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Putting on the Foil

by Matt DeLaere, Marketing

 
PuttingontheFoilIn the movie Slapshot, the Hanson brothers give themselves an edge in their inevitable fights by wrapping their knuckles in tin foil and athletic tape. Strange as it may seem, Jack, Steve, and Jeff may be on to something – “putting on the foil” can be as beneficial to heat printers as it is to hockey goons.

No, I’m not suggesting that you tape your hands before heat printing, but you can add quite a bit of punch to designs with heat transfer foil. It’s quick and easy to apply and is a great way to add a colorful metallic sheen to spirit wear, fan wear, fashion garments, and promotional clothing.

Stahls.com and Stahls.ca now carry heat transfer foil in over 15 colors, including patterns like Pink Zebra, Leopard, and Rainbow. And with CAD-CUT® Adhesive, it’s easier than ever to create durable foil designs using your vinyl cutter and a heat press. There’s no need for burning screens or applying messy inks – just cut and weed your design, apply it to a shirt or other item, then apply the foil.

Foils are permanently bonded to CAD-CUT Adhesive, creating the best results possible and long-lasting designs. And because you cut it on your vinyl cutter, Adhesive allows for finely-detailed designs and the use of heat transfer foil as an accent in multi-media applications.

Now when customers ask what you’re doing to make those awesome metallic designs, all you have to say is, “Putting on the foil….You want some?”

The Hanson Brothers putting on the foil
[Image from http://www.tdpri.com]

  

  

  

  

  

  

  
  

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4 Comments to Putting on the Foil

  1. Dee Smith says:

    II have just started using your new foils. I have a question about applying foil. Say if I have a two color design, after I apply the adhesive for the first color foil, then I apply one color of the foil. How do I apply a second color. Can I iron on the adhesive for the second color, using the heat press right on top of the already finished foil number one.
    The design is too intricate for me to apply the two color foils at the same time. The colors would be close to each other.

  2. Hi Dee,

    The following video from Stahls’ TV has directions for an excellent method for two-color foil printing. It involves applying CAD-CUT Adhesive, then cutting a stencil for one color of your design and applying it. This allows one color to be applied while the other color is covered. Then simply remove the cover sheet and apply your second color (the foils will not apply on top of each other). The video, Heat Printing Pattern Foil Prints, explains the process more clearly.

  3. Renaldo Rice says:

    I PRESS THE ADHESIVES ON ,THEN THE FOILS ON, THE ART WORK FORM THE CUTTER COME OUT GOOD, BUT I NOTICE WHEN I RUB THE EDGES OF THE ART WORK I NOTICE THAT FLAKES STAR COME OFF FROM THE PICTURE IS THERE ANY THING I CAN DO ABOUT THAT.

  4. Hi Renaldo,

    I asked some folks who have a lot of experience using foil, and they suggested the following might be what you’re experiencing, along with a tip on how to take care of this:

    When cutting and applying our CAD-CUT Adhesive, then foiling on top of it, anywhere there is no adhesive, the foil will not adhere to. What happens, sometimes, is extra foil will extend out from the design – just hold the bottom of the shirt and snap it, in the air, to flake off any excess foil that could be left around the edges. You can also just fluff it off by hand, but that usually just makes the little bits of foil go onto the shirt, so snapping it at least lands the foil bits on the floor.

    If you try this and are still experiencing problems, our Customer Service team will be more than happy to walk you through other possible solutions. You can reach them at 800.4.STAHLS (800.478.2457).

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