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Video : Heidi Swapp Minc White Reactive Foil + Acetate

What You Need to Know About Minc White Foil & Acetate (Video)

I was all “woot, woot!” when the Minc White Reactive Foil was released last year, and I really wanted to be able to show you some examples using the white foil in my video about making die cut foil acetate embellishments. But this particular foil had other ideas, so I had some additional testing to do.

The Minc white reactive foil seems to have somewhat different properties than the other foils. It’s glossy, but it’s not metallic like most of the foil colors in the Minc lineup, and something about the way that the white foil is manufactured causes it to bond with acetate, at least the C-Line laser acetate (the brand that I use), even in places where there’s no toner for it to bond to.

I initially tried using the white foil with acetate on the Minc heat setting 4, which is what I use for the other foils (both Minc and Therm O Web Deco Foil), and you can see my results in the video below. You can also see that there’s not too much difference in the results for heat setting 3. When I turned the Minc to heat setting 1, the lowest heat setting, I did get better results. But the foil still bonded in some areas where there was no toner.

If you’re going for a slightly splatter-y or weathered look, then the results with heat setting 1 are a thumbs up, but if you want results that are as clean as the results that I’ve been getting with acetate and the other foils in both the Minc and Deco Foil lines, then the white foil isn’t going to give you this look. However, as I mention in the video, you may get better results with a different brand of laser printer-friendly acetate or if you have a heat laminator with lower heat setting options than the Minc has.

I also want to mention that the Minc white foil did not have the same issues when I used it to foil matte Dura-Lar (see my video on making die cut foil “vellum” embellishments for more on that), and it also gave very clean results when I used it on watercolor paper with the Minc Reactive Screen Ink on Minc heat setting 5, which is the highest heat setting. So, there’s something unique about the acetate that causes it to bond with the Minc white foil, even in places where it shouldn’t.

Watch the video below for a more detailed look at my results with the Minc white foil:

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

Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil, White
Therm O Web Deco Foil, Rainbow ( AMZ // SBK )
C-Line Transparency Film for Plain Paper/Laser Printers
Grafix Matte .005 Dura-Lar Film – 9″ x 12″
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Screen Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper

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