Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Heidi Swapp Minc Tutorial using Toner Sheets

Hi Everyone;

For today's post, I have a tutorial using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine.  By using the Minc, a foil effect an be added to any project that you are working on.  Besides using products by Heidi Swapp, that are ready to be run through the Minc with foil, you can also use the Toner Sheets to cut out dies, make a background and more.  This post will be concentrating on the different ways these Toner sheets can be used.

Make yourself a coffee or tea and while drinking it browse through the tutorial that I have for using the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator and the Toner Sheets.

1.  Supplies

The Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator, comes in two sizes (regular and mini) and is very easy to use.  The two buttons at the back of the machine are the on/off switch and the other button is a forward/reverse switch. The gold button on top of the machine has the numbers 0 - 2 on the left hand side and 3 - 5 on the right.  These numbers are the various heat settings. The bottom left hand corner is the Transfer Holders and the bottom right hand side are the Toner Sheets.

Below are some of the Heidi Swapp Reactive Foils, which come in an assortment of colours. that can be used.

2.  Dies

Below are some of the dies that I used.

Sentiment and Red Foil.  The sentiments were cut with a Toner Sheet using the Big Shot.  They were then placed in the Transfer Folder and a piece of red foil was cut to size and put over the sentiment with shining side up.  The Transfer Folder was then closed and smoothed out, so that there are no wrinkles.

Once the machine is turned on, the heat setting is chosen by pressing the gold circle button.  Keep pressing it to you get to the desired heat setting.  The recommended heat setting for the Toner Sheets is 3.  This is indicated on the back of the package in the upper right hand corner.  The transfer folder is then fed through the machine and will come out the other side.

This is the end result after it has been foiled.  The top is the foiled sentiment and the red foil below is now the negative of the piece of foil.

I used a Holographic Foil with the Create-A-Flake die. Each die was foiled and a white brad was added to the center of all the pieces to create the snowflake.

 The example below is using the die called Labels 46.  The frame on the left was foiled in silver and gold was used for the insert.

3.  Negative Effects

Once an item has been foiled, the left over foil can be used again.  This can be run through the machine and what foil wasn't used in the original would be used this time.  The foil on the left is the negative of the original that was foiled.  The Toner sheet is on the right hand side.

I used the Mint Reactive foil to do the original foil.  The green in the sample on the left is the foil that was not used in the original.  Once that had been run through the machine, I then used the Rose Gold foil to foil what was still showing black.

4.  Silhouette and SVG Files

The Silhouette will cut an any image using the Toner Sheets instead of  cardstock.  The settings that you used will be the same as for the cardstock.  I used the Happy Owl and Tree Stump SVG files, along with the Happy Owl and Tree Stump stamps from the High Hopes Spring 2016 Collection.  The SVG cuts were foiled with the Champagne Reactive Foil.

5.  Tips

While doing this foiling, I became aware of some minor issues that did not have a good outcome.

Any piece of foil that has a mark or a crease will show as a black mark after it has gone through the machine.  If there a white spot on the Toner Sheet it will end up as a black mark.  Before using the Toner Sheet, I used a dry swifter sheet to wipe any white spots or dust away.

If you find you are getting some black marks on the foiled item, lower the heat setting.  After a while, the machine gets very hot.

Make sure that your scissors are sharp and have a smooth edge, so that you obtain a nice clean cut. The marks on the piece of foil below, will leave black marks on the foiled item. 

 Black marks on the finished product.

Left over foil or small pieces that haven't been used should be stored in a sealed container.  This will help to keep the dust away and not damage the foil.

This is only a small portion of what can be done with the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator.  Make sure you check out Lora's OCS store to see what she has available for Heidi Swapp that can be used with the minc.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and stay tuned for Friday as there will be a brand new challenge starting for July.

Until next time,


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