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How to Use the Cricut Foil Transfer Kit

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The Cricut Foil Transfer kit requires no additional foiling tools, machines or external power sources.

The Cricut Foil Transfer kit requires no additional foiling tools, machines or external power sources.

I love foiled papercrafts. Anything shiny is so much better. But adding foil to your papercrafts can sometimes be messy, requiring lots of extra tools and supplies. It can be costly to get that foil on your project.

Foiling gives a metallic effect to paper and other materials. They really shine! The foil is typically “transferred” to paper by either glue/adhesive or heat.

I found the alternate system from Cricut is the answer to foiling your paper crafts with the least amount of mess or fuss. All you need is one kit and some foiling sheets. It does it all right from your Cricut Maker or Explore.

The best thing about the Cricut Transfer Foil Kit, in my book, is that there is no heat involved at all. The whole system is based on pressure, not heat. The machine presses down into the foil transferring the foil onto the case material.

There is no extra adapter or any extra power source needed. The tool fits into the B Clamp of your Cricut machine.

More Features of the Cricut Foil Transfer System

Another feature that makes this tool right for all Cricut users is that you can foil and cut in only one step. The tool is integrated with the Design Space system, which allows you to use multiple functions in one project.

The foiling tool works the same way as a pen would work to draw a design.

You can also use more than one tip in the same project.

Another feature that makes this system so popular is the fact that you can use multiple colors of foil in the same project.

Advantages of the Cricut Foil Transfer System

  • There is no heat involved in the process. Instead, the system uses pressure to create the design. You will not take any chances of voiding your warrantee with a heated tip tool. No chance of heating portions of the machine or causing damage.
  • The system is made to work seamlessly with your Cricut Maker or Explore and Design Space. No more workarounds or hacks needed!
  • No extra cables or connections. The system fits into the machine without any extra power.
  • No waiting for the system to heat up. It works right away-no waiting time involved.

Cricut Foil Transfer Kit Tip

When you are just getting started with using the Cricut Foil Transfer Kit, you can filter these along the lefthand side in the Image Library. Any image that already has a “Draw” layer (typically designed for pens) can be easily changed to “Foil." The easiest way to find good images is to look for either “Draw Only” or “Cut+Draw” designs.

Your kit is complete with everything you need to get started right out of the box.

Your kit is complete with everything you need to get started right out of the box.

Cricut Transfer Foil Kit Basics

Would you like to add shiny foil to all of your cards, stickers, scrapbook pages, and even earrings? The Cricut Transfer Foil Kit answers your needs to make your projects shine beyond what you thought might be possible.

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The Foil Transfer Kit uses pressure to activate the foil onto the project rather than heat. No heat or laminators are involved in this process. No worries about having the right printer. Just a lovely foiled permanent image every time.

No extra power sources needed. The tool attaches right into the "B" housing on your machine.

The best thing about this kit is that it fused with the Cricut Design Space to provide a user-friendly experience.

What Is Included in the Cricut Transfer Kit?

This kit can be used with all Cricut Explore machines and Maker Machines. The Cricut Transfer Kit comes with everything that you need to get started in one box:

  • Transfer Tool Housing
  • Interchangeable Tips ( fine, bold, and medium tips)
  • Foiling Sheets 12 4" by 6" sheets-6 gold and 6 silver
  • Tape

Cricut Joy Transfer Kit

  • Joy Transfer Tool Housing
  • One Medium Tip
  • Foiling Sheets 12 4" by 6" sheets- 6 gold and 6 silver
  • Tape

There are additional foils available for purchase.

Materials That Can Be Foiled

The one thing to remember about foiling materials is that the smoother the material, the smoother the foiling. The smoother the material, the better the foiling!

