Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Unboxing and First Use!

My Heidi Swapp Minc Machine arrived, hooray! If you don’t know about this machine, it’s basically a foil applicator so you can make things shiny! I ordered mine from Create & Craft TV here in the UK, but they’ve sold out for now. I know several other places have it on order though, including Hey Little Magpie.

Frustratingly the Minc 6×6 pad and tags that I ordered at the same time have not been delivered yet, but I’m lucky that I have a laser printer, so I can use that, plus the tags that came with the machine, to play with while I’m waiting!

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Foil Applicator Unboxing and First Use

As it’s such a new scrapbooking / papercrafting product I recorded a video of the unboxing and first use of the machine:


(You can also watch the video on YouTube HERE)

I have not sped up this video (like I sometimes do on my videos) because I want you to see how fast you can take this out of the box and put it to use! I did record the sound later as a voice-over though – the mic on my camera is not great and there’s generally a lot of noise in this house during the day.

Here’s a couple of tips for things I’ve learnt so far. These are the main points of the video but I’m putting them here too in case I talk too fast on the video.

Minc Machine First Use Tips:

1. The machine gives off an odour the first couple of times you use it, like when you’ve just cleaned the oven and the next time you use it it needs to burn off the smell. This odour disappears after a few uses (I’ve used it more times since the video).

2. Be careful when taking the foil sample that comes with the machine out of the plastic packet, I got the foil stuck to the sticky strip on the bag and wrecked some of it! Cut off the sticky tab first!

3. Have some really sharp scissors to hand, you can’t cut the foil with blunt scissors.

4. The rollers are much further into the machine than I thought they would be!

5. The static properties of the carrier sheet can grab the foil and make it move around when you are putting the foil and tag/item inside it. Double check the foil is covering the whole printed part of the item before you put it into the machine!

Also, the power cable is not very long – about 40″. I’m going to need another extension lead if I want to use this in the middle of my table, which is a bit annoying, but not a deal-breaker for me.

That’s the main points for now, I’ll be doing more videos with the Minc so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel  so you don’t miss them! If you have any questions about the machine let me know and I’ll try to cover it in a future video.

Here’s the two tags:

Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Tags

They aren’t perfect but I’m getting a lot better the more I practice!

What do you think, would you like one of these machines? What foil colour would you choose to use first?

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

10 thoughts on “Heidi Swapp Minc Machine Unboxing and First Use!”

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for the video – it makes me so excited to get mine. I ordered one from the US and it will hopefully arrive some time in Feb!
    I have a strange question and I’m hoping you can assist please. Will it be possible for you to check what the power specifications of the machine is in the manual or on the machine itself? I’m in South Africa and I know the UK and SA has the same volts (230V, 50Hz).

    Thank you in advance!


    1. Hello Roelien, the manual says Electric Current: 5.5A, Voltage: 220-240 VA, Frequency: 50Hz, Power: 1100W, Input: 220 V / 50 Hz (no output).

      I hope that’s what you need to know… it’s all just numbers to me! x


    1. Hello Ivona, the way the foil works is that it sticks to the ink from a laser / toner printer when it is heated up. The ink you get in a inkjet printer has different chemicals in it which will NOT react this way with the foil. You don’t have to have a laser printer at home though, you can ask a local printing company to print things for you, or you can use a photocopier at a copy shop / library, most of these use toner inks. It’s generally the bigger machines which have toner inks in them. Our laser printer is almost as big as our chest freezer! You can get smaller & cheaper laser printers but they often can’t cope with cardstock so make sure you check that out if you consider buying one.

      Of course Heidi Swapp has lots of Minc products like tags and papers which you can use with it too.

      I hope that answers your question, please let me know if I can help any other way! x


  2. Finally got around to watching this! Great video – don’t think I would get enough use out of one to justify it unfortunately! Looking forward to seeing everything you foil though!


  3. What is the maximum thickness that can be fed through the machine? I’m inquiring about printable magnet sheets. Thanks in advance.


  4. Hello. I’m so excited to hear about the minc foil machine. Thank you so very much & CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    I’m just wondering when someone will create one that works with inkjet printers. I have several printers and trust me, the ‘weird’ process of trying to adhere foil to inkjet ink makes one want to pull their own hair out, lol.

    Again, congrats 🙂


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