FOILING 101: Mini Minc Foil Applicator

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Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! I am so excited to share with you a crafting tool that I won from a raffle from Bee Happy Crafts. It is an online store where I usually get my crafting supplies. They have great selections of stationery and crafting tools. Now, I have always had such rotten luck when it comes to raffles or any game of chance except for love, (lol) but bless my lucky stars! I won second price and got a Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Foil Applicator. I have always wanted to try foiling. It looks so simple yet elegant. I have seen tons of DIY videos on how to do foiling and I am so impressed and amazed on how they create flawless foiled designs. But we all know that reality is always different from expectation. Now that I have this awesome crafting tool, I have no more excuse in not trying this technique.

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Mini Minc Foil Applicator Machine includes a transfer folder, Heidi Swapp Transfer Foil, sample art laser printed images and a manual @creativemuseatwork

I am sure that most of you knows how this baby works but let me give a quick lowdown. The Mini Minc Foil Applicator allows you to apply foil to any kind of artwork or projects printed through a laser toner printer. (NOTE: It should be a laser toner printer, not inkjet otherwise the foil will not adhere in the paper) They come in two sizes, the Mini Minc which is the one that I have here, with a 6 inch foil applicator and the large Minc for large prints. The Mini Minc comes with the machine, transfer folder, transfer foil and sample art images.

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ICraft Transfer Foil by Thermoweb @creativemuseatwork

Heidi Swapp has her own line of foil sheets that comes in different colors but unfortunately, the Heidi Swapp Transfer Foil was not available at the time of my purchase so I bought several ICraft Deco Foils by Therm-o-web which according to some DIY videos are also compatible with this machine.

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Adventure and camera sample art image that came with the machine and my own thank you sentiment design printed on laser monochrome printer

I am definitely a newbie in foiling. I have never done this before so I have encountered tons of mistakes and disappointments. I have heard several horror stories that not all types of laser printer adhere the foil perfectly so for the purposes of this blog, I used this machine on both the sample art print that came with the machine and on my own design that is laser printed. I also used the sample Heidi Swapp Transfer Foil on the sample image and the ICraft Deco Foil on my printed design.

One caveat though: This is not a deep dive analysis of The Mini Minc or transfer foils and I am not some sort of a foiling guru. Everything in this blog is based on my experience so let’s start foiling!

HOW TO FOIL USING THE MINI MINC FOIL APPLICATOR.

Turn on the machine and press the gold button to select the proper heat setting. If you check the manual that comes with the machine, there are several recommended settings depending on how much heat you need for your project. The recommended setting is 3. You need to let the machine heat up and it will beep and the indicator light will turn green when it is hot and ready.

The next step is to prepare your design, you need to cut the foil about a quarter of an inch larger than your project just to give some wiggle room in case the design might shift a little once it rolls inside the machine.

Place the paper with the image with the foil on top inside the transfer folder. The image should be facing up, as well as the shiny colored side of the foil. Close the transfer folder and make sure that the foil is flat and not wrinkled.

Feed the transfer folder into the machine. The machine will automatically pull the transfer folder inside. It works like an ordinary laminator so you have to wait until it is completely done and it will roll out on the other side of the machine.

Open the transfer folder and gently peel off the foil from the image. The foil should adhere where the toner was printed.

RESULTS:

SAMPLE IMAGE THAT CAME WITH THE MACHINE USING THE HEIDI SWAPP TRANSFER FOIL

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The result was a disaster! I foiled both the sample image with the gold and silver foil that came with the machine and it was so streaky! There were some portions of the toner that the foil did not cling well. There were scratches on the foil and the paper had folds like as if it was scored when it went through the machine. I have no idea what caused the score lines and what is so weird is that there are foils in the score lines. I thought I did not properly insert the transfer folder, so on the second time, I made sure to  flattened it out before I feed it to the machine, but it produced the same streaky result with score lines and the foil did not cleanly transfer. At this point, I was so frustrated that I had to woosah myself for a couple of minutes! (lol)

MY OWN DESIGN PRINTED ON LASER PRINTER USING ICRAFT DECO FOIL 

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The result was magic! Aside from fervently praying for success, I did  the same exact process in this one. The foil adhered perfectly. There were no streaks, scratches or score lines. The paper was as smooth as it was. The transfer was so clean that you can actually use the negative foil for another project.

Based on this trial and error, I can say that The Mini Minc Foil Applicator is a great machine but you need to have quality supplies to achieve beautiful results.

FOIL – The Icraft Deco Foil by Therm-o-web is a better choice compared to the Heidi Swapp Transfer Foil that came with the machine. I think the thickness of the ICraft Deco Foil gives a more consistent and clean finish. It is easy to handle. The Mini Minc transferred the foil evenly on the toner.

