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Have you heard of one of the newest and hottest craft tools, the Minc Foil Applicator Machine? Friends, this machine is amazing! I had the chance to have a live demo at the Snap! blogging conference this past weekend and I immediately fell in love with it. When I got home from my trip I had a box full of Minc products and the machine waiting for me. I am so excited to share with you just how fun this machine is.
The Minc machine is very similar to a laminator. The heat in a Minc machine activates a reaction in the toner that bonds the foil to the surface of the project. To bond the foil to a surface you must use a pre-printed accessory and/or a laser printer. You can also visit your local copy shop. An ink jet printer does not lay down toner and will not work with the Minc.
The Minc foils come in so many bright and beautiful colors that it’s hard to choose what one you want to use for your project!
The Minc Foil Applicator and accessories are available at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops. Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00 Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x10’) Minc accessories MSRP from $2.99 to $12.99. The Minc is a fairly light weight and compact. It measures about 19.5” x 5” so it doesn’t take a ton of storage space which is great for those of us that have a crafting tools obsession 🙂
I love the pre-made accessories that are available in the Minc line. They make crafting and gift giving a breeze! You can mix and match the piece together to create custom pieces that are perfect as gift tags, images for frames, invitations and more.
Here are some more fun Minc features:
- Ability to accept a 12” wide sheet
- Four pressure rollers (most laminators have two) to evenly distribute pressure across a 12×12 surface.
- A heating element that covers the entire 12”, as opposed heat focused at the outer edges (also common in every day laminators)
- Adjustable heat settings that allows for foil transfer on sensitive materials like vellum, all the way to more robust chipboard and even thin wood veneer.
So you can see just how simple the Minc machine is, I wanted to show you two fun pieces that I put together to create a pretty “Thank You” gift tag.
First, select your pre-made design or your own printed design and the color foils your wish to use.
Cut a piece of foil the size of your project. You want to make sure the foil is slightly larger than your pieces. Place your project inside the sleeve that comes with your Minc Machine and lay the foil pretty side up on top of your project pieces. Run your pieces through the Minc Machine. Once your project has gone through the machine, slowly pull away the foil from your project.
Isn’t it so pretty?! You can also use the left over foil as on overlay over a piece of card stock for another fun craft idea.