Reactive foil colours + tips and tricks

Mmmmm, reactive foil! Your best friend or worst enemy?

Lava Stationery Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil Mint

When it’s done right, I find myself cheering for joy. But if the heat setting isn’t perfect, or the toner isn’t thick enough, I’ve been known to burst into tears of frustration due to the patchy results.

I’ve mentioned this in a previous blog post, but the best way to get the perfect finish when using reactive foil is:

  1. To digitally print your project professionally. Home printers just don’t seem to cut the mustard. Of course, I would be extremely happy to print your project for you! Please get in touch with me for a print quote. Otherwise, you can head to your local print shop (Officeworks doesn’t do too bad a job) and ask them to print on the smoothest paper possible.
  2. Print on SMOOTH coated paper. If you print on textured paper, the toner will just skip over the grooves in the texture, leaving a patchy result. Smooth, coated papers are the best. Brands I recommend are:
    1. Marshmallow Crisp White 261gsm
    2. Milkshake Snowball 308gsm
    3. Knight Smooth 350gsm
    4. Splendorgel White 300gsm
    5. Glamour Puss Diamond White 250gsm
    6. or even Translucent Vellum 180gsm
  3. Print in COLOUR. Yep, you read that correctly. Even if your image or text looks black and white, you should still print it in colour. This is because colour printing lays down much more toner, which means the foil has a better chance of sticking to it.

My two favourite brands to use are Heidi Swapp’s Minc foils and also Thermoweb Deco Foil (which has a bit of a sturdier and thicker feel).

If you’ve been curious about what the colours look like when unrolled, here’s a video I created that shows some of my favourite colours.

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between the Holographic and Iridescent colours, you will be able to see it in this video too! Basically the holographic has obvious stripes running through it, whereas the iridescent doesn’t.

It’s weirdly therapeutic watching the foil gently peeling away!

As always, thanks for reading & watching. If you have any questions, please comment below or get in touch with me through my contact form.

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