  • Cardstock ( light, medium, heavy)
  • Copy Paper
  • Adhesive Backed Paper
  • Deluxe Paper
  • Faux Leather
  • Foil Embossed Paper
  • Glossy Photo Paper
  • Kraft Board
  • Mat Board
  • Pearl Paper
  • Poster Board
  • Printable Vinyl
  • Printable Sticker Paper
  • Vellum
  • Watercolor Paper

When sending a mat to your cutting machine that includes a Foil Linetype, you'll notice some material settings are not enabled. Only materials that have been qualified for use will be selectable

The interchangeable tips act like a pen that would draw to create an image. So anything that you would normally draw in Cricut Design Space, you can foil instead.

For specific material projects, check out the link below:

The Cricut Joy has its own Foil Transfer Kit to fit the size of the machine.

The Cricut Joy has its own Foil Transfer Kit to fit the size of the machine.

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Cricut Foil Transfer Sheets

The Cricut Foil Transfer Sheets are the only foil sheets that can be used with the Foil Transfer Kit. They are unique in that the system uses a pressure system rather than a heat transfer system. So, these are the sheets that work with this system.

The sheets currently come in two sizes- large 12×12 sheets of gold and silver and smaller 4×6 sheets of gold, silver, emerald, aqua, and purple (more colors will be available in both sizes soon!).

If your foil lines don’t end up clean and smooth, it is most likely due to a wrinkle/bubble in the foil transfer sheet. Do your best to get the foil sheet flat against the base material. That way there is less chance of wrinkles and bubbling.

Cricut Foil Tips

  • When you purchase a package of Cricut Foil, it will include enough pre-cut adhesive strips so that each sheet in the package will have 4 strips for all 4 edges.

Fonts and the Foil Transfer Kit

If you want to add text or words to your project, it is important to know that you can only use single line fonts.

There are not a lot of choices when it comes to free single line fonts. But you can find lots of inexpensive fonts that are available through the internet. Here are a list of fonts that will work with this system:

  • Dear Agatha
  • Engineer
  • Lettered
  • Love Bug
  • Mugsy Sketch
  • Pinsetter Line
  • Pinwheel
  • RSVP
  • Thin Flannels

Foil Transfer Kit Tip

You can cut and foil in the same project. The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool is fully integrated with Cricut Design Space, which lets you combine multiple linetypes (draw, score, cut, and foil) all in one project. You can even change the Foil Transfer Tool tip in a single project, combining different sizes.

Where to Find Images to Foil

You might be surprised to find out how many images are already in your Cricut Design Space that can be foiled.

Look for either "Draw only" or "Draw and cut images." You can filter these along the lefthand side in the Image Library. Any image that already has a “Draw” layer (typically designed for pens) can be easily changed to “Foil."

These are the easiest images to use as they are somewhat designed as single-line designs. Technically, you can set any layer of any design to foil. But keep in mind that the foil tool will only draw lines. It does not fill in solid areas.

Before You Get Started

Before you cut, Cricut's suggestion is to start by sliding the white star wheels of your Cricut Explore or Maker all the way to the right. This will help them from imprinting foil onto your image.

Correct way to place foil on the mat: The foil should be placed over the cardstock and then taped onto the mat.

Correct way to place foil on the mat: The foil should be placed over the cardstock and then taped onto the mat.

Getting the Mat Ready

The mats that are recommended for use with the foiling process are either the Light Grip Mat or the Medium Grip Mat.

Always remember that the colored side of the foil goes up!

Place your base material on the mat. Make sure that it is securely adhered to the mat. You do not want any shifting on the mat.

  1. Then place the foil sheet on top of the mat.
  2. Keep the adhesive tape about 1/4 inch on the foil.
  3. You can cut the foil sheet to the size of the image or leave the page whole. I prefer to use the whole page and then cut it down afterwards.
  4. Use the tape that is included in the kit. Smooth the foil as much as you possibly can. Tape the foil down on each edge. If you run out of tape, you can use low tack tape such as washi tape or painter's tape. Test the tape on a piece of foil to make sure that it does not rip the foil
  5. Keep the adhesive tape about 1/4 inch on the foil.
  6. Apply one side first (there is a slight static cling so be careful!)
  7. Apply adhesive strip to the opposite side, then the remaining sides.
  8. Be sure that your design is smaller than the area of the foil sheet including the area of the foil covered by the adhesive tape.

