How to Foil Stamp


A foil stamp is created by stamping an image onto a material with adhesive and then affixing the foil to the glue. It works the same way that projects drawn with glue and then sprinkled with glitter does. The glue is used to create the image, and the foil is affixed to it to color it in. The foil consists of two layers, one is cellophane the other is colored foil. The cellophane holds the foil. Stamp foil with rubber, foam and acrylic stamps.

Things You'll Need

  • Old towel
  • Foil adhesive
  • Stamp
  • Small foam brush
  • Stamping material
  • Foil, 12-inch square
  • Teflon coated iron
  • Set down an old towel onto your workspace. Paint an even layer of foil adhesive onto the stamp with a small foam brush.

  • Place the material that you are going to foil stamp, such as cotton, silk, acetate, synthetic fibers and low nap velvet, onto the towel on your workspace. Lightly move your stamp with adhesive side into position on the fabric. Once you have it over the area you are going to foil stamp, pick up the stamp and press it firmly down and lift it straight up. Wait two hours for the adhesive to dry.

  • Set the 12-inch square piece of foil with the shiny colored side facing up onto the dry adhesive on the material. Turn on your iron to the cotton setting with No Steam. When it has heated up, set the front-side edge of the iron onto the foil and use a circular rubbing motion while pressing down slightly to get the foil to stick to the foil adhesive. If you find that the foil won't adhere, press harder with the side of the point of the iron. Turn up the heat on the iron to see if that helps. If it doesn't, you applied too little adhesive to the stamp and will need to put more on to get the foil to stick. If you find that the foil sticks in ridges, you put on too much adhesive.

Tips & Warnings

  • Reuse foil sheets until there is barely any color left on them.
  • Remove the foil stamp by pressing it directly with a hot iron.
  • Handle hot irons with care as they can burn you.
  • Wash fabrics in cool water with the gentle cycle and air dry them. Do not put them into a dryer as the heat will make the foil come off.

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