How to use the Cricut Foil Transfer Kit

Want to make your projects have that extra zing with foil? Add some shine and pizzazz? This tutorial will show you how to use the Cricut foil transfer tool with ease. If you have a Cricut Explore, Cricut Maker or Cricut Maker 3 you can use this fantastic tool. The Cricut Joy and Joy Extra have their own foil transfer system. Keep in mind that Cricut does all of the work for a beautiful result.

About the Foil Transfer Kit

The foil transfer tool comes with three tips; Fine, Medium and Bold. When you purchase the foil transfer kit you also get 12 small foil transfer sheets in silver and gold and tape along with instructions. You can purchase transfer sheets in other colors like purple, red, blue and green among others.


Fine: The fine tip is great for small and intricate designs

Medium: The medium tip is a little bolder than the fine tip

Bold: The bold tip is the one you will likely use most often as it will give you the most shine and boldest look of all the tips.


The foil transfer tool works on a variety of materials such as cardstock, faux leather, printable vinyl, vellum, and more. For a complete list of all of the materials you can use just click this link and head over to Cricut.

How to use the Foil Transfer Kit

First you will need to have a project. I created this cute side cut Christmas card that is perfect for foiling with the transfer kit. So we will walk through step by step how to make the card and how to use the kit to add pizzazz. If you would like more side cut cards check these out.

You will need the foil transfer housing and each of the tips. Choose the right tip for your project and insert it into the housing the same way you insert a blade. The housing fits into the machine exactly the same way as the other Cricut tools.

NOTE: your machine does not test it first to warn you if you have the right tool so make sure that you do. I made this mistake so take care.

You will also need foil and tape. The appropriate tape comes with the foil so it will not tear your material when it is removed. Remember the foil needs to be smooth and taut and taped on all sides to prevent ripping. This is not as easy as it seems though.

Note: When you choose your settings choose LESS PRESSURE or you may tear up your material.

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What you will Need: How to use the Cricut Foil Transfer Kit

Step 1: Download and Upload the SVG

If you are unaware of how to download or upload an SVG to Design Space just follow the video below.

Step 2: Click Ungroup

Once your SVG is on your Design Space canvas highlight the entire image and go to the top right of the layers panel and click ungroup. It is important that all of the elements be ungrouped for the next steps.

Step 3: Highlight all of the Words

Highlight all of the words on the front of the card. Go to the top left operations menu and select foil then from the drop-down menu choose bold. Highlight the card and the words and click on the attach button at the bottom o the layers panel.

Step 4: Highlight the Snowflakes

Highlight just the snowflakes not the outer white part and click on foil and bold. Select the snowflakes and the outer white part and click attach.

Step 5: Add your Cardstock to the Cutting mat

Place your cardstock onto the blue cutting mat. Use a brayer to make sure that it is firmly adhered. I used a light blue color for my card.

Step 6: Click Make It

Click make it and follow the instructions in design space. You will make the snowflakes first.

Step 7: Add the Foil

Tape the foil on the left side of the white cardstock. Make sure that there are no folds or wrinkles in your foil. The foil should be straight and taught or it will rip. Add the bold foil tip to the foil transfer tool. You can tell the tip by the three lines near the tip. Place the tool in the machine housing. Click go and watch the tool do it’s magic. Remove the foil and the snowlakes.

Step 8: Finish the Card

Add the blue cardstock to your mat and follow the instructions. Score the card using the scoring wheel or stylus and foil the words. Cut out the card using the cutting blade and remove from the mat as usual.

Step 9: Add the Snowflakes

Using your craft glue add the snowflakes to the right side of your card next to the words.

Step 12: Fold and Enjoy

Fold the card and enjoy.

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