PAPER – The sample image that came with the machine was printed in a glossy paper. I am not sure how heavy the paper is but it could be around 200 GSM – 220 GSM. The paper that I used for my own design is a white Bevania Splendorgel 220 GSM. This is the paper that I used in most of my projects. It has a very smooth surface perfect for inkjet and laser printing.

PRINTER – I have no idea what kind of printer was used for the sample image. But I was really expecting that it will foil effortlessly because it came with the machine, but sadly, it did not. The printer that I used for my design is a a high-quality monochrome printer. It is indeed important to use a monochrome laser printer so you can get the darkest black color for the foil to adhere.

I never thought that testing out this machine can send me to an emotional roller-coaster but I am so excited to make more projects with this machine! I have not yet made a comparison between an ordinary laminator and the Minc but I am just so grateful that I got this machine for free. I have to try this machine with a toner pen and on colored cardstocks in the future. You can also make your own patterns in Adobe Illustrator and foil it after to for your card backgrounds.

I hope this blog was helpful to those who wants to try foiling. It is a a great tool for this technique. The price point is much more expensive compared to ordinary laminators but with quality supplies, it does give wonderful results. See you next time and thank you for visiting my blog.🌸

Happy Birthday Greeting Card

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I would like to share with you another birthday card project using a Happy Birthday Border Die. This is just a simple landscape card with a reverse fold. I did a lot of die cutting and no stamping for this project. The big die itself stands out on it’s own and I just put some color to make it more interesting.

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Happy Birthday Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

 

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Happy Birthday Border Die

The supplies that I used for this card are mostly cardstocks. 2 white cardstocks for the base measuring 5.5″ x 9″ that I scored and folded in half and another one measuring 5.5″ x 4.5″ to support the front design of the card, I used a teal cardstock and 1 teal polkadot pattern paper with same measurement as the white ones. I also used different colors of cardstocks from my scrap stash for the flowers and leaves. Lastly, I used my Big Shot Die Cut Machine.

 

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First, I die cut the other half of the white and polkadot pattern papers. I placed the die cut an inch away from the bottom of the paper to give a space for the card fold. Then I glued them together with the white cardstock at the back to support the “Happy” die cut design and the polkadot paper on top. I made sure that they were aligned. Next, I run the die cut again on my Big Shot Machine with several different color of cardstock for the flower and the leaves and I used it to fill in the gaps on the flower and leaves design. I was halfway finish on this part, when I realized I could have used the white cardstock when I first run the die on my Big Shot Machine and I could have just colored it to save time.

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Happy Birthday Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

To finish the card, I adhere the insert teal cardstock for a shadow effect. I hope you like this week’s card and I’ll be back again very soon with a new project. See you next time and thanks for stopping by.

Mother’s Day Greeting Card

Hi, everyone! Today, I have a card to share with you. I had been very busy for the past few weeks but I want to share with you this card that I made just in time for Mother’s Day.  I used to create cards for my mom when I was a kid.  I can still remember how she loved it so much. She is now 74 years old and she kept all those cards I made for her.  I truly am a certified mama’s girl!

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

In this project I used the Mom’s Life Clear Stamps. These are small stamps perfect for journals and planners. I decided to take it to the next level and use it to create a stamp background.

The supplies that I used for this card are quite basic. I used a lot of dye inks for the stamp background:

White cardstock for the card base measuring 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Red cardstock cut in four 2 1/8″ x 2 5/8″ pieces
2 white rectangle cardstock in 2″ x 2 1/2″ for the stamp background
2 pieces of stripe pattern paper in 2″ x 2 1/2″ from American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pad.
A small piece of black cardstock for the sentiment.
Small piece of Red glitter board for the MOM sentiment
Mom’s Life Clear Stamps
Alphabet die cut for the MOM sentiment.
Love you Forever stamp sentiment
Ranger Archival Ink in Garden Patina
Ranger Dye Ink Pad in Electric Lime
Ranger Dye Ink Pad in Pink Gumball
Lawn Fawn Dye Ink in Lobster
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
WRMK Score and Trim Board
Big Shot Die Cut Machine
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Tsukineko Embossing Pad
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White
Heat Gun
Tape runner and scissor

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After I scored and cut the cardstocks, I made the stamp background. I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform for accuracy. You can use an acrylic block but I had to repeat the stamping as I wanted to intensify the colors. In a piece of scrap paper, I made a guide where I could place the white cardstock so I could stamped two cardstock simultaneously by switching one from the other without removing the stamp in the platform.

I glued the red cardstocks with the stamp background and the stripe pattern paper together and adhere them on the white cardstock base card. I used my T-square ruler to align them.

