Happy Birthday Card using Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

Add foil accents with the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

September 24, 2020 | Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We have a shiny surprise to share with you!

The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool is now available, and it’s the easiest way to make your projects shine using foil. The foil tool works with the Cricut Explore® family of machines and Cricut Maker®. It is not compatible with Cricut Joy™

The detailed foil lines make the process look complicated, but it’s actually quite easy to add foil embellishments to a wide variety of crafts using the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool. Just drop the tool into your compatible machine and watch it work.

There are hundreds of ways you can use the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool. Here are just a few examples to help fuel your creativity.

I'm a sucker for you card with foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Wedding invitation with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Christmas tree gift tag and wrapping paper with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Faux leather feather earrings with foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Vellum box with foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool.
Thanks gift tag with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Happy Birthday Card with Foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Favor box with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Thank you gift tag with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Merry and Bright Tag with foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

Three tools in one

The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool comes with three different sized tips: fine, medium, and bold

The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool is actually three tools in one. It comes with 3 tips (fine, medium, and bold) so you can transfer foil onto your crafts in different line thicknesses – even within the same project!

Even better, because the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool is fully integrated into Design Space®, you can create using all the various linetype options. Add a combination of foil, cut, score, write, or other linetype option all within the same project on your canvas.


Changing tool tips

It’s easy to change between tool tips, too. Simply press the plunger down, remove the tip, insert the new tip, and release the plunger. It’s just like our other tools!

Easily switch between different tip sizes with the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool.
Easily switch between different tip sizes with the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool.

Using the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool works as a companion to your cutting blade and you’ll need both tools to create intricate designs. The housing units on these tools are not interchangeable despite how similar they look to each other. So, be sure to keep both on hand!

However, the cutting blade and foil tool both utilize the B clamp on your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machines.

Insert the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool into clamp B on your cutting machine
Insert the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool into clamp B on your cutting machine.

Drop the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool into the B clamp and your Cricut machine will implement the exact amount of pressure to transfer the foil from the sheet onto your paper, kraftboard, or other base material. See a complete list of materials compatible with the tool here

Throughout the cut process, Design Space will intuitively prompt you to switch out the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool when needed. It will also eject your mat just enough so that you can remove your used foil and tape in-between steps. No guesswork needed!

Still a little confused? Watch a detailed process of how to prep your mat with foil and tape.


What’s included with the tool

What do you think? Are you ready to elevate your creations with stunning foil effects? The Cricut Foil Transfer Kit includes everything you need to get started:

  • Cricut Foil Transfer Tool with three different tips
  • 12 sheets of foil (6 silver and 6 gold)
  • 48 pieces of pre-cut tape
A 3D paper box with gold foil floral pattern created with a Cricut cutting machine and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool.

Endless (shiny) possibilities

There are so many different possibilities – cards, invitations, gift boxes, and more! We can’t wait to see what you create. If you use the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool in a project, share it with us! Tag @officialcricut and use #CricutFoilTransfer.

For more information about the Cricut Foil Transfer System, visit our help section. We also have a playlist of helpful videos on YouTube to guide you through the process.

Find the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool at Cricut.com or your favorite craft retailers.

50 thoughts on “Add foil accents with the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

    • Hi Michelle! The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool Kit comes with 12 pieces of foil and then 48 pieces of tape. All of the additional foil transfer packages have 4 pieces of tape to each piece of foil – one for each side! So, if you buy the 12″ x 12″ silver sheets for example, you will receive 8 pieces of foil and 32 pieces of tape!

      • Hi Laura! The Cricut Foil Transfer Sheets are specifically designed to work with pressure, while other brands are designed to work with heat. We can only guarantee results with our foil since the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool uses machine pressure to transfer foil to your projects.

    • Hi Fern! Yes it is, to a point. Just keep an eye out that the tape is still sticky enough to hold your foil taut across your surface. If it starts to lift, then I would throw it away and use a fresh piece of tape.

  1. Is the foil with tape a proprietary product exclusive to Cricut? Is this the only foil that can be used with the foiling tool?

    What colors does the foil come in? Do you have a variety pack as well as the one color packs? What is the cost of the foil? The price for the tool was listed as $39.99.

    • Hi Laura! Each package of transfer foil comes with enough tape to cover all four sides of the included foil. So, for example, a package of 8 pieces of foil would have 32 pieces of tape! Because the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool uses pressure to transfer the foil, we have specially designed our foil to work with pressure and recommend using it over a heat-sensitive foil. At launch, we have a Jewel (purple, blue, green) variety pack available in 4″ x 6″ and gold and silver in 12″ x 12.” Visit our Shop page for exact pricing. For more questions, check out our FAQs on the Foil Transfer Tool.

    • Hi Tammy! Tape strips are included with the Foil Transfer Sheets. If you run out, you can choose tape with a light adhesive, such as washi tape, painter’s tape, or masking tape. Test tape on base material first to ensure it won’t tear the material when removed.

