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- Download my free design (links below) or make your own – you can use any graphic program you have: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or Elements or the free online programs like Canva or PicMonkey too. I think Publisher would work well too. Pretty much any program you can move your type around in. I used the Silhouette Studio Software.
- First I drew a box on my page which was the same size as my frame: 20 x 25cm or 8 x 10 inches. I used this as a guide and made my design to fit within that space. I checked the Line setting option > print lines of selected shapes. I wanted to use this as my cutting guide when I cut the print to fit the frame.
- I used the Fonts: Ruhistly and Ruhistly Extra Ornaments. I typed each word separately and moved them around until I was happy with the layout. When I wanted to resize them, I grouped them all together first. To make it easier to visualize as I was working, I set the fill colour and line colour to Black.
- Print out. If you intend to use the foil then it must be with a laser printer. It’s the toner that will make the foil adhere to the print when heated. I have a Brother HL2270DW and changed the settings to the highest quality (1200 dpi) (see below for Alternative suggestions)
- Pre heat your laminator. I have a $30 A4 laminator from Kmart. It’s Office One brand (in Australia). I preheat for at least 6 minutes on the highest setting.
- Pop the print out in a Transfer Folder
- Cover the design with the Reactive foil, shiny side up, fold the top of the folder over it all and smooth down. The folders are transparent which is handy to check to ensure everything is in place.
- Feed the sandwich into the laminator folded side first. It will grip it and slowly draw it through the machine and out the other side.
- Open the Transfer folder and gently peel back the foil to reveal your brilliant metallic design.
- Now in the interests of disclosure I’ll show you a close up. You can see some specs of toner showing through, so the result isn’t totally perfect but when viewed from a normal distance it’s not noticeable and the overall effect is bright and shimmery, so I’m happy!
- Trim, Frame and Enjoy!
- If you’re not using the foil technique you can print away in any colour you like on your regular inkjet printer.
- If you don’t have a laser printer and want to try the foil, then it’s an added step of taking it into the copy or print shop to have them do it. Or maybe your boss won’t mind if you use the fancy laser printer or copier at work.
- My El cheapo laminator works reasonably well, but there is a 12 inch wide Laminator made especially to work with the foil. I haven’t tried it out, but it’s a lot prettier than mine! I have also heard that you can use a dry Iron (no steam) but I haven’t tried that out to see how and if that works. Let me know if you try it!
- Instead of the Transfer Folder you can use regular folded copy paper.
- On the PDF there are no cutting guides. When printed, use the glass from the frame as your template to mark and cut the page to fit your frame.
- You may notice my files have no registration marks. I opted to cut along the guide lines with a scalpel and metal ruler instead of using the cutting machine. You can add them if you want to “print and Cut” instead.
- You can change the size of the Silhouette Studio Designs to suit any size frame – be sure to group everything together first.
Here’s the Silhouette Studio Typography Print File for Version 3 (Tested in this)
Here’s a Printable Eat Drink & Be Merry PDF File. It’s big enough to fit a 20 x 25cm (8 x 10 in) Frame. Use the frame glass as template for cutting as explained above. Here it is printed in regular black ink.