Category Archives: Foil

MINC Foil Projects

by Richelle Naegle

One of my favorite products to use is the MINC foil machine. I think this machine helps to add a lot of variety and creativity to my craft projects. I don’t always remember to get it out and use it, so I’ve made an extra effort lately to use it to its fullest. Heidi Swapp has come out with some great new products that make adding foil to anything quick and easy, without the use of a laser printer.paper1

paper2The first of these products is MINC Reactive paint. It works great for quickly adding foil to any place on your paper. I took a regular sheet (pictured to the right) of 6 x 6 paper and a small paint brush along with the reactive paint. Just squeeze a small amount onto a little piece of wax paper and simply paint where ever you want the foil to be. Then let the paint completely dry (in this case it took about 10 minutes). Pro tip: you can use your blow dryer to speed up the drying process.

Once it is completely dry, cover it with foil and run it though your machine. I would suggest using a different MINC transfer folder for this. If not, this project can compromise the next by leaving excess paint and foil on your machine. You can see with the picture to the left how some of the dots have foil on them. I love this helpful product. It will make it so much easier to add that little pop of foil to your next project.

Heidi Swapp also has the MINC toner pen, which is perfect for adding foil to something that you have handwritten, or for touching up a spot that your laser printer missed. We also have MINC reactive mist and you can see Heidi Swapp’s video here on the reactive mist. Watch the pro as she uses it so you can get creative and make beautiful projects with your MINC foil applicator.

Also you can foil your vinyl to create fun vinyl projects with more brilliance using your MINC foil applicator. If you missed the post on how easy this is to do, you can read it: How to Foil Your Vinyl Material!

pinwheelsI have a party coming up and I thought adding foil to these fun pinwheels would be a great idea. They have toner on both sides, which allowed me to add different colors and patterns.pinwheel up close My absolute favorite to make was the one using the houndstooth design with pink and gold ombre reactive foil. I have a close up of it to the right. I put blue on the back and the ombre design on the front. It gave it such a unique look!

You can also see I used some white reactive foil on these, which is always a very popular color. The white doesn’t have the same shimmer and shine that the rest of the foil colors do, but it does have a very beautiful finish.

Next I created a fun Heidi Swapp Halloween banner using the MINC and the Pebbles Boo Banner, the Jumbo Striped Alphabet orange foil and a pack of the toner sheets. First, I cut out the fun little pumpkin from the Holiday Cakes Cricut cartridge at 3″ I cut the top layer using the toner sheets and then ran everything though the MINC machine with the MINC orange foil. I used my Crop-A-Dile tool to punch holes in the corners so that I could string up my banner. I love how this banner turned out! I can’t wait ’til October so I can put it back on the front door! christmas houses

house1Next I wanted to create something for (Heidi Swapp) Christmas and I absolutely love, love, love the MINC 3D Paper Village. For this project I only used the gold foil and the kit.house2 It was easy and no extra supplies were needed. I grouped my material and everything together, which made it easier to find everything I needed for each house during the project. These houses come with the 3D adhesive already adhered to them so it makes it super easy to just peel and stick them together. I found that the adhesive sticks really well and so you want to make sure you take your time and align them up before you stick them down. Once they are down they are down. Then add your stickers and you are done.

Note: this kit also comes with fun stickers like ribbons and wreaths that you could use to decorate your houses. So if you are going to use them make sure you have some green and red foil, and the best way to do that is to pick up our Christmas MINC foil bundle. This kit will also give you silver as well.

I hope you have enjoyed all these fun MINC projects. If I have inspired you to create something new with your MINC machine share them with me on our Instagram page and tag us with #craftdirect so we can see what you are creating!

Happy creating!

How to Foil Your Vinyl Material (Infographic)

by Richelle Naegle

One day while searching Pinterest, I found a video that someone had made on the Heidi Swapp page where she used Silhouette permanent vinyl with her laminator machine to foil the vinyl, The purpose was so that she could adhere the design to a coffee mug. You can click here to see that video.

