by Richelle Naegle

Can I tell you how super excited I am to be using the new MINC foil machines by the one and only Heidi Swapp! When you learn how to custom foil designs with your MINC machine, your creative mind will be flooded with original ideas. In case you haven't used it yet, it's so much fun to craft with this new technology. I really could just sit around and craft all day, if they would let me, but alas, they do not. I am warning you, if you get this machine, nothing else will get done for at least a few days! It's seriously that much fun :)

Have I convinced you yet that you need one? It's one of my favorite craft machines ever. One of the best features with this machine is that it works perfectly with other machines, so if you like Cricut machines, Silhouette machines, or whatever other type of electronic cutting machine, you will love the way it coordinates with your foil fusion projects.

For this project, I wanted to make a special card for a dear friend and neighbor who lost her son this last week. She loves butterflies, so I was trying to come up with something that would make her smile, even if just for a moment. I want to let her know I was thinking about her, and this is what I came up with. I really love how it turned out. You will love all the various accessories offered in the MINC collection.

Steps for Creating Custom Foil Designs:

  1. Step one: I created a blank square of black (using any computer program, I think you can even do it in word). You just need a nice black square space that you can print on paper with your laser printer. Make sure it's big enough for whatever image you are cutting out.
  2. Step two: Trim your black image. I left a little bit of white around the edges, I don't think that's necessary, though. Your choice, either way, it works the same.
  3. Step three: Using your favorite MINC reactive foil color and your MINC foil applicator run your black image through just as you would for any other project.  Now you will have a complete square of foil.
  4. Step four: Use your foiled square as you would any other sheet of cardstock in your die cutting machine, and cut out your favorite image. For mine, I used the Cricut Explore cutter and the Florals Embellished Cricut cartridge. The butterfly was cut out at 3.5" Inches.

That's it. It really is that easy to create stunning cards, scrapbook pages, banners party decorations, or even some home decor with your new Heidi Swapp Minc machine! What are you excited to make or what would you like to see me create? Leave me a comment and I will do my best to make something for you!  Let me know what you think of this awesome machine, the good and the bad. As far as I can tell, it's all good! Now that you know how to create custom foil designs with your Minc foil applicator, the possibilities are endless. Save on all our hot foil machines.

Happy creating!