Hi Crafty Friends! Hope you’re doing well and getting in some crafting time. Today I’m sharing a couple of cards I made using the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator. I absolutely love using the Minc, because it gives such elegant results, effortlessly! If you’d like to see how I made these cards and the supplies I used, keep reading.
I began by going through my stash of foil-ready toner backgrounds, and chosing a couple of patterns. Using the Minc machine I foiled one backgound in a vibrant orange foil, and the other in an awesome holographic purple foil.
As I mentioned previously, using the Minc always gives me great results by following these steps…
Since my Minc was already set up and ready to go, I foiled the background for my second card. Initially when I was designing my cards, I planned to have a panel of Black Toner cardstock foiled solid in a coordinating color. I realized I didn’t have a piece big enough to foil, so I decided to try the Heidi Swapp Reactive Paint. This was my first time using the reactive paint, and overall I was pleased with the results, although I didn’t use the panel as I had initially intended.
I can’t do a card without blending some ink…so after looking in my swatch book and picking out some colors I inked my foiled backgrounds using an ink blending tool and some blending foams.
Next, using the same ink colors I inked a piece of white cardstock, then cut a fancy panel from it using a die and die-cutting machine. I used this panel on the inside of my card.
I used the same die set to cut a sentiment from the Gina K Birthday Bash Foil Mates, then foiled. Afterward I lightly inked the edges of the panel using a Tim Holtz Blender Brush. Tim’s Blender Brushes give a very light, very soft ink effect, which is what I was going for on the sentiment panel.
I stamped an inside message on the inked panel, using a stamp from Funny Bones. Because I often mess up when stamping I used my Misti, which really is the best stamping tool in the world! At least in my opinion 🙂
The next step was to cut and score the card base for each card.
Now that I had all the individual components completed, it was time to assemble my cards.
My card was now complete, except the required bling-bling! So I added a few Nuvo Mirrorball Stars to the inside of the first card and jade crystal gems from Studio Katia.
I assembled the second card in the same way. The differences, besides color, were the second card did not have an inside message panel, and I used a die to make a layered sentiment out of mirrored cardstock for the front.
I hope you found this post helpful, and it has inspired you to give foiling a try. If you don’t have a Minc you can also foil using a laminator and a folded piece of copy paper as a carrier folder. If you’re interested in the supplies and tools I used to make these cards, please see the list below. When possible, I have included links to the products at a couple of my favorite online craft stores.
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Happy Crafting, Angie!
Supplies and Tools Used
Simon Says Stamp
- Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator Machine and Starter Kit
- Heidi Swapp Reactive Screen Ink Minc Liquid Toners
- Therm O Web Gina K Designs Foil-Mates – Bountiful
- Therm O Web Gina K Designs Foil-Mates – Birthday Bash
- Therm O Web Gina K Designs Fancy Foils – Dazzling Orange Holographic
- Therm O Web Gina K Designs Fancy Foils – Passionate Pink
- Brutus Monroe Foil Transfer Sheets 6″ x 12″ sheets – Purple Sketch
- Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB Card stock – Smooth Solar White
- Therm O Web Gina K Designs Premium 100 LB Cardstock – Wild Lilac
- Tonic Chrome Silver Mirror Card Gloss Cardstock
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash Metallic Jewels Kraft Stock
- Altenew 48 Mini Cube Ink Pad Set – Perfect Peach, Rouge, Coral Berry, Lagoon
- Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Mini Blender Tool
- Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Applicator
- Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes
- Tim Holtz Tonic Guillotine Comfort Paper Trimmer
- Honey Bee Hello Dies
- Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
- Misti Precision Stamper Stamping Tool
- Riley And Company Funny Bones All-Nighters Cling Rubber Stamp
- Therm O Web Gina K Designs Adhesive Dot Runner – Permanent
- Gina K Designs Connect Glue
- Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
- Scor-Tape 1/4 Inch Crafting Tape
- 9 X 12 White Fun Foam 12 Pack 118711
- Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker Tool
- Tonic Golden Years Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter – Mirrorball
- Studio Katia Jade Crystals
Gina K Designs
- Mid-Weight Card Stock- Peach Bellini- 10 Pack
- Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Wild Lilac- 10 Pack
- Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Black Onyx
- Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates Backgrounds – Bountiful
- Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates Sentiments – Birthday Bash
- Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils – Dazzling Orange
- Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils – Passionate Pink
- Gina K. Designs Connect Glue
- Gina K. Designs Adhesive Dot Runner
To remove ink smudges, glue and other small mishaps from my paper crafting projects, I use the Couture Creations Creative Detailer Tool. This is a battery powered eraser-type tool that I have realized I have to use frequently!
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