For the sentiment, I die cut the letter M and O Alpha die cut on the Red glitter board using my Big Shot Machine. For the black background, I traced the dies on a small piece of black cardstock and fuzzy cut them.

 

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

Lastly, I heat emboss the Love You Forever sentiment in a black cardstock  and placed them below the MOM glitter sentiment. For added dimension, I used Nuvo Crystal Drop in Simply White on both sides of the sentiment.

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

This is a quick and easy card project. I wanted something simple yet colorful. The only process that took me several minutes to create was the stamp background but other than  that, it took me less than 30 minutes to finish this card.

I hope this inspired you to create your own cards. See you on my next post and thank for stopping by! Happy Mother’s Day!

Birthday Pop-Up Card

Hi everyone! I am back with another project to share with you. I previously mentioned in my last blog that the month of March is my daughter’s birth month. I made the invitation card for her birthday party and I have decided to share it here in my blog with a few changes to make it a birthday greeting card. I also used quite a few cardstocks for this project and I also used Adobe Illustrator to create the stripe background design of the insert card.

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Birthday Pop-Up Card using Cupcake Pop-Up Die Set & Yum Yum Cupcake Stamp Set @creativemuseatwork

The supplies that I used are: cardstocks (fuchsia, white, baby blue, baby pink and red) digital pattern papers I created using Adobe Illustrator (polkadot and stripe pattern), fuchsia glitter foam adhesive, Yum Yum Cupcake Clear Stamp Set, Cupcake Pop-up Die Set, lace trim die, Sizzix Framelit dies (scalloped and circle), Shin Han Touch Markers, Winsor & Newton Promarkers, Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, WRMK Score and Trim Board, Big Shot Machine and other basic crafting tools.

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Cupcake Pop-Up die Set & Yum Yum Cupcake Stamp Set @creativemuseatwork

After I printed my own digital pattern paper using Adobe Illustrator, I scored and cut the fuchsia cardstock into 5″x11″ and again scored at 6″ to fold the card. Next I prepared the front design of the card by die cutting the edge of the front with my v-shape lace trim die. I made sure that the die cut will cover the v-shape part of the striped backdrop in the insert card. To do this, I draw a line with a pencil by tracing the shape of the lace die in the front side of the card on top of the v-shape part of the striped pattern.  The idea is to cover only the message part of the card.

Next, I prepared the insert card where I die cut the big cupcake. The insert card should be big enough for the cupcake die and has the same width size but shorter than the base card to make room for the message and the cupcake die cut. First, I lined up the die on top of the insert card fold and then I run it through my Big Shot Machine. The die will only cut the cupcake part and will only make a score on its base to support the pop-up. After I die cut the cupcake, I had to work the centerfold on both back and front direction as well as the score line on top of the cupcake to make the entire cupcake pop-up. I also die cut the smaller cupcakes using my baby pink, red and polka dot paper. I used the fuchsia glitter foam adhesive for the happy birthday sentiment and the ribbon embellishment in the cupcake.

I glued the cupcake pop-up inside the card and then I assembled the cupcakes. I made an accordion fold on the cupcake liner to add more dimension. Then I glued the two small cupcakes on each side of the big cupcake. I decided to put some Ranger Glossy Accents on the cherry on top.

For the message inside the card, I adhere the white cardstock with the stripe pattern with a tape runner. Using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Touch Twin and Winsor & Newton markers, I stamped and colored the Yum Yum Cupcake Stamps in a white cardstock and fuzzy cut them. I also used a balloon digital stamp that I had on my stash. I glued the stamps inside the card as well as the glitter happy birthday sentiment on top. I used a dot foam adhesive for the little girl and the balloon to add more dimension. To finish the card, I glued the scalloped and circle die cuts together and the letter E die on top then adhere it half-way in the middle of the v-shape lace trim in front.

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Birthday Cupcake Pop-Up Card @creativemuseatwork

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Birthday Cupcake Pop-Up Card @creativemuseatwork

I used quite a lot of paper in this project but most of them are from my scrap stash most specially those that I used for the cupcakes as I only needed a small size of paper. This card is also thicker and bigger in size compared to your standard portrait greeting card because of the pop-up and the glitter foam inside. The front design and the pop-up cupcakes are the same as my daughter’s invitation cards for her birthday. That explains why I used the letter E in front for her name. You can change this into a number e.g., age of the birthday celebrant or a small circle picture.

I hope you like this week’s card project and thank you very much for visiting my blog. See you next time!

 

 

 

Handmade Graduation Card

Hi! I am back with a graduation card to share with you this week. As I have said in my previous blog, the month of March is an exciting month for card markers as we can draw a lot of inspiration to several events and celebrations happening this month. I, for one, got my hands full as my daughter’s birthday is this month, but I was still able to squeeze in a card for graduation. Whether you call it Graduation Day, Moving Up, Step-Up Day, or Recognition Day, it is important that we acknowledge the hard work and celebrate the success of our dear students whether they be family, relatives or friends.

