Scrapbook Layouts

The Minc Reactive Paint and Toner Pen!

Hello!

Another post at last! Sorry it’s been a long time. Have you missed me? I *think* I actually have a post to go live every day this week (Monday – Friday) so that will be exciting, huh?! One of them will be a giveaway post!

I have been busy since my last post, with a family holiday to Florida (which you already know about if you follow me on Instagram), then getting back into the school runs, my Parent Teacher Association Chairwoman post, running Rainbows, back to work at the school library, and I’ve had a steady stream of Etsy orders (thank you if any were from you!). So it’s no wonder I’ve struggled to fit in time for blog posts!

Today I’m sharing some tests I conducted with the Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Toner Pen…

Minc Reactive Paint and Toner Pen Test

First I sorted out the items I wanted to try painting on – a mix of patterned and plain paper, a cork sticker, various chipboard embellishments, and some wood veneer shapes. I also grabbed a few Happy Scatter stencils to use on some of them:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I squeezed some paint out onto a craft mat, and used a sponge dauber for some and a paintbrush for others. The sponge dauber gave a bubbly effect when applying it but this evened-out as it dried so it didn’t effect the final foiling:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

Make sure you clean the craft mat, sponge dauber, paintbrush, and stencils (or whatever you are using with the paint) straight away after using, as it’s quite a gluey, sticky paint – I wouldn’t want it to dry on my tools!

I used the stencils on a few and painted freehand on the rest. I made sure the paint layer was even, not patchy – this was easy to achieve as the paint itself is thick and doesn’t spread out too much. I did have to hold some of the pieces up at angles to the light, so that I could check there were not any patchy areas, if there were I painted them again. Then I left it all to dry overnight, as the paint has to be super dry before you try foiling it:

Minc Reactive Paint

They mostly foiled very nicely, but I did hit a few unexpected snags which you can avoid! I didn’t think about the plastic or adhesive¬†on the back of the stickers and chipboards and how that would melt in the Minc. Here’s where the flower chipboard backing melted and stuck to the carrier sheet:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I managed to scrape it all off after it had cooled, but you might want to remove the backing off chipboards where possible! Or perhaps put a sheet of paper in the carrier sheet under the chipboard or sticker, so if it melts it sticks to the paper instead of your carrier sheet.

Another problem I had was with these wood veneer hearts. They were the thickest item I was trying to put through, at 3mm deep – the other items were 1.5mm deep at most. And these hearts did not fit through the Minc. I gave it a go because I knew I could hit the reverse button if they got stuck. They got close enough to be warmed up a bit, so the foil melted on them a little, but then I had to reverse it as they wouldn’t actually go in:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I tried to think of other ways to melt the foil on, so I tried putting them in a carrier sheet and using a heat tool to warm it, but this crumpled my carrier sheet:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

And there wasn’t much more foil stuck on than before:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I did managed to flatten my carrier sheet out a bit by passing it through the Minc a couple of times, but it’s still a bit wobbly!

Finally I tried adding more paint, letting it dry again, and adding foil just using a heat tool – with a metal paper piercer to help me hold the foil in place while I heated it up. This was the most successful coverage-wise, but it did go bubbly – I’m not sure if the paint wasn’t quite dry, or if it was because of all the layers, or if it was the heat tool that caused the bubbling! Never mind, I shall keep experimenting:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

Here’s all the items that I used the Minc Reactive Paint on, including a scrap of fabric. The fabric worked fine but I should have put a sheet of paper under that in the carrier sheet too, as some of the paint melted through the fabric fibres! I was impressed with how these all turned out though:

Minc Reactive Paint

Especially the gold ones! I love the gold pineapple using my Happy Scatter Pineapple Mini Stencil:

Foiled Embellishments Using The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint

Now, on the other hand, the Toner Pen was shockingly bad. Here’s all the items I drew with the pen:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

I made sure I drew slowly, and I used a mix of shiny and matt papers – the ‘make it happen’ quote was on super glossy paper. The ink coverage looked great on them all. But they foiled terribly:

Testing The Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint and Minc Toner Pen

The foil worked in some places so I guess it would be okay for a grungy foiled look, if such a thing exists?! But it wasn’t the look I was going for:

Using The Heidi Swapp Minc Tone Pen

I don’t think I shall be using the Minc Toner Pen again. I shall definitely be using the paint again though, I couldn’t wait to use some of my painted items so I pulled out a photo and put this page together:

Pile Of Pressies Scrapbook Page Using Heidi Swapp Minc and Minc Reactive Paint

The foiled items are a great way to make the page extra special and shiny:

Pile Of Pressies Scrapbook Page Using Heidi Swapp Minc and Minc Reactive Paint

I’m going to see what else I can paint and foil now…

I hope you are all having a great Monday!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Layout Process Video using the Minc Foiling Machine

I’ve got another video using Heidi Swapp’s Minc Machine to share with you today (my Unboxing & First use video can be seen HERE).

This scrapbook layout uses lots of Minc products (papers, tags, labels, and foils) to make a super shiny page!

‘So Cute’ Layout using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine:

Layout Process Video using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Tags, Paper, and Foil at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the process video sharing how I put the page together (or you can see it on YouTube HERE). I also quickly flick through the Minc papers and tags that I own so you can see them too:

And here’s a couple of detail shots of the finished page:

Layout Process Video using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Tags, Paper, and Foil at Jennifer Grace Creates

Don’t you miss those days when you used to hang out on the sofa, talking about how cranes are yellow and fire engines are red?

Layout Process Video using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, Tags, Paper, and Foil at Jennifer Grace Creates

I hope the video gives you some page process ideas (like using mist to create a page border) even if you don’t own a Minc Machine!

Have a shiny day!

Jennifer x

Giftwrapping

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