The One with the MINC "Carefree" Layout

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I received a Heidi Swapp MINC machine to play around with and I'm so excited to share my first project created with it! 
But first - what is a MINC machine? Essentially it's a glorified laminator - but it works so much better than a laminator for this type of foil application because it has four pressure rollers (most laminators have two) to evenly distribute pressure across a 12x12" surface. A heating element covers the entire 12” as opposed to heat focused at the outer edges. How's that for scientific :) The MINC is fairly lightweight and compact and measures about 19.5x5” so it doesn’t take up a ton of space.
There are currently 11 different colors of pretty foil that can be applied to anything printed with toner ink. 
The heat reacts with the toner and makes the foil stick, in laymen's terms :) Heidi Swapp has an entire collection of products ready and waiting to be foiled with a MINC such as patterned papers printed with toner designs, tags, envelopes, die cuts, party decorations, and so much more. On every package is a number which tells you the number to set the MINC to - no guessing involved! 5 is for really thick material like chipboard and 1 is for really thin material like copy paper. I generally have my MINC set to 3. Works like a charm. 

So here are all the toner printed patterned papers I used:
And the lovely assortment of die cuts. This is BEFORE.
And this is AFTER with the foil applied using the MINC. So fun right?! Love all the pretty, shiny, pops of color!

Then I paired the papers with the new flower metal dies by Maggie Holmes to create these layered flowers. 
Badabing, badaboom, and with the help of my sister and sister-in-law, a new layout was born!
CAREFREE by Paige Evans

Description: I picked out my favorite colors of foil and went to town covering all the patterned papers. Then I foiled all the tags!

Journaling says: In Arcos de la Frontera you ran from door to door and actually asked to get your picture!

How to: Foil patterned papers, a tag, and "carefree" die cut using your favorite colors of foil and a MINC machine. Die cut layered flowers from the papers then assemble the flowers. Drop white paint over a patterned paper layout base. Glue the flowers across the layout then add a photo and foiled tag below. Journal with a gray pen above the flowers and add a foiled word tag for a title and a heart sticker to finish.

Supplies: Patterned paper, heart sticker, tag, die cut: Heidi Swapp; Flower metal dies: Crate Paper; Pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Foil applicator: MINC by Heidi Swapp

A few more important details about the MINC:
MINC Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP - $149.00 
MINC Foil MSRP - $9.99 (foil is 12”x10’) 
MINC accessories MSRP from $2.99 to $12.99
MINC Foil Applicator and accessories are available at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, Studio Calico, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops.

Sowhatdoyathink? What would you like to see me do with this machine? :)


  1. PERFECT! Paige, this is perfect. I looooove your Layout! :) And I am totally addicted to the Maggie Holmes Flower Die… Just needed to buy it… *haha

    Keep on doing your beautiful work! I love everything you create. xo Julia

  2. Wow wow wow!!! This is amazing! I loveeeeeee it!

  3. Love how the Minc changed the look of the die cuts, and your layout is gorgeous Paige!!


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