Now insert the mat into your Cricut.

More Mat Tips

  1. If you are not using the tape provided, test any other low tack tape to make sure that it does not rip the foil during the process.
  2. Position the design so that it does not go under the black rollers on the machine. Carefully position the base material on your mat so it precisely corresponds to your design on the project preview screen. This will give you space to tape the foil transfer sheet, so the tape doesn't cover any portion of your design but also doesn't go under the black rubber rollers.
  3. Use full tape strips along the edges of your foil. The transfer sheet should be as flat and as move as you can make it. The foil should be flush against the material that you are foiling.
  4. Cut the foil larger than your design. You need to allow for the area where the tape will be.
  5. Remove the tape slowly after the foiling process is complete.

Transfer Kit Tips

  • The shiny side of the foil should always be up ( facing you) to get the right transfer.
  • Move the star wheels before you put your foil sheets on the mat so they don’t ruin your foil or designs.
The Cricut Foil Transfer Tips give you plenty of options to create paper crafts and artwork easily and quickly.

The Cricut Foil Transfer Tips give you plenty of options to create paper crafts and artwork easily and quickly.

The Cricut Foil Transfer Kit too loads into your B Housing holder

The Cricut Foil Transfer Kit too loads into your B Housing holder

How to Insert the Tips Into the Housing

Insert the housing into the B Clamp before inserting the tip.

The tips change easily. To insert a tip, just put it into the end of the housing—a magnet locks it in. When you want to remove the tip, depress the plunger at the top and it’ll come right out. You can tell the difference between the foil transfer tips by the lines—one line is for a fine line, two lines is for a medium line, and three lines is for a bold line.

The Cricut Transfer Foil Tips have a plunger button on the top that allows you to quickly and easily swap out the different tips. Each tip attaches to the interior of the tool casing magnetically, so it’s simple to remove and replace as needed.

Desktop Only For The Cricut Foil Transfer Kit

At this time, you can only use a desktop computer with Design Space to use the Cricut Foil Transfer Kit.

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Using Design Space With the Foil Transfer Kit

If you are using the Cricut Explore or Maker, the first thing you will want to decide is which of the three tips you want to use. You can close the fine, medium or bold tip. Then you need to insert the Cricut Foil Transfer Kit housing.

To use the Cricut Foiling system, you will be using a single line design. You can find many of these within the Design Space library. Use the search button at the upper right-hand side of your Design Space mat.

Once you find the design that you want to use, you will need to change the linetype to foil. When you select foil, another window will open where you will select the tip you plan to use.

Steps to Create a Foiled Project in Design Space

  1. In Cricut Design Space, chose the design that you want to create
  2. Select the "Foil" option in linetype
  3. Put your base material on the Cricut mat
  4. Tape a transfer foil sheet on top of the material
  5. Load the mat into your cricut
  6. Press "Make It"
  7. After the foiling is done, use the "foil cut" option to cut the cardstock
  8. After foiling, remove the used foil, load the fine-point blade in the clamp, and press "go" in the design space to start the process.

Throughout the cut process, Design Space will intuitively prompt you to switch out the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool when needed. It will also eject your mat just enough so that you can remove your used foil and tape in-between steps. No guesswork needed!

For Foil Transfer projects with Cricut Explore Air 2 (or older) machines always turn your dial to "Custom," then select your base material from the list in Design Space. Do not use the dial settings with Foil Transfer Tool, even if they match your base material (i.e. do not use the Cardstock dial setting, even if you're foiling onto cardstock).

Cricut Foil Transfer Kit Tips

  • You can now filter through images selecting “draw only” to make it quick and easy to see what images will work best!
  • The tape that is included in your kit is reusable. You can use it for several projects before discarding it.
  • You should also change the color of the foil to the appropriate color you are using. This is very important if using more than one color foil!
You can do different colored foils on the same mat with spacing.

