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I am super duper excited to share today’s project with you all! Is it weird for me to say that I think it’s pretty awesome? I really, really like it. Maybe it’s just because this was one of those (extremely) rare projects that went off without any problems and came out exactly as I pictured it in my mind. Yeah, that doesn’t happen very often.
Anyway, I’ve already shared my love for the Heidi Swapp Minc and it’s foil applicator magic with you all, but I wanted to try to step up my foil game. So to really show off what this little machine can do, I decided to try for a multi-colored print on dark paper so the foil could really shine. I ended up with this pretty “Bloom” floral print that is perfect for Spring.
Want to try your own? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator
- Reactive Foil in Various Colors (I used Hot Pink, Pink, Red, Green, Mint, Gold – get it at Michaels or on Amazon)
- Black Cardstock
- Laser Printer
- My “Bloom” Floral Print or your own design
The trick to making multi-colored foil prints is properly preparing your image before your print it. To do this, you will need to use photo editing software that allows you to break an image up into different layers. I used photoshop, but gimp is a good free alternative.
To create my image, I used flower dingbats from Intellecta Design‘s Floreale Two font, but this same technique should work with any solid black on white design. The key is to determine which parts of the image will be what colors and to then separate each color into it’s own layer.
The first image contains all of the floral frame, and in the second image I have separated just the portions I wanted to be pink into a separate layer. I ended up with six layers in total – one for each color I used.
Select one of the layers and make only that layer visible. You can make a layer visible or invisible by clicking on the little eye icon next to the layer. When only the layer you want to print is visible, go ahead and send it to your laser printer loaded with black cardstock (the Minc will only work with images printed with a laser printer).
Then, place your print with the colored foil on top of the toner into one of the Minc folders and send it through the Minc. Hands-down, my favorite step is peeling back that foil and seeing the pretty, shiny results.
Yay! Those hot pink roses are DONE. Time for red. Load the same piece of paper back into your printer making sure it is inserted correctly so the next color will print in the right place. Then go back to your computer and make it so only the next layer is visible. And, print!
I hung it up on the wall above my desk with my faux-piñata fruit garland and the valentine my husband made for me this year (It says, “My love for you is greater than my fear of glitter. It’s true love, guys.)
I’m thinking about shrinking the image down and turning it into a Mother’s Day car with a different word or phrase in the center. What do you all think? Is this a technique you’d like to try out?
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