Gold foil is a beautiful way to decorate pages in a scrapbook or to give that added aesthetic value to an award. The technique involves using heat to stick shiny, gold coloured lettering to paper over a pre-printed section. If you want to make a gold foil certificate, there are a few tips and tricks that make it fun and easy to do yourself, as well as low-stress and hassle-free.
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Things you need
- Word processing program
- Printer paper
- Laser jet printer
- Photocopier that uses toner
- Gold foil
- Laminator or clothes iron
- Pencil eraser
Design your certificate. Use any word processing program, or a website like "Free Printables" on SEN Teacher or the "Free Printable Certificates" on Hoover Web Design.
Copy and paste the part of your certificate file that you want in gold foil into a separate word processing file. Make sure it is aligned on the page in the same place you want it on the certificate.
Print the file of the part of the certificate you want in gold foil on plain printer paper with your regular laser jet printer. Photocopy the file for the gold foil onto the paper you want used for your certificate.
Cut the gold foil with scissors so it is large enough to cover the section of the certificate you want in gold foil. Place it over that section of the certificate with the metallic side out and tape it down around the corners.
Run the paper with the foil taped to it through a high quality laminator. If you do not have access to a high quality laminator, place another piece of paper over the foil and iron it on the iron's highest setting.
Remove the tape and the gold foil from the certificate. The black toner from the photocopier adheres to the gold from the piece of foil leaving gaps in what you pull away. If pieces of gold stick to areas you do not want, erase them with a pencil eraser. Print the rest of your certificate on this sheet from a regular laser jet printer.
Tips and warnings
- Low-quality or smaller-sized laminators may not get hot enough to make the gold foil stick to the sheet. Use an iron in that case.
- You might need to print out some of the certificates found online and cover the areas you do not want gold foil with other paper before you photocopy them onto the sheet where you want the certificate. Follow the rest of the steps as outlined.
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