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!
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:
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,