I recently learned that you can create foil prints at home using a laminator and heat reactive foil. The trick is printing your work with a laser printer that uses toner, rather than an inkjet.
No laser printer? You're in luck!
CutCardStock's printing services use toner so you can simply order your prints and have them shipped to you to add foil too. Or if you're looking to do a small number of prints, you can take your high-quality paper to somewhere like FedEx or anywhere that has a laser printer.
I decided to try out my new laminator with some of my iPad drawings. I used my iPad pro, apple pencil, and the Procreate app.
I exported my files and opened them in Illustrator on my computer. I live traced the images and added some text.
I saved the files and sent them to CutCardStock to print using their online print submission. Smooth paper works best for the foil process so I went with my go-to - Classic Crest Recycled 100 Bright White Card Stock. I also had some prints done on Classic Crest Epic Black. While CutCardStock can't print colored ink on black paper, they had no issue printing black ink, which was all I need for the laminator.
I received my prints and fired up the laminator, an Amazon Basics 13 inch Thermal Laminator. I went with Heidi Swapp Minc Foil in champagne and iridescent.
I trimmed the foil to the size of my prints, let the laminator heat up, and then fed it through and peeled off the foil. Viola!