Wanting your positive affirmations to shine? Here's a simple tutorial on how to give your affirmation cards a metallic finish using Heidi Swapp's Minc machine & reactive foil.
Each of the Printable Affirmation Card sets comes with a black and white version, you'll need the 'BW' PDF file for this tutorial.
What you need:
- The black & white version of your affirmation card set
- Laser printer (the toner is what the foil sticks to)
- Suitable paper (check the thickest weight the printer can handle)
- Minc foiling machine (some laminators can be used on the highest heat setting)
- Reactive foil
- Heat protective sleeve for Minc machine
How to Foil Printable Affirmation Cards
Print out the black & white version of your affirmation cards on to your choice of paper with a Laser printer. Inkjet printers don't work for this, as it's the toner in Laser printers that the foil sticks to.
Your paper may be curly after printing (due to the heat), so lay it flat and place a heavy object on it to flatten it out.
Once flat, trim your cards and foil to size.
Insert your card into the heat-protective sleeve and place reactive foil over the area you want to have a metallic finish.
Make sure there are no wrinkles in the foil and that it's sitting flat over the card.
Turn your Minc machine on to the highest setting.Once the machine beeps that it's ready, insert the sleeve, making sure everything is sitting smoothly inside.
Once your sleeve has come through to the other side, pull excess foil off - yay you now have foiled affirmation cards!
Shown above: Heidi Swapp Reactive Foil in Silver, Holographic, Rose Gold, Rose Gold, and Gold.
Problems to watch out for:
Eeep, the foil stuck to the entire card! Unfortunately not all types of foil labelled as 'heat activated' means that they'll work in the way you expect, as shown here.
I haven't trialed many brands, just Heidi Swapp and the gold foil above. So make sure to double check that the foil you want to use is suitable for this project!
Argh, the foil missed some bits and left marks! If the foil isn't flat when it goes through the machine, it may miss bits where it wrinkled. Make sure the foil is nice and smooth next time.
My foil finish looks dull! This will happen if you put the same card through twice. For example, I wanted to see if I could get the foil to fill in the gaps on the card above, so I put it through a second time... It didn't fix the issue and made the foil dull.
Solution: try it again on a fresh new card.