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How to Use a Cricut Foil Transfer Kit

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This fun new product let’s you add foil to all your paper crafts! Learn how to use the Cricut foil transfer kit and see what you can make.

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Adding foil to paper crafts is a fun way to add shine and texture. There are a few ways to achieve this foiled look.

A few weeks ago I showed you how to foil just about anything using a foil quill pen. This pen is super easy to use and can be used on paper, leather, canvas and other semi-hard surfaces.

The foil quill pen is meant to be used free hand and allows you to draw and write, or use a stencil to get the foiled look.

Today I’m sharing the Cricut Foil Quill Transfer kit that will take your foiling technique to a new level.

Cricut foil transfer kit

If you are new to Cricut, or thinking about getting a cutting machine, be sure to watch this video and learn what a Cricut is and what it can do.

Once you have the basics down, you can add a foil transfer kit like the one we’re talking about today and add pretty embellishments to your creations.

Be sure to watch the video in this post as I unbox the kit and show you exactly how to use it with your Cricut machine. Read on to see step by step instructions.

Cricut foil transfer kit and valentine

How to Use a Cricut Foil Transfer Kit

Yield: 1
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Add foil embellishments to you crafts using this Cricut kit.


  • Black cardstock
  • Pink cardstock
  • Glue or tape


    Design Space

  1. In Cricut Design space, create your design or use this project.
  2. To make your own design. In images sort by Draw Only and choose a design. Under line type, select foil and the weight of the line. draw images for foil
  3. Click Make it
  4. Choose the material you will be foiling, in this case it is cardstock.
  5. Follow the prompts to help set up the machine.

On the machine

  1. The foil transfer kit comes with 3 tips; fine, medium and bold. Load a tip into the housing by dropping it in.
  2. Open clamp B on your Cricut Explore Air 2 and drop in the foil transfer housing. Close the clamp.
  3. Set the dial to custom.
  4. Place the black cardstock on the mat.
  5. Place the foil over the cardstock and secure with tape on all 4 sides.
  6. Load the mat into the machine and click continue in Design Space.
  7. When the foiling is complete the mat will partially unload, do not remove it all the way. pull foil off mat
  8. Pull the foil off the mat and continue with your cuts. The heart will be cut around the foiling.
  9. Follow the prompts to cut a rectangle from the pink cardstock.

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Once you know how to load and use this handy Cricut foil transfer kit, you’ll be able to add foil embellishments to all your crafts.

This is a fun way to add shine to a card, or create metallic art! There are so many possibilities.

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How to use the Cricut foil transfer kit

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Sunday 14th of February 2021

Hi, I was excited to try this project with my new foil transfer kit but it gets to “preparing” and then freezes. I’ve tried everything from unplugging my machine to restarting my computer. So disappointed as I was relying on this for my husband’s valentine card.


Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I actually had this issue a few times as well after i made this video. I ended up having to update my Design Space software and start over. It was frustrating at first but it worked in the end. I hope you find a solution on your end. Best of luck.


Saturday 13th of February 2021

This was my first foil card--it turned out so cute! I used lavender paper and the purple foil from the Cricut Jewels foil sampler, and dark purple paper for the card. Adorable! Can't wait to foil more stuff. Thank you!


Sunday 14th of February 2021

That sounds so pretty! Glad you are enjoying the foiling.


Saturday 30th of January 2021

Really not being funny here, but in your instructions you say open clamp A, that is wrong it is clamp B, even in your pictures it is clamp B. Luckily I noticed otherwise I could have damaged the clamp A unit trying to force it to do something wrong.


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Thank you for calling that to my attention! Yes, it's definitely clamp B as I show. I will update my post instructions now. Thanks again.

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