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Last week I had a nice surprise waiting for me when I got home from Spring Break. ?A new Minc. foil machine. ?I’;ve teamed up with the good folks at American Crafts for the next 6 months to show you guys some of the fun things that you can do with this great new machine.

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The Minc. machine allows you to make custom foil artwork. ?The Minc. foil will stick to any surface with TONER applied. ?In case you’;re wondering Toner is what is used by copy machines and laser printers. ?The foil interacts with the toner and sticks to it, giving you a custom look.

I’;ve been a big fan of Heidi Swapp for a long time. I even attended two of the Creative Escape conferences that she put on a few years ago. I admire her style. Lots of bold patterns and sparkly things.

You can use the Minc. machine and foil with toner, but it was designed to be used with a special line of papercrafting products designed by Heidi Swapp for American Crafts.

There are tagsjute lumbar pillow, frames, papers, cards.. you name it, and all of them are absolutely adorable.

The Heidi Swapp Minc. projects come in black and white. ?Everything that is in BLACK is able to have foil applied to it, and as you can see there are a lot of gorgeous colors of foil to pick from.

Over the next 6 months or so I’;ll be sharing with you creative ideas for projects using the Minc. system. Today I’;ve got a very simple project for you, just to get you (and me) oriented with how the machine works. ?Then going forward you’;ll know how to use the machine when future projects are posted.

The Derby is coming up (have I mentioned that before?? *wink*) and I thought I’;d make some custom artwork to celebrate.

I used the striped Minc. paper and Gold Foil with the “;My Old Kentucky Home”; printable that I designed last week for the pillow wrap project.

If you want to download a PDF of the file just head on over to the Templates page.

Okay let’;s get going, you’;re going to need:

The Minc machine comes with a plastic carrier sheet. ?You ?use this to pass the foil and paper through the machine. ?I recommend starting with a small piece of paper (or tag) just to get used to it before you jump to a 12×;12 piece of paper.

A few things to note:

-You get one pass with the toner?after it’;s been heated up once you can’;t use it again. You can though reuse the foil scraps from a project.

-Get the foil in the carrier sheet as smooth as you can.

-Use sharp scissors to cut the foil.

-Make sure you let the machine warm up before you start.

-It’;s hot, it has an auto shut off, but just to be safe turn it off when you’;re done.

Turn on the Minc. machine and set it to “;3”;- this is the setting I found works best with the pre-printed Heidi Swapp items. Load the paper into the carrier sheet with the toner side up. ?Place the foil on top of the paper foil side up.

Close the carrier sheet.

Feed the carrier sheet fold first into the machine. Wait for the machine to grab the sheet. It will pull it forward automatically. ?If it gets stuck for some reason, click the switch on the back of the machine to “;R”; to reverse it.

Let it feed itself through then pull it out.

Open the carrier sheet at VOILA! Gold foil paper!!

Here you can see where I was messing around with the red foil and gingham paper too.

To complete your project cut out the state of Kentucky from the printable and mount using mounting tape onto the foil sheet in the center. Slip into the shadow box and you’;re done! Simple easy artwork that you can swap out as you like depending on the season!

Here’;s a bit more about the machine:

Watch for a more projects in the coming months!! ?I can’;t wait to “;foil all the things”; ???

Yvonne and Rebecca Drury co-founded their hand-drawn wallpaper and textile business ‘MissPrint’ in 2005, and really understand the impact colour and pattern can have on your home and your wellbeing. We spoke to the MissPrint team to get some advice about the use of decor in influencing our mood and promoting a more mindful, happy home.

A friend of mine brought me an old worn out house robe that belonged to her mother, who has passed away. She loved the way it fit and asked me if I could create a pattern from the old robe and make a new one exactly like it. She wanted the new robe to be an exact replica of her mother's favorite robe.

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