Getting Started with Glimmer

Glimmer Hot Foil

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 How to Use Glimmer

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Glimmer Tips & Techniques

How to Foil with Dies:
Build sandwiches starting from bottom-up

  1. Plug in, turn on Machine and wait for it to heat up
  2. Place Etched/Wafer-thin die on the heating surface.
  3. Press Timer button and wait until it turns solid green.
  4. Place Glimmer Foil (shiny side facing down) on the etched die Add desired material and the necessary Shims.
See Material chart Remove the whole Platform and sandwich and roll it slowly through the machine
Tip: When using dies, you will need to add an extra cardstock shim or two because the dies are slightly thinner than the Glimmer plates. *Not all dies will create ideal foil patterns.

Foil with Dies

Check Out this awesome video showing you how to Glimmer with your dies. (2:46)

How To Letterpress with Glimmer

  1. Build sandwiches starting from bottom-up
  2. Do not heat up platform for letterpress
  3. Ink the Glimmer Plate or leave it not inked
  4. Place Glimmer Plate on the platform
  5. Add desired material and the necessary Shims. See below material chart.
  6. Remove the whole Platform and sandwich and roll it slowly through the machine

Letterpress Card

Check Out this awesome tutorial from Jennifer McGuire highlighting this technique in multiple ways.

How to Clear Excess Over Foiling:

You can use a pencil eraser to or a round paint brush to help clear away any excess foil that remains after you have peeled away the foil sheet.
Clean Excess Foil

Check Out this awesome video to see how to minimize and remove excess foil. 

How to get the best impression with foil?

We recommend that you use smooth surfaces vs. textured surfaces to get the best foil impression.

Textured cardstock vs. Smooth Cardstock
Textured vs. Smooth Cardstock

How to Negative Foil

Save your larger used foil pieces. You can transfer the negative foiled image onto cardstock or chipboard. First add a sheet of cardstock on the heated platform. Then you layer the used foil, shiny side down, add your material, add paper shims (differs per material used), place your Glimmer Acrylic Spacer Shim on top, and then run through the machine.

Negative Foiling

Check Out this awesome video to learn how to reuse your foil. (3.13)

How to Foil With Other Materials

You can foil on many materials but you will need to shim accordingly (add shims for thin materials or remove shims for thick materials) to create optimal foil transfer.

Types of other materials and suggested shims:
(Depending on your material, this chart may differ.)
Glimmer Shim Chart

 

Glimmer Frequently Asked Questions