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Video : Testing Minc Reactive Paint, Mist & Screen Ink with Uncoated Papers

Video : Testing Minc Reactive Paint, Mist & Screen Ink with Uncoated & Textured Papers (Watercolor Paper Incl.)

If you have a Minc or a laminator or other hot foiling machine, then you’ve undoubtedly tested out a bunch of different papers for hot foiling. You’ve probably also discovered that smooth, coated papers give you the best results. The reason for this is because the best hot foiling results are produced when the toner from the laser printer sits on top of the surface of the paper or cardstock that you’re foiling, so there’s as much toner as possible available to bond with the foil as it’s run through the Minc or whatever machine you’re using. My favorites, and the cardstocks that I’ve gotten the best and most consistent results with, are Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover, which is 80lb weight, and Neenah Solar White, also 80lb weight.

But just as there are cardstocks that product great results, there are also types of paper and cardstock that I just can’t seem to get good results with. For instance, I still haven’t found a black cardstock that works really well. And uncoated and textured papers like kraft and watercolor paper allow the laser toner to absorb too much to produce good results.

Since the Minc reactive mediums – Reactive Paint, Reactive Mist, and Reactive Screen Ink – are designed to fuse with foil, no laser printer needed, I wanted to test them out on some types of paper and cardstock that are typically tough, if not impossible, to get great results with if you use the laser printer method of hot foiling. These mediums could provide a lot of new options for adding foil details and accents to our paper crafts projects.

Watch the video below to see my results:

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

Small Circles Stencil Die Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Paint ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Screen Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Therm O Web Deco Foil, Rainbow ( AMZ // SBK )
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
Bazzill Licorice Twist Cardstock
uncoated kraft cardstock
an old gift card or credit card (for applying screen ink)
an old / inexpensive paintbrush – I like this set from Crayola because it’s inexpensive and includes 5 different size brushes
scrap paper
painter’s tape

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Foil Acetate Embellishments

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

When you create foil elements using the heat activated method of running a laser printed piece through a Minc, a heat laminator, or other type of hot foiling machine, you need a nice, smooth surface, one that will not allow too much of the laser printer toner to absorb into the paper. This is why it’s difficult to get great diy hot foiling results with uncoated and textured papers, like watercolor paper and kraft cardstock.

Acetate is an ideal surface for diy hot foiling. It’s slick, glossy, and non-porous, so the laser printer toner sits right on top of the surface, ready to bond with the foil as it’s run through your foiling machine. In the video below, I’ll show you how to hot foil acetate and cut it using a digital die cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo) to create some very cool, foil embellishments that you can use for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and many other types of craft projects.

I’ve been die cutting acetate for years, but this was the first time that I attempted a print and cut project on acetate, and I initially ran into some challenges with the registration process because of the shiny, reflective surface of the acetate, but I figured out a technique that has worked perfectly every time I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t require much effort at all.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

My Technique : Open a blank document in Silhouette Studio, activate the registration marks for your die cutting machine (just like you’d do for a regular print & cut project), and print the page with just the registration marks. After the page is printed, cut out each of the registration marks, trimming the cut pieces where necessary so the paper doesn’t overlap any of the areas on the acetate that will be die cut.

Then, hold the acetate up to a lamp, with the paper registration mark (with double-sided tape on the back of the paper) held over it, so the light shines through both and allows you to line them up perfectly. Tape the paper registration mark in place over the corresponding registration mark on the acetate and repeat the process for each of the registration marks. You can also use a window (if it’s daylight) or a lightbox to line up the registration marks. Once all of the paper registration marks are taped in place, register and die cut the acetate with your die cutting machine.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

A Note About Hot Off the Press Heat Resistant Acetate : This is a craft supply that many of us have in our stash, and I thought that it might work well for hot foiling since it’s heat resistant. Unfortunately, when I printed on it, lines of toner came off of the printed areas as it was being run through the printer and remelted around the printed areas. You can see what I’m talking about in the video below, starting at around the 1:50 mark.

Check out the video to see the step-by-step process for creating awesome hot foil acetate embellishments:

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

Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

C-Line Transparency Film for Plain Paper/Laser Printers
Heidi Swapp Minc Light Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper
double-sided tape
craft scissors

Video : Using a Paintbrush with Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist

Using a Paintbrush with the Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Mist (Video)

After I posted my testing and review of the Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Reactive Mist, a few of you asked whether you can use a paintbrush with the Reactive Mist just like you can with the Reactive Paint. The answer is a big ol’ yes!

