Laminating Foil: How to Use It to Make Your Documents Stand Out

posted this on May 6, 2016

One of the best ways to make your documents and crafts stand out is by decorating them with foil accents. This can add an eye-catching touch to a number of materials including business cards, report covers, photo albums, party invitations, greeting cards, certificates, and more.

It used to be expensive to have items accented with foil and it usually involved having your materials processed by a third party. However, it’s now possible to do this in the comfort of your home or office thanks to the production of laminating foil. This article will look at the benefits of laminating foil and how you can add pizzazz to your documents with this type of product and your pouch laminator.

Laminating foil is designed for use with your pouch laminator. It comes in rolls that are either 8” or 12” inches wide and 100 feet long. There are a lot of great colors available including the old standards (black, blue, red, yellow) as well as metallics (silver, gold, even holographic) and vibrant hues such as purple, pink, turquoise, and so on.

You’ll need a pouch laminator to use laminating foil. Some great ones to use include the GBC HeatSeal H600 and 700. The Speedy-Lam 330R-10 from James Burn is also a great choice. Once you have your machine and your foil, you can get started. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Print your text or design with a laser printer – not an ink-jet one. The foil will only adhere to laser printer toner and not a water- or wax-based ink like the kind you use with ink-jet printers. However, if you only have access to an ink-jet printer, you can try copying the image or text on a photocopier and trying that instead.
  • Once your print-out is ready to go, get your laminating foil and cut out a piece that will full cover the area of your document you want to work with. Also, make sure your laminator is ready to go and that it has warmed up completely (if necessary). The ideal temperature for this type of application is approximately 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Your machine’s rollers should be turning slowly.
  • Place your document (with the foil) on it in a laminating carrier that’s larger than the document. This is to ensure that the foil won’t accidentally come into contact with the machine’s rollers. (This is bad for the device and can do some real damage.) Insert the carrier into the laminator.
  • After the carrier comes out, give your document a few minutes to cool off. You can then peel back the foil and see how great your document looks.

Using laminating foil is easy and it will give your materials a high-class look that everyone will love. All you need is your documents, a roll of foil, and your pouch laminator and you’ll be ready to go. Be sure to follow the instructions in this article to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Good luck!

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