by Louise

November 24, 2016

How to foil stickers for your planner

How to foil stickers for your planner

Have you ever wondered how sticker makers are foiling their stickers? In this post, I will teach you everything I know about how to foil stickers.

Foiled stickers are so so pretty and I totally get why you want to make your own too.

However, getting started with foiling your own stickers might be quite an investment for you – depending on your current situation.

You need three things in order to be able to foil your stickers.

  1. Heat activated foil in your preferred colors.
  2. A laser printer // laser printed stickers
  3. A laminator that uses heat to laminate (or similar, like the Minc).  

Let me break it down for you. This process is quite extensive. Easy to do, but you need all the information to do it.

Firstly, the foil needs to be activated with heat for it to stick to your stickers. So before you buy just any foil, think again, and look for foil that is activated with heat, like the Minc and deco foil.

Now that you have your heat activated foil, you need the medium that your foil will stick to – this is where the laser printer is essential. When the toner (the ink inside a laser printer) is heated up ( in the laminator) it will act as the glue and adhere the foil onto the paper – only where your printer has printed the toner.

This also means that it will not stick to your inkjet prints. So in order to foil on top of colors you need to first print your stickers on your inkjet printer and then run it through your laser and print what you want foiled in black. Does that make sense?

Broken down into steps – you need to:

1 Print your colorful stickers on your inkjet printer. You need your colors to be in inkjet ink, because if you print your whole sticker sheet on your laser printer, the foil will not “know” where to stick to.

2 Then add the black, and only the black and print that on your laser printer. So what I mean here is that you add where you want foil in your design program and then print your stickers one more time. This time on your laser printer. i have heard that a monochrome laser printer gives the best quality.  

3 Then you add foil and put it into your heated laminator. This is where the magic happens. You need to heat your laminator and slide the stickers through that with the foil on top of the stickers. You place the foil with the shiny side up and protect your stickers and foil from your laminator with a cover. this cover can just be a piece of paper.  

4 Remove the foil and see your beautiful stickers. Look at your new shiny beautiful foiled stickers, and let them cool down for a few seconds.

5 Now you cut your stickers on your cutting machine. Then you simply do what you normally do, when you need to cut your stickers and then plan with your beautiful foiled stickers. 

That is basically it. It is not difficult at all, but you just need to do all the steps in the right order. Look at the picture below to get a better idea of the process, if you are visual like me.

Here is how you foil your own stickers for your planner

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About the author

Louise is a graphic designer, a creative planner and a business owner. In her spare time, she likes to make all sorts of crafts and draw digitally. She likes to travel the world and spend time with family. She lives a wonderful life in the country of Denmark with her husband and their one-year-old little girl.

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  1. I’ve tried this, my biggest problem is lining up the print from the two printers. For example.. I print something out on my inkjet and when I go to print the “foil” part on my laser it’s shifted on the sheet. It results in misaligned stickers! Do you have suggestions for laser or inkjet printers? Thanks!

    1. I think a lot of sticker makers deal with this problem because printers feed the paper differently.
      I think the best thing you can do is to try, try and try again until you know just how to position the paper in your two printers.

      I would buy some cheap printer paper and make a bright colored square, print that on the inkjet and then print a darker one in the exact same position on the laser. Then adjust the way you feed the paper a tiny bit for every print you make. At one point it will match and you’ll then know how to feed the paper when you print your actual stickers. Also, I would suggest making an offset on the inkjet, to accommodate for the slight shift, when printing your toner.

      Does that make any sense? 🙂

      1. Yes! I’ve tried that with no success. I believe it’s the printer I’m using. Even when I print two sheets on the printer with the papers positioned the same way in the tray it still turns out different! It would be a different story if the prints lined up even the slightest or shifted minimally but it’s completely off! Boggles my mind, haha.

  2. Thank you for this, Louise. This article answered the questions I had perfectly.

    I was wondering about one thing though. Do you know if you can print onto the heat activated foil?

    Loving the website and will definitely be looking through the rest of it later today! 🙂 Can’t wait to read more!

    L. x

  3. Do I feed the same paper from the inkjet printer into the laser printer or are they two different papers? I’m confused on this step.

    1. It is the same piece of paper 🙂
      You only need to run your paper through an inkjet printer if you want to have other elements than the foiled parts showing on your stickers, like colors and such 🙂 I hope that makes sense.
      The foil will only adhere to the toner from the laser printer, so if you print colors, patterns etc. on your inkjet they will still show after foiling.

  4. I’ve had the same issues with regards to the toner printing off but also due to the toner being in a different place on the paper my cuts are then off

    1. I have heard that the White Gloss for Laser sticker paper works great for foiling stickers. I bought mine from Online Labels but have yet to test this out.

    2. Yes i have the same question also. I want to print transparent vinyls with color and foil. Which printable vinyl can be printed on both type of printers? Laser & inkjet?

  5. So I’m having issues with the stickers lining up as well but also – how do I print on my laser printer just the black areas? I know how to print black and white but I don’t want it to dull the areas printed in color. Hope that makes sense. Thanks for any help.

  6. Hi, Louise This was such a great post, so helpful! I have been trying to get foil onto matte sticker paper, but it keeps coming out patchy. Is there a matte sticker paper you recommend? Thank you so much!!

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