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Silhouette Printable Foil Tutorial & Review (And the Benefit Over Vinyl)

Silhouette School weekly contributors Becky and Glenna from My Paper Craze are in this week with a tutorial and review of Silhouette Printable Gold and Silver Foil.  Here's Becky...

I'm always looking for new things to try with my Silhouette.  With all the different media available out there, I always wonder what new projects I can tackle and if the products are worth the purchase. 

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Today, we've created some pretty awesome labels with Silhouette Brand Printable Silver Foil (also available in Silhouette Brand Printable GOLD Foil).

We recently moved into a new house and I have been dying to throw a housewarming party (and of course, make my own housewarming invitations!). In the process, I obviously had to make some address labels that could compete with my awesome invitation. After a little looking around, I figured what the heck, why not see what this printable foil is all about.

I started with setting up my cut file. If you're wondering, I made this design using Ballerina Script Font ("The Smith Family"), a standard computer font for the address, and then KG Flavor And Frames Four for the frame.

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Once you're satisfied, create an OFFSET to give yourself a little border. Change your CUT SETTINGS so that only your offest will cut (set the rest to NO CUT).

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Print this like a regular Print and Cut. I did reduce the registration marks like in the tutorial How to Move Registration Marks to Enlarge the Print Area in Silhouette Studio so I could fit a few more on the page. 

After printing, set it up on your cutting mat, as normal. Fortunately, Silhouette Studio comes with a Printable Foil preset cut setting. When I first looked at it, I was a little doubtful because the printable foil didn't seem that thick, but I decided to cut with the preset and it worked like a charm! Once you peel them off the paper, you'll see why the the cut settings are a little high, this foil paper is pretty thick.

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These silver foil labels turned out pretty amazing. (Don't worry that's not smeared ink, that's just me blurry out my address.) Sure, I could have made address labels with regular sticker paper, but the silver foil really dresses them up and makes them stand out.

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As far as the product goes, I'm very pleased with Silhouette Brand Printable Silver Foil (also available in Silhouette Brand Printable GOLD Foil). The price is pretty reasonable, too, less than a dollar a sheet if you're ordering on Amazon. These would also be great for wine bottle labels, birthday party favors, scrapbooking embelishments, etc. The quality is really good, these are nice and thick when compared to regular sticker paper.

The question I most struggled with when deciding how to use the silver foil is why would I use this over vinyl? The printable feature is really the big draw and I have to brag on not having any issues with the ink smearing. I really couldn't be happier with how these turned out.
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  1. Did you use an inkjet printer or a laser printer? I have temporary tattoos that I want to make for my kids when we go to Disney but for the life of me can't find what type of printer to use. I would image it would be similar to the foils.

    1. Hi Mackenzie, I use a regular Epson inkjet printer for both temporary tattoos and this printable foil. Hope it helps!

  2. Your experience was much different from mine. I have tried many times and it never picks up the registration marks. I've yet to have a successful printing/cutting experience with the product. Maybe I'll give it another shot.

    1. A friend was having problems with registration marks and she watched this YouTube video and tried this method and it worked for her. You may want to try it.

    2. Hmmm, that's strange Lea. Is this happening with all of your print-n-cut files or just the foil? It could be that there is a difference in lighting, I could see there being some issues if the foil is reflecting the light into the sensor. Let me know if you continue to have any problems or if you found any resolution!

  3. Awesome! I bought silver and gold back in March ... wasn't sure what for. Obviously, they are for my Christmas card return address labels! Thank you!

  4. Very very disappointed. I have designed name labels to stick on water bottle for my daughter's birthday return gifts. Every kid was excited to bring their named bottle to school. But on the first wash label washed off. There is no where written that silver foil is not washable. It disappointed me that I have worked hard to design all the label and spent money on paper and ink also every kid was disappointed that they couldn't use their return gift.

  5. How do you stop the ink from bleeding?

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  7. I used the printable gold foil for address labels on my Christmas cards. They were beautiful and I had no problems doing the print and cut, however one of the cards came back to me with a blank label. I'm not sure what happened. The whole label looked strange and splotchy like the top layer had peeled off. I'll still use the foil for things around the house, but I won't be using it for address labels. I still don't know who it was that didn't get their Christmas card.

  8. Make my day and say hi and I will take a look at your blog or site too!
    Thanks XxX

  9. My laser printer worked well with this media, we made plaques for trophies and was quick and didn't smear and did not have any problems with getting wet. I am guessing the heat which bonds the toner is why water did not cause problems.


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