Heidi Swapp Minc Machine – Foiling A *Stamped* Image!! – AND VIDEO!!!

By Taheerah | 7th February 2015 | 25 Comments

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday!

Today I’m super-duper excited to share a quick video showing an awesome technique with the NEW! Heidi Swapp Minc Machine!! I don’t think anyone has come up with this technique yet so hopefully this is going to blow your mind!!

Image (c)Heidi Swapp

In case you don’t know, the Minc is a foil applicator machine and it is set to make everything gold in my house! It’ll take anything as thin as acetate to as thick as chipboard and you can use your own designs as long as they’re printed with a laser printer.

But I’ve never been one to stick to the rules.

Here I bring you a video to show you how you can foil any STAMPED image – without using a laser printed image, without photocopying the stamped image – none of that!! Just good old inky fun!!

Like this one, featuring the Vintage Roses set from Altenew:

Are you ready?!

How awesome is that?!?!

I hope you’re as excited as I am by this new technique!! I am so so *so* excited that I can include foiling on my stamped images from now on!!

I just want to reiterate some of the safety precautions I mentioned in the video:

  • wear gloves to protect your hands
  • ideally wear a dust mask over your mouth and nose, just in case
  • clean any powder off your hands with cold water
  • clean up any spills with a cloth dampened with cold water
  • use in a well ventilated area
  • but no heaters or fans on please!
  • Much as I’d like to tell you that this is a technique for everyone, I would advise against you using toner powder if you suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions such as bronchitis

Basically though, as long as you don’t swallow the stuff or stick your nose/mouth right into the bottle and inhale/swallow, I think you’re good. 😛

But I do have to follow with the disclaimer that I am not a doctor, or a chemist. Please read all safety notices carefully on the bottle and satisfy yourself that this is a technique you feel safe doing, before you try it at home. *wink* 

Here are some more close-ups of that rose and that foiling:

I hope you’ve enjoyed this video, please do leave me some feedback on what you think of this idea!! And please feel free to ask any questions you have or let me know what else you’d like to see!

Thanks for stopping by!!



25 thoughts on “Heidi Swapp Minc Machine – Foiling A *Stamped* Image!! – AND VIDEO!!!”

  1. I have bought toner to do something with foil unfortunately this leaves a lot of residue on my cardstock:(
    Any suggestion

  2. Hi Taheerah, this technique is mind-blowing in its possibilities!! I have one question though….what kind of paper are you using? I’m following your instructions to the letter (leaving a visible powder residue of anti static powder) but am not able brush off the excess toner powder nearly as cleanly as you do!! And I can’t figure out why that is? What would you suggest?? Thanks in advance for a response.

    1. Hi Norine, thanks so much for your kind words! I was using the Pure White cardstock that Avery Elle used to carry (sadly discontinued now. 🙁 ). The smoother your cardstock is the more likely this technique will work – if there is any ‘tooth’ or texture or roughness to the surface then the powder will inevitably end up sticking. Perhaps some of the cardstock Ellen Hutson have might work? They carry a Smooth Bristol cardstock that might be worth a try (not tried it myself yet but it is meant to be smooth!). You can find it here: http://www.ellenhutson.com/essentials-by-ellen-julies-smooth-bristol-20pc-5-5-x-5-5/#_a_103 (also comes in 8.5″x11″ size too). Failing that perhaps try a coated cardstock which might have a smoother surface. Hope that helps – good luck and please let me know how you get on! 🙂

  3. Girl, you are amazing!! I just found this video tutorial and my brain has exploded!!! I am so excited for this discovery, as I've struggled with the embossing powder foiling, and haven't been satisfied with it at all! THIS has made my day!! Off to figure out where to buy the toner powder. Hoping Amazon carries it!! Thank you sooooo much!! XOXO

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this great idea! I've been considering purchasing a Minc machine but was hesitant because of it's requirement to use laser printed images. Now that I know I can use it with my stamps as you demonstrated I will be ordering one soon.
    🙂 Marie

  5. TAHEERAH!!! You are AWESOME!!! I've had such mixed results and wasted so much foil using the embossing powder method with my laminator. I just *knew* there had to be a better way to get consistent detailed results! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! I don't have a MINC, tho… Do you think this would still work with a different brand laminator?

    1. OMGosh, thank you *so* much Julie!! You have no idea how much you made my day with your kind words!!

      As long as your foil is toner reactive I don't think the machine you use will matter too much, so yes, I think this will work with different brands of laminator too! I don't have a laminator of my own to try with but feel confident it should work!! If you do try it please let me know how you get along!! Thank you once again for making my day!! <3 <3 <3

  6. Brilliant idea! I have been practising stamping the vintage rose today and am very grateful for this tutorial! Btw I use heat set powder and foil with a laminator and thought it might work with your technique and be less messy. Your rose is absolutely gorgeous!

    1. So glad you enjoyed My Paper Epiphany! Toner powder is actually pretty cheap – that bottle I got was £8 (about $12) and it will last forever as you only need a tiny amount each time! 😀

    2. Oh I just read this again and realised it said 'messy' not 'money' lol! I didn't find it messy tbh – about the same as with using fine embossing powder I'd say. 🙂

    3. My Paper Epiphany, how exactly do you foil with heat set powder? Is this a specific type. Brand and or color also do you still heat it through the laminator?

      Taheerah, I am blown away!! I don't have a lazer/toner printer and have been hating to ask my dad or hubbs to print for me when they go to work. I also hated the idea of having to go pay for a copy. I am going to try this but I am also going to use my embossing pens. I don't have the Minc so I will be using my laminator.

      Do either of you have any tips/suggestions for foiling with a laminator?

    4. Hi HKXoXo! Thanks so much for such a wonderful comment!! So sorry for not responding to your question sooner!

      My friend Jennifer McGuire made a great video about foiling with a laminator, so instead of me trying to emulate her I'd rather send you to the expert! She always shares so many great tips in her videos and if you have a specific question I'm sure she'll help!

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