Adding shimmer, shine, and metallic accents to projects is always an easy way to elevate a project. And, there are a lot of different ways to do it! If you’re looking to start using foils – specifically toner reactive foils (that require a laminator or minc machine), this post will help you get started with some tips and tricks for best success.
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supplies for using basic toner reactive foil sheets
You don’t need much to achieve great results. In fact, you don’t need anything special! Of course, if you need to do some shopping, I always have supplies linked below and at the end of the post. But, before you shop, be sure to check out my Crafty Sales page for any deals you can take advantage of at your favorite crafting haunts.
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steps to basic success using toner reactive foils
- Pre-heat the Minc machine or laminator. If using a laminator, make sure it has a 5 mil setting (highest heat).
- Create a carrier with a piece of parchment that has a small flap (approx 1/2”) that overlaps a piece of 80lb white cardstock.
- Cut foil slightly larger than the toner sheet or card front.
- Place the foil on top of the toner sheet, and place the two on the cardstock carrier, with the leading edge under the parchment flap.
- Keeping everything as smooth and flat as possible, run the packet through the laminator/Minc – folded flap first.
- If necessary, flip the foiled sheet 180-degrees and replace it under the parchment flap on the carrier, running it through the machine again.
watch the technique tutorial
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