DIY Foil Prints Two Ways (No Laser Printer Needed for Method Two!)
Disclaimer: I received the Minc for free over the holidays as a just because gift from Heidi Swapp and American Crafts. I was not asked to review it nor compensated for this post. I just love it. 🙂
DIY Foil Prints Two Ways
I pined away for this Heidi Swapp Minc machine for so long. And then I get an email from a friend who works with American Crafts asking if I’d like one. Um, no brainer! Of course I wanted one!
When it first arrived, I couldn’t wait to play with it…and then I realized I didn’t buy a laser printer yet. Whomp, whomp. But as a pulled things out of the box, I found three sample tags included!
I foiled them within minutes of opening the box. It was super easy and how cute are they?
Since then I’ve played around with foiling my own designs. Isn’t the foil so just to die for?
Here’s what you need for these projects:
- Heidi Swapp Minc
- Reactive Foil (I used Gold, Rose Gold, and Hot Pink)
- Laser Jet Printer (I bought this Heidi recommended HP Laser Jet)
- Laser Jet Smooth White Cardstock (I use this one)
- Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Pen (for Method Two)
- Printables (below)
Free 8×10 Printables (personal use only, please)!
- Heart and Hustle Print
- Hand-Lettered Do What You Love Print
- Hand-Lettered Heart, Hustle, & Coffee Print
Please note: The Hand-Lettered Designs are ©2016 by Dawn Nicole Designs, LLC. They are personal use only and may not be sold unless you have a commercial use license. If you share them online or on social media, please credit them properly. Thank you! 🙂
DIY FOIL PRINT | Method One: Laser Printer
You could also send your print to Kinko’s or Office Depot and have them print it on a laser jet printer for you.
The professional toner yields awesome results but with 3 kids, I don’t want to be running to the store for that all the time, so I just opted to buy a laser printer.
I already have a super nice inkjet, so this more basic laser is perfect for me.
Step Two: Turn your Minc on and heat up. I find the highest heat setting produces the best result. (Don’t be alarmed by a little smoke on the highest setting). This is not the recommended setting for cardstock, but again, I’ve tried them all and it works the best for achieving pretty, even foiling.
Step Three: Cut a piece of the reactive gold foil to size and place, foil side up over your printable and place in the clear transfer folder.
Step Four: Run through your machine and let the magic happen! It will grab it and “process” as soon as you put it in the slot.
Step Five: Open the transfer folder and peel the foil off your pretty new print!
Step Six: Don’t forget to turn off your machine!
Peeling off the foil is the fun part!
Watch a live video of me peeling off the gold foil here on Instagram.
DIY FOIL PRINT | Method Two: Toner Pen
I accidentally happened upon the Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Pen at Hobby Lobby a few weeks back. It was the last one and it’s genius since you can foil prints without a Laser Printer!
All you do is depress the tip until the toner ink flows and then do some hand-lettering!
I used it to make the two color card below with the following steps:
- Step One: Letter the word hello.
- Step Two: Thicken the downstrokes using Cheater Calligraphy.
- Step Three: Optional. Add the line “It’s me” if Adele now gets stuck in your head anytime you hear the word hello.
- Step Four: Add gold foil with steps in Method One.
- Step Five: Draw hearts with your toner pen.
- Step Six: Foil with hot pink foil.
My bottom pic is a bit fuzzy, sorry! In person, it looks super pretty!
If you want more beginner tips and tricks plus some AWESOME state art, pop over to visit my friend Kimber at The Pinning Mama and read her post: How to Use the Minc Foil Applicator + Beginner Tips.