You can do different colored foils on the same mat with spacing.

More Design Space-Foil Ideas

The Foil Transfer kit is very user friendly. The program actually tells you the steps to take.

The Foil Transfer kit is very user friendly. The program actually tells you the steps to take.

Once You Have Foiled, It Is Time to Cut Your Project

When your project is done foiling, do not remove the mat. Instead, carefully peel up the tape around your project, making sure not to pull up the cardstock as you peel. Like I said above, if you are careful, you can keep this foil and tape and use the non-used parts on other projects. Much less waste!

Carefully peel off the foil and the tape while the mat is still in the machine. Switch out the Foil Transfer Tool with your next tool and continue with the prompts from your machine.

Then switch out your Foil Transfer Tool for the regular Fine Point blade and click the flashing C, and your Cricut will cut around the edge of your image.

Cricut Foil Transfer Kit Tips

  • If any foil gets anywhere that you did not plan for, use an eraser to gently remove those bits from your project.
  • To get the best/cleanest results, tape all the way around the foil transfer sheet. You will get the best results with the foil taped down all the around. Otherwise, parts of the foil may catch in the rollers and/or rip apart.

More Tips For The Cricut Transfer Foil Kit

  • Make sure to tape down the foil over the mat very firmly. If it is not taped correctly, it will not handle the pressure of the tip and it will come out. If the foil loosens. open the clamp, load the foil transfer tool first, load the mat, and feed in. You can reuse the tape several times before discarding it.
  • Make sure that all edges of the foil have tape on it.
  • Ensure that you have placed the base material into the correct mat of your craft.
  • Check the tape if it does not cover any portion of the design area. Otherwise, the foil will slip or get torn while doing the transfer process.
  • Only use the materials that have been qualified for your Cricut Machine. Using a faux leather base material for your Cricut Joy will not work, as the Cricut Joy series does not have enough pressure to press the foil down the material.
  • You can foil and cut (or draw or score) in the same project.
  • If your foil seems to be "ripping", use the "less pressure" setting. If that has not corrected the problem, use a thinner material setting (like light cardstock instead of medium cardstock). Note that if you are foiling and cutting at the same time and need to change your pressure back to Default or More for the cut, just pause your machine and you can then change your pressure in Design Space.
  • Save your scraps. Cut out the parts that you have not used and save them for smaller projects
  • You can combine different tips (fine, medium, and bold) in the same project.
  • If you wonder why your foil lines do not end up clean, make every effort to ensure that the foil sheet is precisely flat against your chosen base material. Increase the "Default" pressure for the foil tool setting as well.
  • You can combine different tips in one project.
  • Don’t worry if your foil transfer sheet doesn’t like perfectly flat and smooth—a little tugging at the tape line won’t affect the project
  • Do not let the foil touch the adhesive on the mat. If it does, the foil will pull towards the mat.
  • Store your tips on the magnetic bar in the storage of your Cricut explore of Maker.
  • If your project has multiple steps, do not remove the mat after it’s done foiling.
  • If you run out of the tape included in the kit, any low tack tape such as washi tape, painter’s tape, or masking tape can be used. Always test your tape on your base material first to ensure it won’t tear or harm the material when removing.

Foil Transfer Kit Projects To Try

Final Thoughts on the Cricut Foil Transfer Kit

If you love to foil, or have always want to give it a try, the Cricut Foil Transfer Kit a try. You do not need any additional die cutting machine or foiling machine or even a laminator. This one tool attached to your Cricut system will foil and cut your design.

It is a simple tool, reasonably priced to get the job done. No storage issues because the elements of the system can be stored on your machine.

It is a great way to not only foil your projects, but also to cut your projects. It is easy to learn and apply to your current system.

Given all of the advantages of this foil system, you should consider it for your foiling needs.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Linda F Correa