Use your Heidi Swapp MINC machine to foil ALL THE THINGS, like these custom deco foil Valentine’s Day Tags!
I think I have a new obsession.
A few weeks back I bought some deco foil from Expressions Vinyl and fell in love with it. You can use it to make shirts but I’d also heard I could use it for paper projects. The only problem was I needed a laser printer (which I don’t have). Luckily I could go to Staples for copies (yay!) but then I didn’t have a good way to transfer the foil on to my cardstock. I tried an iron….FAIL. I knew that a laminator could work but I didn’t have one of those either. So I searched online for a bit until I found something that would work.
The MINC machine from Heidi Swapp was the one and it foils all the pretty things! I was a little hesitant because it had a handful of bad reviews on Amazon but after asking on a Silhouette group I’m in it was the overwhelming winner and I knew I just had to have it.
I opted to buy the bigger of the two machines (mine is 13 inches instead of 6) because I knew I wanted to make wall art for my office at some point and the bigger machine was just worth it. I didn’t want to get the smaller (more cost effective one) and then regret it later, so I spent a little more money and I’m happy I did! But if you would just be using it for gift tags or small prints, the 6 inch machine is the way to go.
It’s actually pretty easy to use too. Just plug it in, let it heat up, and then run your cardstock and foil through. And TA-DA! Out comes the perfect foil print.
I figured the first (and easiest) project I could try was making some deco foil Valentine’s Day tags. My favorite deco foil so far is the Rainbow sheet and I thought all the colors would go perfectly with the candy hearts. And I just love that depending on what angle you look at the cards you see a different color. It’s also what I used on my deco foil Mickey t-shirt. So yea…I’m definitely obsessed!
The biggest thing I realized when doing foil is that the bolder your letters are the more noticeable the foil is. You can really tell that the cursive letters are foiled but in person it’s a little harder to see it with the skinny letters. So lesson learned. Next time I’ll make sure to make my designs obnoxiously large. ?
These deco foil Valentine’s Day Tags are:
- easy, and
- the perfect Valentine’s Day craft!
How to use your MINC machine to make deco foil Valentine’s Day Tags
+ Use a laser printer to print out your design.
+ Plug in your MINC machine and let it warm up (I put my setting on 3 for this project).
+ While it’s warming up put your cardstock with the design inside the transfer sheet and the place the deco foil (colored side up) on top of your cardstock.
PRO TIP: You should cut down your foil to the size of your design so that you don’t waste any.
+ Put your transfer sheet with the cardstock and deco foil into your machine and let it run through your MINC. Do not force it through or pull it out the other side.
+ Once it’s done peel the deco foil off your cardstock and check out the magic! Isn’t it so pretty?
The foil gives the tags such a fun look, so different than just printing something out of my little inkjet printer and I love how they came out!
Wouldn’t these deco foil Valentine’s Day tags be super cute on a jar of candy to give to your kid’s favorite teacher? I wish I was going to see our therapists this week to give them each a jar. Maybe I’ll just give it to them a week late, any day is a good day to have some candy!
And I’ve probably mentioned this before but I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day craft person. But man….lately I’m really enjoying making all the lovey-dovey and cutesy things this year!
Check out a few of my other favorite Valentine’s Day crafts!
more holiday fun!