Both the Reactive Mist and Reactive Paint offer a number of options and possibilities for those of you who don’t have a laser printer but would like to add foil accents and details to your projects. In the video below, I’ll explore just a couple of ways that you can use a paintbrush with the Reactive Mist to create custom patterns and elements that you can then foil with the Minc.

NOTES : Two of the biggest things to remember when you’re painting with the Minc Reactive Mist are 1) hold onto the bottle (if you can remember) when you dip your brush into it, or you may end up with a mess on your hands (and work surface) and 2) make sure that the Reactive Mist (or Reactive Paint, if that’s what you’re using) is COMPLETELY dry before running your pieces through the Minc. I use a folded piece of printer paper as a transfer folder for projects where I use the Mist or Paint, just in case, because any area that’s still wet can be pushed outward (and onto your transfer folder) as the piece is being run through the Minc. If this happens and it’s only a small area, then it’s usually not a big deal but, if it’s a larger area, then your transfer folder could be ruined.

Check out the video below to see some of the things that you can do when you use a paintbrush with the Minc Reactive Mist:

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

Hand Lettered Love Die Cut

Heidi Swapp Minc Light Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Champagne Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – if you’re making a custom die cut for the card
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. cardstock
an old / inexpensive paintbrush – I like this set from Crayola because it’s inexpensive and includes 5 different size brushes
a small container with water (to soak the paintbrush after use)
plain printer paper
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a double-sided adhesive runner
3L Foam Adhesive Squares
craft scissors

Video : How to Make Foil Alphabet Magnets with the Minc + Silhouette

How to Make Foil Alphabet Magnets with the Heidi Swapp Minc + Silhouette Cameo

I’m adding a hot foil touch to the classic alphabet magnet in this project, which combines the crafty powers of the Heidi Swapp Minc and Silhouette Cameo. This creative combo allows you to quickly whip up colorful, hot foil creations, including everything from the magnets that we’re making here to embellishments and alphas for handmade cards, scrapbook pages, and party projects. Lots of possibilities!

If you don’t have the Minc or another machine for hot foiling, then it’s no problem at all because there are lots of great metallic and foil papers on the market right now, and you can easily substitute with those if you aren’t able to make your own foil cardstock.

In the video below, I’ll also show you how to easily make your own toner sheets right in Silhouette Studio, but if you don’t happen to have a laser printer, I’ve gotten great results with both the Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets and with the Thermoweb iCraft Deco Foil Toner Sheets.

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

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc 12″ ( AMZ // SBK ) – this is what I have
Heidi Swapp Minc 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Adhesive Magnet Paper ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Hot Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Teal Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Mint Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
12″ Minc Gold Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Minc Transfer Folders ( AMZ // SBK )
Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80lb. Cardstock
Arial Font (pre-installed on most Macs and PCs)
a laser printer
craft scissors

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

If you don’t have a laser printer but would still like to have some hot foil action on your paper craft projects, then the Minc Reactive Paint and Reactive Mist are something that you’ll want to take a look at. In this video, I test out these two Minc mediums to see how they perform with the Minc foiling machine, and I also show you how to make foil print and cut gift tags that also incorporate the Minc Reactive Paint. In addition, I’ll give you a peek at some of the new foil colors that were added to the Minc lineup earlier this year, and I’ll use the Gunmetal and Matte Champagne foils (two of my favorites) in this festive gift tag project.

My impatience got the best of me when I was testing the Minc Reactive Mist. You really do need to allow it to dry completely before running it through the Minc, and you can see in the video what happens if you don’t allow the Reactive Mist to dry completely. Hint: it’s a mess. However, after I filmed the video, I did make some tags using the Reactive Mist and waited patiently for them to dry. Here are those results:

Minc Reactive Mist Foil Gift Tags

Check out the video below to see the results from my Minc Reactive Paint & Mist testing, and have a look at what happens when impatience meets the Reactive Mist:

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

Holiday Phrases Gift Tag Die Cuts
Skinny Stencils, Set 1 Die Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Gunmetal Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Champagne Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Paint ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – if you’re making print & cut or die cut tags
white cardstock
stencil material*, if using a die cut stencil
a laser printer, if you’re making print & cut gift tags
an old paintbrush
a small container with water (to soak the paintbrush and stencil after use)
scrap paper

* Darice made a 4 mil stencil film under the Studio 71 label, and that’s what I used in the video. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find it for sale anywhere recently, so I think that they may have discontinued it. I’ve also heard good things about the Grafix brand stencil films but haven’t yet had the chance to try them with my Silhouette Cameo.

Also Shown

Heidi Swapp Minc Ombre Reactive Foil, Teal & Silver ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Black Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Mint White Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )

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

[VIDEO LINK]

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