Do you ever find a project on Pinterest that you obsess about; something new and beautiful that you are dying to try? I tend to have a one-track mind when I find a new art project or craft technique that I want to conquer.
LIVING IN THE STICKS HAS IT’S ADVANTAGES BUT NOT ALWAYS!
Living away from stores and shopping doesn’t usually bother me. That is, until I find something different that I want to dive into and then find I’m missing a major component to create said project. This dilema leaves me with three solutions; the first involves driving the winding roads to the next town, the second is shopping online and waiting for my package to arrive and the third is to sweet talk my husband into shopping for the supplies on his way home from work (insert wink)!
None of these options are ideal! I try my best to come up “Plan B” so I can get my craft on! The craft I’ve been crushing on is gold foil prints. Love, love love!
NOT ALL PRINTERS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Much to my dismay, I realized s much as I love my Canon Pixma Pro printer for printing my invitations and cards, it wasn’t going to work for this task. I needed a laser printer that used toner and not ink. The toner is necessary to make the foil react and stick. I couldn’t justify purchasing another printer and I was far too impatient to send my work to a print shop and wait on the laser prints. Are you beginning to see that I donn’t possess the virtue of patience?
Because I was desperate, I decided an experiment was in order. I rummaged through my art and craft supplies. I had already purchased a roll of gold reactive foil and a toner pen. I didn’t like the tip of the pen and found it clumsy to work with. It also dried up when I tried to use it the second time. Ugh!
I had to find something that would activate the foil to stick to the design. I thought about the different glues I had in my arsenal. I decided to try a glue by Aleene’s called TACK-IT Over & Over. This glue remains sticky so I decided to give it a try. Here’s what happened:
A STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL WITH SUPPLIES PICTURED
HINT: To throughly clean your rubber stamp, soak a cloth in rubbing alcohol and rub vigorously over the stamp. You may have to do this a couple of times to remove all the glue.
HINT: I found the more detailed stamps worked better for me than the smooth stamps using this technique.
What about you? Hav you fallen in love with all the foil designs found around the interweb? Do you have any hints about working with a toner pen or printed toner? I’d love to hear from you and see your stunning designs![contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]