The MINC – a foil applicator machine and deluxe laminator.
I’m excited to share with you one of my new favorite things in the world of paper crafts: It’s the Minc foil applicator by Heidi Swapp. You know the beautiful shine you see on professional cards when the letters are in a metallic foil? With the new MINC, you can create beautiful metallic foil effects on cards, paper crafts, wall art, and so much more, and it’s so easy!
To get started, you need the machine, different colors of metallic foil (look at all those fun colors!), and you can either buy some of the darling designed paper products that go with the Minc, or this is my favorite part…you can design your own! The foil adheres to the toner on the page. The foil will only work with a toner style printer not an ink jet printer.
To show you how it works, here is a cute Thank You note as part of the Minc line of products. I chose the pink metallic foil for this card.
You start by turning on The Minc machine to allow it to warm up. I had it set to the #3 setting. While it warms up, I cut a small piece of the foil from the roll. Here I have it on the inside of the envelope liner with the foil face up. Then you stick it into the 12×12 plastic protective envelope and you just roll it through the machine. The heat of the machine activates the foil to adhere to the design on the paper with toner. It’s so neat!
Any extra foil you have that you didn’t use, can be saved to be used for later.
I love that you can use up all the foil, with big projects and little, so that you don’t waste the foil.
I was so excited to try it out with one of our own designs! We designed this simple Mother’s Day card or gift tag. Send me an email if you’d like the file for this design, and I’m happy to share.
Just like I explained above, you just add the foil on top of your design and the foil just sticks to the toner as you run your project through the minc machine! It’s so fun!
I love the metallic shine it adds to the text. I’m addicted to adding foil to everything now! It’s really such a cool machine!
More info about the Minc Machine:
You can buy The Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit on Amazon, and the Minc colored foils too (the foil roll is 12”x10’in size)
Minc Foil Applicator and accessories are also available at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops…like Amazon!
The Minc is a fairly light weight and compact. It measures about 19.5” x 5” so it doesn’t take a ton of storage space.
The Minc has the ability to accept a 12” wide sheet.
The Minc has four pressure rollers (most laminators have two) to evenly distribute pressure across a 12×12 surface.
A heating element that covers the entire 12”, as opposed heat focused at the outer edges (also common in every day laminators)
Adjustable heat settings allows for foil transfer on sensitive materials like vellum, all the way to more robust chipboard and even thin wood veneer.
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