If you know me, you know I love bling, glitter and shiny things on my projects. I cannot get enough of metallics. I don't own a Minc machine but I do own an old laminator (the Minc is basically a laminator) and I've wanted to try it out with Minc foils for quite some time.
Many creative scrappers have successfully experimented with regular laminators and laser toner printers together with Minc foil. Well, I don't own a laser toner printer either, but in connection with my guest blog post on American Crafts' blog in October 2015, I got a pack of Amy Tangerine's Minc card kit.
So I fired up my old laminator (it must be almost 10 years old) that I hadn't used for years, and I made sure it was hot enough (I typically have to leave it on at least 30 mins. before trying to foil, because it's so old, while a newer machine likely only needs 3 mins.!) and ran a few cards with foil on. Remember that the shiny gold side of the foil should be upwards. I simply used a regular folded printer paper as a carrier sheet to hold the card and foil. The result was perfect!
Imagine my excitement when I saw the Minc Toner Ink Marker in the scrap store! I have always dreamed of using the Minc with my stamps and I wanted to get a laser toner printer so I could stamp, scan, print and foil. Using the marker was an easier way, as I just had to stamp and fill in the stamp image with Minc toner ink! I tried it on a leaf stamp (above) and it worked!
Encouraged by the success, I had to try foiling on photos! I brought out a couple of old photo prints and wrote with the marker on the prints. No, that did not work. The top photo below was a Canon Selphy print. The entire gold foil piece got stuck on the photo, but the print itself was quite all right. The other photo was a print I ordered (Fuji film) and in that case the glossy surface melted from the heat in the laminator and my carrier printer paper partially stuck on the print, along with the gold foil piece.
I know the the Minc machine has different settings, so if you have that machine, it's possible that you could set it to a lower heat and use foil on photos. You'll have to try for yourself. But never use original photos! Always work with printed copies.
So, how good is the Minc Toner Ink marker? I'm sad to say, this is not a marker that is easy to use. First of all, you have to press the tip into the pen (use a paper beneith) many many times to get it going. And you have to repeat that process regularly to get the ink to flow. The ink flow is not consistent. Sometimes there's a good flow and other times it's almost like the pen dried out. Then you have to repeat the process with pressing the tip.
Once you have a good flow of ink to cover your stamp image, you let it dry and then you can put the foil on the image.
Another thing I noticed was that the foil leaves some glittery residue on most papers. It's usually very subtle, but there's a little glitter and shine left from the entire piece of foil. The only paper that did not pick up the foil outside the stamp image, was the rough surface water color paper. But the foiled image came out perfect on that paper. Which is interesting, as the instructions for the foil usually say that it works best on glossy or half matte paper with a smooth surface. But I had no problems foiling on water color paper.
To solve the problem with the glittery foil residue, I simply covered the entire paper piece with the gold foil. Then I got a beautiful foiled stamp image with some subtle glitter on the rest of the piece. I'm okay with that.
To summarize: The Minc Toner Ink marker is not easy to use, but if you're persistent you can get really good results working with it. The foil tends to leave some subtle glittery residue on most papers, but not on water color paper and it works very well to foil that kind of paper. So, all in all, it's been a fun experiment and I will continue to use Minc foil with my stamps. I wish American Crafts would release a Minc toner ink pad! That would make it so much easier to use foil with your stamps.
Here are the supplies I'm using, plus the Minc machines themselves. They come in two sizes, 6 and 12 inches. The foil comes in many colors but these are my favorite Christmas colors.
The Minc Ink Toner marker is very popular right now, so if it's out of stock at scrapbookdotcom, you can try Simon Says Stamp.