• Linda

Discover the sizzling charm of Hot Foiling!

Updated: Dec 22, 2018

This week's video tutorial is slightly different than usual. Normally I would make a video about a stamp set or a technique. This time however, the video is featuring the new Gemini Hot FoilPress Machine from Crafter's Companion. The best deal I found is from Hochanda where you can get the machine on Flexi Pay for about £100. The video below includes unboxing and examples on how to use different foil dies with the machine. I was originally planning to get the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system but they are hard to get at the moment.

The one advantage of Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System over the Gemini FoilPress is that the Spellbinders machine can be used with other brands of Die Cutting machines. Gemini FoilPress has a platform that's very thin so it's only compatible with the Gemini (you will need to but an adapter plate) or Gemini Junior Die Cutting machines. So be mindful of this if you decide to buy a hot foiling machine. The Gemini FoilPress works well and it's sold for a reasonable price. The kit featured above is the basic kit. There are two other options where you can purchase additional products like DVDs and even the Gemini Die cutting machine.

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The machine itself is surprisingly light. It's also fairly easy to operate if you follow the instructions and read them properly, unlike someone who shall not be named! (Hello!). I think I accidentally damaged my top plate by misreading the instructions and not adding the metal plate on top of the Stamp 'N Cut die. Oh well! The other thing I noticed is that you really need to cut the foil to correct size. If the foil is way bigger than the die and the cardstock you are using, it tends to leave bits of foil along the edges of your cardstock.

So in the basic bundle, you get all the following bits and bobs:

  • FoilPress Base Station

  • Foiling Platform

  • Top Plate

  • Metal Shim

  • Silicone Cooling Mat

  • Magnetic Tweezers (very handy!)

  • Silicone Finger Grips

  • x1 Roll of Gold Foil

  • Foil Stamp 'N Cut Dies

  • Foil Stamp Dies

  • Instruction Manual

  • Power Cord (both UK and EU)

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