Over the last few weeks I have been clearing out my studio, tidying, recycling and generally mucking out. And this weekend I remembered that I had a roll of heat reactive gold foil!!
I must have had it tucked away for a couple of years, a gift that I was never able to use, but I liked the idea of it and what it could be used for. So pack rat that I am, stored it away and it slipped from memory.
Some may recall that I recently bought a colour laser printer so I could branch out into sticker making. The machine I bought is the Xerox Phaser which has the capacity to print on card stock with a front loading manual feed. Well, this weekend I found the foil that I had so carefully stored away.
The theory goes that, you can print an image using toner, place foil over it and run it through a laminator. Pretty great idea if you have in your possession a laser printer and a laminator. Well as it happens I bought a laminator a few years ago to encapsulate my paper cut bookmarks and now I have the laser printer.
So guess what I did today after finishing up my chores !!
Its a tricky process, the foil is so fine and light, it curls, and is a bugger to keep flat, so I ended up using a little scotch tape to keep it in place. Passing it through the laminator was a nervewracking process, I was convince it would jam up the insides, but it passed through cleanly and once I removed the tape and excess foil I could breathe again.
But my goodness, how it shines!
I love a good knitting pun and have wanted to make this card for the longest time, but because I wanted it to have a nice gilt crown replacement above the text, never did. Now I can and to see it in the flesh is a joy, it has that lovely ancient oxidised mercury look that you see in old mirrors.
And as legend says. Keep calm and carry yarn. I’m going to look at more colours, I hear there is a holographic one….
Have a beautiful week.