We’ve made an infographic to explain the process so you know how to foil your vinyl material. I also offer my own handiwork below the infographic, so you can see how it works in action. Without further ado:

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Cricut Foil Project Ideas

by Richelle NaegleIMG_0775

Have you had a chance to check out our new Cricut Adhesive Foil yet? This material works just like regular craft vinyl – you cut it just like you would vinyl. You can use it for a wide variety of applications, so you will have plenty of Cricut foil project ideas flooding in as soon as you get your hands on it.

Pro tip: There is one difference that you should keep in mind – Cricut foil is a little heavier than vinyl. I still used the same vinyl setting (+1) on the Cricut Explore Air. You’ll notice the difference when you “weed” it because the material is a little stiffer. Even though I prefer the CGull weeding tool, for this vinyl I think the Cricut Weeding Tool works better because it has a thicker point, which seemed to work better for me.

I got a few of the colors (we currently have a variety of Cricut foil colors in stock) and went to town. I originally intended to make just one project, but my plans changed. First I created this great Mother’s Day gallery print (our own Aaron Meyers is the designer and you can get this free SVG file here from our blog post last week).

The gallery print is an 8″ x 10″ and I used the Stainless Teal Cricut Foil. I cut the red hearts out of red Cricut vinyl.

I had two teal hearts leftover and I just stuck them to my Cricut machine. I have seen some pretty creative ways to decorate machines over the years, but had never messed with my own. Why not now? After all, we wouldn’t want those two hearts to be lonely.explore machine

These images are from the BOHO Graphics Cricut cartridge and I mostly used adhesive foil as material. I did use some Purple Glitter Vinyl from Cricut, which should be in-stock in July! Just like the foil, it’s super easy to work with and I LOVE how it turned out on the machine. I think it gives the machine a little bit of my personality. I know a lot of you have decorated your machines. If you have, please share them with me on our Facebook page. I can’t wait to see how you decorated yours!Today is he perfect day to be happy

Last but not least, I needed a new inspirational quote on my wall. I created this with a font on my computer and I cut it out using the Stainless Purple Cricut Foil. The entire design is about 12″ wide and 16″ tall. I think it turned out perfect! Stock up on Explore pens, as well as self-healing Cricut cutting mats.

I can’t wait to see what foil craft project ideas you have. Happy creating!

Minc Halloween Projects: Party Decorations

by Richelle NaegleHalloween Decor minc projects

I am so ready for Halloween to be here! Last night we had a little crafting party and so I decided I would show off the MINC foil laminating system and the cool things that you can do with it. I came ready with my favorite MINC reactive foil and MINC accessories. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but I chose the:

  • Crate Paper After Dark stickers
  • Pebbles Boo treat Bags
  • Pebbles Boo Gallery Prints
  • Pebbles Boo Banners

When you incorporate themed Orange and Holographic foil, you get a brilliant finish to your designs like with this fun Halloween decor. Sorry for the photo quality: apparently foil does not photograph very well, particularly the holographic material. It kind of gives it a rainbow look.

bannerHere is a shot of the banner. I didn’t like the straight corners so I used a corner rounder to give them a little bit of a softer look.

The hit of the night was the treat bags, I’m pretty sure it was because there were treats in them, but these fun bags are large enough for a big cookie or quite a bit of treats. It’s perfect if you have a kids’ Birthday party coming up. You’ll have enough room to give them just enough goodies!

The MINC Gallery Prints are a lot of fun and a great decoration, I know we have some that are not holiday themed as well as some for Halloween and Christmas (which should be in very soon), these prints are a lot of fun, I just put them up on easels however you could also frame them or clip them on a clip board and you have a fun home decor project that shines.

I hope you enjoy all your Halloween parties and if you are hosting, think of incorporating foil in you decorating, and using the Heidi Swapp system to create amazing MINC Halloween projects. We have tons of Heidi Swapp Halloween products, including the Marquee Love kits (not foil-related).

I made all these fun decorations in about 30 minutes, so they are great even for last minute party decorations.

Happy Halloween creating!

How to: Custom Foil Designs with MINC Machine

by Richelle NaegleHow to: Custom Foil Designs with Minc Machine

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.

Happy creating!