Just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas project season, Cricut has released the new Cricut Foil Transfer Tool for the Maker and Explore Air 2 machines. This new tool will let you add eye-catching embellishment to cards and paper crafts using pressure activated Foil Transfer sheets.
What is the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool?
The new tool lets Cricut users make foil transfers onto cardstock, paper and other materials. The foil transfer tool works by using pressure instead of heat to imprint the foil into the cardstock layer below.
What machines does the Cricut Foil Transfer tool work with?
What’s included with the Foil Transfer Tool Kit?
The Cricut Foil Tool Kit includes the tool itself, plus 3 interchangeable tips for fine, medium and bold foil transfers. Also included with the tool kit are 12 foil transfer sheets (6 silver and 6 gold 4” x 6” sheets) Jewel tone foil sheets are available separately.
Cricut also includes 4 precut pieces of tape for every sheet of foil included with each transfer pack sold (ie 12 sheet of foil = 48 pieces of tape included)
What projects can I make with the Foil Transfer Tool?
There are so many great project ideas for the new foil transfer tip. Obvious ideas include cards, invitations and gift tags, but I've already seen foil and faux leather earrings, gorgeous wall art and gift boxes.
The foil tip application is mostly geared towards paper craft. According to Cricut's compatible materials list, there aren't many vinyl types that combine with this transferable foil (only printable vinyl). There are also no fabric options that appear compatible with the foil transfer.
How does the Foil Tool work?
Using the Foil Transfer tool is straightforward, even if you are new to Cricut Design Space. The software will give you all of the prompts you need to make sure your project turns out great.
Cricut has made a handy video tutorial for the new foil tool, with shots of the tool in action and screenshots of the steps you need to take in Cricut Design Space.
How is the Cricut Foil Tool different from the
We R Memory Keepers foil quill?
First, the new tool from Cricut uses pressure to transfer the foil film onto the base material instead of heat. It fits into carriage “B” of either the Maker or the Explore Air 2.
The popular Foil Quill from We R Memory Keepers uses an adapter to fit in Carriage “A” of Cricut machines. This slot is reserved for pen and markers, so these foil quills only use the same light force as a pen or marker. These foil quills must connect to a power source via USB cable to transfer foil via heat.
Not having to fuss with a secondary power source is a big relief. We R Memory Keepers recommends using a USB power source like a portable battery charger to power their foil quill.
This is one less thing to worry about when you switch to the pressure activated Cricut Foil Transfer tool.
Is the new Foil Transfer Tool compatible with the Cricut Joy?
Unfortunately, the new foil tool is not compatible with the Joy.
How do you change tool tips?
Changing the tip of the foil tool is much the same as changing the blade of the fine point blade. Press the post at the top of the tool housing inward to release the tip. Remove the tip from the housing and insert its replacement. The blunt ends of the foil tips are magnetic to help you get them set inside the housing properly. When the tip is in place, the tool will be ready to use.
Cool tip: Use the magnet blade strip in the door storage compartment of your Cricut Maker to keep track of your foil transfer tool tips when not in use.
What do the different lines on the foil tool tips mean?
Cricut has made it easy to recognize the different foil tool tips at a glance. The lines above the tip indicate which tool it is.
- fine tip: one line
- medium tip: two lines
- bold tip: three lines
Note: these lines are cosmetic only and do not have an effect on tool performance.
Does Cricut mobile app work with the Foil Transfer Tool?
As of the release date of this tool, only the Cricut Design Space desktop app will have foil tool functionality. There may be support for this tool on the mobile version of Design Space in the future.
What colors does the new Cricut transfer foils come in?
Cricut has released five different foil colors to go with the new foil tool. If you buy the tool kit with tool housing and 3 tool tips, you will also get 6 sheets of silver foil and 6 sheets of gold foil (4” x 6”).
Cricut also sells transfer foil packs separately, including:
- Jewel tone foil pack – 24 count (8 aqua, 8 emerald, 8 purple) 4” x 6” sheets
- Gold foil pack – 8 count 12” x 12” sheets
- Silver foil pack – 8 count 12” x 12” sheets
Does Cricut have any other foil colors?
We can’t say for sure, but there are some clues in Cricut Design Space. If you draw a shape and select “foil” as the line type, it includes the following unreleased color options:
- Rose Gold
Personally, I’m hoping for a copper foil and black foil option before Christmas!
What kind of tape works with Cricut foil?
Cricut includes tape with the purchase of the Foil Tool Kit or Foil Transfer sheet packs. but you can also washi tape, painters tape, masking tape or any other tape with light adhesive tape.
Cricut’s tips for using tape with foil
- Test the tape on the base material before you begin the project to ensure the adhesive won’t cause damage.
- Make sure the tape won’t pass under the rollers of the Cricut machine. When laying out your project in Cricut Design Space, give yourself ample room on the margins around your design to account for the rollers.
- Tape on all 4 sides of the foil. Lay the foil flat against the base material, pull it tight and secure each edge with tape. If the foil is not pulled taut it could mess up the design or get bunched up under the tool.
- Do not tape over your design area. If the Foil tool passes over the tape, the foil may not transfer properly and the foil may tear.
- Be careful when removing the tape. Remove the tape slowly to avoid marring or tearing the base material.
Which side of the Cricut Foil Transfer faces up?
When setting up your project, place the colored side facing up. The machine prompts in Cricut Design Space will remind you of this.
Are Cricut Foil Transfer sheets reusable?
Cricut doesn’t recommend this. But if you have an area of the sheet that is unused and will completely cover your design, go for it. If you reuse foil for a new design, be aware that any portion of “used” foil that overlaps with your new design, it will leave a gap or break in the line of the new design.
What kind of images can I use with the Foil Transfer Tool?
Use draw-only images for foil projects. You can find these in the Cricut Access store or you can create or import your own SVG image file in Cricut Design Space.
What materials can I use the Foil Transfer tool with?
Cricut recommends a range of materials to use in combination with foil transfer sheets. According to Cricut, the following base materials can be used with the tool in either the Cricut Maker or the Explore Air 2.
- Cardstock (Light, Medium or Heavy)
- Deluxe Paper
- Watercolor Paper
- Pearl Paper
- Printable Vinyl
- Printable Sticker Paper
- Kraft Board
- Poster Board
- Copy Paper (Printing Paper)
- Photo Paper (Glossy or Matte)
- Faux Leather
Can I use heat transfer foil with the Cricut Foil Transfer tool?
It’s too early to say conclusively how well Cricut’s new pressure activated tool will work with heat transfer foil (I’m still waiting for my tool to arrive in the mail). But Cricut foil is optimized for the tool, so for best results, use pressure activated foil.
Foil embellishments are trending right now and the new Foil Transfer tool is a great addition to your Cricut machine for making outstanding gifts and projects for the upcoming holiday season.
Finally, we have a foil tool that is not heat activated, with swappable tips for different stroke weights and is compatible with both the Cricut Maker and Explore Air 2 machine! Now all we need is a copper foil option and we’re all set!
main image source: cricut.com