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Handmade Graduation Card @creativemuseatwork

In this card, I used the cute ConGraduations Stamp Set. I don’t think these stamps are still in the market but I got this a few years ago. I  just love how cute the stamps are drawn. The supplies that I used for this card are: cardstock (Cream, black, gold, red, and brown (woven textured)), ConGraduation Stamp, dotted rectangle and circle Framelits dies from Sizzix, scalloped circle die for the badge, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, WRMK Score and Trim Board, Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Tsukineko Embossing Pad, Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink, Ranger White Embossing Powder, heat gun, Shin Han Touch Twin Markers, Winsor & Newton Promarkers, Zig Graphic Twin Markers and other basic crafting supplies.

First, I scored and cut the cardstock with the following measurements: Cream base – 6 and 1/8″x 4 and 3/4″ (portrait fold), black – 5 and 3/4″ x 4 and 1/2″, gold – 4 and 7/8″ x 3 and 5/8″, red – 4 and 5/8″ x 3 and 1/2″, brown – 3 and 5/8 x 2 and 3/8″, small cream paper for the stamp in the center – 3 and 1/2″ x 2 and 1/4″. For the ribbon badge, gold strip – 4 and 1/2″ x 5/8″, red strip – 4 and 1/4″ x 1/2″ and for the red sentiment tag – 1/2″ x 2 and 1/2″.

Next I die cut the badge for the card using the Sizzix framelit dies on my Big Shot Machine and I stamped the little girl in graduation robe and the oxford cap and color them red. I know it is unusual to see a red graduation robe, but when I graduated in law school, the academic regalia hood color my university used is red so I thought it would look nice in this card. I also heat emboss the Happy Graduation sentiment in a red cardstock using my Ranger White Embossing Powder. Make sure to brush the paper first with an anti-static powder to keep the powder from sticking on places you don’t want them to be. For the ribbon, I glued the red strip on top and center of the gold banner. I made a fish tale cut on the other end to resemble a badge ribbon.

I assembled the card by adhering the cardstocks together. First, I glued the gold, red, brown and cream paper with the stamp on the black cardstock then on top of the cream card base. I just eyeballed the center of the card. Next, I assembled the badge together. I fuzzy cut the oxford cap and glued it on top of the badge. I glued the red and gold ribbon at the back of the badge and adhere it at the upper left side of the card with a foam tape to to add some dimension. Lastly, I placed sentiment below the cream and brown frame with a foam tape as well.

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Complete project Handmade Graduation Card @creativemuseatwork

This card is bigger than the standard card size. However, you can also create a smaller version of this. I have a lot of scrap paper in my stash and most of them are already cut so I decided to just use them. I hope you like this card. Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you on my next blog!

 

 

Chinese New Year Card 2019

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Chinese New Year 2019 @creativemuseatwork

Hello everyone! I have been working on a card just in time for the Chinese New Year on 5 February 2019. My husband is half-Chinese and although we do not normally celebrate this occasion as festive as the 1 January, we observe some of their traditions to usher in a new year of prosperity, success and good health

I wanted to declutter my stash so I decided to make use of some printed illustrations from Freepik.com instead of using stamps. I did use one of the piggy stamps from MFT Hog Heaven stamps to symbolize the year of the pig for 2019. They have a great selection of patterns and designs that you can download for personal use. I will put the link below so you can check it out.

Here are the supplies that I used:

  1. Red cardstock
  2. Gold board paper
  3. Scalloped circle die
  4. Stitched circle die slightly smaller than the scalloped circle die
  5. MFT Hog Heaven stamp and die
  6. Alcohol markers (I use Winsor and Newton pro and brushmarkers)
  7. Tape runner or glue
  8. Scotch foam tape
Chinese New Year Card 2019 @creativemuse

Illustration from http://www.freepik.com

I printed in a red cardstock an oriental design label and score and trim it at 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 and folded it in half. I stamped one of the piggy stamps from the MFT Hog Heaven, die cut and colored it using my Winsor and Newton markers. I also colored the boy and girl but I had to fussy cut it after. I also cut the printed sentiment.

 

I die cut the scalloped circle die in the gold board paper and the stitched circle die in the red cardstock using my big shot die cut machine. To assemble the card, I glued the circle die cuts together with the gold one at the bottom and with the red one on top. I then adhere the boy and girl in the center and then the piggy stamp with a small foam tape. I glued the happy new year greeting below the piggy stamp to complete the card

Thanks for dropping by and I wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year!

Links from http://www.freepik.com:

For the background and handrawn boy and girl

Background vector created by Freepik