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Hi creative friends! With a love of all things craft-related, Jane and I were thrilled at the chance to try out Cricut’s latest innovation, the Cricut Foil Transfer System. Read on to learn about what it is and our first impressions in using it!
What is Crafting with Foil?
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of crafting with foil are those beautiful greeting cards with gold metallic accents throughout. They are traditionally heat pressed on using gold foil sheets to add shine and a luxurious element to paper crafts. Adding metallic foil is beautiful way of adding dimension and elevating your crafts to the next level.
Truthfully, I haven’t done much foil crafting. I’ve considered it only for the “professionals”. But now Cricut has found a way to make it friendly even for crafting hobbyists.
Traditional Crafting with Foil Challenges
Have you ever tried crafting with foil? If so, you are already aware of some of the challenges associated with traditional foil application. The main one is that you typically need a heat source to transfer the shiny foil on to your project. This means you need specific equipment and a somewhat fear-less attitude. To me, this implies an added cost – so unless you’re planning to sell your creations, crafting with foil is perhaps not for everyone.
That was the case is until Cricut launched their latest product, the Cricut Foil Transfer System.
How Cricut’s Foil Transfer System Differs
First and foremost, the system uses pressure instead of heat to apply long-lasting foil effects. With just a simple switch of the housing tools, the system is compatible with both the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore cutting machines. This is great for existing Cricut Explore owners who’ve been waiting a while for some new products to launch.
The new Cricut Foil Transfer Kit comes with everything you need to get started. It includes a new housing unit and 3 different sized tips (fine, medium and bold) as well as a few sheets of silver foil. The different sized tips provide a variety of foil effects with a simple change.
The foil also comes in two sizes (12″x12″ and 4″x6″ sheets) and several colors including classic gold, silver and pretty jewel tones.
Additionally, the system works in conjunction with other Cricut embellishments like cutting, embossing, scoring, making the transitions effortless and crafting possibilities endless.
The Cricut Transfer Foil System is already integrated into Design Space– just choose a beautiful design and follow the prompts to create a variety of professional-looking projects. Everything from cards, gift boxes, art and even some non-paper surfaces (more on that to come soon!).
Having given the Cricut transfer foil a try, we loved the finished look of the gold accents on a sheet of simple black cardstock. We appreciated that the packages come with plenty of foil sheets to sample and test with since we did make a “beginner boo-boo” by not taping the foil down fully!
But live and learn…we won’t make that mistake again. So take it from us, there’s no reason to not jump right in and just get started!
Seeing the system in action has inspired us to come up with creative ways to use the gold foil: elegant invitations, stunning scrapbook pages, personalized gifts and more. We’ll be sharing our very first craft project using the foil transfer kit soon!
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