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Last week I had the opportunity to go to Snap, a creative blogging conference, and the closing keynote speaker was the amazing Heidi Swapp. I mean she’s amazing in the sense that she makes amazingly cool things and is a seriously successful business woman, but even more than that, she inspired every person in that big ball room who heard her speak. It’s possible that I cried… A little.
Because besides speaking about work and time management, she also spoke about showing love to those who are most important in our lives, and that was something that hit close to home. So, I already loved her amazing new Minc foil applicator, but after hearing her speak, I was even more excited to share it with you all as well the pretty, shiny print I made with it.
First, let me tell you a bit about this cool machine. The Minc is kind of like a laminator, except unlike most laminators it can evenly distribute heat and pressure across a 12″ wide space, which means the foil can get applied evenly across your entire project, and the adjustable heat setting makes it possible for you to apply foil to everything from delicate materials like vellum up to thicker chipboard.
There are lots of super cool Minc accessories available – cards, tags, paper – BUT you can also add foil to anything that has been printed with a laser printer. Oh the possibilities!
Luckily, we happen to have a laser printer at home, which meant it was easy for me to make a custom print. I lettered a little phrase I wanted to put up in our home (“Love is spoken here”), scanned it into the computer, and printed it out. Then I was ready to make my pretty metallic print! (If you want to make your own, you can download the printable HERE. This print is free for personal use only. Please do not redistribute the printable in any form.)
The foil comes in a whole bunch of pretty colors in rolls 12 inches long and 10 feet long and sells for about 10 bucks. I went with the light pink foil for my project because it was just so pretty. I just cut a piece of foil large enough to cover the print and placed it on top of the paper color side up inside the transfer folder.
With the machine set to level 3, I inserted the folder closed side first into the machine and let the rollers pull it through.
When it came out the other side, I opened the folder and peeled the foil off to reveal this:
Ah! It’s so fun! I’m pretty much ready to foil all the things. I also added gold foil to a leopard print paper available in one of the Minc paper packs.
I framed it up and placed it behind the pink print. I really like the way they look together.
I like having this pretty reminder up in our home. We have been working on always speaking in kindness and love, and several times since I’ve put this up in our dining room I have seen it and resolved to do better.
If you are interested in getting your own Minc, you can find it at Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, as well as other shops. The Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit’s MSRP is $149.00, but it’s on sale over on Amazon right now! If you have any questions about it, leave them in the comments, and I will do my best to answer!