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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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PRODUCT REVIEW SUMMARY

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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