using a laser printer
- Turn on your laminator and let it heat up completely
- Cut a piece of foil to fit over the design of your invite or art
- Place the foil so the shiny part is facing up. It should be the design face up, then the foil face up. I usually put a piece of thin paper over this to keep it in place. See step 5 above.
- Run the design, foil, and paper through the laminator. Don’t pull or tug at the paper. Just let it glide through completely on it’s own.
- Remove the foiled print and see if the foil adhered. You can tell by lifting a corner to see if it stuck. If not, run it through again and see if that helps. You can also turn the print over and rub the back so the rest of the foil sticks to the ink.
- If that doesn’t work, try cutting out another piece of foil and running it through the machine again. Rub the back of the print with a hard object like a rock or other flat item that won’t tear your paper or make marks.
- Slowly remove the foil and it should appear foiled.
Foiling prints is fun and gives your projects a more professional look. Foils come in many colors and can be used on various projects. I love using them on art prints, cards, and even envelopes.
Want printable instructions? Grab my Step-by-Step PDF for foiling your next project.