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Cricut Foil Tool Vs Foil Quill: Foiled Birthday Cards

Foil Quill Supplies:

  1. Foil Quill tool and adapter. You need the one with the letter “C” on it for the Cricut machines.
  2. Foil that is heat activated. Foil Quill does have their own line of foil, which is what I used.
  3. Cardstock or other thin material to apply your foil onto.
  4. Cricut machine or other compatible machines or the freestyle foil quill tools.
  5. Cricut cutting mat or mat for your specific machine.
  6. Optional: Foil Quill magnetic mat with magnets.

Foil Quill Steps:

1.Turn areas of your design you would like to have foiled into pen, under the operations pull down menu. Please watch my YouTube video for more in depth instructions.

2. Place Foil Quill magnetic mat on top of Cricut cutting mat. Line up the mats so the measurement marks are aligned.

3. Place pre-cut cardstock onto magnetic mat according to your placement in Design Space. I like to move it away from the edges of my mat.

4. Lay piece of heat activated foil on desired area of cardstock.

5. Place magnetic strips in center of foil and push them over to the edges to help keep foil straight and tight. Place long strips of magnets on the right and left side of your cardstock. Then place one or both of the shorter strips of magnets at the bottom of your cardstock depending on how large your project is.

6. Remove the pen holder from clamp A to insert the Foil Quill tool with the “C” adapter on it. Watch my YouTube video for demonstration on how to do this.

7. Remove any tool in clamp B.

8. Plug in the Foil Quill tool and let it heat up for about 5 min. Place metal heat protective tool under Foil Quill as it is heating up. Do not forget to remove the metal heat protective tool before running your machine. You can plug this tool directly into some machines.

9. Place mat with materials into Cricut machine. Move star wheels off to the side so they do not run over your project. You may need to hold the mat so that it feeds into your machine flat if you use the foil quill magnetic mat.

10. Once finished remove the foil sheet and the magnets to reveal your design.

I thought the hardest part of using the Foil Quill tool was removing and then reinserting the pen adapter into slot A. You do have to apply a bit of pressure it get the clamp to fully open, which can be a little scary to do.

I liked using the magnetic mat to help keep the foil nice and tight. It also helps keep your Cricut mat clean and easy removal of your cardstock.

Cricut Foil Tool Supplies:

  1. Cricut Foil Tool. Make sure you get the correct one for your machine.
  2. Cricut foil. Not heat activated foil.
  3. Cricut machine
  4. Tape that comes with the Cricut foil
  5. Cricut cutting mat
  6. Cardstock or material you are adding your foil onto

Cricut Foil Tool Steps:

1.Turn areas of your design you would like to have foiled into foil, then select which foil tip you will be using (thin, medium, or bold) under the operations pull down menu. Please watch my YouTube video for more in depth instructions.

2. Place cardstock onto mat according to your placement in Design Space. I like to move it away from the edges of my mat.

3. Lay piece of foil on desired area of cardstock and apply provided pieces of tape around edges of entire piece of foil, making sure it is smooth and tight. Do not let foil touch Cricut mat or the foil will come off on the mat.

4. Place mat with materials into Cricut machine. Move star wheels off to the side so they do not run over your project.

5. Once finished remove the foil sheet and the magnets to reveal your design.

There are less steps to remember when using the Cricut foil tool vs the Foil Quill, but I tend to have more luck with cleaner designs with the Foil Quill. I tend to always get some of my foil on my Cricut mat, which makes that area of my mat less sticky. You also have to be more careful with the foil shifting and getting caught in your machine, because the Cricut foil tool uses a lot of pressure to apply the foil. I do not want this to scare you from trying to Cricut foil tool, just know what to watch out for and know it is okay if it happens.

Both methods turn out beautiful. It just depends on which method you prefer. I personally like the Foil Quill a little better, but I will continue to use the Cricut foil tool as well. Which method have you tried and which method do you like better?

If you are interested in learning how to do the hatch fill technique (fill in text and other designs) then check out this post towards the very bottom.

If you would like to see the 3 different Cricut foil tips comparison and learn more about the Cricut foil tool, then check out this post.

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