    • Hi Jacqueline! The foil transfer tool was designed to fit in the B side of the Cricut Explore family of machines and the Cricut Maker machine. We have not tested it with the Expression.

    • Hi Tabatha! It did sell out online! If you can, check your local craft retailer, they should be on shelves this weekend.

    • Hi Sandy! I’ve been told by our Australian team that there should be stock at Harvey Norman, Spotlight, and Big W now!

      • Are we able to only do lines with this, or can it fill in too? For example, if I had some very large/thick letters (thicker than the biggest tool tip), would it be able to “color in” the letters so that they are all foiled?

        • Hi Jenna! Look for images in Cricut Design Space that look like they are filled in for you. At this time, the software won’t let you “fill” an object. There are a few image sets with “filled” in the name. Take a look at those to see what I mean.

    • Hi Pam! Yes! I’ve been told by our Australian team that there should be stock at Harvey Norman, Spotlight, and Big W.

    • Hi Michelle! The tool was designed to fit in the B side of the Cricut Explore family of machines and the Cricut Maker machine. We have not tested it with the Expression 2.

    • Hi Diana! Just like the Knife Blade, the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool requires Design Space for Desktop; it is not compatible with mobile apps.

  2. I am not getting the beautiful results that are shown. I watched Cricut’s You Tube video how to. i made the birthday card on smooth and Cricut’s textured cardstick. I tried more pressure. does my Maker need calibration?
    Tried the same design with the glitter gel pens and got a better result.
    Please help.

    • Hi MaryAnne! We’re sorry to hear that you’re not getting the desired results. Have you visited our FAQs? Whenever I struggled with getting a clean line when I first started using the tool, it was because I didn’t have my foil stretched taut enough across the surface. Look at the FAQs and see if anything there helps you. If not, please put a call/chat into our Member Care and they can help you more!

  3. I understand it can only be used with the desktop version of Design Space. For those of us that don’t have a desktop, will we be able to use it with iPad in the future?

    • Hi Pam! Yes, for now, the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool can only be used on the Desktop App, just like the Knife Blade.

  4. Hi, can you do full images with it? Or just an outline? Whenever I select a block image, it seems to just change to outline? Thanks

    • Hi Carly! All images will show as an outline when you change the linetype from “cut” to “foil.” Same thing will happen when you change the linetype from “cut” to “draw.” You need an image that has been specifically designed to be a single line. For an example, look in the Design Space image library. Filter images on the left hand side by “draw.” Notice how these have been designed for the machine to follow a single path rather than an outline.

  5. I’ve seen that spare tips are available to purchase and I was wondering why they would need replacing? Obviously blades will dull and chip over time but I can’t think why you’d need to replace these 🤦🏻‍♀️

    • Hi Ema! We created replacement blades for those “just in case” moments. They are very small and while they are easily storable in your machine’s tool holder, we were worried that they might get lost! We didn’t want people to have to purchase the entire housing again when all they really needed were the tips. Hope that helps!

  6. Can this fill in solid images or can it only do lines?

    For example, if I want to make a foil heart that is completely filled in, is that possible or can it only outline the heart?

    • Hi Lisa! Look for “draw” images in Design Space that look like they have been filled in. There are two image sets, “Drawn Filled Shapes” and “Drawn Filled Holiday Shapes” that give you that filled-in effect.

  7. Question – when I upload my logo in PNG format, it shows as a solid line in all formats but the foil transfer. The foil transfer shows it as an outline of each letter. Why is that? How do I get it to trace in a solid line?

    • All images, including uploaded images, will show as an outline when you change the linetype from “cut” to “foil.” Same thing will happen when you change the linetype from “cut” to “draw.” You need an image that has been specifically designed to be a single line. For an example, look in the Design Space image library. Filter images on the left hand side by “draw” and take a look at the difference between those images and the ones you’re uploading. Hope this helps!! Sounds like we should do a blog post on single-line images 🙂

  8. Hi: I bought the transfer foil kit tool. I installed it but does not work. Sometimes the DS don’t recognize the project as a foil and if does after loading everything and press to continue the Cricut symbol, in the screen appear preparing and doesn’t not do anything. how I fixed it? I’ve being trying for the last 2 days and haven’t done anything. Please help me?

    • Hi! I’ve asked Member Care to reach out to you directly as this shouldn’t be happening. Please look out for an email from them.

  9. Does this foil transfer system work with the Explore One? I bought it and I’m trying to use it (because it advertises as to be used with the Explore family of products), but when I press “go” it stalls in “preparing.” Is it my machine or is it the software?

    • Hi Margaret! I’ve asked Member Care to reach out to you directly. The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool DOES work with Explore One, so we need to get to the bottom of why it’s not working for you. Please look out for an email from Member Care.

    • What we mean is try to have a bit of your surface under your tape so that the tape isn’t directly on the sticky part of the mat. The sticky mat + sticky tape kind of repel each other and won’t give you the tightest hold on your foil transfer sheets!

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