This is a sponsored post for the Anna Griffin 6″ Minc but all opinions are my own.
I have followed the foil trend curiously from afar but was super excited by the opportunity to try out the Anna Griffin 6″ Minc foil applicator. The golden 6″ Minc looks quite stylish and is adorned with swirls.
In addition to the beautiful Minc, my bundle included 3 plastic carrier sheets (6×12, 6×7, 6×3), 4 glitter sheets, 50 6×7 foil sheets (10 each of 5 colors), 6 toner sheets and 130 foil-ready die cuts. I could have used the provided die cuts for my project but I already had a foilicious (did I just make up a word?) project in mind.
We love to put photos on our refrigerator but I am tired of the same old magnets. My refrigerator needs some bling! What better way to bling than with customized foiled magnets!
- Anna Griffin 6″ Minc
- 1 sheet of 8.5″x11″ white cardstock
- 1 sheet of 8.5″x11″ adhesive magnet paper
- 1 sheet of 6″ Minc gold foil
- 1 sheet of 6″ Minc silver foil
- laser printer or copier that uses toner
- electronic die cutter
1. Print the designs on white cardstock. The Minc foil is specially formulated to bond only with toner. This means that any design that you want to foil needs to be printed by a laser jet printer or a copier that uses toner. Inkjet printers will not work. The design needs to be black. I created my design at home and had it printed at a local copy center which is conveniently located next to one of my favorite craft stores.
2. Cut out the designs. I used an electronic die cutter to cut out my designs.
3. Cut out the magnet shapes. I used an electronic die cutter to cut out the adhesive magnet paper in the same shapes as the paper. I left my magnet shapes on my cutting mat so that it would be easier to add the foiled shapes later.
4. Use the Minc machine to foil the cardstock.
- Turn on the Minc. Press the gold button until the heat setting of 3 is selected. According to the instructions, most projects will use a heat setting of 3. There is a table in the instruction book that details the different heat settings for different materials. The green indicator light will flash until the Minc is heated to the proper temperature.
- Only remove one foil sheet at a time from the plastic and be careful not to snag the foil on the adhesive strip that keeps the plastic closed. I cut the strip off all my foil bags.
- Use sharp scissors to cut strips of foil that will completely cover the areas that you want foil. Allow some excess around the design to make sure all the toner is covered.
- Place the cardstock in the 6×7 carrier sheet. Place the foil pieces foil faced up onto the cardstock. Make sure the foil is pressed smooth over the area that needs to be foiled. Place the top of the carrier sheet down over the foil. The foil may shift a little when you do this so make sure the design is fully covered.
- Feed the carrier sheet folded side first into the Minc. You will feel when the rollers catch the sheet and automatically feed it through the machine. The Minc rollers are distributed through the width of the Minc so the sheet will be evenly fed through the machine automatically. The heat is also distributed through the width of the Minc so the results are more consistent.
- Be careful handling the carrier sheet after it exits the Minc because it will be hot.
- Remove the cardstock from the carrier sheet and peel back the foil.
5. Assemble the foiled magnets. Peel off the adhesive sheet on the magnet piece. Line up and place the foiled paper on top of the magnet.
Voila! Now I have two new custom foiled magnets to showcase my favorite royalty: my children!
If you want to try a foilicious project of your own the Anna Griffin Minc bundle that I received will be available on Monday, May 11 starting at midnight. The Today’s Special on HSN will feature the full bundle for a fraction of the $150 retail price. Only a limited number of bundles with the special pricing will be available on May 11 so be sure to check it out early.
The 6″ Minc is compact and lightweight. It can be easily packed to take to scrapbook crops where everyone will be envious of you! I think the Minc would be great for creating cards, gift tags or foiled embellishments to go on scrapbook layouts. Just a touch of foil on a scrapbook layout could turn an ordinary layout to extraordinary. There are so many possibilities with the Minc!