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DIY Foil Place Cards with the Heidi Swapp Minc (Free SVG Template)

DIY Foil Place Cards with the Heidi Swapp Minc

In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to transform a stencil cut file into a graphic element, and we’ll use Silhouette Studio to create personalized place cards (download link for the free place card base cut file at the bottom of this post). Then, I’ll print the place cards using a laser printer and foil them with the Heidi Swapp Minc and Deco Foil in the color Pink Melon.

You can create all sorts of styles of personalized place cards using the free base cut file and graphic files or cut files that you repurpose as graphics. I think that these would be a great project for wedding receptions, anniversary, birthday, or even holiday parties because there are endless options for customizing.

In order to foil the print and cut files, you will need a laser printer. I have a color laser printer that’s 5+ years old, and I change the settings to black and white before I print anything that I’ll be foiling. There are several models of monochrome (black & white) laser printers that have good reviews and that are under $100 over on Amazon.com, too.

DIY Hot Foil Tips : Foil the place cards before you cut them. I’ve found that this gives me much better results. Also, be sure to cover the registration marks on your cardstock with pieces of printer paper or parchment paper to prevent them from melting onto the carrier sheet as you run them through the Minc (#4 heat setting).

As you’ll see in the video below, I forgot to do that, and the registration marks left areas of toner on my carrier sheet. If this happens, you can take a cotton ball that has some rubbing alcohol on it and rub off that toner. With a little elbow grease, the areas of toner come off completely, and your carrier sheet is good as new.

I used Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. cardstock for this project. I saw it recommended by Kerri Bradford, and I’ve been getting great results with it. It’s very reasonably priced, too. As of this post, it’s around $12 for 250 sheets over on Amazon.com.

Check out the video for this project below:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Skinny Stencils, Set 1 Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ // SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ / SBK )
Thermoweb iCraft Pink Melon Deco Foil ( AMZ / SBK )
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. Cardstock ( AMZ )
Heartwell Font
a laser printer

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DIY Foil Place Cards with the Heidi Swapp Minc

Download Place Card Cut File SVG

Tips for Die Cutting & Foiling Minc Toner Sheets

Tips for Die Cutting & Foiling Minc Toner Sheets

I’ve been playing around with the Minc Toner Sheets for a few weeks now, and I’ve gotta admit that I wasn’t getting great results there for a little while. Thankfully, I figured out that I’m a total dork (well, I already knew that) and was having many of the problems that I was having because I wasn’t doing things in the correct order. If I would’ve just taken a closer look at the package for the toner sheets, I would’ve been getting great results a lot sooner, so don’t do what I did! Look at that packaging.

Here’s what I figured out: to get great results, you have to foil the toner sheets BEFORE you cut them. As you can see below, when I cut the die cuts with my Silhouette Cameo first, my results weren’t fantastic.

There were areas around the edges of both the more complex, hand lettered die cut and the simple circle die cut that just didn’t take the foil. I think that part of this is due to some toner flaking off during the die cutting process. In addition, variations in the paper are created during the die cutting process mean that the paper isn’t perfectly level; it has bumps and indentations that create an uneven surface, and the foil doesn’t adhere in those places.

Minc Toner Sheets : Cut First Then Foil

Above (Cut First Then Foil) : notice the areas around the edges of the letters, especially the “r” and the ampersand, where the foil did not adhere when I ran it through the Minc. This is what happens when you die cut before you foil. I used a digital die cutting machine to cut my shapes, so results may differ if you’re using a manual die cutting machine to cut your shapes.

Minc Toner Sheets : Foil First Then Cut

Above (Foil First Then Cut) : When I foiled the toner paper BEFORE I die cut it, my results were much, much better. You can see how much smoother the results are, practically a mirror finish, and none of the unfoiled lines around the outer edges of the letters. There are still slight imperfections, like the one in the top “m”, but most of them are hard to see in person. Also, I want to mention that I handled this toner sheet a lot before I foiled and cut it, and I’ve notice that sometimes that leads to more imperfections after foiling, probably because sitting the sheets on surfaces and handling them can cause slight bumps and indentations on the paper. So, I’d also recommend foiling the toner sheets straight out of the package if you can.

In the video below, you can also see how I created an adhesive backed, foiled die cut using Scor-Tape sheets. I’ve also had very nice results with the Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets, but what I really like about the Scor-Tape is that the protective backer paper is kind of slick and waxy, and it didn’t stick to my Silhouette mat at all. I recommend using a Silhouette Light Hold mat either way because it releases the die cuts so much more easily than even a less sticky regular mat does when you’re using double-sided adhesive sheets. I use washi tape around the edges of the foiled paper to keep it on the mat while cutting. Here are the adhesive backed toner sheet results with the Scor-Tape:

DIY Adhesive Backed Minc Foiled Toner Sheets

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets (both unfoiled and foiled) : Depth = 6 // Speed = 2 // Thickness = 33 // Double Cut*

* You can probably get away with a single cut on the non-adhesive backed toner sheets if you have a sharper blade, but I double cut it just in case.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets with Scor Tape or Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive : Depth = 8 // Speed = 2 // Thickness = 33 // Triple Cut*

* double cut first, then immediately do another single cut before unloading the mat

Check out the video to see all of these tips in action:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Mr & Mrs Hand Lettered Die Cut

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ // SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ / SBK )
Thermoweb iCraft Rose Gold Deco Foil ( AMZ / SBK )
Thermoweb iCraft Pink Melon Deco Foil ( AMZ / SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets ( (AMZ / SBK )
Scor-Tape 6″ Square Adhesive Sheets ( AMZ )
Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets ( SBK // AMZ ) – not shown
Silhouette Cameo Light Hold Mat
washi tape

 

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card – Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

DIY Holographic Foil Numbers Birthday Card - Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

This project gave me an excuse to use the Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheets, which foiled and cut so nicely. I’ve used the Minc Toner Sheets, which are thinner and slightly less glossy than the Deco Foil sheets, but I got great results with both.

