Gold Leaf Laser Printing
You can use an ordinary laser printer to create beautiful designs on paper with real gold leaf, and save yourself a small fortune at a specialist printers. The secret behind this process is very simple. Laser printers use a plastic powder called toner instead of a liquid ink. The toner is fixed to the paper inside the printer using heat, and can be remelted using a domestic iron.
Begin by printing your design onto paper, then carefully lay your sheet of gold leaf over the top of the design. Place another piece of paper (in this case the sleeve that the gold leaf came in) over the top of the gold leaf, effectively sandwiching the leaf between the two sheets of paper.
Set your iron to maximum, and press down firmly on the area that the gold leaf impression has been made. Move the iron gently but firmly over the area, making sure that you apply an even pressure across the entire design. Leave the piece to cool for a minute or two, then remove the piece of paper from the top of the leaf.
Now, as the popular meme indicates: brushie, brushie, brushie. Use a soft bristled brush to remove excess gold leaf from the design, and you will be left with the original printed design in gold leaf.