Playing with the Minc Foil Applicator

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Like many of you, I was intrigued when the Minc Foil Applicator was introduced. I’m not a huge fan of shine of my projects, but I do like the occasional element here and there. I broke down and bought a mini version of the Minc Foil Applicator the other day and made some fun stuff.

So what was it that made me so interested? WHITE FOIL. Just the thought of being able to print in white made my heart go pitter-patter. I found the white foil in a few places. This is where I bought mine. I also found it here. White foil is a bit different than the other types in that it is not as shiny as the metalics. It has a sheen but not a glow, you know what I mean?

The last piece of the puzzle came from Creative Market. I bought a font and resource bundle from Creative Market. It included something like 110 font and vector image packs for $40 but they offer free weekly downloads, too. (Keep in mind that these are all under their Simple License and cannot be sold.) I had an idea of what I wanted to make…white print on kraft cardstock. Now I had all of the pieces.


A few tips and tricks I discovered in using the Minc:

– I created my designs in Photoshop and printed them on to the smoothest side of my kraft paper.

– I sent them through the Minc on setting 4.

– I sent them through twice.

– After the second pass I used the bone folder over the foiling area while it was still warm.

– I let it cool completely before removing from the folder.

– Areas that had too much foil I brushed lightly with a soft toothbrush. This often occurs in areas with fine detail.

– Any little spots left un-foiled I touched up with the white glaze pen.

That’s it!


I also experimented with printing on my color printer first and then sending it though my laser printer to add text for foiling. I noticed that the foil adhered to the color a bit in spots. Not enough to bother me but I’m working on a solution.


Next up I’m going to make a bunch of my own diecuts to foil using the Silhouette print and cut feature. This stuff is seriously fun. I love the idea of making my own supplies that are specific to our interests.

2 Responses

  1. cindy

    Love your samples! I’m still trying to decide if I want to get one or not. I’ll let you know.