Re: paper thickness – it’s really not an apples to apples comparison since the Minc sheets don’t have the added thickness of an adhesive backing sheet, but I do prefer working with the Deco Foil sheets because it’s nice to already have the adhesive sheet in place, as opposed to having to manually add it. Either way, I’m very happy with the results with both the Deco Foil and the Minc toner sheets, and they offer so many possibilities for making custom embellishments for cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper craft projects.

The photo above really doesn’t do justice to how awesome the foil looks on the card. Check out the step-by-step tutorial below to see better shots of the foil from different angles. Much iridescent coolness happening!

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Happy Birthday Digital Patterns (coming next week!)
Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + SVG Die Cuts
Birthday-versary Numbers Die Cuts

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock ( AMZ // SSS )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ / SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ / SBK )
Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheets ( AMZ )
Thermoweb iCraft Iridescent Deco Foil ( AMZ / SSS )
a printer
a double-sided adhesive runner

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card – Heidi Swapp Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

(click on any of the screenshots below to see at a larger size)

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 1 : Open the Birthday-versary Digital Stamps + SVG Die Cuts file in Silhouette Studio (I’m using the Designer Edition). Use Object > Ungroup to ungroup into different elements. Then, select the “fantastic years” and “of you” elements (Shift + Click to select multiple elements) and copy with Ctrl / Cmd + C. Open a new file and paste the elements using Ctrl / Cmd + V.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 2 : You’ll see that the SVG borders (in red) are still around the elements. Use Object > Ungroup to ungroup the SVG borders from the main elements. After doing so, you’ll be able to move the elements independent of the borders.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 3 : Move the “of you” element to underneath the “fantastic years”. When you’re happy with the placement of the elements, use Ctrl / Cmd + G to group them into one element.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 4 : Use the “Draw a Rectangle” tool (left menu) to draw a rectangle. I want a rectangle that’s the size of an A6 card front (4.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall), so I’ll resize the rectangle that I drew by opening the “Scale” window from the top right menu and resizing the rectangle to the exact size that I want.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 5 : Click and drag the “fantastic years of you” sentiment to the bottom center of the rectangle. Select both the rectangle and the sentiment, and open the “Align” window (top right menu). Click “Align Center” to center the sentiment horizontally.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 6 : Next, we want to give the rectangle, which will be our card background, some color. I’ve loaded all of the solids from the Happy Birthday digital patterns set into Silhouette Studio (see more about how to do that here), and I’ll select the rectangle and choose the “Fill Pattern” window from the top right menu. Then, I’ll click the bubblegum pink solid swatch to fill the rectangle shape with color.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 7 : Click the sentiment to select it. Then, open the “Fill Color” window from the top right menu and click the white swatch to change the sentiment’s color to white. I went with a pink and white color scheme for my card, but you can choose any pattern and fill colors that you’d like. Lots of possibilities!

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Silhouette Studio)

Step 8 : The file is just about ready to print, but before we do that we’ll need to set up the registration marks. Open the “Registration Mark Settings” window from the top right menu and choose Type 1 (if you’re using a Cameo or Portrait) from the registration mark dropdown. You’ll see the marks appear around the edges of the page. Select the rectangle and sentiment and move them to an area inside the marks. Then, print and cut the file.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Minc Foiling)

Step 9 : After printing and cutting the card background, we’re ready to make the big, iridescent foil numbers. Look at how cool that foil looks! First, we’ll foil a Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheet by cutting it down to a smaller size, placing a sheet of iridescent Deco Foil (shiny side up) on top of it (make sure that the foil sheet it larger than the toner sheet so you don’t get foil on your carrier sheet), and running it through the Minc (I used a heat setting of 4).

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial (Minc Foiling)

Step 10 : After running the sheet through the Minc, peel the foil sheet from the toner sheet to reveal a custom, foiled sheet. Oooh, pretty foil.

DIY Iridescent Foil Numbers

Step 11 : I resized numbers from the Birthday-versary Numbers Die Cuts set to 200% and cut them from the foiled, adhesive toner sheet with a Silhouette Cameo.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for foiled Deco Foil Peel ‘n’ Stick Toner Sheets : Depth = 8 // Speed = 3 // Thickness = 33 // Double Cut

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial

Step 12 : Cover the front of a pre-cut, top fold A6 card base with double-sided adhesive. Line up the print and cut card background over top of the adhesive and press in place to adhere.

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial

Step 13 : Before I adhere the numbers in place, I want to place them where I want them to be in the final design (protective backing paper still on).

DIY Iridescent Foil Birthday Card Tutorial

Step 14 : Peel the protective backing paper from the back of the numbers, one at a time, and press into place on the card. And voila, you’re finished!

DIY Holographic Foil Numbers Birthday Card - Minc + Silhouette Studio Tutorial

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