Foiling with cutting dies

December 3rd, 2016 by
Crafty tip – Use your metal cutting dies to hot foil with the tri-plate and die bonding tape This neat trick allows you to hot-foil a multitude of images using your tri-plate and a bit of die-bonding tape.

Method
  1. Insert the tri-plate into the hot-foiler and attach to the press.
  2. Switch it on and set to thermostat 3.
  3. Place your test paper on the make-ready mat.
  4. Place your chosen die on the paper, cutting side down.
  5. Place die on paper cutting side down
  6. Cut 2 small pieces (0.5cm each) of the die-bonding tape and place with the white backing facing up on top of the die.
  7. Bring the press down to heat activate the die bonding film for a few seconds and release.
  8. The die bonding film should now be stuck to the die, making it possible to pull off the white-backing film with a pair of tweezers.
  9. Bring the press down again for a few seconds, to attach the die to the tri-plate.
  10. Leave to heat for a few minutes.
  11. Place a piece of foil over the paper and foil as normal.
  12. Voila….. check out your beautiful image.
Removing your die from the tri-plate safely and cleaning
  1. Switch off the hot-foiler.
  2. Invert the hot-foiler into the cradle.
  3. Whilst it is still warm remove the die from the tri-plate with your tweezers and place on a heat mat.
  4. Scrape off any remaining residue of die bonding film with a rigid silicone scraper, knife or metal scraper.
  5. Any stubborn stains can be cleaned off with acetone (nail-polish remover) – but make sure the tri-plate has fully cooled down first!

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